Gippsland SJ Festival

Last weekend we dragged ourselves away from the farm and the beach for a weekend of show jumping at the Gippsland Show Jumping Festival with Zone, Geisha and also my groom Ruby’s pony Missy. We had a great three days away competing with successful results from all horses. On Friday we had a great start to the show, with Zone jumping a super round in the 1.25m Speed Class to place 2nd. I was thrilled with how confidently and carefully he jumped. Geisha then jumped two great rounds, dropping a green rail in the 95cm but then proceeding to jump clear around her first ever 1.04m! Not bad for a horse that had never jumped until about 6 months ago! That night was the Speed Derby class, and despite the steady rain it was set to be a great evening of entertainment, with a course set up incorporating a bank, jumps on a slope, and also leaping off your horse, donning a dress and grabbing a handbag to then run and jump the last fence on foot! I was quite late in the draw, and standing in the rain watching rider after rider speed around the course flat out was exciting but also quite intimidating with each rider just going faster and faster than the last and the crowd being a bit on the wild side! However Zone and I held our own, jumping a very fast and clean round to place 5th, a great result in such a competitive speed class! On Saturday we paid the price for doing … Read More

Summer at the Farm

After a busy 2016, I have really enjoyed spending the first few weeks of 2017 away with just my horses at my grand-parents farm where I grew up riding. Bell Point farm is one of the southern-most farms in mainland Australia, and with a view over the water with Wilson Promontory in the background, it is simply stunning. ..Read More