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4 August 2009

Such a long drive to Toowoomba, so luckily it was a really lovely show.  Weather also amazing during the day, but bloody freezing at night...  I didn't go last year, Blatini and I were in Europe, but it was good to jump outdoors on what is a very good grass surface.  Tracks also excellent in both rings designed by Anthony Murray and Graeme Watts.  Also interesting was a Queensland initiative of a Trans Tasman challenge   between New Zealand and Queensland young riders.  Good to see the Q'ld kids clean up all 3 matches, well done guys!  Particularly the two well bred girls for the job, Livvie Hamood (daughter of Paula), and Gemma Creighton (daughter of Guy) taking after their illustrious parents.

My team was great with Irish and Willy starring.  Irish was 2nd in 1.40 class on Friday to David Robertson and Sharpe Seal, then in the World Cup was 2nd to Chuggie on Vivant, who looked really super.  Track was tough enough, as it was a COC class for next year's World Games, so there was a few of the 30 that should have started in the Mini Prix instead.  Wattsy set a track that was comparable to a 3* in Europe, but for sure not 5*, and as usual for him, beautifully designed and built, with nothing too complicated, and all the tough fences being easy to get to, or off very fair related distances.  Unfortunately none of us could get 1/2 a COC, as  7 of us ended up on 4 faults, me, Chugg, Robbo, Tim, Michelle McMahon (looking super on new ride Animate), Paul and Nicklaus and Robert Moffatt and It's Ritchie, also looking great, with either the open water or the treble being the culprit.  Irish's  4 and 0 rounds were good enough for 2nd, to Vivant's very classy 4 and 0.  Sharpe Seal was 3rd, also 4 and 0, then Chugg again 4th on Conquistador, 8 and 0, and Tim Armitrano 4th on Mr Innocent, 4 and 4.

Irish over first fence in Sunday's World Cup class:

Irish - World Cup class

Willy is at last starting to get over his spooky issues, and didn't have a fault all show.  He won the 1,20 class on the first day, then in the David Overton Memorial Futurity was 2nd to Tim Armitrano and Balboa after 3 tough rounds.  Tim and I had to jump off on Sunday morning out of the 16 that had qualified out of 70 starters for the final jump off, as half way through Nicola Geddes round under lights on Saturday, one of the bank of lights went out, so left the arena in half darkness!  Nicci had already had 4 faults, so elected not to come out 7.30 the next morning when Tim and I tried again on the frosty ground!  It was the one time I put front studs in.. Cougar was placed in that class with a rail in the jump off, and also jumped a great clear in the Mini Prix, but had a rail in jump off.  Eliza Jane, who we have just bought for Sophie, cruised around the 1.30 classes and Mini Prix, as Sophie is in the US til next week.

It was nice to have Jane back on the truck again, and we look forward to Sophie having good experience with her.  Nakita Barber certainly did last year, while she was with me, and I had the fortunate situation of too many Grand Prix horses!  Then also giving great rides and experience to Danni and Greer Butcher.  I had asked them about selling her at Easter when we were looking for a horse, then when Sophie had the misfortune of losing NP Caeser when he was at the vet clinic being gelded, they kindly agreed to make her available.  She has now taken 3 riders successfully around World Cup classes, her breeder Sean Cooper, me and Danni, so we are hoping Sophie will have as much fun with her.

Not much on now , so back to the young ones.

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