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News from Vicki

19 August 2013

Did I say not too long til the next update?  I lied.... As usual life is pretty full and busy, and this update can’t go by without first a mention of how well all the troops went at the Camden Winter Festival.  Too cold for me to go there competing(!) Benny took the truck over, and I came each day to help. Lee Warneke did a great job to win the Amateur Category B on her little superstar Strawberry Girl (aka Puzzle), Benny won a division of the Ammy Category A on Mitch Carraro’s Bazza Gold, and Chiara Amor and Puma des Hayettes got their Certificate of Capability for the Youth Olympics by jumping clear in the Ammy Category A course.  Great achievement for her, and something we have been working towards since her coming to us last year.  Also Sara had multiple placings on the amazing thoroughbred Pacific Wave (aka Chucky), now 20 years old and still sound.  Also Tarryn Innes won the very competitive 90 cm Ch’ship on Chevalier’s Dream (aka Sam), their first show for ages.  Non resident students Stephi and Ri Mackillop got bunches of ribbons, Steph also getting her COC on Alcheringa Tradition, as did visiting student Kate Hinschen on Not Over.

Lee and Puzzle

Lee and Puzzle bedecked with garlands and rugs after their
victory in the Amateur Category B at the Camden Winter Festival. 
Furdography photo, great pic Rachel Smith!

Then SJC Winter Ch’ships, great show, footing and tracks now always excellent, and ground in the warm ups also substantially improved.  Casino won the Mini Prix by going as fast as his legs could carry him, and the next week at the  Gunnedah  Winter Festival I stepped him up to the Grand Prix and he was 5th to Kermo on the yet another lovely grey in the Kermo collection, Ajado, a stallion owned I believe by Ross and Mel Smith.  This was again a super show, if a weeny bit cold(!), but super footing, lots of room in the warm up rings and great tracks by David Sheppard in the main ring.

In early July Neil and I went on a real holiday... Cairns, or more correctly Palm Cove for 5 days.  Originally the plan was to go to Bali for my my very dear friend and long time owner Robynne McTaggert’s wedding there.  But costs and time away caught up with me, and regretfully I had to decide that we couldn’t go, but we had the few days set aside, so we took off north.  It was such fun, hardly a horse in sight, but lots of crocodiles and other touristy stuff!

Then back home, and had Kai Yulo, a student of one of my longest term students Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, here to stay and train for 10 days.  Lovely girl and rider, but her biggest challenge was the stuff off the horse, as they don’t have to worry too much about that in the Philippines!  Then back to Queensland for 3 weeks, this time with horses, to do 3 great shows.  Gatton Ag Show, principally run by Clem and Sharlene Smith, has excellent facilities.  Great stables, super footing, outstanding tracks by Graeme Watts.  Casino was Leading Jumper, not touching a rail all show, winning both the 1.20 and the 1.35 on the first day, then 6th in the Grand Prix, which ended up a 1.50 track, and won by Merrick Ubank and Aladino.  Great to see Kenny (aka Kartoon de Breve) jumping super for Clem, although I fear Sharlene has allowed him to get a little tubby (Kenny that is, doubt if you could ever make Clem tubby!).  The Glenhaven Grand Prix the following weekend was run by the entire Hamood clan, with Paula and David appearing to be everywhere at all times, especially poor Dave, who also had to spend half his nights sorting out power problems because of the huge numbers at the show.  However the show was lovely, again great footing, plenty of room in the warm up rings, good gear and super tracks by David Sheppard.  And at last, great background music at an Aussie show!  Nearly felt like being in Europe in so many ways.. also great to see Livvie Hamood back and riding so beautifully. 

Then back to Gatton for the World Cup show, and again the huge numbers made for long days, but everything appeared to run smoothly. All arenas and tracks good, and the World Cup on Sunday was a solid enough track.  Great riding (again!) by Jamie Kermond saw him win the class on Colthaga from Tom McD on Limerick.  This reversed the result from the previous Mini Prix class, which saw an awesome jump off, where these 2 boys who are both just outstanding jockeys, try to outride each other on successive horses!  Whew!  It was some fast jump off won by Tom on Carole Mason’s Rolex.  Super tracks again by Wattsy, and it was interesting for me, as being World Cup Rider Rep, I was out on course to help with the preparations, and, man is there a lot of stress for the CD before these big classes to get everything right!  I also had the best seat in the house, as Ron Major asked if I would commentate on the Live streaming video stuff, which I did so gladly as it was a lot of fun. 

So we came home happy enough.  A bit frustrating with the younger ones, as they were so green, but it has done them the world of good to travel and do 3 shows like that in 3 weekends, and as they showed at the SJC Spring show last Sunday (also a super well run show), they are ready to start doing good things soon.  Poor Casino had to cart the team a bit, but he was up to the task, and kept putting his best hooves forward.  He is such a good stallion! Meanwhile Kurt (aka Cache/superstar) is lounging at home with a sore paw again, but will be back in action in October.  Benny was great on Mitch Carraro’s Bazza Gold, who improved with each show, and did a super job on Noblewood Park Cassinata, 6 years old by Cassini 2, and now I get to ride her as Benny is doing his 3 month stint in France with Edouard Couperie.  Happy as a clam, as he arrived on Thursday morning, rode 4 that afternoon, and is now riding 7 a day, and will be doing some shows soon.

Benny and Bazza Gold

Benny and Bazza Gold in the Future Stars class at Gatton World Cup.  Graeme Watts in the background, multi tasking as CD, flag waver
and answering his phone!

Kinnordy Gyllian

Kinnordy Gyllian being a good girl in the Future Stars class at
Gatton World Cup.  Thanks Nicolas Thene for the pics

Quinella at Glenhaven Grand Prix Show

Quinella at the Glenhaven Grand Prix show.  Such a pretty setting!  Benny in the background getting ready for his round on NP Cassinata. 
Quinella is still for sale!”

In the meantime, Kelsey Cranston and Christina Haussler returned to their respective homes in Queensland and Germany, Kelsey having been with us for a year and Christina 6 months.  Both girls will be missed, but now we have Karlie Whbro back in the fold, and a French ‘import’ for 4 months, Nicolas Thene, as well as the stand in Benny, Will Mathew, who appears to be well up to the task.

Another development for Roycroft Stables is the move to Pryde’s Easifeed as our feed of choice now.  Looking forward to keeping our horses in top condition now and well into the future.  Plenty happening now with shows coming up thick and fast...

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