Featuring Lynton- Albury and Adelaide 4*
We took a team to Lynton HT – CIC which is always a fabulous event, with no exception this Oct. Gemma with Tim Games DIABOLO 4th CIC** and LEPORIS 6th plus the beautiful CELEBRATION 6th CIC*** owned by Elisabeth Brinton- The others all went well and completed their section. All jumping round clear XC and SJ, just taking it easy XC with time of the younger horses.
Pics x 3 Leporis, Celebration and Raffles
We backed up Lynton with Albury 2 weeks later with a smaller team (thank fully!) – Taking our own Raffles (War Hawk) for a run prior to Adelaide- Anna running into some trouble XC with Gemma, a good chance to iron out any issues prior to their debut 4 star a few weeks later. Alice Wheller’s SIR PEPPER putting on a show and spooking getting a 20 – Elisabeth’s CELEBRATION on a roll with 4th CIC*** Raffles 10th. Our own LEPORIS 2nd CIC**- Mixed results but certainly happy with how all our young horses are progressing.
Then long drive home to repack and get on the road to Adelaide for The Australian 3DE.
Arrival in Adelaide saw the weather a fabulous 25 degrees and good weekly forecast. As always, the Adelaide OC team, that are well oiled at running this event made it pleasant and welcoming. I will try to keep this brief – Gemma and Anna did a super test for their 1st time in the main ring finishing 12th on a 36. The CC was tough, big, with lots of questions plus time was tight with so many technical lines. (not one rider got the time) BUT with Stuart heeding advise to Gemma, she rode accurately plus brilliantly, and Anna in return was honest (until 4th last fence) where they incurred a 20- With only 3 clear rounds this was an exceptional result for them. The showjumping was not unlike other years so no surprises with this phase. Horses possibly felt the day before, and not one jumped clear. So, 2 rails for Gemma and Anna kept them in 6th.
Pics from Adelaide: Anna, Leporis, Raffles
We thank John and Jane Pittard for their ongoing support, plus we thank Annapurna -we put all our trust in her to bring Gem home safely which she did 😊
Stuart entered 2 horses for Adelaide- Raffles (War Hawk) plus Leporis- He also was asked to be the AMBASSADOR, which was a huge honor for him. He did a Masterclass plus a course walk which fitted well into his schedule. Briefly our own Leporis did a fab test 33- then was awesome XC, the 2 star was a test with some seriously narrow fences, however time achievable and only took out 1/3rd of the class!! (unlike the 4 star) The showjumping, again no surprises but only 3 clear rounds- Leo one of them, giving him 2nd place. – It was agreed that if Raffles had a problem early Stuart would retire and go onto 3star Wallaby Hill. In hindsight maybe should have kept going as podium finish still carried a 20! So, onto Wallaby Hill- Will keep you all posted! Last event of the Year! Look out for our Christmas slide show 🙂 Thanks for being there for us on this year’s journey- Especially our main sponsors- CopRice, Bates, Horseland and Ceva- Also Proteq and Ecomist- Owners, John and Jane Pittard, Elisabeth Brinton, and Tim Game. Forever grateful. TE