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News from Vicki

21 April 2009

Raining again, so can do an update! Sydney Royal, as always, a lovely show. Upsides, great stabling, excellent footing, great tracks by John Vallance, better timetabling; downsides, the costs, which are enormous, the scheduling of a lot of the harness classes with the jumping, which meant that about 30% of the fields had to cope with harness horses coming at them during a round. Not a problem for some horses, but the majority were affected in some way. Junior Gemma Creighton, and Young Rider Olivia Hamoods' horses It's Mitch and Nero just totally lost it during their events, so all that preparation, cost and travel down from Queensland went down the toilet for these two more than capable riders. Complaints were made, and letters written, so hopefully the situation will be addressed before next year, otherwise one has to consider very carefully what sort of horse to enter for the show!

Wendy Schaeffer had a great show to be Leading Rider, to consolidate her position now as a pre eminent jumping rider, and that was without her top horse Koyuna Sunset, sidelined with injury after NZHOTY, well done Wendy! Asheigh Drossel Dan won the EFA Cup in great style, but I have no idea what Laurie was thinking when he dawdled around a not so difficult track in the 2nd round of the World Cup, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, and give the win to Jamie Winning and Vangelo, who also only just got under the time allowed in the second round. Not such an exciting class, with the exception of the rounds ridden by Chris Chugg on his two, Vivant and Conquistador, and David Dobson on Pico Bello, who took all the short options expertly and made the class a bit entertaining.

Jenny Sheppard and her brother Paul Kelly's Licara was Leading Part 2 horse, and looked fantastic all show, as did Linda Dobson's Indigo, that made the trip from WA worthwhile, as she also had wins and placings in Part 3. Great effort by Noblewood Park Stud, now run by Robynne McTaggert, to have 4 horses competing at the show, Noblewood Parks' Caesar, Cougar, Celina and Cassini's Girl, all with different riders. No mean feat for a breeder! Best Juniors were Olivia Hamood (girl) and James Hetherington (boy). Sophie did a great job at her first Royal on Clydie. After a nervous first ride, she got her act together and was 5th in both the last 2 classes, no mean feat in a starry group of kids. Emily Blinkworth and her lovely Argentina won 2 Young Rider classes, with Steven Hill (Vic), and Kelstar, and Jodie Berman (Q'ld) Will e Go the other 2. I was pleased with Cougar, who jumped great all show, if a bit green, and also not too happy with the harness horses.

Back home again now, and we had Jump Club day at Mangrove to get ready for Copabella this weekend. Lee on Puzzle looked great, and Sophie on Levi. Carrie was having a few braking issues with Sam, but Tarryn is going gangbusters on Favourite while Mitch is out of action with a foot abcess. Sara has been dragged kicking and sceaming to the Philippines for 10 days, so I rode Shrek for her, and new recruit Nicola Ferendinos on her 4 year old Shire cross Monty went really well on their first ever outing. Nikki, my Errol 4 year old, and Ash, new th'bred recruit were also stars. So Copabella next weekend, then Hawkesbury Show, and Dubbo further down the track...

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