Australian International 3DE

Tuesday The time to leave for the very much anticipated Australian International 3 Day Event had arrived, and so at 3am on Tuesday morning we were loading Hughie and Geisha on the truck and hitting the road. Luckily for me Andy likes driving so I had a pretty cruisey trip over! We stopped off halfway to give the horses a walk, some water and their breakfast. As usual Hughie gobbled all of his up, and Geisha, overcome by the routine change would not touch hers, so Hughie happily finished it up for her too. (Geisha is such a finicky eater that it has become part of Hughie’s everyday diet to finish her leftovers!!!) We were soon on the road again, arriving at Victoria Park in Adelaide around 1.30pm. We were a little early for the scheduled arrival time, so had a chance to walk and graze the horses before their vet examination at 2pm. On arrival to a 3 day event all horses have a quick vet examination to make sure they are healthy before going into the stable block. The vets take their temperature and heart rate, to check their health, but also as it is good information for them to have as a reference point for the cross country cool down. Hughie and Geisha were thrilled to be let loose in their stables after a long day travelling, and both dropped straight down to their knees for a big roll. (While I watched on somewhat anxiously – the stables were far too small for such exuberant rolling!!!) The … Read More

Quirindi 3DE

Quirindi 3DE was not part of my plan of events for the year, but as happens with horses, sometimes things don’t go to plan and after Hughie having a bit of bad luck at Melbourne 3DE he has missed out on a qualifying run. This is what lead us to road trip 12 hours into the drought affected northern NSW! We took Geisha as well, seeing as we were going so far it made sense to try and make it more worthwhile! Hughie passed trot up no worries; we were off to a flying start! He then put in a great dressage test. Unfortunately I made a few small mistakes in the final movements of the test costing us some precious points, but Hughie had tried super hard and done some of his best test work to date so I was happy. He scored 61% and was sitting 9th. He then began the climb up the leaderboard, jumping clear and under time cross country, backed up with a clear show jumping round. It was a sigh of relief to finish on a qualifying result having driven so far! To top it off his finished in 4th place – unfortunately we couldn’t beat Shane Rose who took out 1st, 2nd and 3rd! We also won the award for best performed Young Rider. Geisha also had a super event, as always lots to work on in the dressage with her, but a qualifying score of 57%, backed up with double clear jumping in the CNC 2** to finish in 5th place, and once again, best … Read More

Melbourne International 3 Day Event

Geisha had a fantastic run at Melbourne 3 Day, starting off with a great, calm dressage test, her best one to date. It was a massive section of 90 competitors, and she was placed just below midfield. She then proceeded to make light work of the technical cross country course, coming home clear and well under time. There was a lot of trouble out on course, and she made a significant climb up the leader-board. She pulled up perfectly after the cross country, and proceeded to jump a clear show jumping round on the final day. This moved her up into the placings (just!) with a 15th place rosette. I couldn’t be happier with how she performed, her best dressage test to date and then finishing on that score! It was a super event for her. On the other hand, Melbourne 3 Day did not go to plan for poor Hughie. I had a great ride on him when we arrived on the Wednesday, but come Thursday morning (trot up day) he was non weight bearing on one of his hind legs, having shifted his shoe overnight. We did everything we could to have him right in time for trot up, but in the end simply ran out of time. He went from non weight bearing in the morning, to about 90% sound for trot up. We decided to give it a go, and in the end it was so close, but not quite enough to pass and sadly we were spun – ending our event before it even began! By … Read More

Ballarat HT

I was excited to be heading off to Camperdown to Lakes and Craters 3DE, on of my favourite events, at my all time favourite venue. It is hard to beat the natural beauty of the lakes and big hills. It is always a spectacular backdrop for cross country, with a lot of work having been put into aerating the surface. Geisha was entered in the CCI 1* 3 day event (long format), her first 3 day, while Hughie was stepping up to his first 1* event in the CIC 1* (short format). We had a slight issue getting Hughie’s national passport finalised in time, with my vet’s stamp spilling and leaking on the document which made it tricky to get it approved, delaying the process. This meant we were waiting outside the post office in the horse truck at 9am on Thursday morning hoping it would have arrived! Thankfully it did and we were on our way to Camperdown! 5 hours later and we had arrived just in time for the first horse inspection, and we quickly prettied Geisha up and trotted over for it! Needless to say she was accepted. I then spent the rest of the afternoon riding horses while Alice my groom plaited them up.

Lakes and Craters 3 Day Event

I was excited to be heading off to Camperdown to Lakes and Craters 3DE, on of my favourite events, at my all time favourite venue. It is hard to beat the natural beauty of the lakes and big hills. It is always a spectacular backdrop for cross country, with a lot of work having been put into aerating the surface. Geisha was entered in the CCI 1* 3 day event (long format), her first 3 day, while Hughie was stepping up to his first 1* event in the CIC 1* (short format). We had a slight issue getting Hughie’s national passport finalised in time, with my vet’s stamp spilling and leaking on the document which made it tricky to get it approved, delaying the process. This meant we were waiting outside the post office in the horse truck at 9am on Thursday morning hoping it would have arrived! Thankfully it did and we were on our way to Camperdown! 5 hours later and we had arrived just in time for the first horse inspection, and we quickly prettied Geisha up and trotted over for it! Needless to say she was accepted. I then spent the rest of the afternoon riding horses while Alice my groom plaited them up. With Geisha being in the 3DE, her show jumping wasn’t until the following day. It was actually quite nice not having to pack up and drive all the way home after a big day. With Geisha sitting in 2nd overnight, I was excited to jump on Sunday morning. She passed her trot … Read More

Wandin HT

For the first time in a while we were arriving at an event in broad daylight, and even better, there was time to ride all the horses on Friday afternoon at Wandin Park! Having not had the time to do this for a while it was nice to familiarise the horses with where they would compete the next day. By all accounts Wandin proved to be a great, albeit very busy event! I had five horses competing over four different levels, which made for a lot of different dressage tests and cross country courses! Luckily the courses all followed a similar path, and I was quite pleased that I managed to walk all four in one go, and even better remembered exactly where to go on Sunday! Geisha was meant to be competing in the CIC 1* class, but we unfortunately found out at the FEI horse ID that her FEI registration wasn’t up to date. Having only just done it in October last year I didn’t realise it needed to be refreshed on a calendar year! The same thing had happened to 11 other riders, and so a CNC 1* class was made for us to allow us to still compete. Geisha had her A game on all weekend, starting with a PB dressage test where she got a 65% from one judge. She has struggled with this phase for so long so it is really exciting that it is starting to come together finally! On Sunday she jumped a very careful clear show jumping round, one of not … Read More

Canberra Horse Trials

For the first time in a while we were arriving at an event in broad daylight, and even better, there was time to ride all the horses on Friday afternoon at Wandin Park! Having not had the time to do this for a while it was nice to familiarise the horses with where they would compete the next day. By all accounts Wandin proved to be a great, albeit very busy event! I had five horses competing over four different levels, which made for a lot of different dressage tests and cross country courses! Luckily the courses all followed a similar path, and I was quite pleased that I managed to walk all four in one go, and even better remembered exactly where to go on Sunday! Geisha was meant to be competing in the CIC 1* class, but we unfortunately found out at the FEI horse ID that her FEI registration wasn’t up to date. Having only just done it in October last year I didn’t realise it needed to be refreshed on a calendar year! The same thing had happened to 11 other riders, and so a CNC 1* class was made for us to allow us to still compete. Geisha had her A game on all weekend, starting with a PB dressage test where she got a 65% from one judge. She has struggled with this phase for so long so it is really exciting that it is starting to come together finally! On Sunday she jumped a very careful clear show jumping round, one of not … Read More

February Update

For the first time in a while we were arriving at an event in broad daylight, and even better, there was time to ride all the horses on Friday afternoon at Wandin Park! Having not had the time to do this for a while it was nice to familiarise the horses with where they would compete the next day. By all accounts Wandin proved to be a great, albeit very busy event! I had five horses competing over four different levels, which made for a lot of different dressage tests and cross country courses! Luckily the courses all followed a similar path, and I was quite pleased that I managed to walk all four in one go, and even better remembered exactly where to go on Sunday! Geisha was meant to be competing in the CIC 1* class, but we unfortunately found out at the FEI horse ID that her FEI registration wasn’t up to date. Having only just done it in October last year I didn’t realise it needed to be refreshed on a calendar year! The same thing had happened to 11 other riders, and so a CNC 1* class was made for us to allow us to still compete. Geisha had her A game on all weekend, starting with a PB dressage test where she got a 65% from one judge. She has struggled with this phase for so long so it is really exciting that it is starting to come together finally! On Sunday she jumped a very careful clear show jumping round, one of not … Read More

Tonimbuk SJ

We were in for a hot weekend when we headed down to Tonimbuk for the Gippsland Show Jumping Festival. Luckily for us it turned out to be cooler at the event than at home! The four horses on the truck were: Geisha and Hughie, having their first event back for the year after their spell, Chuckle, at her very first show, and Woody getting ready for his first eventing season. Geisha had a fantastic show, proving what a consistent performer she has become, placing in three of her four classes! She placed 3rd in the 1.10m class on Friday, then jumped in the evening Speed Class entertainment that night. It was a big atmosphere and she rose to the occasion, zipping around for 6th place. The following day she jumped a clear round to get in the jump off, but unfortunately had one down in the jump off. She finished off with a fantastic round in the 1.10m – 1.15m championship on Sunday which placed her 6th. I’m looking forward to getting her out eventing! Hughie can’t seem to help himself but to steal the limelight every time! He started off with two clear round on Friday, and then wowed us all with a win in the 1.05m Championship on Saturday! Being a relatively green horse still (having been jumping for just 6 months) this was a fantastic result. I was excited to start him in the 6 bar competition, but it was unfortunately cancelled due to lack of entries. A shame as it is always such a great event, … Read More

When we evacuated Euroa to Camperdown HT!

I was very indecisive all afternoon, having spent a lot on entry fees and my horses being well prepped I was keen to go, but equally I was worried about the roads to get there and the rain at home which just kept coming down in torrents! It wasn’t until Andy got home from work (when we were meant to be leaving straight away) that we went for a walk around the property and looked at the flash flooding that had already occurred and finally made a decision. With the house and all the paddocks being on high ground, we decided there was no point sitting at home and watching the rain fall when the forecast was quite good for Camperdown. So we loaded up the horses and were on our way at about 5pm in the afternoon. We ended taking a less direct route to avoid Melbourne and possible traffic build ups due to the weather, but our alternate route ended up taking us through the hills across the divide which took forever in the truck, and we didn’t get to Camperdown until almost 11pm! It was a little overcast but really quite ok weather at Camperdown Saturday morning. We got up early for Hughie’s dressage test. He did a lovely test in the EvA 95, being calm and obedient. I was thrilled with him, and the score of 72% and to be sitting in 2nd reflected his test. It was after his test that I got a message from my groom Ros who had stayed at home to … Read More