28th June - NEWS FLASH !!!!
WE HAVE A NEW HORSE TRUCK - YOU BEWDY !!!
Our new transport is a 1993 MAN 17.192 (what ever that all means !?)
It is in excellent condition (so my mechanic says!) and can carry up to 5 horses.
It was found for us by Hayley and Nick Brynn down near Taunton, and Hayley's company 'Total Letting Service' has helped with the purchase , so are now our latest freindly sponsor ! Maybe we should call our truck 'Totally Bonza' !
There are are a few alterations that need to be made to suit our outfit, but there is plenty of space to store all our picnic stuff, so our owners,sponsors and friends will have the benefit of picnic tables, chairs and parasol once again. (And maybe a bit of wine and tucker aswell!)
21st June -
Many appologizes for such a gap from my last words.
The season has been a bit of a slow start for us - firstly, Somerly Park was cancelled, so this completely screwed up our programs for Moo and Rusty to get them prepped for Tattersalls International. And as usual there have been little knocks and bumps on various horses and myself which have complicated the smoothness of the show. I am at the moment nursing ligament damage round my right ankle, and a few cracked/bruised ribs. But Moo is now aimed at Blenhiem CCI3* in Sept., and Rusty is aimed at Blair Castle CCI3* in August.
King has given me my only win so far this year. He has nicely settled into Intermediate level, and if he's not sold, we will be aiming him at some CIC2* runs soon. Bill hasn't had a run yet, but will follow a similar program to King.
Africa and Gin started the season well with 3 double clears each at BE100 level, with a couple of top 10 placings, and now they are finding their feet at Novice level. We are looking forward to completing the breaking in of Gin's 3 yr old gelding(Rev), who is by TB stallion Revolutions.
We have had a good handful of youngsters in for breaking and schooling - 2 Welsh part bred ponies owned by Eryl Sheers (Kyffin and Carmina). And 4 TB cross 4 yr olds owned by Geoff and Jayne Barrington. Geoff and Jaynes youngsters are all for sale, so if your looking for some nice young horses give us a call.
Working pupil Emily has had 3 BE100 starts with her horse Mis. Not clear sailing by any means, and some misunderstanding with the rules !!! but great learning experiences. Fern had 1 BE80 run with Sandy for double clear and 6th place, but sadly Fern has moved on so Sandy has gone back into retirement again. Ellie had some time out with a cracked vertebre, but is now thinking about loaning Max to start competing ?! Our working pupil ranks will be boosted early next month, so there could be more blogs to read soon.
Due to my divorce, I lost both horse trucks, so for this season so far I have been borrowing lots of different trucks - Tim and Anne Pople's - Val and Hannah Jones's - David and Eryl Sheers - Donna Harris's - James and Renee Howel's ! But now, with the gift of some money from my family, I am on the market for a 4/5/6 horse truck to call my own !! I've been to see a few, but none have ticked enough boxes yet on my criteria list - very frustrating ! Luckily I have had local lorry mechanic Shaun Lovegrove coming with me to check out the lorries mechanically - thank goodness !!! Hopefully soon we will have a 'Bonza Eventing' truck for all our horsey travels.
8th March -
Well the eventing season has officially begun, but I'm not actually doing my first event till the 26th March at Somerly Park. This will be with Moo and Rusty, both doing an OI. Moo and Rusty are both aimed at Tattersalls International in Ireland, where the plan is for both of them to do the CCI3*.
Then a couple of days later will see us competing at Howick on the 30th and 31st March. I'll be riding Africa and Gin both in the BE 100 Open, and Emily will be having her first ever event on her horse Mis, also doing a BE 100.
Fern on Sandy will be having their first run at Larkhill on the 6th April - BE 90. Sandy is 29 yrs old this year,(but according to fern, feels like a 5 yr old !!), so we are going to very careful with him.
27th Feb. - The RoR evening talk at Broomes nr Chepstow went well - see news for full report.
4th March - The Australian training day with German show jumper Gilbert Bloekmann at Rectory Farm nr Cirencester was excellent. I took Moo and Rusty, and was part of a couple of group lessons with Sam Griffiths and Chris Burton. Rusty is learning well and tries really hard, and Moo got a very good compliment from Gilbert at the end of our last few jumps - Gilbert said 'perfect !'
5th March - XC clinic at Stockland Lovell was a great success - see news for full report.
The 3 girls have now started doing their blogs on their own page. I'm a bit worried what they might say ! Hopefully they wont give up all our secret winning formulas !
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