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25 March 2010

Like the legs?  It was bloody hot in Manila (so what else is new?), and I was kept busy helping my students at the show, and assisting the OC to set up the FEI courses:

Legs!

Diego Virata had never ridden at 1.20, so it was a bit of a task to bring he and his horse up to that standard in the 4 days I was there before the competition.  As it turned out he was a great student and rode extremely well over the four rounds, jumping two exemplary clear rounds on both days in the second rounds:

Diego Virata

Karen Pamintuan on the ex Krissy Harris C Grader KALUNA PUZZLE.  Kev has been a bit of a challenge for Karen, but they sure look great in this photo:

Karen Pamintuan

Rebecca Dosch, another long term student, on the Katie Lawrence produced LOCHART:

Rebecca Dosch

Joker Arroyo on the Tim Clarke produced WITHOUT A DOUBT.  Joker fell in love with him, despite his unorthodox jumping style, on a trip out here with me about 5 years ago.  They went on to be part of the Gold medal team in the South East Asian Games.  Despite his technique, his enormous scope allows him to jump justabout anything, and even though she is  in her last year of study at Yale University in the US, hopes to compete at the Asian Games for the Philippines later this year:

Joker Arroyo

Mikee Jaworski on RUSTIC ROUGE.  I have taught Mikee for 20 years since she was 16 years old.  Most riders will remember her as Mikee Cojuangco, when she then rode Young Riders, and later World Cups on the wonderful TRUE COLOURS, who was purchased from Harley Brown.  We purchased RUSTIC ROUGE from Melissa Froesch in 2005 specifically as a horse suitable for Mikee to compete at the 2006 Asian Games in Korea.  It was a proud moment for me when Mikee and Michelle Barrera (on COALMINER) made up half the team that won the Philippines first ever jumping medal, a Silver, in the Nations Cup.  Mikee then went onto win the Philippines only individual Gold medal of that Asian Games by winning the Individual Final.  Mikee and Roo have been out of the competition ring for sometime now (Mikee has had three children!), but made a stunning comeback in the FEI World Challenge Category A to comfortably win both divisions, and the overall championship:

Mikee Jaworski

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