Sale Show Jumping Club again ran a great event on the 6th and 7th of September. Our two mares by Animate, were again very consistent with CP Annibell 4th in the 1.40m and CP Aliyah 1st in the 1.10m. Michelle and El Nino Vivace, were also 6th in the 1.10m. My eventing students also had great success competing at Werribee with Kirilee Hosier 6th and Isabel Houghton 8th in the 1*, Brooke Searle 2nd in two EvA95 sections and Georgie Birrell 4th, Shannon Kelly 4th, Sheridan May Wilson 7th and Sarah Ray 8th in the EvA80.
August has seen the return of shows for Victoria. We started back at the Albury Wodonga Equestrian Centre on the 15th and 16th of August where BDSJC ran a very successful weekend. We had a great show with all the young horses jumping well and CP Annibell placing 3rd in the 1.25m speed class and 3rd in the Mini Prix.
It has been a busy Winter for us at Cavalli Park. We have been building more post and rail paddocks with automatic waters and shelters as well as having quite a few young horses in work and horses being broken in for clients.
July has seen us bring back our show jumping team into work. We attended freshman’s training days at ASEA as well as Wandin Park run by YVJC. These days provide the young horses we have in training with valuable exposure to working with other horses in practice rings and new spooky jumps. We also took our team to the final one on July so they had a run and where ready for the season to start in August. We will begin at the BDSJC show held at the Albury and Wodonga Equestrian centre on the second weekend in August. We then have a full program set competing every weekend, up to Melbourne Royal at the end of September.
We had a great end to the 2014/15 season with our last show in Victoria being Dressage and Jumping with the Stars before we headed off for a couple of weeks in SA competing at the Mount Gambier Easter Festival and the SA State Titles in April.
We took Cavalli Park Aliyah and Fontaine Blue VDL in the five year old section at DJWTS and Cavalli Park Annibell for the Current Stars. They all placed in every class with Cavalli Park Annibell 2nd in the Grand Prix and overall winner of the Current Stars. Fontaine Blue VDL finished 3rd overall which we were really pleased with especially considering he is only four but because he was born in the Northern hemisphere he had to compete in the 5 year old section. CP Aliyah was 6th overall. Michelle also enjoyed participated in the Master class which was given by the International judge Daniel Meech.
Tonimbuk World Cup Show saw in the beginning of December. We spent all four days there which provided a great opportunity for the young horses in particular to really get going. We took a team of ten horses there including students Tash, Jamie and Beck. All the horses jumped well with two of the young horses Cloud and Faltango both placing in 90cm classes over the show. McMillan also placed 6th in the 1.15m. Tash was 5th in two of the junior classes and Beck had a 2nd, a 3rd and finished with a 6th placing in the D grade Championship.
November was the beginning of the Victorian run of World Cups Shows. We started the month though at Whittlesea Ag Show which is my favourite of the agricultural shows. It is a lovely country show which always has great ground and fantastic gear and courses built by David Sheppard and this year was no exception. On Saturday Cavalli Park Annibell placed 4th in the 1.25m and on Sunday Animate placed 3rd in the Grand Prix with just one time fault keeping him out of the jump off. Our working pupil Beck also had a great weekend placing 6th, in Flowervale Matty’s first C&D grade competition.
Melbourne Royal saw the start to October. We took the same team as at Adelaide Royal, Animate, Cavalli Park Annibell and Natasha and Jamie for the Junior’s. Again everyone jumped well. Animate was 3rd in the Prince of Whales Cup with just one time fault keeping him out of the jump off and also placed 7th in the World Cup. Annibell placed 3rd in the invitational speed class and 5th in Part 3 AM5. Jamie rode well just out of the placings and Tash finished in the line up several times.
September was a big month of competitions. It began with a weekend in Euroa at the Jumping Classic. This was a lovely show with very well presented arenas and great going. Prydes Sponsored the Grand Prix on Sunday which was the feature event. Animate had just an unlucky rail to finish in 7th placing. Earlier in the day Cavalli Park Annibell placed 2nd in the C&D grade Championship. Paul also took Faltango to her first show for the Delaney family. She jumped really well all weekend along with Beck’s two horses. Beck ended up placing in both 1.05m classes.
We were only a few days into August and we were back competing again! We took a team of five horses to Glenbrae for the YVJC’s winter show. MacMillan jumped really well each day finishing 2nd in the 1.20m on Sunday which now makes him C grade. Annibell also finished with a ribbon; she was 3rd in the 1.15m on Saturday. Beck’s young horses were having a few weeks break after all their winter training but she was lucky enough to get the ride on Yoicks Top Deck thanks to the Houghton family. She rode him in a few height classes each day winning a few of them and never out of the placing’s. Paul also rode Cloud at his first official show for Kate Farrell and he behaved and jumped really well. Paul also rode Isle of Tatiana for Fiona Hawkes and she jumped super, such a careful mare.
The following weekend we prepared all the horses for Geelong show and headed down on Friday night. Unfortunately they had a lot of rain leading up to the show and the grounds were very heavy. We made the decision to only start a few of the younger horses in ring two and to leave the graded horses for another day. Cloud again behaved well and finished with a placing in the 1.05m class. Cavalli Park Amigo also handled to going well and jumped consistently all weekend.
After the weekend of World Cups in Sydney the team of show jumpers got a well, deserved winter break. Our first show for the 2012/ 2013 season would be the YVJC show at the beginning of August so we gave them an eight weeks holiday.
Winter started to settle in with the days getting shorter and wetter! We were kept busy with a few young Warmbloods to break in and several that were broken in earlier in the year returning to be brought into work and start their jumping careers. We had a lovely young Valhalla filly for Mark and Katie Smith that we had broken in earlier and over June we brought back into work and took up to ASEA for freshman’s show jumping. We also took a lovely young thoroughbred Kate Farrell had raced and began jumping into training and we started giving him experiences at freshman’s. Another was a lovely Isle of Wright bred gelding returning for further training for Fiona Hawkes. We also started some intensive training with our new working pupil Beck. She arrived with two lovely young horses that were very green. Beck and Paul have worked hard over the winter improving their flat education and taking them with us for lots of freshman’s. We are very lucky to have a facility like ASEA so close to home that run freshman’s two weekends a month throughout winter. They have a wonderful indoor with lots of spooky jumps to get the young horses going.
We also attended the Victorian Show Jumpers Ball in July. It was a great night run by the Yarra Valley Jump Club. It is always great to see everyone dressed up and enjoy catching up without the horses! In late July the show jumpers were then brought back into work ready for the YVJC show at Glenbrae.