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29 September 2011

Good news is that George Morris has confirmed his 2012 dates.  First clinic will be held at Mount White in Wayne's paddock on the 13th to 15th January (Friday to Sunday), then 17th to 19th either at Mount White or SIEC.  Then he will be in Victoria at Adam Wootten's for another 3 days 21st to 23rd. So polish your boots and be ready for the astounding depth of knowledge and acerbic wit that George entertains and teaches with to both students and spectators...

All in readiness for Melbourne Show, all three horses feeling not too bad, although we maybe a bit underdone, having not had an outing for a while.  The class conducted by EANSW, Jump in the Park at Lugano, as always drew a large crowd, but the ground as opposed to the last couple of years, was very average, and horses were not comfortable cantering or jumping on what felt like a skating rink.  So only a couple of double clear rounds, despite Mark Atkins great track which was disappointing as the ground meant it wasn't an entertaining class.  Not to take anything away from the winner Jamie Kermond and Caracas, who did jump a slick double clear, with the other Jamie (Winning) opting for more caution in running 2nd on Yandoo Irishman.  3rd was Aaron Hadlow (and best Amateur) on BB Albury.  James Arkins and Todd (Dreamtime Invader) were best Young Rider combination, and Jake Hunter best Junior.  Willy was clear and 8, skating all over the place, and Casino was very spooky with the crowds first round to have one down each round.

Checking the course

I think Issie,Ben and I are looking at different courses, but I think we managed to jump the same one...Thanks to Peter Shaw for the great pics!

Vicki and Casino

Casino in full flight, showing a section of the crowd. There were so many in the crowd who said "What a beautiful horse!"  I tend to agree....

Ben and Nikki

Ben and Nikki looking great here.  But she had a couple of spooky rails.  Not used to all those people!

Sad news on two fronts with London hopeful Damian Guthrie losing his top horse Gilmore 48 in a paddock accident.  Damian had made the trip to Europe from the US and ridden in a couple of the European Nations Cups for us, and on the way secured his Certificate of Capability which meant he and Gilmore were eligible for our Selection Trials next year.  He was also on our 3rd placed Nations Cup team in Wellington, Florida, so it is devastating for him to lose a horse of that quality in such unlucky circumstances.  Also sending very positive vibes and love to Greer Butcher, who has been diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, and commences chemotherapy treatment this week. Twins  Danni and Greer, and Jason and Matina, have been students and friends for a very long time.  I am very proud to say that I coached Danni to her first World Cup, 8 faults at Dapto a couple of years ago, and both girls have always been great competitors with a lot of success.  I join the entire jumping community in wishing Greer all the best, and welcoming another member to the wretched 'cancer club'!  There are a few of us now... and we are a pretty tough lot!

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