News Archive - February 2013

What a weekend...

Posted by Oli Harris on 26 February 2013
Ones to Watch - Georgina Wood

On Saturday was the day I had been counting down for since I had qualified for it at the Merrist Wood 1 competition in January. The British Eventing JAS Final! I had Lily and Punch in the BE100, Lily in the Novice and Coco in the Open, so a busy day ahead!

We set off at the rather civilised time of 9.30, on time and without drama! We got to Bury Farm with enough time to have a look round before walking the course, as we hadn't been there before. The arena was nice, but not as big as I was expecting and the jumps were very tightly packed, which made it quite spooky. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th fences were on a dog leg across the middle of the arena which I thought would be quite tricky, especially on Punch as the striding was 4 strides and then 3 strides so not much room to fit an extra one in. Read more

First Blog!

Posted by Emma Jackman on 25 February 2013

In 2013, with the support and sponsorship of Simple System Ltd., Ellie will be doing another FEI 2* ride and her first 3* ride, while Rigel will be doing the minimum number of rides possible to proceed up through the qualification system with a view to starting his FEI career in 2014. Meanwhile, I shall be giving Sofia the same education as Rigel had and taking her out to as many shows as possible so that, by the time her endurance career starts, she has experienced as much as possible. 

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Going down with something?

Posted by Emma Jackman on 22 February 2013
Ones to Watch - Indispensabelle (Indy)

Nasal discharge (which she has had a bit of for a while now) was a bit worse this morning and she hadn't eaten any feed overnight. Decided to send some blood off for tests and give her a gentle day with just a steady canter on the all weather. Heart rate before, during and recovery all what they should be, and blood tests came back same day as all normal. Weightape still 440kg ish yesterday and temperature 38.2, so also in the normal range still, but something doesn't seem right with her! Read more

February 2013 Update

Posted by Emma Jackman on 15 February 2013

All the horses have enjoyed their holidays and are now well into their fittening work in preparation for the 2013 events. After a season off due to injury Caetano is back in action and feeling fantastic, fingers crossed we will make it to Badminton this year! I hope to continue Xavier and Doubtless Cuillin's intermediate education and move Ridgefield and Spring Prophet up to this level after a couple of novice runs to start the season. My two younger boys (rising six), Catherston Caractacus and Oakenhall True Star who had such promising starts to their eventing careers last year will start the season off at BE100 and then I hope to move them up to novice to further their education. If all goes well I would like to take them to Osberton Young Horse Championships in the Autumn.

With any luck we may have some new horse power coming to Gubby Eventing during this season to strengthen the string we already have.

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Beginning to settle

Posted by Emma Jackman on 12 February 2013

Indy has settled in surprisingly well, given that she has been used to 24/7 access to her paddocks and field shelter. We are on well drained Chalk soils here at Chilham, and the Weald Clay at the yard is a different ball game altogether - the paddock she is turned out into in the afternoons is rapidly becoming a quagmire and is not fair on Linda and Karen, so her daily turnout (a condition of her being at the yard) will be in the sand school until Spring. Karen rode her on the all weather gallop today for the first time and was impressed with her fitness. Read more

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