Here’s a beach therapy session for our racehorse Chai.
He is with our boy Snappy, having his first ever ride on the beach.
Chai is having his first race start on Monday.
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.
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!!!!
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.
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
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.
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!!!!
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!!
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:
Peter is very happy with this trial result. Today is Wednesday and Vil is feeling very fantastic, after pulling up well, eating up all his feed, and having a MRTT from Angela.
We are wrapping him up in cotton wool and trying to plan the next step, the race!!!!!
Update: Kevin has been SOLD.
Kevin, our 4yo TB, is still available. More info here.
Update: Kevin has been SOLD.
Kevin has been in our family since he was born, we got him when he was rising 3. I have done and continue to train him in Dressage. He raced in 2 starts, and showed to us that he loves to be a dressage horse and be pampered and loved, instead of running around a racetrack.
Kevin, has a supa doopa nature and a very gentle disposition.
Kevin, has been put over some small jumps and he likes it.
Kevin, is a good doer, he does not need a lot of feeding. He has good feet. He has a nice simple snaffle mouth, and tends to carry himself in a nice round frame whilst in training.
Kevin is a clean slate for a potential super future in dressage, I believe he has the temperament to compete under the pressured environment at big events.
A real honest, luving horse.
He needs a very good home, someone to luv him for a long long time, $8,000, he is sound in every way. A fantastic young rider horse.
Phone Sally 040207 8882
This is Sydney and Michaela and I riding Villa on the beach on Saturday. We had a ball! It is so funny cause I think Sydney needs to learn how to GO!!!!!!!, so he can keep up with Vila, Peter’s racehorse (who has won a race and who is pretty fast), bred by Bart Cummings …
At the moment I am riding him on the beach every second day, but I have to have a mate with him, as he is not confident to go by himself. So anyone out there who rides on the beach, please let me know. We go with Dawn on her dressage pony Tim, and we have Sydney to teach how to GO. But I soon run out of dressage horses, and so I need a running supply of horses to ride with. (Maybe I should get Pete to don the breeches!!!!)
SO THIS SUMMER, we are going to put our concentrated efforts into Villa, and get him up and racing.
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.