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14 September 2009

I have been so overwhelmed by the amount of people who have emailed/written/phoned since Irish's passing.  Obviously it wasn't just my life he had touched, he certainly was an extroadinary character, and for sure the scopiest horse I have ever ridden.  I will try to reply to everyone, but it has been a bit tough.

In the meantime, life goes on, and I was delighted when George Morris rang to confirm that he will be back in January to coach all those who aspire to greater things!  George has once again had an amazing year, with his US Team winning several of the Nations' Cup Super League events in Europe, and well on course for success at the World Games, to be held on home turf in Kentucky next year.  Two Clinics again, the first the 15th to the 17th January, and the second the 19th to the 21st.  One indoors at SIEC, with the support of NSWIS, and the other outdoors on Wayne's field at Mount White.  Also hopefully again a Coaches' Clinic conducted with the help of Sydney Jumping Club.  Group levels will again be 1.15, 1.25 and 1.40+.  Anyone interested in participating, or attending as spectators can contact me by email, or watch this space for further info.

We had a fun day here last week when Mitavite used my stables to film some ads to be used on the upcoming Horse Talk series.  Prominent vet Johnny Walker was the front man, and was pretty knackered after filming 8 ads, and 2 editorials.  Cougar was a very willing sidekick for Johnny (chosen because he has the most beautiful head, with that big, white star), and hammed it up apropriately for the cameras.  Coalminer also starred as the picture boy for Gumnuts feed, which was his total diet when he was Champon Jumping Horse at Sydney Royal at his final appearance at 21 years of age.  Johnny couldn't believe how well he still looks now at 28, despite his long career and 4 trips around the world!

We've also had some good jumping days, with Sophie having her first outings on Eliza Jane at Sydney Jump Club last Sunday week, with Nicky on Monty, and Lee on Puzzle also going well that day.  This last Sunday saw a bunch of us at Northside Riding Club, with Tarryn Innes blitzing the field in the 95 cm class on Favourite.  She and Nicky on Monty were clear in the 1.05, with 1 down in the jump off, then me on Willy and Lee on Puzzle quinella'd both the 1.05 and the 1.15, with Carrie on Sam 5th in the 1.05, and a time fault in the 1.15.  Young horses, Nikki (Errol 4 year old mare), and Gatovay (Diney Makaroff bred 7 years old) also jumped great in their classes, so we all had a good day.  Now looking forward to more serious stuff with the Youth, State and National Titles coming up.

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