Update for September 2016

We have an exciting week ahead supporting Emily and Dargun, plus the rest of the GB Young Rider squad, at the European Champs in Italy. The horses left 3 days ago with Parkers Horse Transport, and spent one night in France, one night in Milan, and arrived safely yesterday at the event site in Montelibretti.

Emma, our head girl was chosen as one of the 3 grooms to go to the Championships – very exciting for her, and well deserved. Emily and the other 5 riders fly out today to Italy, and I will fly out with Jane, Dargun’s owner, on Wednesday in time for the vets inspection. Mum and David are coming out later in the week, plus 2 friends. Fingers crossed the week goes smoothly (and hopefully very successfully!!)

I decided, because of being away for a couple of weeks now (off to Lingniere CCI** in France with Em and Cooley Currency the week after Italy) to end the season with Billy, Bobby and Joey – so they are now on a well deserved holiday. Billy and Bobby have now upgraded to Intermediate level, and Joey is not far off. Considering that they have had rather a staggered season because of my neck trouble, they have progressed well. At the last few events with them – West Wilts, Bicton and Treborough they had some good placings, and are feeling pretty established at Novice level. There is lots to look forward to next year with them – progressing and getting them established at Intermediate level, aiming for a CCI* in the spring, running them in some CIC** events, and possibly aiming for a CCI** at the end of the year.

Emily and I have covered many miles over the last few weeks trying to find good young horses for owners. We have done 3 German trips, and have found a 5 and a 6 yr old, plus another lovely horse, but sadly it failed the vet. We still need to find a couple more for other owners, so will keep looking.

We took Patrick Beresford’s Charlemagne out to a jumping show in Belgium, he has got to 3 star level eventing, but is too careful, and as he is such a great jumping horse we feel it is best to try to sell him as a show jumper. Agents saw him jump well in Belgium, and we have had some interest, hopefully it will lead to the right person buying him.

Dear Tess produced an embryo by Cevin Z, so Kizzy (this year’s foal, who is now turning grey) will have a full brother or sister next year. Zara’s 3 recipient mares, who are carrying her offspring, have scanned in foal. I will bring them home after their 60 day scan. We are trying for one more embryo with Zara, with Jaguar Mail semen.

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Bobby at Intermediate
Bobby at Intermediate
Joey
Joey
Billy now at Intermediate Level
Billy now at Intermediate Level

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