We have been really, really, busy since Lanaken. So I haven’t got round to writing anything for a while.
We’ve had some massive changes on the yard. Dakota and History joined Holly Smith‘s team. Their amazing results have been coming in thick and fast. The first show they did together was Hickstead, this was a fantastic show, Dakota qualified for Horse of the Year Show in the Talent Seekers, won the 7 year old title and History came second ! I was so so proud of both the boys, (and of course Holly!), they hadn’t had long to get used to each other. I have really enjoyed sitting on the edge watching both of them perform, I have however nearly chewed my nails off ?.
With the big boys at Holly’s we have been focusing on the young ones.
We have a couple of really nice ones coming through.
We also picked up a couple of Holly’s young ones, this keeps me busy while Dakota and Hamish are off jumping with her.
We welcomed Max, a 3 year old French bred stallion by L’arc De Triomphe, Joey a 5 year old out of KEC Maximum Joe and Miss D a 4 year old Mare which is the full sister to one of Holly’s best horses called Dougie Douglas which she used to jump on our nations cup teams prior to him being sold. I’m really excited about their futures and work has started with them all.
Lolita we have recently backed and turned away on holiday. She is a 3 year old mare out of a son of Comme Ill Faut out of a dam by Kashmir van Schuttershof. She will come back at the end of December so she will be ready to start shows from the beginning of January.
The others that are ready for shows is Fara’s Jolie, a 4 year old mare out of l’Arc De Triomphe, Key West a 4 year old mare by Typhoon S and Rolanda’s Glory a 5 year old out of a son of Caretino Glory.
It’s never quiet here !!
We have been out jumping some brilliant rounds on Faras Jolie, Maximus Joey and Rolanda’s Glory. We have been to some local shows including Keysoe and Addington, picking up a few wins and placings in the Novice and Discovery. All of the horses have been super consistent every time. Rolanda’s Glory is the greenest but he is really starting to grow every time we go out! Won’t be long until these all step up to Newcomers !
On the back of Hickstead we made a plan with Holly to aim both History and Dakota for Vilamoura in Portugal. This is a tour where there is 6 weeks of jumping. Holly decided to go for the last four weeks, as she felt it will set History and Dakota up for 2020 !
Vilamoura was an amazing show for them ! Both horses jumped the CSIYH1*.
We’re absolutely over the moon with how both the horses were jumping on the last week we decided to put Dakota in the CSI3* where he jumped brilliantly and exceeded all expectations with a really good placing in 140 speed and came 12th in the small Grand Prix. There were over 100 combinations and for his first big class we were thrilled.
This is the young horse section where they both jumped the 7 year olds.
Dakota started the show off with a win in the 7 year olds, and then went on to win the 7year old Grand Prix on the 3rd week. He was virtually placed every week which was amazing, we didn’t expect it! Not to be out done by his brother, History also jumped fantastic with some brilliant rounds, which also resulted in some high placings and another win !