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19 October 2010

Lovely day at Sydney Jump Club last Sunday where  we took a big team.  Have bitten off rather a lot with these new horses, so Ben and I have done a swap, with him riding Willy for me, as it is time to sell him, and I thought it would be good experience for Ben to ride a warmblood, and see how Willy would be for the Young Rider market.  I am sitting on Ryles for a couple of shows to see what can be done to fine tune his technique a little more, and also with the view of marketing him.  Both of us are having a lot of fun!  Ben thoroughly enjoying Willy's super careful attitude, while I am finding Ryles' surprisingly pleasant and well balanced for such a big guy...

First up in the 1.10, Ben jumped a super double clear on Nikki des Hayettes, and Casino Royale also gave me a great double clear to win unofficial 1.10, and felt really wonderful, and so well behaved for a young stallion who already has foals on the ground in Germany.  He subsequently repeated the feat in the 1.20 class, taking on the big water option this time and jumped it super.  Owner Robynne McTaggert has suggested that we now offer an introductory service fee for him to approved mares this year of $1,800 + GST, as we think with his fabulous breeding and great character, type and jump, he will be an asset to Australian breeders. 

Then in 1.20 Ben jumped a lovely double clear on Willy, I think he enjoyed it, he had a grin from ear to ear... I popped Kartoon around, and he felt good until the double when some of the repair work issues came in!  He makes a strong bid at fences, and I don't think I have a good bit sorted out yet.  But he is a sweet guy with a super scopey jump, and then he sailed around the 1.30 with ease, so it is a matter of getting him confident in the ring.  Then had a ball on Ryles, who shot around the 1.20 for 2nd place.  Ben was following me on Ryles' full brother Sir Joindre (Brad), and I said to him "Beat that!", and he came pretty close, running equal 3rd, so a good result.  Eliza Jane did her sweet thing and won the 1.30 class with a good double clear, and Kartoon was 4th.

Sara Ryan had her first ride in the 'big ring' on Chucky and had a clear, but one down in jump off, but are making great progress.  Alyce Garroway on the super cute thoroughbred Bowen was placed in the 90, and 1 down in the 1.05.  It was also great to see Snowshoes, lovely little mare that Heath and Rozzi Ryan bred that I and many students, including Julia Hargreaves and Heidi Healy, competed for many years still out and about (also after having 3 or 4 foals!) and winning classes for a new little junior with Darren and Peter from Oakville Equestrian.  Such a little star..

Cache (Kurt) third import now back in work after injuring a hind leg, and thankfully feeling as nice as I remember him when I tried him, seems like years ago now, in Germany.  Hope to have him out for State Titles, although his jump is so big and careful, he will need to do height classes for a while.

Tamworth this weekend, which was such a nice show last year run by Krissy Harris, and then quite a bit on for a few weeks.  Also anxiously awaiting the birth of Errol's last foal (although I still have quite a bit of semen stored for anyone wishing to use for breeding), which will be a half brother or sister to Eliza Jane.

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