Friday at Boneo Park

Up early as I knew lots would be using the arena.

Went to lunch with friends at the nearby Café again, heaven.

Explored Cape Schanck

Back to ride and plait Encore

Had another ride on Chad, which was just amazing fun again…

Improved my riding on E, I got 5 clean 3x changes…

Practised our workouts as all the decorations were up..

Good day all in all ūüôā

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And the rain followed us to BP.

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Of course it had to rain…one would have thought seeing home 1500km away was literally under water (and I mean literally – check the pics below out!) we would have enjoyed dry sunny days in Victoria. Nope, not going to happening. I spotted the above clouds when¬†heading over in the morning…it decided to rain for most of the day.

Now enjoying the lifestyle, we skipped breakfast and headed over to clean stables and then work horses. It is such a great training environment, so quiet and relaxed for the horses. Even though it was a wet and windy day the indoor was gorgeous to ride in. So lovely being somewhere with the facilities so you never have to worry about riding in bad weather.

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The nicest thing was not being hurried to work horses and have somewhere else to be, it getting dark or things to do. Time goes pretty quickly and before you realise its lunchtime. I find it myself at big shows, but I can see why people who work with horses are often so slender, you dont get a chance to stop & eat!

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Of course being on holidays, we did. Went out planning to find a nice cafe for lunch, instead we came across a great little deli and headed back…Still raining and bad weather I opted to read the Horsedeals just out.

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Headed over to play ponies later and found E flat out on the ground, I didnt feel so guilty. I must say all the agistees were so welcoming and tolerant with us. My boys in particular were literally the smallest in the stables.

 

Sydney Royal

The hardest/most stressful thing I find about Sydney Royal is actually get there and getting settled in, the rest is easy. We had literally the easiest Bump In ever and I was most happy to arrive in our aisle and find we were in with super lovely people! (Beats some old harness hag last year who hissed and spitted¬†at everyone, including the feed guys! thankgod she left quickly). Also with one of the photographers and O M G the dedication she (and the rest) have is amazing, out on her feet photographing all day then back every night proofing photos. Don’t ever complain about paying the small amount they ask, that is for sure.

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In and settled that night we watched the Darcy’s Quest. OMG I think whoever came up with that was seriously on LSD, it was just bizarre from a big horse on a crane to people shooting static electricity at one another to kites of the back of quads with fireworks.

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Very easy schedule having the boys on separate¬†days. I absolutely¬†cannot fault how either of my boys worked, I’m¬†so happy with them. E scored a good place in his Novice. Perhaps I am a little disheartened with our results as in a few particular classes some very naughty horses went up the line. Fair enough to ribbon a quality animal but seriously – at royal level they should be able to keep 4 feet on the ground when asked. Each to their own opinions anyway and this is mine!

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One class had the workouts shortened drastically due to time constraints Рluckily we got a call but seriously for a royal show where you pay good money to enter, you would expect more than 3 laps on the ring РI seriously feel for those who went IRO within about 2 minutes.

On the flip side – nice to see horses being asked good workouts, stewards allowing a warmup circle or two and the lovely lady in marshalling keeping everyone informed even when classes got moved forward.

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I notice a lot of people are using google to search for opinions on the judging of the Show Hunters of which this blog seems to come up.

I didn’t get to watch the ponies but in the galloways he was definitely going for a heavier type – picture ASH/Welsh Cross/Saddle pony/WB cross etc. All the horses worked very well to deserve their wins/places. No rearing/bucking getting ribbons like other years which was most refreshing to see ūüôā Again, engaging workouts being asked for which was lovely to see.

As for the open galloways, the show jumping seemed to upset a lot of them, which as a rider is always disappointing but surely it beats having harness working in the ring any day.

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E being Uncle E with a very capable young rider…who was most enjoying doing flash lengthens impressing all the general public watching! I think E enjoyed it as well!

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It’s lovely to¬†have use of the trail out to the park, we choose to work the boys over there when we can. On Thursday it was quite hot so I ended up riding 1 and ponying the other. I tacked J up and took him for a gallop on one of his free days, lots of fun…we did walk as well…he was keen to have a look at the boardwalk and much to my surprise¬†happily clonked along it.

Being in Kelly Pavillion is quite good as you have the stairs up to the Main arena seats very close by, easy escape to the park…not having to battle the crowds and a work arena at one end. Only downer is you get a lot of crowds through at times, on Easter Saturday it was absolute¬†madness – while I was trying to plait E people were streaming along our aisle with elbow room only. I snapped and strategically placed some wheelie bins…much easier! I don’t¬†mind people patting the horses but sheesh they pack into the aisles and poke fingers at them whilst waving all manner of things from balloons, to sparklers to kids patting horses on the bum (eek! as they do it so lightly the horses flinch like it’s a fly!).

Not to forget Bumping Out, which entails a slightly dodgy (dark early morning and all that) walk over to the car park, locate car/float and do the circle around to get back in. Nice and easy thankfully, it wasn’t even raining! A joyously eventful trip home though we did stop and change drivers a few times, due to both of us being pretty tired! The boys were so happy to be home and eating fresh green grass! Not to mention E who has a phobia of rolling in the stables…so he enjoyed a good long roll!

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Jester @ GNs

Jester @ GNs

A quick post…Day tripped Grand Nationals – 10hr round trip. Joy! Jester worked incredibly well, very happy with him. I think I was most happy with the fact he didn’t spook at anything…usually he at least gets a look in the arena before the class. Good pony indeed. E came along for the trip, he gets 10/10 for being a good travelling buddy. Unpack – repack time…We head into Sydney royal for nearly a week on Wednesday.