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22 January 2012

Dapto Show was very good for Team Roycroft, especially on the second day, when there was some serious money on offer!  Dapto has been running jumping for a million years, and has a beautiful jumping surface.  Warren Priestley designed good tracks although the gear all those South Coast shows use is now a bit heavy.  For sure some planks and stiles are needed that knock down a bit more easily.  First day had been a bit ordinary at the start, Benny rode 3 in the C Grade Qualifier, and only qualified 1, Nikki, into the final with a 4 fault round.  Then Kenny and Kurt jumped great clear rounds in the A and B, but with only 5 placings and 6 clear rounds, I ran 5th and 6th!  Rats! George Johnson won on the super little mare Wondaree Sprite.  Benny improved things a bit when he won the C and D class for non qualified horses on Brad (Sir Joindre). Next morning I threw Issie up on Pamelet in the Junior, as Molly is being a difficult chestnut mare, and Pammy and Issie jumped a super clear!  Not bad for never having even sat on her, plus the warm up area is a bit small and unlevel, but Issie and Pam coped admirably.  Jamie Priestley quinella'd this class on New Edition and On the Dark Horse, and Issie was just out of a place on 6th.  Benny then improved things by running 2nd in the C Ch'ship on Nikki, won by Daniel Egsberg on Ruby Tuesday.  Grand Prix saw quite a few clears, including both my guys, and I thought I better have a bit of a cut on both, as it was $1200 to win.  Kurt was super, and was really concentrating well, and I had the luxury of still being in the lead when I was last to go on Kenny.  There were a couple of long runs to oxers that suited my boys well, and Kenny went round a second quicker than Kurt, so my show improved dramatically at that point. 3rd was Emma Smith on Ego Casablanca, 4th Andrew Inglis and ICasper, and 5th Amanda Madigan and Oaks Aaltes.  The class was dedicated to the memory of Geoff Billett, who had always been a great supporter and worker for the jumping at Dapto, and I was very pleased and proud to be presented with the trophy by his son.

Kurt

Kurt in the Grand Prix at Dapto.

Kenny

Kenny over the same fence in the Geoff Billett Memorial Grand Prix at Dapto.  The boys outdid themselves to run 1st and 2nd.

Also pleasing this last week is that Eliza Jane has found a great new home in Victoria with Matilda Madden.  'Tilda and her mother Sara and trainer Michelle Strapp came up during the week, and Jane and Tilda looked super together.  She is a very tall 13 year old, and while Michelle was there to watch, we threw her up on all the other sale horses, Brad, Nikki and Pam, and she did a great job, but was a bit tired at the end of the morning!  We hope that she will have just as much fun with Jane as Sophie, Danni Butcher, Sean Cooper and I have had with her.

On the OS scene it's great to hear Matt Williams had a win in Florida on one of his former rides, Bolero Van T'heike, giving him another horse to aim for London.  Jamie Kermond has also arrived safely in Florida with Colthaga, and both boys, all being well, will be part of our Nations Cup team in Wellington soon.  Edwina Tops-Alexander now seems to have a bunch of horses to choose from, having discarded Ciske van Overis, purchased by Rodrigo Pessoa, but Edwina has Itot, exciting stallion Vleut and a new horse ridden in the European Ch'ship Bronze Medal winning team by UK rider Guy Williams called Titus.  Coincidentally, Itot had been in the French team for the European Ch'ships, ridden by Michel Hecart prior to Jan and Edwina buying him.  Amy Graham and Bella Baloubet are putting up some strong performances, and Danni Butcher is also heading to Europe with her wonderful thoroughbred Big Higgs.  It will be great experience for Danni, and the excellent thing about our selection system now is that, because she has her MES qualification, she is eligible to ride in the two Selection Trials, and if she finishes in 1st or 2nd position after the two, she is automatically in our Olympic Team.  That would be a dream come true, similar to Wendy Schaeffer winning Gold in Atlanta on her gutsy little thoroughbred Sunburst.  Paul and Niklaus are also heading back to Europe to pursue their Olympic dream, and if the pair can operate as they did at the 2011 National Titles, the dream does not look too far away.

Quite a few shows now in the lead up to Sydney Royal, where we have entered Kenny, Kurt and Casino, and Willy in Young Riders for Ben.

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