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For Sue

Sue, Sally and CC

Sue, Sally and CC

It is with a very deep and heavy dark heart that I have to say a final goodbye to a very dear friend of mine, Sue Macdonald. Sue was the co-owner of our beautiful FEI mare CC, who competes under the name of A Spider Bite.

Sue absolutely loved CC and came to every competition with me for the last 5 years. In 2012 Sue bought into a half share owning CC with me. Well, that was just the beginning of a tremendous lovable journey for Sue, CC and me, and it also included all of my team of horses here at SDS. Sue helped me to transport and prepare the horses for all the shows and CC was a major part of this production.

I will miss Sue very very much. Sue gave us all the will to be positive and just Go On!!!! with LIFE.

Sue

Sue Macdonald

Sue, Sally and CC

Sue, Sally and CC

Michaela on Sydney, Sue and Sally on CC

Michaela on Sydney, Sue and Sally on CC

Sue, Sally and CC

Sue, Sally and CC at “Power of Pink Dressage” of the Tweed Valley Equestrian Group in 2013

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Arena

Arena-Ellie-KeepingSecrets_s

This is our little Arena we bred, and now she is doing very well just started with the show ring.

Leannda Scott now owns and trains and competes Ellie. Her show name is ‘Keeping Secrets’.

“We took her up to Maryborough Show Horse Council Country Hack Championships on the weekend and she was amazing. She got Champion Newcomer Galloway, Runner Up First Season Galloway, and then got 5th in her open. She is such an amazing little horse. Everyone keeps telling me she looks amazing going and I finally saw that this weekend,” says Leannda.

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Out competing with them all

Sally Evans and Godspeed (Scuba) out competing

Sally and Godspeed (Scuba). Photo: Emma Morley

Okay, all well, just forget about me and the Sydney CDI, as we just should not have put the mare on the float. Well, I have learnt a big lesson, folks, don’t go to a big show just for the sake of it… when you have a terrible cold. As I was so sick that I believe that Spider Bite felt this lacklustre energy from me, and, well, history says it all, we did not even run into a placing, we fell way down with our scores. Horrible horrible horrible…

The only good thing to come out of this was the chance I had to have some lessons from Mary Hanna. I thoroughly enjoyed these and Mary gave me some great ideas with CC. Since then we have done a couple of PB scores at Small Tour. And all this training has folded into my other horses at home in training and in competition. Then to polish off a show to remember (or not), on the way home I have done something to my ear and I am having hearing issues, blah blah blah…

Onward and upward is the only place to go!!!!

In late May, we had a lesson with Brett P, and it’s always great to touch base with him, as he always has some good ideas for training. Brett still says to me, be confident on her as she will shine at the Grand Prix.

Then, finally, after some setbacks with a sarcoid, my beautiful mare Penny had her first ever Medium starts, and she was beaten in the first one by one of my students, Amelia, riding Always A Star. And then in the other test, Penny scored a 66% and won.

On the weekend just gone we attended the Grafton Dressage Championships and Penny won both Medium tests and took home her first ever Title!!

We had driven down to Grafton with my great team of students and friends to help me as I had the 3 horses entered. We had GODSPEED in the Novice, A Heaven Sent in the Medium, and of course, Spider Bite in the Small Tour. So I had driven out with 2 in the float and Lynne had driven her new campervan down south to the event. We had the maiden voyage together. Kristie had come from Lismore too, and Sue of course had driven down CC in her Luxury motel on wheels, with her husband Rob. So a wonderful team of super lovely people, and it was a team effort to take 3 horses away overnight and compete both days. To our great surprise… each horse won each test they were in and we came home with 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!! What a super show for us all. 3 championship woolen rugs from wonderful sponsors of this great country event.

Thanks Grafton Dressage!!!

This weekend I am feeling very brave and am doing a debut start on A SNAP DECISION. He is a super lovely sensible youngster by A’Seduction out of a Warmblood mare of DomHerr bloodlines. Snap is only 3 ½ years old, Baby days.

Then I will be riding Russian Lights to have his second dressage start. He is a 15.2h Thoroughbred gelding and I give lessons on him at home. But I will have to sell him and find a great owner for him. He will make someone a neat jumping/dressage/hacking competitor to have some fun on.

Sue and I have entered our mare Spider Bite (CC) into the Prix St Georges test, just to give her another hit out before the Brisbane CDI. And to top the day off, I am riding Karleah, Lynne’s pony mare, in the Medium. We have a goal set to compete her at the Qld State Pony Dressage Championships in October.

I’m busy, hardly have time to scratch myself, hehe!!!

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Scuba at Summerland Dressage Club April 2015

Scuba and Sally Evans competing at Bangalow 18.4.2015

Scuba and Sally at Bangalow 18.4.2015, Photo: Emma Morley

Here are some pics taken of Scuba at the event of Summerland Dressage Club at Bangalow from Sunday. He competed Novice and won 2nd place with 68%. All photographs in this post are taken by one of my students, Em, she is a professional photographer. Lynne and Jacquie, both students of mine, were there too and they were a great help for the whole day.

CC did a very nice Inter 1 gaining 67% that day too. That was after her 2 days at Caboolture where she did a 69%. We were very pleased with her as she is starting to handle all the movements of the Inter 1 now. CC had only done her third ever Inter 1 at Orange CDI in February this year, so it was nice to give her a chance to have some more practise at it.

Warmblood gelding by A'Seduction Scuba after competing in dressage at Summerland Dressage Club, Bangalow NSW on 18.4.2015

Scuba 18.4.2015, Photos: Emma Morley

Scuba and Sally competing at Summerland Dressage Club, Bangalow NSW on 18.4.2015

Scuba and Sally at Bangalow 18.4.2015, Photo: Emma Morley

Scuba under Sally competing at Summerland Dressage Club, Bangalow NSW on 18.4.2015

Scuba and Sally at Bangalow 18.4.2015, Photo: Emma Morley

Scuba and Sally competing at Summerland Dressage Club, Bangalow NSW on 18.4.2015

Scuba and Sally at Bangalow 18.4.2015, Photo: Emma Morley

Scuba and Sally competing at Summerland Dressage Club, Bangalow NSW on 18.4.20155

Scuba and Sally at Bangalow 18.4.2015, Photo: Emma Morley

My Students Lynne and Jacquie helping with Scuba, Bangalow 18.4.2015

My Students Lynne and Jacquie helping with Scuba; here they have just unplaited him. Bangalow 18.4.2015, Photo: Emma Morley

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Preparations for Sydney CDI 2015

CC and Penny with Micha and I at the beach yesterday afternoon

CC and Penny with Micha and I at the beach yesterday afternoon

CC and Penny with Micha and I at the beach yesterday afternoon

CC and I with Penny and Micha at the beach yesterday afternoon

CC and I with Penny and Micha at the beach yesterday afternoon

CC and I with Penny and Micha at the beach yesterday afternoon

Have to start concentrating on CC to prepare for the Sydney CDI 2015. We are in the Small Tour classes, and Boy what a strong field!!! Apparently record entries again for this year’s event. So pack your bags and come down for a little hol and watch all these wonderful riders and horses. It’s an exciting event!!! 7-9 May at SIEC Horsley Park, we compete on the Thursday with the Prix St Georges and the Intermediate 1 on the Friday and then we have to qualify to get into the Intermediate Freestyle on the Saturday night.

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Our travels to Victoria

It’s been twice in the last four months that I have seen the sites of Romsey in Victoria. They seem to be cold, dry and sometimes windy, those type of breezes that just go straight through you, too lazy to go around you… and dry, did I say dry, in the horse paddocks, the grass is long and appears plenty of it, but almost a light brown to grey colour. But yet the horses all look very well, especially two lovely Thoroughbreds, Tosca and Peg.

Iris and Tosca at their place in Romsey after dark, 2014

Iris and Tosca at their place in Romsey after dark, 2014

This is the place where ‘Iris’ lives… For way over 10 years now Iris has sponsored me by completely looking after the Sally Evans Dressage site. She not only puts up all the updates, but Iris has totally designed the site right from scratch. Any time day or night I will email through more results or pictures to be posted and within a day it’s there!!! Today this site is amazing!!! I just love it.

I mentioned twice I have visited Iris in the last few months. In December of 2014, Sue and I fly down to stay with Iris, and this was for me to attend and sit my B level dressage judges accreditation. And for this exam, I needed a person to write for me, in every single movement of 25 movements for 26 horses for this exam at Werribee. That is 650 comments…!!! That’s quite a lot of hand writing to do. Iris said, “ oh yeah, I’ll do it for you Sally”, and I said, “do you know what you’re going to be doing? It’s going to be full on, horse after horse and I need to put a comment in for every single movement for each test”, “ I can do it “. And I have to admit, that Iris was terrific, so efficient and kept right up with me and all the things you have to comment and say, she gave me confidence. I passed my exam!! I highly recommend Iris for any further writing!!! So for the 3 days we were there, Iris looked after us and shared her wonderful Vegan cooking with us and we met Tosca, her ex-racehorse, who she is training for dressage. And he is a sweetie too.

Iris and Peter at Inglis Thoroughbred Sales at Oaklands, March 2015

Iris and Peter at Inglis Thoroughbred Sales at Oaklands, March 2015

Then just last weekend, Peter and I went to the Inglis Tried Racehorse sale at Oaklands, Melbourne. We were going to buy a new racehorse for ourselves to train, but the 2 that we really liked were sold for just out of our budget range. And we were very obedient to our exact type of horse that we wished to have, cause really we could have easily bought home a couple of them.

Peter and Iris with Tosca at their place in Romsey, March 2015

Peter and Iris with Tosca at their place in Romsey, March 2015

And this trip Peter had the time to share with Iris and her horses feeding them, changing rugs, as they are both very spoilt horses. And we enjoyed some lovely home cooked meals in the gorgeous almost European picturesque cottage.

THANKS IRIS so much, you’ve been a wonderful supporter of me and my horses and my riding over so many years, and I really appreciate all the enormous time you have spent on the site, or being at events or at home and taking beautiful photographs of our horses.

Iris taken a photograph of Sally Evans riding A'Seduction at SDS, 2010

Iris taken a photograph of Basil and I in the mirror at our place, July 2010

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Russian Lights (Villa) competing in dressage

How good is this new boy going!! He had his first ever day out yesterday and was brilliantly behaved and went oh so well!! One can see he is still green at this dressage game, but he kept it all together and went super. He is now well on his way towards a successful life as an equestrian horse. Here he is ridden by young rider, Poppy Ellis-Southwell.

‘Russian Lights’ price has gone to $4,750. Potential all over him.

Below is the link to his Preliminary 1.3 test

And here is the link to a snippet of him warming up before the test… can hear Peter chatting in the background to one of his friends about football of all things.

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Upcoming events

Vilayet in his racing days at Lismore race track, Dec 2012, who will now be known in the dressage arena as "Russian Lights"

Vilayet in his racing days at Lismore race track, Dec 2012, who will now be known in the dressage arena as “Russian Lights”

This coming Saturday is the last of the twilight series. Our clever little ex-racehorse, Villa, will be having his ‘Maiden start’ in a dressage competition. We have given him a new name to commence his dressage career… ’Russian Lights’, a name that I think really suits him. We came up with it because he is by the stallion Fantastic Light and his racing name was of Russian origin.

Peter and his racehorse Vilayet studying the form guide, March 2014

Peter and Villa checking out the racing form !!!

The following weekend, I am off on a road trip with Wendy to go judging at Hastings Valley Dressage Club. This should be good fun, Wendy and I always have a great time when we go off judging together. I sat and passed my B level judging last year and now Wen is going to go for hers this year, so we will probably see her at some of the CDIs, as she will be Shadow Judging. Good Luck Wendy xo

Oops, I forgot to throw in the date of the 20th, as we maybe going to a Racehorse auction in Victoria, yes!! you heard right, we are now looking for another racehorse to play with. Well, I don’t mean literally play with, I mean serious to train as a racehorse, as we have our Owner/Trainer Licence. This horse, whether it is a mare or gelding, needs to be easy to ride as I will probably be doing most of the work on the racetrack and I would also want to be able to ride it on the beach. So it does need to be reasonable to ride, and I will probably give it more dressage training as well. This racehorse will have the most unbelievable life as our racehorse… very spoilt… a beautiful grassy paddock to go into every day… lots of treats… beach rides… pampering body treatments…

April, Easter long weekend, I have been invited to coach and lecture at the Dressage Unravelled clinic at Caboolture.

NOW we are into the start of 3 weekends in a row of Dressage Competitions, going with Spider Bite, and Heaven Sent and with GODSPEED.

12 April Caboolture 1 Star Event with Spider and Heaven
18 April QSEC Event with just Spider
19 April Bangalow NSW with all 3 of them

Sally Evans: Pink Roses

26 April NADEC Gold Coast with the girls!! The final hit out for the Spider before we do ‘Meditation on the Beach’ and pack up the new gooseneck of Sue’s and head down the Pacific Highway for the Sydney CDI on 5-10 May. I will get to have my birthday at home for a change instead of on the road. You know, I just don’t know how many of these CDIs I have been too, I think we competed at one of the first ones at the new ex Olympic Venue at SIEC, and I think I have also competed at one of the first ones ever started at Lochinvar, yes folks, that was way back!! Oh man its great to advance forward in years of experience!!!!!!

22-24 May Toowoomba Championships, we maybe take all 3 of them, as Anne will be back and so that means that Scuba will have his own Chariot and driver.

30 May QSEC again this time for both girls. Spider will need to be preparing herself for the Brisbane CDI, where we will have our new Intermediate Freestyle, and QSEC is the venue for this.

31 May Bangalow Member Championships for the two younger ones, being Heaven Sent and GODSPEED.

Penny and Sally Evans in a lesson with Brett Parbery.

A Heaven Sent (Penny) and Sally, April 2014

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Dear friends from the USA

Nick and Patti at SDS, March 2015

Nick and Patti at SDS, March 2015

We had a great day with Patti and Nick. We made this Fennel salad and it was delicious, such a yummy amazing fresh salad to eat. We enjoyed a relaxing afternoon watching Peter’s favourite sports on Foxtel, being racing and cricket. Australia lost the match but we did back some winners on the track. Then the three of us ‘doned the tweed into the pigskin’!! (Its an old saying, from way back in my youth!!)

A lovely afternoon with our dear friends from the USA.

Nick, Sally and Patti, March 2015

Nick, Sally and Patti, March 2015

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Back from Orange CDI 2015

Sue and I were impressed with CC for this trip as she seemed much more mature, with the whole experience and competing. Although at times she does get a bit overwhelmed with the event and the atmosphere and unfortunately that is reflected in her scores, as a few tiny mistakes crept in. But it was only her third Intermediate 1. We will post some photos of C at Orange as soon as we get some.

So we are back home and already working on our areas to improve.

We had a day of beach riding this morning… meditation for CC and going really fast for Penny…!!!

The two girls are off to Grafton this Sunday, CC to do the Small Tour and Penny is going Medium.

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Upcoming events – Orange CDI 2015 and Grafton

A Spider Bite (CC)

A Spider Bite (CC)

We are off to Orange CDI with CC in a week’s time and CC will be doing the Small Tour. We went last year and really enjoyed ourselves and CC placed in the Advanced classes. This year, they have record entries with very strong fields in the Small Tour and the Grand Prix.

We will leave on Monday and arrive there Tuesday, give her a work out and then on Wednesday is the official Trot Up for the International classes. CC will be ‘dolled up’ in her beautiful led bridle, as if she is being taken to the Royale Show… Then the next 3 days we will have a class each day!!! The first is the Prix St Georges, then the Intermediate 1 and, fingers crossed, we will qualify for the Intermediate Freestyle… then Sunday we will drive home.

The following weekend we will be at Grafton competing on CC and Penny.

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Australia Day at SDS

I on Penny and Lizzie on Scuba, Australia Day 2015 at SDS

I on Penny and Lizzie on Scuba, Australia Day 2015 at SDS

These are Penny and Scuba aka ‘A Heaven Sent’ and ‘Godspeed’, both 7 years old, one 16h and the other one 17h.

I on Penny and Lizzie on Scuba, Australia Day 2015 at SDS

I on Penny and Lizzie on Scuba, Australia Day 2015 at SDS

They were born in the same year and grew up together in the same paddock and here they are for the first time together on the arena!!!! Lizzie and her fiancée, Dan, came for a visit to see us on Australia Day 2015 , and up she jumped onto Scuba, let’s go for a ride…

Scuba and Penny, November 2007

Scuba and Penny, November 2007

Scuba and Penny, November 2007

Scuba and Penny, November 2007

Scuba and Penny, 18 March 2008

Scuba and Penny, 18 March 2008

Scuba and Penny, 18 March 2008

Scuba and Penny, 18 March 2008

Penny and Scuba, 18 March 2008

Penny and Scuba, 18 March 2008

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Villa – Show hack or just a nice riding horse

Villa is still for sale for $2,500. He is a steel at this price. He is just improving all the time. He has a lovely big rhythmical stride and is a forward thinking boy!!!! Someone will have some Major fun with Villa!!!!

Vilajet, thoroughbred, in training by Sally Evans, at Sally's Dressage Stables, for sale

Villa suits a young rider. He has very nice action, 3 active under paces, and is suited for dressage and hacking.

He is the Beach Boy extrodinaire, he loves riding on the beach, and loves to eat pears!!

Vilajet, thoroughbred, in training by Sally Evans, at Sally's Dressage Stables, for sale

Villa, November 2014

Villa will without a doubt turn into a super looking show hack. Villa has been ridden by me for most of his work on the racetrack and of course his beach rides. I ride him in a dressage saddle and snaffle, even on the track. He has a nice snaffle mouth and has been cared for and spoilt and looked after for the last 3 1/2 years by us. He loves life.

I believe Villa will make someone a very reliable horse (and a pretty one too).

Villa at SDS in trot work (snaffle only), January 2015:

Villa at SDS in canter right lead, January 2015:

Villa at SDS jumping, filmed with iphone, January 2015:

Villa at SDS in trot work with young rider, November 2014:

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Winni – Warmblood filly for sale / SOLD

Update: Winni has been sold to a dressage rider in the ACT to begin a “dressage diva” future. She is a gorgeous mare.

Winni (ASpannerintheworks) by A'Seduction warmblood Grand Prix stallion, for sale.

Winni at SDS, December 2014

Winni (ASpannerintheworks) by A'Seduction warmblood Grand Prix stallion, for sale

Winni at SDS, December 2014

Winni is just turning 4 yo. She is a bay filly by Basil (Grand Prix Warmblood Stallion A’Seduction). She is about 15.1 hh now and she should mature to 15.3 hh.

Winni has been lightly ridden under saddle for about 5 months now, she is a smart and active type of girl. Her trot already has got some gears in it, when you are riding her, you feel like she could go bigger and then even bigger again!!

Winni is for sale for $9,000. The first person to come ride, I think they will buy her!

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Far North Coast and NADEC Dressage Championships, and Rodrigo Matos Clinic, Sep 2014

Portrait of A Spider Bite with name plate

A Spider Bite 2014

We are off to a three day clinic with Rodrigo this weekend at Grafton, with the two girls. Looking forward to working on the piaffe and passage and the flying changes with both of them!!!!!

The Far North Coast NSW Dressage Championships held at lovely Bangalow was on three weeks ago and we took all 3 of our A’seduction progeny. We came home with two Championships and a Reserve.

A Sydney Boy won both Preliminary classes with over 70% tests. He even got a “9” from a Grand Prix judge from Sydney!!! She loved him!!!

A Heaven Sent came second in both the Elementary classes. It seems she is always the bridesmaid!!!!

A Spider Bite came second in the Prix St Georges. Yes she was a bit cheeky and had a few breaks of pace, ooppps!!, and then she won the Intermediate 1 and got the Champion.

The weekend after that, we took Spider Bite up to the NADEC Gold Coast Championships. We did the two Advanced to prepare her for the Nationals at the end of October. CC did two nice tests and won both with 70% and 71%. She brought another beautiful woolen championship rug home.

Sue and I are very happy with her and in fact, all three of them, they are supa horses.

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TVEG Dressage Championships

Penny went to the TVEG Dressage Championships recently and she did the two Elementary tests. She came 3rd in the first one. She was a little worried about the freshly laid sand on the grass with tractor tyre marks, but she still got a 68% and I was happy with her. Then on the next day she went very nice and won with a 70%.

She got Reserve Champion !!!!!

I did some more shadow judging at Tweed, as I am aiming to sit my B-level judging exam at the Nationals this year. )))

I really like the judging, its fun and great learning.

Penny 2011

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