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29 June 2010

Gunnedah was, as last year, a super nice show.  Really lovely organizing committee, super,super footing and great tracks built by Dutch Kiwi Gerrit Baker in the main ring, and Greg Backhouse in second ring.  Didn't get to third ring, but didn't hear any complaints!  Our only complaint was the unnecessary rain on Saturday, which made the warm up areas a bit boggy.

All horses jumped really, really well.  Levi continued on with his great form being 3rd, 4th and 3rd in his 3 starts.  Willy won a class, and had a 4th, and then had his first Grand Prix start, which was not so illustrious, as he had a big spook at the first fence, so then I decided he was going around, no matter what!  So he did, finding much more scope than I thought he possessed, so in the end, it was not so bad, but it would be so much nicer for both of us if he wasn't so spooky!  Jane is really finding her good form again, and was 2nd in the big class on Saturday, to Nick Taliana on Ambrose (nice birthday present for Nick!), and 6th in the Grand Prix on Sunday, which was won by Jono Berry on Quincy from Andrew Inglis on Amira, who jumped the only double clears.  Nikki was also a little superstar, and got her first points, winning one class, and being 2nd in another, out of around 50 in her classes.  I think now she has earned back shoes...  I haven't worried about them yet, as she has been the baby of the group, and Sandy Parker, my farrier, assures me that she has such good feet!  But I think she now deserves shoes with stud holes!  Then the policy is that when they turn C Grade they can have stud holes in their front shoes.

Ben also had a good show with his two boys.  He and Ryles did the jump off of the show in the C Grade Ch'ship.  They'd had an unlucky rail in the first round, but some 4 faulters came back for the jump off, and Ben was first out, and rocketed around to be fastest clear round by 3 seconds to end up 4th.  Class was won by Queenslander David Goodwin on Dumbledore, also a great jump off, from James Mooney and the very scopey Yirkala Cortina, and Levi 3rd.  Brad (aka Sir Joindre) Ben's other pony got a few top 3 placings, and jumped better and better as the show went on, so he looks very promising.  Sara and Chucky managed to place in the 1.05, then jumped a good round in the Junior Ch'ship, as did James Aarkins on his green mare, Sonata, filling in while Dreamtime Invader is sidelined with an abcess.  Nikki and Monty were just out of placings a couple of times, but are gaining in miles, which they are both lacking!

Now in Pakenham teaching, and it's freezing!  Luckily my students are all mad keen, and making good progress.  The arena is great with excellent footing, but for sure the weather could be improved...  Ben is keeping on with the young ones at home.  Baby Belle of John Singleton's is looking like a seriously cute jumper; we just want her to grow a bit more, but she loves to get in the air, and that's the main thing.  Pamelet also making good progress, so jump club for them this weekend.

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