Featuring: National High performance Squad- Rio Test Event- Sydney ode and Mudgee ode
Welcome to our August news. We are pleased to announce, John and Jane Pittards ‘Pluto Mio’ Corinna and Darren Huskinson’s ” War Hawk’ and our own ‘ Carlchen’ have been nominated for the Eventing Recognition Squad for their outstanding performances in Eventing.
Winter has well set in with some very cold spells. It’s been a steady few weeks with only Sydney ode for Stuart and Gemma, then a brief trip to Rio Test event for Stuart. Karen and Gemma off to Mudgee with ‘Prado’ There was a dressage day at SIEC in the midst of the above too, where Stuart took out War Hawk and Karen Queen Mary to place in both her tests. Exciting news is the announcement of Stuart being placed on the High Performance Squad in a new tiered categorized list of riders. The highest tear being ‘GOLD’ where only 5 riders have been placed. These are podium or potential podium riders being aimed for the Olympic Games 2016.
SYDNEY Winter weekend ODE
With Stuart busy doing all 5 courses at SYDNEY ode, he still managed to take Pluto and Carlchen around, both get a place. It is so lovely to have Pluto back- just hacking around the AdV/Inter for a 2nd without even trying. Carlchen stepping up to 3 star, taking it slow after his CCI** win a few weeks prior.
Gemma has taken the reins from Stuart on our own My Thai. Gemma very keen to get to 2 star rode Thai at his 1st 2 star with ease coming a credible 7th in the open class. Prado also stepped up into 1 star with a 7th in the open. With very full days at SIEC it was great to have so many helpers- Thank you you know who you all are:)
Also making our lives easy is the continued help of sponsors. CopRice, Horseland, Bates and Ceva. Lovely clean stables on our return thanks to Proteq bedding.
RIO Olympics TEST EVENT
The arenas and the Cross Country course are taking shape. The test event was only at 2 star level. The actual Olympics will be 4 star with added track and obstacles. The terrain is not too hilly. The days were warm ( 32 degrees) with mild humidity.
The beaches were packed!!
Stuart with the EA HPP took a very quick trip to Rio De Janeiro last week. It was very hectic with no time to get over the jet lag. From all accounts they hit the ground running, with alot to get through. Bringing back information and reports to collate for our Australian team going next year.
The venue appears to be on track for its completion, however the infrastructure for those wanting to attend may be a concern with minimal accommodation and like most Olympics totally overpriced and for many unaffordable 🙁 Start saving !!!!
Horses going to Adelaide for possible selection: Pluto Mio, Annapurna and War Hawk
This would be the first time we entered Mudgee ODE. A very friendly organized event:) Gemma only riding ‘Prado’ as she is in the middle of trails and HSC. Plus the top class 1 star. A super dressage test, where one judge gave her 80% ( 9 for her riding) We will take that score any time !! Prado was just super all weekend finishing 3rd in the open class- Certainly looking good for 2 star.
A few months ago we all came together for a photo shoot and article for The Horse Magazine. The day was great and THM left us with some wonderful pictures . There may be bias but we felt that the article was a fabulous representation of us all. Especially proud of the girls !! Thanks Horseland for the great gear!