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We are excited to have moved to a lovely horse property just north of Euroa. My boyfriend Andy and I will be renting the property, where Sophia Landy Equestrian will now be based. With almost 100 acres, fantastic horse fencing, and a 70 x 30m arena that we have just put in, it is a great opportunity to expand my business a little. . It will allow me to take more horses in for schooling, while also having room for my young and spelling horses. Previously we did not have the space for this on our property. The arena is not quite finished yet, and so in the meantime I have been wearing tracks all over the place on the lawn!
After a weekend with mixed results at Tooradin Horse Trials, we were back at it again, this time heading to Greenvale for Avenal Horse Trials, with just Geisha and Hughie competing. Everything came together incredibly for Hughie, who led the event from start to finish, taking out 1st place and best performed off the track thoroughbred. This makes it two wins from his four eventing starts, not a bad track record! Geisha did her best test to date, cracking the 60% in a 1* test for the first time, a milestone for her. She then proceeded to zip around the cross country all clear, and jumped a great show jumping round, with just one rail down. She did her first ever event at this horse trials last year so it is amazing to have her now doing 1* without any trouble! She finished just out of the placings. I also took a new young thoroughbred I have along for the outing. His first outing since racing, Woody thought it was all rather exciting and didn’t spend much time with all four feet on the ground, however after spending a good few hours on his back each day he did begin to settle down! The following weekend was an incredibly busy one, with me competing 6 horses at Shepparton (NVSJC Grand Prix Show) on Saturday, moving house on Sunday, and then back at Shepparton with 4 horses on Monday! Not exactly your typical weekend! Woody had his first competition and trot and popped his way around the 60cm and 75cm, proving … Read More
After a fantastic weekend at the EV Spring HT where my new OTT TB Hughie started his eventing career in serious style with a win in the EvA 95 class, we were back home and in for a busy week! It was school holiday horse camp time and I had 6 young riders staying for a fun filled week of horse activities and riding lessons. It was a great success, everyone had a ball and showed lots of improvement throughout the week. I’m looking forward to the next camp which will run in January. Throughout the week I managed to keep my horses ticking over, and on Saturday morning Andy and I left for Albury Horse Trials, with Andy filling the head groom position for the weekend, and Ros staying behind to look after everything at home! :/ While this was a slightly concerning role reversal, Andy had everything covered (though he definitely cheated by getting the horses plaited up by the girls at home before we left!) and the event ran very smoothly despite having three horses with close times. Hughie jumped double clear again in the EvA 95, this time coming away with 6th place, a super effort for his second horse trials. Geisha and Luna competed in the EvA 105, and although they didn’t place they both showed some great improvements. Back home from Albury and I was in for another busy week at home. This time rather than coaching, I had the pleasure of being coached! My coach Ken Jelbart came and stayed for the week … Read More
Luna had a great first EvA 105 run, doing a nice test, jumping clear and under time cross country, and just rolling two rails in the show jumping to finish midfield. It was a great performance for her first Pre Novice. And the baby of the team Hughie was the absolute superstar, doing a very sweet, calm and obedient test to be placing 5th in the EvA 95, and then backing it up with a double clear jumping to finish in overall first place! I couldn’t believe it, for him to come home with a win at his first ever horse trials was a sensational effort. Despite being quite green on cross country, he was very brave and flew over everything. He also won the award for the best performed off the track thoroughbred, quite fitting seeing as he has only had 11 weeks jumping since being off the track! I am very excited for this horses future, he has definitely cemented himself a spot as a keeper on my team of horses!
We have spent more of September away than we have at home, with what seems like event after event! We had a low key outing to kick off the month at Bendigo Dressage and Show Jumping Day. We took four horses and they all cleaned up! Luna Eclipse was reserve champion of grade 1 dressage and reserve champion of B grade show jumping. Hughie was champion of grade 2 dressage despite it being his first ever dressage tests and champion of B grade show jumping (What a good boy!). Lusty my young ISH and Barcelona, Penny Ward’s OTT TB also did their first ever dressage tests in the grade 4, with Barcelona winning champion and Lusty reserve champion. The only dampener of the day was that I managed to get a speeding fine in our rather slow truck on the way home! The following weekend we were off to Boneo Park for the Boneo classic, this time with just one horse which was very strange! I am so used to riding heaps of horses and being flat out at events! Geisha was the lucky one on the float, and while we didn’t have the best show, having rails or a rail down in each class, I did feel like we made a big improvement over the three days of jumping which was great. She has changed a lot recently, in her muscle development, strength and way of going, all for the better, but I am having to adjust how I ride her a bit and work out all the new … Read More
We had our first bigger show for the season, the Border Districts Show Jumping Club Show at Albury, which proved to be a good outing for all the horses, with lots of clear rounds to be jumped. ESB Irish Hobbit really stepped up, jumping clear around 1.25m and 1.30m tracks with ease and doing a competitive jump off in the 1.20m class. He was really great! ESB Golden Geisha had an up and down show, starting with a super clear in the 1.15m finishing in 5th place. She had her first 125cm start but had a few rails down. On Sunday we jumped two great rounds in the 1.10m and 1.20m to finish on a good note. It was a very busy week following the Border Districts Show, with lots of horses to be worked and in between all of this I took Geisha to my dressage coach Manolo Mendez for a few days to have some lessons. This was very worthwhile, and I was pleased to hear how much he thought she had progressed since he last saw her. Back home on Friday we were flat out getting ready for another weekend away, this time at Friends of Werribee, whilst also trying to work all the horses that had missed out while I was away! Finally at 7pm all the horses were worked, truck packed, and the horses competing all washed, plaited and ready to go so we hit the road for Werribee! It was a slightly slower paced weekend with only two horses competing (which was a nice … Read More
It has been a busy month, with lots of coaching throughout the school holidays and so many young horses! July started off with running my own 5 day riding camp which was a great success and lots of fun. I loved seeing how much everyone progressed throughout the week, riding both their own and some of my horses. I am definitely looking forward to making this a regular holiday program! As soon as this camp ended I headed down to Tooradin Estate for the camp there, which was a great opportunity to catch up with all my clients down that way. To top the week off, Andy and I even managed a quick visit to the farm for two days to visit my family and have a ride on the beach! Back home again to Euroa and reality, it was time to get back to work and stuck into the horses that had had a bit too much time off over the last two weeks!!! The following weekend we headed to Werribee, this time with 6 horses! The same four as the previous weekend but with Lusty and Hobbit in addition! Saturday unfortunately was a bit of a write off, as jut upon arriving we found out that the Freshman SJ scheduled for the day had been cancelled due to the high winds. While it was disappointing after the early start and a long enough drive, the wind was simply out of control and it would have been dangerous to jump! So instead I had my own dressage freshmans day … Read More
We finished off the eventing season with a great run at Woady Yaloak Horse Trials. It was my last time competing the lovely ESB Irish Autumn and he was super, finishing 7th in the 1*, a great result for his second ever 1*. Geisha showed improvement again in the dressage backed up by another double clear performance, to finish just out of the placings due to some cross country time. She certainly has become quite the double clear machine, having manage this at her first three Pre-Novice starts, and also at all 6 of her eventing starts to this point. For such limited jumping experience she is an absolute machine! It has been very busy at home, interestingly with quite a lot of horses to break in! These young ones have all been progressing well though as always some have been more of a challenge then others, and some have been incredibly easy practically breaking themselves in! I am excited to have purchased a riding 3 year from the Koyuna stud. “Koyuna Courageous” or Cody as we call him carries multiple crosses of the Souvenir bloodline and is bred to be a superstar so we are very excited about him! I have started lunging and in-hand work with him and will be moving along the process slowly over the next few weeks. We have also had some very exciting news, which is that after 3 months of complete box rest and icing, Zone has finally gotten the all clear to begin rehab. He had his final of 3 shockwave treatments, … Read More
Having originally planned on riding Zone in the CCI 2** at Sydney 3DE, we did a replan once he became injured and instead I thought we’d go to the much closer event at Ballarat. However as it turns out I was too slow at getting my entries in and so with horses in need of a run I decided to make the long trip up to Sydney, even if it was just for the EvA 105 class! I was also pretty keen to check out the amazing venue SIEC to which I had never been before. So on Thursday morning we loaded up Annie, Geisha and Vanessa Hawkins’ ESB Irish Autumn and hit the road. We stopped off on the way at Oxley Reserve to have a cross country school which was really great as there was a variety of ditches and banks and drops, all the kinds of things which are hard to school at home! After a successful little schooling session we were back on track and spent the entire day on the road until we finally arrived at SIEC 12 hours after we had left home! Friday was the 5yo Young Event Horse class for Annie and as usual she did not disappoint! She was a little superstar, showing off how incredibly rideable she is and was one of the highest scoring horses for the jumping phase, getting an 8 out of 10 for her style over a fence. She sure is one stylish little lady, and did very well considering she is only 15hh and competing … Read More