Category Archives: A Spider Bite (CC)

Summerland Dressage Group Championships Aug/Sep 2013

A'Seduction at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Basil, pensive, at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Last weekend we had the 2-day champs on for the Summerland Dressage Group. We had a great day.

  • Cc won the advanced tests and the champion too, she got 66 and a 68%.
  • And Sydney did his Preliminary classes and got Reserve Champion, with a 68 and a 72%.
  • Basil got 4th in the Inter2 with 61%.

Found out Basil was a bit sore, think a muscle, probably doing his acrobatics in the paddock, and we had to scratch from the GP on the Sunday… gruu. But maybe that is why he did not win the Inter2, although we did still score a 63% from one of the judges!! Poor Basil, he is just such an honest boy, always tries for you.

My Darling, Penny girl (A Heaven Sent) did the Novice tests, and well… in the first test, the jockey, mmm, who is she some crazy girl thinking she can memorise 10 tests for the weekend, and YEP, made 2 errors of test and still got a 65%. But wised up and asked Skye to call the next one and she came a very very close 3rd… So yep, Penny probably would have come home with a better championship result, but oh well, you do learn from your mistakes eh…

Still, it was a supa day. There were four competing in the Big Tour, which is great for our Regional Champs. And all up, there were five Basil Babes in the Novice!!!

A Spider Bite at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

CC in the Advanced, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A Spider Bite at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

CC in the Advanced, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A Spider Bite in the Advanced, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

CC in the Advanced, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A Sydney Boy at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Sydney at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A Sydney Boy at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Sydney at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A Sydney Boy at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Sydney at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A Sydney Boy at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Sydney at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A'Seduction in the Inter2 at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Basil in the Inter2, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A'Seduction in the Inter2 at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Basil in the Inter2, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A'Seduction in the Inter2 at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Basil in the Inter2 at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A'Seduction at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Basil at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

A'Seduction in the Inter2 at Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

Basil in the Inter2, Summerland Dressage Group Championships, 31.08.2013

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Competition in Bangalow June 2013

Here is Michaela with Michaela with her boy Sydney and his sashes in Bangalow, 02.06.2013

Here is Michaela with her boy Sydney and his sashes in Bangalow, 02.06.2013

We went to the local dressage clubs Associate Championships on the weekend. And Basil Babes, they cleaned up.

We won the medium championship with CC (A Spider Bite).
We got two Reserve Championships with A Sydney Boy, he is only 4yo, his fourth event.
And the Darling Penny, named A Heaven Sent, won the Novice Reserve Championship. (She is amazing, she has only had one week’s work.)

Always A Star with Amelia Gilmore came second in the Elementary.
Glenview Audacious Lad with Anne McDiarmid won the Novice Championship, and Anne’s other younger Basil Babe won the Twilight Overall Champion.
Yondella Arlen under Carol Maxwell also scored well.

When we came home, we told Basil, but it seemed all he wanted was his dinner…..oh well, the tummy often comes first eh!!!:)

CC, Sue and Sally in Bangalow, 02.06.2013

CC, Sue and Sally in Bangalow, 02.06.2013

Sue and Sally in Bangalow, 02.06.2013

Sue and I have a laugh

Sydney in Bangalow, 02.06.2013

Sydney showing off his stylish competition head wear of a beautiful silver/grey hood!!

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Competition at Tweed May 2013

CC in competition at Tweed, 19.05.2013, Photo Claire Wright

This is CC when she won the Advanced at 69% at Tweed, 19.05.2013, Photo Claire Wright

We went to an event on the weekend run by the Tweed Equestrian Group, with CC and Sydney.

CC won the Medium with 67% and the Advanced with 69%. She went really good.

A Sydney Boy came 3rd in the Preliminary with 70%. This has now qualified him for the Qld State Young Horse Championships in July run with the Brisbane CDI at Caboolture.

Sydney is really starting to grow up now. This week he has been working so well, I am soo impressed with him.

This weekend are supposed to be the local associate championships, and we have all three in: CC, Sydney, and Penny too. But we have had soo much rain, I am unsure if it will go ahead. Gruu.

A Sydney Boy in Competition at Tweed, 19.05.2013, Photo Claire Wright

A Sydney Boy in Tweed, 19.05.2013, Photo Claire Wright

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Sydney CDI 2013

It was an eventful CDI this year, with not only riding 3 horses, but having 5 most wonderful Ladies assisting me. I only wish that we had done a little better in our success, but we were so happy with the way the horses all went. We took Basil (A’Seduction) for the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special, CC (A Spider Bite) and Penny (A Heaven Sent) in the 6yo and 5yo events.

Three years ago when Penny was a yearling, she loved to live in her paddock. She was
not really into the creature comforts of the stable. As she matured and went under saddle, she told me she wanted to stay barefoot for as long as she can. She loves being one with nature, our Pen, so I nicknamed her “my Nimbin Pony” (after the town of Nimbin here in the Northern Rivers), ‘cause she reminds of someone who would live there, someone who loves living with one in nature, and a balance of all things, with a little bit of magic on the side!!!

AND BOY did she live up to her nickname. She was so cool at the CDI, so relaxed and chilled. The girls were talking of hanging some posters up in her stable of rolling pastures and trees. Penny’s first really huge event and she showed an absolutely amazing attitude. Pen put in a good run in her first round of the young horse championships. Considering she has done 2 other young horse classes, both achieving 71%, we were all pretty shocked to see the judges did not respond to her this time. But oh well, I do have the thought that these YH classes are a bit biased, (a little like the Hack ring): big names, big horses, powerful movement. But Pen, she has it, attitude and power, but the judges did not consider this today. Oh well. She will make the most amazing competition horse for some very lucky rider, and right now I want to campaign her onto higher levels and get her changes and half passes happening.

CC is completely different to her little sis. We call her our OH&S girl, cause, man oh man, she is right on top of it all: safety, safety, safety comes first. CC must make sure the environment is safe, the conditions are up to 5 Star, (as that is what she is accustomed too), and then she will perform. She went so fantastic. CC had to compete in the main GP arena, so it is all dressed up with pot plants and 5 judges boxes, and flags and signs and all, BUT CC excelled and gave me the trust, that bond you have with your horses, and she went so great – she finished 5th only, 1% off placing 3rd, with the horses in front of her all having been imported into AUS. CC did the same at the Qld YH championships last year. She will be a Grand Prix horse of the future. Both her parents are GP competitors, so she is a very lucky girl. Sue and I completely enjoy training her and her antics keep us laughing!!

Basil on the other hand, he was told for weeks leading up to the CDI that he was not going, until the night before. Then he saw us packing and preparing his horse float and parking near his stable for a quick getaway in the morning. So he arrived there almost so relaxed, it too was funny. Unfortunately due to my hand having been broken last year, poor Bas had not even been out to a competition for 7 months or more and I think it was a bit of a shock to him. He must have thought he was in a type of semi retirement, just training at home, and he has a student who has a lesson on him every week. But to his credit, considering that most of the other horses had been to many events in the last several months leading up to this prestigious 3 Star international show, I was very happy with his effort in the Grand Prix. The international judge from the Netherlands had never seen us before and he gave us 7’s for Piaffe and 7’s for our transition out into Passage. This I was very happy to see as I had been working on this. It was good to see credit for my training. The centre line judge had us in 11th place. So you see I would like to have had a better result, (maybe finish in the top ten), but I was most satisfied and happy with my man Basil, and he too was very happy doing his test.

And my 5 lovely ladies were absolutely fantastic, and really spoilt me so much. I felt like a princess, with a team of horses and a great team of supporters.

It was a great fun CDI this year.

Here are Wendy, Amelia and Sue. Missing are Lizzie, Poppy and – Sally – she must be the one being watched!

Here are Wendy, Amelia and Sue. Missing are Lizzie, Poppy and – Sally – she must be the one they keep an eye on!

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Competition in Grafton 7 April 2013

Basil

Basil

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CC won the medium again with a 67%. Some fantastic comments from the two judges, they both really liked her. I luv riding her she is soo exciting… soo smart a big thinker!!

A Sydney Boy won the Grafton Preliminary Jackpot – a 1C with 71%!

Basil had a run thru his GP getting ready for the CDI. It had been a while since we had a competition and he went pretty good, very settled and better in his piaffe and passage especially down the final centre line due to some practice with Rodrigo. So happy with him. He would have finished higher but he lost the flow and concentration a bit so he came home with a 60%.

There were two other Basil babes there and they won too. So A’Seduction winners all round for Grafton event!!

Sydney

Sydney

CC

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A’Seduction and his two girls A Heaven Sent (Penny) and A Spider Bite (CC)

A'Seduction Warmboold Grand Prix Stallion

Basil (A’Seduction) in training at SDS in 2008 as 11 year old. Photo: IB

A’Seduction is now 16 years old. We bought him when he was an 8 months old colt. He has won so many Regional and State Championships and so many trophy rugs, I have lost count. We competed in a total of 6 young dressage horse events, every time finishing in the Top 3. He was 3 times a Champion of his Age and twice he was awarded the Champion of Champions. And now this year we have two of his baby girls qualified for the Young Horse Classes at the Sydney CDI. We will also take A’Seduction himself to compete in the Grand Prix International class. So WOW, I never in my dreams thought that this would ever happen. We are very proud of A’Seduction and his two girls. He has produced some amazing lovely trainable young horses. There are many out competing now and doing extremely well.

The two girls going in the Sydney CDI Young Horse Classes this year are A Heaven Sent (aka Penny) and A Spider Bite (aka CC). They are going in the 5yo and the 6yo events. The fields are so strong, with so many very nice top quality horses. But you have to realise that they judge just what they see on the day, and if you have a little glitch then you suffer the consequences. Success will show up as the years pass by with many consistent performances, and the results will be on the board. And ultimately, that is what we all want: a well behaved, calm, flowing, active and alive test, then we progress up the classes to Grand Prix. IT’S SO EXCITING!!!

Penny (A Heaven Sent) in 2009, 2 ys old, and as an 11 week old filly

Penny (A Heaven Sent) as yearling in 2008, and in Dec 2007, 11 weeks old

A Heaven Sent has the most beautiful temperament, and lovely suspended trot action. She is also a very pretty girl. Pen is my little worker girl, she loves training and practising all her work. When she was growing up, I called her my Nimbin Pony, as she loves to be outside with nature, she loves being in her paddock and she is very laid back about life in general. As she grows and matures, I believe Pen will be the near perfect dressage competitor!!

CC (A Spider Bite) in 2009, 3ys old, and as a 7 week old filly in Jan 2007

CC (A Spider Bite) in 2009, 3ys old, and as a 7 week old filly (Photo: IB) in Jan 2007

A Spider Bite, and yes she was actually bitten by a spider when she was a yearling, cause I knew you were going to ask, how did she get that name? CC has already won 3 championship rugs herself. And she has won her first test this year, the medium at the NADEC event – she even got a 9 in that test. She was soo well behaved, calm yet a bit excited, just what you need to produce a good test!! We call CC our OH&S (official health and safety) girl: CC makes sure everything is safe before she goes anyway. She is spunky, studious, and is the life at any party she goes to!! CC has the big plan picture already set in her goals… Grand Prix!

So it is very exciting for Peter and me to have a Family Affair going to the Sydney CDI International 3 Star 2013. And of course thanks to a big team of friends, students and owners, this plan can happen.

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Training with Poppy on the beach and bitless at SDS

CC ridden by Poppy

CC ridden by Poppy

One of my students, Poppy, is currently staying with us for a while. Yesterday, we have been on the beach, with Poppy riding CC and I on Kevin the racehorse. It was a super day, great weather. Both our horses were keen to show off their talents at speed training… cross-training for dressage… Poppy also tried out the bitless bridle that Iris has introduced us to, one of the latest models from Germany we have been riding Basil (aka A’Seduction) in too. Further below is Poppy on her Basil boy Mr Tickles.

Poppy aboard CC and I on the racehorse Kevin

Poppy aboard CC and I on racehorse Kevin

Poppy on her Mr Tickles for the first time bitless - he really likes it

Poppy on her Mr Tickles for the first time bitless – he really likes it

Mr Tickles with the bitless bridle from Germany

Mr Tickles with the bitless bridle from Germany

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CC begins training in double bridle

CC first time in double bridle

CC first time in double bridle

Here are some photographs of CC having her first go in the double bridle. She is test driving her Dad’s bits. We have ordered some special bits for her, the latest bits on the world market with the curb bit designed for softness on the tongue, and the snaffle shaped for the mouth. I have always tried to have the softest bits available. The sleeves on my arms are just for sun protection to avoid having to put on chemical lotion every day. These two interesting photographs have been taken by Poppy, one of my students.

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CC with Milly and Raquel on the Beach

CC, bay mare by A'Seduction, born 2006, part-owned by Sue MacDonald, here at Patches Beach.

Sally on CC, bay mare by A’Seduction, born 2006, part-owned by Sue MacDonald, here at Patches Beach.

We took CC and Milly to the beach a couple of weeks ago. It was CC’s first time ever. She follows in her Dad’s hoofsteps; she walks down to the water and starts to meditate. Milly is here on a working holiday with Raquel and she enjoys the relaxation of it too. Milly is a horse we had bred as a racehorse for Peter. She has moved on to a career as an eventer with Raquel who now owns her.

CC on the beach

CC

CC and Milly

CC and I, and Raquel on Milly

CC and Milly

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