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

 

SHCV Autumn Classic

E was a bit tired but rose to the occasion, his scores were a bit all over the place with a 3rd, 4th & 5th LOL I guess his type is liked by some and not others because he is that bit heavier. Perhaps a hunter career may suit him!

Sitting on E, I saw J’s hunter class being called and him escorted off to the class. Super organisers, big thankyou there :).

I finished one and hoped on the next. J put a smile on my face and did a great gallop workout, perhaps a lap of gallop with a flying change and a bit the other way before halting/walking isn’t commonplace in Vic as NSW because a few commented upon it. Certainly a regular occurance when free workouts are allowed and part of the set workout at one GN qualifier. He was a 5th, 5th and a 2nd with had him in 4th place. I was happy, the judge I wanted to do well under we did (2nd).

The drivers in our group or at least those not riding decided we were staying at Tarcutta that night. Left Boneo Park at 4pm …hit Tarcutta late 11ish. Baby snake near stables caused a few issues as some poor Arabian pony colt heading to East Coast was in the stable nearby so we grab a halter and dragged him to safety…LOL only problem was the halter was to big, and colts/mares everywhere! Grabbed one of the boys haybags and the poor fellow stood very quietly whilst snake was dealt with. Full house at Tarcutta that night amongst transport trucks and East Coast competitors. A most honourable mention to the check in name that someone has put on the place, gawd I laughed and laughed that night!

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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 🙂

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