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News from Vicki

15 February 2010

Macaws watching

Some of John Singletons' macaws also taking an interest
in the George Morris Clinics

All the ponies have been showing the benefit of my annual tune up with George Morris.  Morisset was our first show, and thanks to recent rain, the ground was absolutely perfect.  Central Coast Jumping Club organized the program, and David Lawrence designed excellent courses all day.  Nicci and Monty were double clear and placed in both the 90 and 1.05 classes, and new working student Ben Blay placed on super star Puma in 1.05 and 1.10 classes.  Ash was 2nd in the D Grade, and Cougar 2nd in the 1.20 to young Jake Hunter on the very careful Midnight Rock.

Nowra was the next show, and this is always a lovely competitor friendly show pretty much run by the Bennett family.  Rain was again an issue, which was a shame, as the ground was just perfect before a big dump of rain on Friday afternoon, which sent some of the more precious ones scurrying home!  We decided to hang in there to see what Saturday would bring, and how the ground coped.  Surprisingly it was not too bad, a little deep, but not sticky or slipperary, and all our horses coped well without even the need to use studs.  Ben had a great weekend, with his own horse, Ryles in the truck as well, and was 2nd and then 1st in both the very competitive D Grades.  He also jumped super rounds to place on Puma, and also did a great job on my other Errol 5 year old, Nikki Des Hayettes, jumping double clear rounds in the 90 cm and maiden D classes.  Ash turned himself C Grade with a 3rd, then 2nd in both D Grades, and jumped really well, while Cougar who had turned B Grade at Morisset, won an A and B class, and then was 2nd in the Grand Prix to Andrew Inglis and Regal Status.  Willy jumped great rounds even in the scary mud (he is so spooky at anything and everything...) and was 3rd in the C Grade on Saturday.  Warren Priestly is to be congratulated on his efforts to keep the tracks jumpable, and going to the effort to move fences between classes.  There didn't seem to be any horses that had anything less than positive experiences, despite the conditions, and the South Coast jumping gear, which in it's day was state of the art, but is now a bit too heavy.

Levi and Eliza Jane returned to Mount White last week to start work again, as we all go into Sydney Show preparation.  So far we have Cougar and Willy in Part 3, Sophie and Jane in Young Riders, Cassie and JFK in Juniors, and waiting to hear about Ben and Ryles.  Maitland Show next on the calender.

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