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News from Vicki

6 July 2010

Sunday was a very pleasant day spent at Jeremy and Janine Inglis' property, where they have a bit of a Jump Club going when we aren't at Mangrve Mountain.  They still lack a bit of fill (and cups!), but had some lovely large pot plants out decorating the fences, and his beautiful kikuyu arena was in top shape for the day, despite the frosts earlier in the week.

Baby Belle had her first ever truck ride and outing, and took it all in her lovely stride.  Benny had a big grin on his face after he had ridden both her and the other little brown machine, Pamelet around a few times.  Nicky and Monty continue to improve, with Monty finally starting to figure out to be in front of Nicky's leg (or else!).  Lee and Puzzle pinged around the 1.15 tracks, and Sara had Shrek to practise on, and Chucky to perfect her skills, as this ambitious young lady continues to improve.  I had a quiet day supervising, ably assisited by Pixie, but popped Willy Welsom around at the end, so he had a nicer experience after his scarey inaugural Grand Prix run at Gunnedah, and he felt really great, and not too spooky..

Lee and Puzzle
Lee and Puzzle, the pair of them as always, somewhat scruffy, but technically very correct!

Sara and Chucky
Sara has had a bit of airtime on the blog of late, but this is such a super shot of Chucky in such a beautiful shape, and Sara also looks pretty good.  Thanks to Deirdre Mason for the lovely pics.

Good news on the horse moving front, with Ash jetting out to the Philippines yesterday.  He has been purchased by long term student Mikee Jaworski.  Mikee first started training with me 20 years ago when she was 16, and our first horse for her was True Colours, a Clydie cross that Harley Brown had produced to Grand Prix level.  He was 14 when we bought him, with the aim of her doing Young Rider and Mini Prix classes .  Well he was better than that, and both Mkee and I rode him in World Cups, and he did a trip to Europe with Coalminer aroung 1993, where dealers were falling all over themselves to try and buy him, even after we told them he was 17!  Over the years Mikee would come and ride and train, and the last horse we bought was Rustic Rouge, a super little mare that Melissa Froesch produced to Mini Prix level, and Mikee went on to win the Philippines only individual Gold Medal in the 2002 Asian Games in the Individual Final show jumping.  They also earned Team Silver in the Nations Cup, with the team also comprising Michelle Barrera on Coalminer, so I was a very proud coach at that show!  Subsequently Mikee has had three children, so her riding has taken a bit of a back seat, but she was out on a recent visit, and fell in love with Ash, who should do a great job for her there, and be suitable for South East Asian games, if not Asian games further down the track.  Also on the move, but not so far away is Puma, who has been bought by the Looveer family for Cassie, as the successor to her super little creamy pony, Snowy, who while a little hero to 1.15, struggles a bit for scope after that.  So Puma,at 5 the same age as Snowy was when they bought him, should take her to the next level.  It will be great to keep seeing him in action, as he is quite the family pet, having been bred and raised here.

Other good news is that George Morris has confirmed his 2011 dates, so put these in your diary!  First Clinic will be the 14th to 16th January, then second one 18th to 20th.  Then probably the Coaches Clinic that weekend, then a Clinic in Victoria, and finally a Clinic in New Zealand, which will be organized by John Cottle. I sent out a preliminary email to those who have attended in the past, and it was most heartening to have a return email within 24 hours from Helen Chugg, booking Chris and Amanda in.  Great to see that one of our riders who has always been seen as one of the best we have produced, and is now showing great form on the world stage with his wonderful stallion Vivant, but is still keen to acquire further knowledge from the man who is arguably the best jumping coach on the planet.  Watch this space for further updates...

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