Mission Garryowen complete.

In what has been the most monumental effort since we the idea was sorted of floated end of February…mission Garryowen is complete. Lots of fun but lots and lots of work!

Acquiring the gear, cleaning the gear, making sure everything fits or will fit ie 5 girths later and then cleaning everything again I’ll be quite happy to not clean tack for the next month or so. Apart from the fact everything needs to be cleaned before it goes into storage.

Scarlett whilst still paddock dwelling is coming back into work. I just didn’t have the time over Winter.

New boots – Cavallo Primus Pro

Firstly, yes slight redesign and update. I had this logo designed late last year for me, I absolutely love it!

Super excited to unbox a pair of the Cavallo Primus Pro today. Thankyou past self for ordering these at Canberra Royal!

I prefer to order through Wagners, as then I know with Caroline measuring they will fit perfectly.  I am of course a fan of the Cognac colour, once they darker a little (as all good brown leathers do with time!) they will be superb.

Hey 2017

17 days in seems timely enough however.

I feel it remiss of me to not firstly mention Ooteman are having a massive sale on all the things. This said, I have all the things so don’t yet need to order! Life goals I’m not sure but we are currently okay gear wise which is nice.

It’s also kind of interesting that pretty much all of the Anky colours are on sale – I totally admit I got bored once they started repeating colours rather than doing new patterns and designs. Which looking at the new range that has just come out – yawn.

We still miss J, I can’t believe it was May last year – seems like only yesterday. In a comment that horse people will understand, the grass where the paraffin bucket was dumped is nearly grown over but not quite. His stable empty and E feeling like he needs to be the stallion of the place.

E is being awesome of course, hopefully we will start Inter 1 this year. He is more than capable of it  – we are really looking forward to being able to compete in the snaffle bridle as well as it just suits him better. It’s still funny score wise as the judges don’t know what to do with him, some love him and some hate him and we consistently get 3’s and 8’s for the same movements. That said one of the judges who isn’t really appreciative of him handed out a 8 for his extended walk and we were like wait what..!

That is where I like Dressage though in that we can turn up, ride and go home without worrying about scores or placings. It’s the best! Particularly as there is much less effort required.

I’m amused now that Scarlett is ready to start I much prefer riding her in the double bridle! She does go far better and is generally a much (much!) happier horse and as relayed to me by quite a few people, some horses are just built for a double. (And that in itself is funny as with the other horse I’m all yay about FEI in a snaffle!). So I daresay we will do limited newcomer classes and just drop the weymouth off beforehand.

Dressage wise it causes a few issues as whilst she is happily training Medium (and other tricks) it is a little too much pressure to start her out at Medium, pressure for her not me! So prep it is. Hopefully by years end she will be Medium/Adv. She is training all the things and has good horse knowledge on what is what – it’s more so just getting control which is a continual process. I admit I find the Prelim/Novice bloody boring and not challenging what so ever – we can walk/trot/canter and ride lengthened paces in the show ring.

I’m sure people will read what I’ve typed and pick it apart but meh! I’m really happy with how Scarlett is going, it’s been a long what 3/4yrs? I think some methods suit her and some certainly don’t – we will just continue to to take advice from all areas and run with what works. One of the most important things to continually improve and move forwards is that you try new concepts, if you always do what you’ve always done you will always get what you’ve always got. Which is why some people seem to hit proverbial brick walls and their horses always go the same way.

She will probably be a wild beast and cause carnage in the show ring – she is so not a show horse but it will be excellent acclimatization for her! She can gallop no problems, it’s more the stopping that is an issue – as in she is quite quick of the seat to stop!! That and I’m sure many show horse people seem to think Warmbloods are all massive hyper extended trots – which some are – but personally I would rather a horse that doesn’t consistently do late flying changes and one that has decent legs in years to come!

Hufglocken is steadily growing, it has outgrown my grasp. I can’t tell you how amusing it is to be at Dressage competitions and have people tell me that I should go an purchase Huf gear for XYZ reasons. It’s fun to be able to do lots of different designs and nice it’s being well recognized. Lots of time of course has been poured into it!

Obviously I’m a KEP fan, so was super excited to be able to take on distribution rights there. Currently in the process of setting up new site (EOH) to do KEP, Mattes etc. so H can just be Huf stuff. Easier ordering wise, particularly with the custom orders that take weeks on end.

Life is fine with just the two horses at the moment although my friends happily put up with me wanting a palomino pony or a new open galloway from one week to the next! Still wouldn’t mind a really nice open type. Scarlett will have a year or so in the show ring but she is very very much a dressage horse and I don’t want to smash her legs around on shitty ag show surfaces – what’s the point?!

Looking forward to our County saddles soon! Should be here early Feb and I’m sure it will really help both of them and myself.

I did switch all my Sprenger spurs over to the extra grip ones – which are the best because they don’t move!! An issue I was having with the plain metal ones.

Encore has a new DQ double bridle and Scarlett’s m2m one is coming soon hopefully! Still waiting on her dressage double but that should also be soon. So not really accumulating more, just switching to higher quality. In E’s show bridle case I just wanted a slightly wider noseband and so we had a 3rd bridle to put a browband on for rider classes – because I am not a fan of taking bridles apart!

White hamag numbers for S, new false tails (Tails by Jocelyn still being my favourite). I’ve reduced jacket wardrobe down to just my favourites – which no surprises is still Pretty Ponies, Wagners, Animo and then the Show Stoppers one in the slightly luminous brown tweed.

Still wanting red patent top boots though.

It will be interesting to see what this year brings, lots of things happening and I continually seem to add more. Game on bitches.

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Winter 16 AOS etc

Twas good. Plenty of horses PI but I think this was more due to people knowing exactly which horses they wanted and on some lots only one person really chasing it..which is never going to bring the bid up to meet the reserve. Pretty easy to tell they would be sold afterwards. I had a quick look and did laugh when the horses I liked on the flesh were both pretty much identical on paper.

The whole Road to Rio Ball#twohearts (<get used to it…I’ve been told by several sources that specific hashtag will be used to quantify Equestrian sports by IOC) was terrific. Anyone attending would totally agree the band absolutely nailed it – amazing atmosphere. Wasn’t the bidding for the Sue Hearn training package simply fantastic?!

My shopping consisted of hoof black (the good stuff), cover cream and brown Raven oil. So not overly exciting. Repeats to self I do not need another horse.

NSW Country Hack Champs

AELEC is an awesome venue, a little like the bogan country sister of SIEC. I almost like it better because there is somewhere to warm up undercover, washbays are closer, camping relatively close and on tarmac (horse events always = rain). We were able to use just about whatever arena we wanted and I even ventured into the huge back paddock of the place that has the X-Country courses.

Food venues nearby and plenty of motels close as well unlike SIEC. At Tamworth I wasn’t particularly a fan of the food onsite however good work stocking Powerade etc. I think re catering SIEC is awesome with that one, or at least I’ve always been lucky to score really nice salads. AELEC office super helpful as well, for when your like me and decide to leave a day earlier…and want stabling an extra night. You can also order feed to be delivered to your stable pretty easily – unlike SIEC, but SIEC you can  control the lights. So both are equally awesome really.

E traveled well, I opted for the longer-flatter route so we left at 10.30am and arrive about 4pm with one stop..not to bad! Iceboots, a walk and dinner. Socialising keeps one sane. Massive storm came through late Friday night which I think meant quite a few horses/people were lacking sleep!

Encore and I had a ride around the indoor in the early morning, nothing scary so all good there. We headed out to walk around the arena’s but they were so wet back inside we went. Huge classes – 50 something in the Large Ponies.

Strapped for my favourite pony. Went to get a shirt..came back with a jacket/outfit – I was very worried my Pretty Ponies ones from the UK wouldn’t arrive in time.

Just when we were about to go for a ride…massive storm. Totally ridiculous. Felt for anyone trying to warm up/head to their class! Thankfully it passed and we went for a wander 🙂 Awesome chinese for dinner!

Sunday in the rider class early on…but huge classes I thought it mght take a while. It did. He was awesome if not a little wild for the rider class – which sorted itself via him flooding a small area – I did offer the opportunity before hand..but horses.

Then next up was friend’s Small SH Galloway. I have never been soo nervous watching and strapping before! She did awesome and we were on edge to here the results! Flowers! SO awesome :).

Commence anxious wait for our class, which was the last. It’s no secret he is prone to tying up and warming up in the dark/cold wasn’t the best! Anyway good result. Thankfully. Trip worthwhile, Horse gets what I think he deserves finally.

 

 

Stedinger (IMP)

So I’m feeling rather lucky!!

I had an amazing opportunity and got a ride on the super star that is Stedinger!

Revelwood Stud had a competition going to “win” a ride on him. My dear “Big Chad” owning friend suggested I should enter. Which of course I did! Thinking with a degree of trepidation I am not exactly a textbook Dressage rider for this imported Stallion that has amazing paces. Which of course if you google his name you will see a few videos from the European Stallion shows the display his incredible canter.

Worth a try anyway so I penned my words into a nice short little rhyming piece. Got the news I had won on Mother’s Day I think it was actually, as my dear Mum was quite thrilled!

Thankfully it’s a quieter period at work so I can take off mid week to ride a super fancy horse! I was pretty excited!

Left home a little earlier (though not so early that everyone froze) so we could have a look and a sit in the Equipe Saddles at Trailrace. I have ridden in a couple of models and was keen to see what the brown looked like. I am now 100% sold in a Equipe Emporio in Brown! I like the feel of this model and you could easily get away with it in the Show Ring.

Onto Amberwood Park and Stedinger! It was simply awe-inspiring to watch Gina riding him. I would very much look forward to seeing them both in a freestyle test as the work they produce is so expressive and Stedinger’s canter is totally world-class and an absolute highlight.

Not to mention he has a devine head and really is so leggy and elegant. There are quite a few Show Hunter horse mares I know off that would be such lovely crosses to him. The progeny would not only have the rideability but the good looks and the added height as he of course stands at 17.2 HH

Then it was my turn to jump aboard! He is certainly a bit taller than E’s great height of 14.3HH. He was really super, didn’t mind the change of rider and was happy to listen to what I was asking. No fuss and really enjoyable and I think I sat his big trots okay and we played around in the lateral work being coached by Gina.  Lost that left stirrup a bit which is frustrating but it is improving so I can’t complain. His canter is soo gorgeous to ride, flying changes and half pass no problems 🙂 Gina had me ride some tempi’s which Stedinger was happy to do! Finished off with some piaffe and passage and phoar he can passage!

He was such a gentlemen and quite the dude on the ground. Better manners than my two boys anyday! A massive thankyou to Stedinger for being such a gorgeous horse, Revelwood Stud and David & Amanda Shoobridge to let someone ride one of their uber fancy stallions, Amberwood Park for allowing another person onboard and so close to a competition…and for getting him so pretty!  Lastly but importantly to Chad’s Mum for getting me to enter. A fabulous opportunity that won’t be forgotten.

Video will be on the Revelwood Stud facebook page shortly

 

No pain, No gain (or a qualification)

No pain, No gain (or a qualification)

Well that’s one way to get back on the horse. Three days of showing. Anzac Day being breeds day at our local show and then back there for hack classes before a Hunter Valley show today.

Mildly appalled most people on Friday were riding without a poppy or rosemary in the very least.

Our local show is pretty dodgy in my opinion – minimal parking, uphill downhill to ride on and the sideshow rides being horrendously noisy. As it was both days we prepped Encore on the road parked a block away and walked in. Got the performances we wanted so happy there 🙂 Won a lovely flag rug donated by a local embroidery business.

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Hunter Valley show today and it poured with rain just after we left. The show committee are wonderful and bright so it was such a lovely show to attend. I’ve judged here before and thought the same 🙂 E was very on the ball in the rain and won a pretty amazing red woolen rug. Donated by Rugrack

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