July has seen as continue to produce young horses and taking them out to freshmans day and also we have brought back into work out competition team of horses for the new season starting next month.
We began June by heading down to Werribee to help students on the final day of Melbourne Three Day Event which is held over the Queens Birthday weekend. The weather gods were kind and Brunos lawn is a very pretty arena for the show jumping phase of the three day event. The courses built by David Sheppard were very nice but they still caused enough problems.
On returning home from our final show in QLD at the end of April the competition horses had their shoes removed, put in a cotton and canvas rug and were tipped out into the big paddocks for a two month holiday. We then brought back into work the young horses which have not been out competing yet and began taking them out to freshman’s days. We are very fortunate to have ASEA only half an hour away which runs two full weekends of freshman’s in their indoor arena over a really nice set of competition style jumps. The Yarra Valley Jump Club also runs one day a month at Wandin Park which is a good opportunity to get them used to jumping in a different environment.
We attended a new venue for show jumping in April, Lardner Park in Warragul. The long established “Farm World” ran a full show jumping program as feature events. The show had a great atmosphere and crowds with a fantastic new arena surface and courses built by Gavin Chester. Kablesse Kavita was 2nd and Fontaine Blue 3rd in Saturdays Future Stars class and Aliyah won the Mini Prix with Michelle and El Nino Vivace in 6th. Sunday saw Fontaine 2nd in the 1.20m and Aliyah 2nd in the Future Stars.
March was a busy month starting off at Lang Lang. In what has been a hot summer they had the arena beautifully prepared and fantastic courses by David Sheppard. Cavalli Park Aliyah was 4th in the 1.20m and we were so happy with Kablesse Kavita who stepped up to jump in the Young Horse Championship, jumping double clean. A big congraultions to student Jamie Ellis and Centaur MVNZ placing 5th in the 1.20m and 4th in the Young Horse Championship.
We had a great day on the first Saturday of February at NVSJC. The arena was perfectly prepared and great courses built by Russell Morrison. We had a few young horses who jumped lovely clear rounds in ring two, one having his first show and behaved really well. Paul and Fontaine Blue VDL jumped double clear and placed 4th in the 1.20m and Michelle and El Nino Vivace placed 6th in the 1.30m. Congratulations to Jamie Ellis coming home with a 6th place also.
We had a lovely Christmas at home this year and a week down the beach with our family which was a great holiday. Our first show back was at Lang Lang Ag Show on the 16th and 17th of January. Congratulations to the PPSJC who ran two fantastic days of jumping on their fabulous arena with great courses built by David Sheppard. The highlight for us was watching our daughter Olivia riding in her first fun ring!! Cavalli Park Aliyah placed 5th in the 1.20m, 2nd in the 1.30m and 5th in the Young Horse Championship and Cavalli Park Anibell was 6th in the 1.30m. Congratulations also goes to Jamie Ellis and Centaur MVNZ who jumped really well all show and came home with a placing along with Maddy Rush who jumped some lovely double clear rounds!
We began December at the Euroa Show Jumping Classic. It was a great show at a new venue which so much work has gone into and will be another great venue for shows in the future. We are very happy with our team of young horses placing 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the 6 year old Championships on Friday. Kabalesse Kavita also placed 3rd in the 1.15m and 7th in the Bronze Championship. Fontaine Blue VDL also added a 6th in the Bronze Championship.
At NVJC the following weekend Fontaine Blue VDL placed 3rd in the Ruby Championship and all the other horses jumped super double clear rounds in their classes. The grounds where great and fantastic courses designed by David Sheppard lead to really good jumping and tough jump off classes. Thanks to the show committees for their hard work!