While we were at the National Dressage Championships:
Spot the puppies:
Our SpiderBite was excited and tense competing. She got a fifth in the Grand Prix CDN and a third in the Freestyle.
Our results from the Queensland State Dressage Championships in Sep 2019:
Third in the intermediate 2 and fourth in the Grand Prix.
Spider starting to come to terms with being a Grand Prix pony now…
After arriving home from Hartpury CDI (UK) and visiting Germany for three weeks, A Spider Bite, with not much preparation, did really well at the Brisbane CDI 2019. She came second in the freestyle and third in the Inter B.
Then… I backed her up with her very first start at Big Tour at the Dressage Championships at Bangalow, Northern NSW of Australia. She went super. Certainly another consistent Grand Prix horse develops.
Had a super event at Willinga Park. We were very pleased with Spider Bite.
Willinga Park is a very beautiful place to compete.
Looking forward to Sydney CDI and stepping up to the Medium Tour.
Willinga, an absolutely fantastic venue and event… Well done to Mr Snow and to Brett Parbery and all the WP Team.
CC achieved 68.70% in the Inter I Freestyle (5th).
CC placed 4th in Inter 1 and 5th in the freestyle.
Boneo Park is a huge venue and a super place to compete at. We had a lovely time.
It was our dog Charlie’s last event with us, as he passed away with cancer in January 2018. But all four of us had a fun time. Rest In Peace Charlie. We love you forever.
I have enjoyed my four days judging as A-level judge at the 2018 Australian Dressage Championships at Boneo Park two weeks ago, 18-21 October. The best part of judging at the Nationals was being part of a team of great people. My fellow judges, too many to name, made me feel so honoured to be involved with them. In all our breaks and even at dinner, we mostly talked Dressage and discussed the days judging. I even was encouraged to further my sights and travel to UK next year to see and learn more at a clinic. The love for this sport really shines through in all these amazing people.
On the third day of the event at the presentations, one of our incredible ambassadors, Australia’s Olympic Judge Mary Seefried, announced her retirement from international level. I had the pleasure of judging alongside Mary at this event. I also competed for many years under her detailed eye and, always reading her comments, I learnt a lot about what areas to improve. I can’t wait to be judging with Mary again.
Not sure how long it will be online for, but here am I being interviewed by Glenda from Horse Chats. This was previously published in 2017, and re-published by Popular Demand.
Sally’s Favourite Inspirational Quote:
“Horses should be happy in their lifestyle. They should be sound and happy in their brain and body so that they are happy and willing to work with you.”
Who Has Inspired Sally:
00:50 – Horses should be happy in their lifestyle. They should be sound and happy in their brain and body so that they are happy and willing to work with you.
01:48 – How Sally’s sister started Sally with horses
04:55 – Horse racing and track work using eventing principles
07:40 – Being open minded, and willing to learn and adapt to different disciplines
09:11 – About dressage and lightness
11:50 – Sally’s dressage horses
13:10 – About ‘A Spider Bite’
14:33 – Winning Sydney CDI, PSG & Inter I
16:45 – How Ballina Shire Council interrupted Sally plans for her property
23:10 – The happiness and soundness of the horse, think like a horse
31:20 – Competing and coaching
32:10 – Don’t take things too seriously, enjoy and learn from life
We were just thrilled with CC at Sydney CDI – just amazing considering our lead up training to this show!!! I have been mostly working in a paddock on a slope at our new home. Not the best preparation, but CC just put it together.
I had some wonderful help from Sue Hearn at the show. She really helped CC put on her dancing shoes!!!!!!
The old team is back together to prepare on competition day – Peter and Sally. Except Charlie had to come with us… But after a day or so he just fit right in with the top dogs… He had a gangster jacket on and a diamond studded collar.
Here our results:
FEI Intermediate Freestyle (CDI 3*) 68.17% (second)
Prix St Georges (CDI 3*) 66.66% (sixth)
Sally and Peter are temporarily staying in Toowoomba, Queensland, till January. The whole SDS team is. Charlie, the two cats and the two chooks are all coming to terms with this so-called “SDS Summer Holiday”. Soon we will re-establish in the Northern Rivers of NSW, riding again on the BEACHES.
In the meantime, we’ve had some luck with our boy Hefner winning a race at the Sunshine Coast. Hefner does a mix of dressage schooling and hill work and then the racetrack workouts too!!! He’s a pretty happy boy.
Riding my beautiful mare CC is what keeps me going through these difficult times. These are our last few weeks here on our Equestrian Centre that we have built up over many years before it is being taken over by the Roads and Maritime Services. All will then be bulldozed soon to make way for a new highway. Our focus now is on this mediation and court process, to have our life’s work Sally’s Dressage Stables valued for what it is: a working Equestrian Centre where we have trained FEI level dressage horses, where we have bred Warmblood horses, where we have trained students and their horses for dressage, and where we have prepared some Thoroughbreds for racing as well as retrained them for their careers after racing. We will be moving this month to temporary premises before we can start anew and rebuild in 2017.
Wish I had some pics of CC as at the Tweed dressage Championships last Sunday. She won the Inter 1 with a 67%, that is her PB. I was very happy with her. And Penny did a 68% in the medium for a very close second place.
I am coaching this weekend at Nana Glen Eventing Clinic. I am taking Peter with me as they have me booked in to a Winery to stay Friday and Saturday night, so I am forcing him to have a break!!! Poppy is coming here to look after SDS. She is bringing her young horse Spida. She came last weekend for a mini boot camp with him. He is a lovely boy, she will have a great future with him.
For sale …. My yummy 4yo Snap Decision nearly 16.1 now, very lovely laid back attitude. Beautifully trainable. By A’seduction out of Don Herr bloodlines mare. I must sell him as we have the Pacific Highway coming through our place. 0402078882
Last Friday, it was the perfect afternoon for the most lovely ride on the beach.
Our beautiful friends from the USA, Patti and Nick, visit us every year, and they made history this time with a ride on the beach, riding Miss Penny and her Mommy, Legs!! Penny still knows and loves her Mum and it was very special to see her enjoy her company on such a gorgeous day……
In this next amazing pic there is Peter fishing and right in the distance are Patti and Nick riding along the edge of the waves.
You see, I said to Peter that whilst our friends were riding, we could have like a ‘Micro Holiday’……… yep, you might be thinking very funny Sal, but it is true and we actually did have a nice little break, just from every day grind.
I also took these very hilarious snap shots of our super dog Charlie, and it was just when he was standing right next to me and we were both watching Peter in the ocean fishing, and as I looked down at him, his ears were fluttering out from his face because of the wind, and as the end photo shows, it looks like he is about to Take Off, Flight 810 due for Hawaii!!!!!
Here are some pictures of our place taken from our front veranda, what a scene, just a bit of a reminder that we will not be here on this beautiful place for too much longer as the RMS is going to buy our place and we will have to move and set up again somewhere else.
The one of A Snap Decision is with Carissa riding him just the other day. Snap has got his Father’s laid back attitude, and yet is showing so much potential, he will be such a Star!!
I will be offering him and A Heaven Sent for sale soon. Both are super horses and have fantastic attributes to train and compete through to Grand Prix. Pretty soon I will do some video of both and they will be on the market. This is mainly due to the RMS taking our place for the new highway from Sydney to Brisbane.
I think that I might even have to give the Sydney CDI a miss this year due to the many different pressures we are going to endure. Maybe some good will come out of this!!
This is our last young boy by our grand Prix stallion A’Seduction. He is out of a Trakehner from the F-line. He is rising 3yo and about 15.3 hands now, which will make him a peeerfect height for competition, I think he will make around 16.2.
Secret is his name, and he has been under saddle and showed us that he has a very sensible head on his shoulders and therefore training him should be a fun journey.
He is for sale at the present moment for $15,000.00. I would like to do some more training on him over the Xmas break, maybe just some in hand work and a bit of lunging, then next year back into riding him. He is very sweet and a very nice mover, in his trot he seems to like to give the medium trot, you know “show off” stuff. J
If you think you might be interested in this fellow, please feel free to give me a call on 040207 888 2.
We also are training our racehorse over the summer break. I have been doing a lot of beach riding on him, he really enjoys this. It’s quite funny as the bush track we ride out along has got plenty of entertainment, a kinda like de-sensitising of the racehorse. We have seen wallabies, a big grey kangaroo, a huge goanna, snakes of course – it would’nt be an Australian Bush without, and last few weeks we have had black cockatoos flying over us, about 15 of them, and then on the beach we have seen the eagles. Well I guess I get to see them not so much Hef, our racehorse, since he is looking at the sand and surf….. We have even had 2 hornets fly past us, going extremely fast.
We are racing this Saturday, fingers crossed!!!!!! He should be the most trained and quietist race horse heading out onto the track, nothing should scare him!!!!
Last weekend we went to the Far North Coast NSW Dressage Championships. I competed in the Advanced with Penny and did the Small Tour with CC. The girls went really well and Pen came a close second and third and C of course won both her classes. She did do a really good PSG, even scoring a 9!! and she got some supa comments from the judges.
This Sunday we have the TVEG Power of Pink Day, a day to remember Sue, as she always did this event to raise money for breast cancer. So we are taking the 2 girls again and doing the same classes. And the EA has given an excemption so we are allowed to dress up in our pink outfits and compete!!!!!! This will be good fun.