News from Vicki

22 September 2008

Great to have plenty of sunshine now, although the weekend ended up quite hot!

Was quite fun to pack the truck to go away to a show again, feels like years since i have last done it.  We took 6 down to Berry, Irish, Cassie, new boy Willy (Dutch bred 5 years old), Evenescence (aka Roxy), who is Sue Middleton's cute as a button mare by Brilliant Invader who is here on schooling for a few weeks, and Sophie's two, Ricci and Clyde.  Stayed at Warwick Miller's (Sophie's dad) magnificent property at Jamberoo where we and horses were provided with fabulous hospitality.  I explained to Rhiannon Hartmann, who was doing her first show with us that not all shows will be like this one, and be ready to do what we normally do, which is rough it in the back of the truck!

Shoalhaven Showjumping Club ran their second major ch'ship, with wonderful sponsorship from principally Southern Cross Horse Transport and Guess Watches, as well as other wonderfully generous people that Simon Kale and his hard working committee gathered together.  Ground was excellent, John Wisher was 'imported' from SA to build very good tracks all weekend, and the ambience was most pleasant.  Our day started well with Sophie and Ricci running second to Rhys Stones in the 1.05, soundly beating me and Roxy into 3rd place.  The younger riders all had a great weekend, with Colleen Brook's daughter Elizabeth Koob winning some of the earlier classes.

Day 2 saw the veterans (me!) come to the fore a bit more.  Sophie again had great placings on Ricci and Clyde in the 1.10 and 1.20, and ended up Leading female Junior/Young Rider, with Rhys Stones Leading male.  Cassie was a little star and won the 1.20, turning her B Grade, then Irish was double clear in both the 1.30 and 1.40 to win both those classes. End result, 3 lovely rugs, 4 beautiful watches and a fair bit of cash!  So we were a happy team driving home, and I feel a bit more ready for the State and National titles coming up soon.

Next weekend sees us heading to Nowra with a truckload for the Youth Titles; Sophie, Carrie and Tarryn Innes, Lee Warneke and Nakita will have horses on the truck, then a few of my other students will be there, Greer and Danni and Sarah Meale making her return after breaking her ankle a few months ago at Dubbo.  Boy, that is going to be way more stress for me than riding!

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