Australian International 3 Day Event – Preperation

We leave for the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide on Monday and I could not be more excited! This is my first time competing at the AI3DE, and having heard so much about it I cannot wait to see for myself! I will be competing in the CCI 2** and Young Rider class on my horse ESB Golden Zone. In the lead up, all the recent wet weather has caused so many events in South Easter Victoria to be cancelled, and so it has been difficult to get a run, however what we have done has gone very well! Candlebark HT became a Combined Training Day but I decided to go nonetheless and Zone came away with a 4th place in the 2**. The following weekend I went to Ayr Hill Show Jumping, where Zone was super and won the 1.10m class, making it 4 wins from his last 4 show jumping shows! He won the 1.10m at Geelong SJ Championships, the 1.15m at Sale Show, the 1.25m at the Australian Show Jumping Championships, and now this 1.10m class at Ayr Hill too. He is becoming quite the show jumper! Our final pre-Adelaide event was the Tooradin HT. This is always a special event for me given it is held at Tooradin Estate, the wonderful property where I live and train. The weather was unbelievably bad with the property being wetter than I have ever seen it before, but thankfully our sandy soils meant we were able to run the event regardless. It was the perfect pre-Adelaide run … Read More

Show Jumping Success

With the season well underway I couldn’t be happier with the way my horses are going. After Zone’s win in the 1.10m class at Geelong SJ Championships the next event on the calender was Friends of Werribee Horse Trials. I had three horse competing, all grey and all ESB Irish Sport Horses! Zone in the 2**, ESB Irish Hobbit in his first Pre Novice and ESB Irish Cowgirl (aka Yeeha) in the intro; her first ever event! She took it all in her stride, remaining relaxed and putting in a good, but green performance in each phase to finish midfield. Hobbit’s dressage was rather disastrous, which was somewhat expected considering his anxiety issues. It was like he hit crisis mode and went into meltdown the moment he entered the arena and began zigzagging his way up the centre line! He did make up for it though by jumping a stellar double clear in the jumping phases. I was very impressed by how rideable he was cross country, he ate up the course like it was nothing and despite it being his first pre novice he feels ready to tackle a much bigger course! Zone had a typical Zone spook in the dressage but got through it alright, and then proceeded to jump clear in the show jumping, and clear with a bit of time in the cross country to finish in 5th place in the CNC 2** class – a fantastic start to his eventing season! The following weekend we headed to a local Freshmans SJ Day on Saturday where … Read More