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18 September 2010

Casino Royale

Casino Royale shows his beautful nature by being totally unfussed about his introduction to Australian showjumping

First outing at Jump Club went beautifully.  All boys were great, and especially good was Casino, who was the perfectly behaved stallion, even being happy to be in one of the timber yards, with his two mates either side of him, not a sound all day!  I popped him around the 1.10 height, Cache (Kurt) the 1.20, and Kartoon (Kenny) the 1.20 and 1.30.  All were clear and great, but two rounds was enough for all three, as they are still not very fit. 

Casino Royale and Vicki

Casino Royale

Kartoon/Kenny

Kartoon/Kenny

Cache/Kurt

Cache/Kurt

Benny went well on Baby Belle, who will now have a bit of a spell, and also he got to ride Willy Welsom, as I'm going to be a bit busy with these others, plus it is time to put him on the market, so possibly as a Young Rider horse, so Benny can kick him around a few of those classes.  I think he will have fun....Lee and Puzzle had their normal fun day, and Nicky and Monty are finally getting their acts together, but it is always tough for a green rider on a green horse, but Nicky seems to like a challenge!

This week has been a lot quieter, as Kenny manged to kick his best friend Kurt, and poor Kurt now has a very large back leg, so will be out for a few weeks, bummer.  I took Casino accross to Agnes Banks so he can be collected for frozen semen, and Derek Majors is also super impressed by the lovely nature of  this beautiful black stallion.  So he won't be back til next week, but at least now his semen will be available to breeders who wish to use him.  Sandy Parker, my farrier also, like everybody, is impressed by his stunning good looks, and thinks he will appeal to the Working Hunter market, so that maybe an option for his breeding.

Gatovay has found a great home with Elissa Mcfarlane, who is loving his wonderful movement and nature.  Very sad that he couldn't jump as well as he moved!  He stayed up here while Elissa got used to him, and had lessons, and they moved him down to Sydney last week.

Great that our jumping team for WEG is finalized, with the formula of the two 4* shows in Germany doing their job.  Edwina was pre selected on Itot due to her really outstanding form, and consistent Top 10 rankings, then Chugg and Vivant finished on top of the Selection Criteria, closely followed by James P-R (Niack de l'Abbaye) and Mattie Williams and Urleven van de Helle, who finished an outstanding 7th in the Padeborn Grand Prix.  This combination has been improving rapidly since Mattie got the ride earlier this year.  Unfortunately neither Paul A or Wendy Schaeffer qualified for the Grand Prix at Padeborn, both being on 8 faults in the Qualifier, and they needed a fast 8 faults to scrape in, so both just missed out.  So in the end the Selectors opted to just go with the team of 4, which if they all stay on their feet (touch wood!) will be one of the strongest teams we have ever fielded at a Games, and can hopefully either be in the Top 5, or the top nation in Groups C and G, so we can get the precious team spot for the London Olympics.

 

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