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.