Summer- Autumn 2012 update
2012 has been a great year for me so far. I have a relatively new team of horses some of the same from last year and some new ones.
In January I had the sad loss of my fantastic 4 star horse, Chatswood Sharp Move (Thomas). He died of pneumonia from a lung infection.

It was a sad time but with his passing it has forced me to get my newer and younger horses to step up and they have certainly done that!!
I currently have 5 horses that I am competing with eventing and 2 dressage horses.
They are:

  • El Grado – Known as Robbie to his friends currently competing Pre-Novice and CNC*. Owned by myself, Sari Goosey and Bev Edwards.
  • Jaybee Catalyst – Known as Cat to his friends currently competing Pre-Novice level. Owned by myself and Bev Edwards.
  • Zach Attack _ Obviously called Zach to his friends competing Pre-Novice level. Owned by Bridget Croagh.
  • Chatswood Captivate – Known as Sox to his friends currently competing Preliminary level. Owned by myself and Julia Williams.
  • BB Congo – Known as Golly to his friends currently competing 2 star level. Owned by myself.

My dressage horses are:

  • Jaybee Cartier – Chelsea to her friends competing Medium Level Dressage and owned by Melissa Williams.
  • Northern Mojo – Mojo to his friends competing Medium Level Dressage and owned by Pam Monty.     

This season after speaking with David Nash from Southern Cross Feeds my horses are powered by Eureka Cool performance pellets and Eureka Myocare.
I have been wrapped with the results keeping my horse calm for the Dressage whilst making sure they have the energy to still have spark for the final phase of Showjumping after the cross country. I also have one horse that suffers from ulcers so it is good to find a grain mix, which has equiliser, a natural antacid to help his stomach. I am finding he is holding his weight better now
After a nice rest for my team over Christmas it was back into work 6 weeks before my first event of the season Warrnambool.
Warrnambool was a great event I took my 3 Pre-Novice horses, Zach Robbie and Cat on the 4 and a ½ hour journey.
The course was tough with a skinny brush coming out of the water cause a third of the field penalties including one of my horses Cat, who was placing 2nd after dressage. His mistake allowed my other 2 horses Zach and Robbie to move up from 3rd and 7th after dressage to place 1st and 2nd over all.
It was a great result with Zach winning his first Pre-Novice class and in the lead of a series run over a few events in the western district.  .Next event for me was 2 weeks later at Geelong. I decided to run 5 horses here, which was a big task. With the help of my fantastic grooms, Bridget and Bec it was a very successful weekend. Robbie, Cat and Zach ran in a big field of 50 horses in the Pre-Novice and placed 2nd, 3rd and 6th. Sox having his first event back in a year since injury placed 2nd in the Introductory. And Golly finished on his dressage score after being a bit naughty in the dressage!!! Tonimbuk was the next event the week after Geelong. I only decided to run Golly as I had my friends wedding on the Saturday. It was not the best event for me with golly being eliminated for stopping 3 times during the cross-country phase. It was a huge disappointment but that’s eventing and horses. Wandin was next in March. I took 4 horses Zach Robbie & Cat in the Pre-Novice and Sox in the introductory. I had a great weekend with Robbie Winning a strong class and Cat 4th and Zach 9th out of 48 horses. Sox also won his class. Wandin is a top event in Victoria, which I have never won before so it was a real thrill to win with 2 horses. This event has classes going up to 3 star level and although it was sad not to have Tom running in the top class the new guys held up their end and I hope to have them up taking over Tom’s place at 3 star level over the next few years.