Category Archives: A Spider Bite (CC)

Sydney CDI 3* 2017

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3* 2017

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3*, April 2017. Photo: Amy-Sue Alston

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 Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3* 2017

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3*, April 2017. Photo: Amy-Sue Alston

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3* 2017

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3*, April 2017. Photo: Amy-Sue Alston

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3* 2017

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite, Sydney CDI 3*, April 2017. Photo: Amy-Sue Alston

 

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Transitioning SDS to rebuild in 2017

Sally Evans with A Spiderbite at Rodrigo Matos Dressage Clinic at SDS

With CC at Rodrigo Matos Clinic at home at SDS, 11.9.2016

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.

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Competing at Tweed, and Teaching in Nana Glen

CC at Brisbane CDI 2015, Emma Morley Photography

CC at Brisbane CDI 2015, Emma Morley Photography

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.

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Far North Coast NSW Dressage Championships

Penny (A Heaven Sent) by Grand Prix Stallion A'Seduction, in training at Sally's Dressage Stables in 2012

Penny in training at SDS

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.

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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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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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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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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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Sydney CDI 2014

Sydney CDI 2014 Advanced Freestyle Presentation

Sydney CDI 2014 Advanced Freestyle Presentation

Well we had a great Sydney CDI this year. The classes were very strong with lots of wonderful horses.

The highlight of the whole CDI for us was CC finishing 2nd in the Advanced Freestyle with 69%. (Her Dad won this many years ago). In the Prix St Georges CDN, she finished a very close 7th with some silly little mistakes. But in the Advanced class of 35 horses, CC put together a supa test to finish 5th place. But then she got a bit tense in the other one, oh … well.

Our little girl Penny went to this event to accompany her big Sister. She ended up with a score in equal 6th position and was awarded 7th place with a huge sash.

The year is really moving now. CC and Penny they both just try so hard to get it all right, we were so impressed with them. Good Girls!!!

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QLD Dressage Event at QSEC 19 April 2014

We took CC to the Qld event held at QSEC run by the Qld Dressage Committee on Easter Sunday. It was a huge day as it took about 3 hours to drive up there and then back again, plus calling in to get a special racing feed for Vilayet at the Gold Coast, so the day was a very long one. The day before, Good Friday, I had caught Peter’s cold that he had gotten from working way too long hours (the poor man is addicted to his bosses and his work).

I got it soo bad that I could hardly ride CC, I felt like I was going to be sick all over her.

Anyway, it must not have been so bad for her ’cause she did a lovely Advanced test and we won it on 68%. Sue was very excited. It was a super confidence builder for the Sydney CDI.

We also came 4th in the PSG.

Long day but good fun.

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CC on Eurodressage at Orange CDI

Sue and I drove 14 hours to Orange CDI in February, the ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International event. CC competed in the Advanced classes, the Freestyle and the Prix St Georges International class. We were very pleased with her results. She came home with some ribbons, placing very close scores in the Advanced. This was a really big show for her, especially first up for the year too, after a break over the Christmas period.

What is the lovely thing, when you take these journeys to these big events, you get to meet the great people and other competitors and you become friends; and the funny things that happen and the great experiences that form your relationship with your horse.

I was given a chance to be on media with the Live screening TV for the event, I commentated for the very first class, the brand new Intermediate A, there were about 9 competitors, with Brett taking home the purse. It was fun though, I had a ball doing this, and I ended up even doing some on the spot interviews with some riders.

An interview with Eurodressage.
More photos of the event.

CC and Sally Evans at ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International event at Orange

CC and I at ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International event at Orange

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CC after her lesson with Brett

CC (A Spider Bite) after a lesson with Brett Parbery.

Basil look-alike….. This is CC after her lesson with Brett. CC is soo clever, she is working on her piaffe and started her passage. She is working very nice and coming along in her training so very well, she just loves it all this aiming to go Grand Prix stuff.

This weekend we have a competiton at Bangalow, all 3 Babies are a going……!!!!!

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Grafton Dressage day March 2014

CC by A'Seduction, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

CC, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

We took all 3 of the Basil Babies to the Grafton Dressage day today.

CC competed in her second Prix St Georges and got a 65%, and she won the Advanced too. So happy with her.

Penny did the Elementary and got second with a big hiccup in there, she thought she had to do some flying changes… ooops, but it was another Basil Babe who won it. Penny is just such a dream to ride, such a lovely trot, the GP judge had her in first place, even with her moment where she was about to prepare for a flying change in the Elementary.)))))

And Sydney also came second in the novice with a 70%, he too was beaten by a Basil Babe.

CC by A'Seduction, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

CC, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

CC by A'Seduction, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

CC, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

CC by A'Seduction, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

CC in canter pirouette, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

Penny by A'Seduction, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

Penny, Elementary test, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

Sydney, 70% Novice test, Grafton Dressage day 2014

Sydney, 70% Novice test, Grafton Dressage day 2.3.2014

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CC at ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International CDI 3* 2014

CC at ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International CDI 3*

CC at ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International CDI 3*

We went to the ‘ThinLine Dressage with Altitude International event at Orange, NSW. We had several very high level judges from Germany, UK and NZ as well as Aus. It’s a sweet prestigious boutique event, we need a few more of these along the east coast of our country. Many of the riders and horses are currently on the AUS National Squad, and many are on State Squads. The quality of the horses competing was very high. We competed in the Prix St Georges, the Advanced and the Freestyle.

We were very pleased our young mare CC, she finished in the top 6 placings. You could even say that almost each class had a leader of the field, and then practically a photo finish for the placings. It was tight.

So then we packed up and left at 6am on Sunday morning, in the dark , rain and high wind to drive the 14 hour trip home. You could say we brought them some luck with the rain, as it had not rained since October last year. )))

Bradgate Park was the event venue, a privately owned beautiful place that has many horses and dogs, birds, cats, a goat, AND they love all these animals soo much. It was a pleasure and inspiring.

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With CC and Sydney on the beach

Sally Evans on A Spider Bite and Michaela on A Sydney Boy (Sydney) on Patches Beach, South Ballina

I on CC and Michaela on Sydney, Patches Beach

We took CC and Sydney to the beach yesterday. Sue came as well and took the shot. We rode for about half an hour, mostly in a good canter. They both luved it, and like their father does, CC does too – MEDITATE: When we stopped for a little break, CC started to close her eyes, stood very still and was meditating…..mmmmmm :))))))

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Tweed Dressage Associate Championships Sep 2013

We had another fantastic day at the Tweed Dressage Associate Championships. We took A Spider Bite and A Sydney Boy, and the both came home with a Championship rug each. Spider won the Advanced and Syd won the Preliminary. They both went really nice, especially Sydney. I really felt like we were a team and worked in harmony in his second test, it was good fun, he is on his way now.

Also on this day, two other Basil Babies did very well. Amelia and her Arabian cross warmblood Always A Star (he lived up to his name!!!) won the Elementary Championship with 66%. And Anne McDiarmid on her Cleveland cross warmblood Glenview Audacious Lad won a Novice class with 71.7% and won the Highpoint Trophy on the day.

So the A’Seduction Babies won the preliminary, novice, elementary and advanced.

We only have 3 of his Babies left to sell to good competitive homes.

We will now be training towards the Qld State Championships…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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