The indoor season has started well, however, I’m really missing having Dakota on the lorry with us ! It’s gutting when one of your team is missing.
We started off the indoor season with Addington Premier. This was a brilliant show for History and I, he jumped mega coming 4th and qualifying for the Blue Chip Karma. Ascon also jumped fantastic but sadly we narrowly missed out on qualifying for the Winter B & C. We will have another crack at the qualifier at a later date.
History is progressing pretty rapidly, he’s jumping clears in fox hunters, so
I have decided to step him up, yet another level which he has taken all in his stride. Because of his ridabilty and his talent he has made the transition up to the 130 classes pretty easily, I’m so excited about what this horse can do. He’s amazing!
The start of the indoor season also means that we start the 3 year olds so that they are (hopefully) all ready for the January shows.
We have two three year olds at the moment. One is by L’arc De Triomphe, who we call Tinka. The second one is a pony that we bought to produce by Typhoon S, she’s called Windy. Then we have a new four year old which has the same sire as Ascon Z, who is called Olaf! Hopefully he will be as talented as Ascon ! I’ll keep you updated on his progress.
The youngsters are all under saddle now, and riding away well. We have jumped a short course at home however to make sure they are ready for the ring we took Tinka and Olaf to Brook farm for course hire which was great, they both behaved impeccably. The videos of Tinka are on my Facebook page – Lucy Struthers Horses.
I plan to turn Tinka away until the end of December and then we will crack on with her, she should then be ready for some shows. Olaf is a bit older so he is ready to go to a few shows. Hopefully in December that will be my plan.
However, for the rest of November we have the International show at Keysoe and also Arena UK Premier – I will be working hard towards these – hopefully Ascon and History will be ready to give it their best at these shows.
One more bonus I had this month was seeing some of the amazing photographs taken by Matt the Baileys Horse Feeds photographer.
My picture is on the Baileys stand at Your Horse Live! I can’t thank Baileys enough as the horses definitely couldn’t look or feel any better, their coats are gleaming and their condition is spot on.
My aim for the end of this year/ beginning of next is to find a few more 140 classes so both Ascon and I will be ready for a few Grand Prix classes next year!