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.


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.


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


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:


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.


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


Villa won the Lismore Trial 26 July 2014

Vilayet, Pete's racehorse, at the end of his Lismore Trial 26.7.2014, which he won

Villa and us, Lismore Trial 26.7.2014

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!!!!!


Grafton Dressage Championships 5-6 July 2014

Two weekends before we did the Grafton Dressage Championships. We took down all 3 of our competition horses, CC, Sydney and Penny.

CC did the Small Tour. She was very tense for the PSG and came third and then she stepped out and was way more into it. She did her first ever Intermediate 1 and she won with a score of 64%. She came home with a Reserve Champion.

Penny did the Elementary tests each day. She came second in each one beaten by another A’Seduction Baby, so of course we got another Reserve Championship. Penny was such a gallant girl. Only month before she has had another operation on her eyelid to have a tumor removed, and she had really only had about 10 days of some work towards this show. Pen has the most amazing attitude.

Sydney Boy, he went into two classes each day as he competed in the Preliminary and the Novice. Sydney came home with the Preliminary Championship Sash!!!!! Just missed out on the Novice Reserve Champ. We were very happy with him.

I had a few students competing against me at this Championship, and to my surprise Amelia and Lorraine beat me!!!!! Well done girls )))))))))) Luv you for it!!!!! Lorraine won the other Preliminary Championship!!!

And Lynne on her pony Karleah got the win in one Elementary and second in the other, for another Reserve Championship, very good scores…


Poppy winning at the Australian Young Rider Championships 2014

Poppy Ellis-Southwell and B'Seduced  (aka Mr Tickles), winner of the Elementary Freestyle, Australian Young Rider Championship 2014

Poppy Ellis-Southwell and B’Seduced (aka Mr Tickles), winner Elementary Freestyle, Australian Young Rider Championship 2014, QLD State Equestrian Centre, Caboolture 9-10 July

Poppy and her little boy Mr Tickles shined with a winning time at the 2014 Australian Young Rider Championships.

They won the Elementary Freestyle and placed 3rd in one class and 6th in the other, absolutely fantastic result.

I am soo very proud of Poppy and Mr T, I am lucky to have the pleasure to train these two.

Poppy_2014 Australian Young Rider Championships_2014-07


Tweed Valley Dressage Group Jackpot Event 22 June

We took CC and Sydney Boy up to the Tweed Valley Dressage Group Jackpot event. They had two classes with Jackpot winnings, the Preliminary and the Novice class.

CC did her two Advanced classes and won both of them, her first test was just a supa one, even the judge came up to me after and said WOW, she had never given so many 7’s. It was exciting to hear such wonderful feedback. Its funny ’cause CC often does her best test on the first one of the day, like the PSG at Caboolture, when she finished 3rd. CC just loves this sport!!

Then Sydney Boy had to do his 2 tests, both the jackpots, and to our surprise he also won both classes, with over 71%. Again the judge came up to me and mentioned that she loved his uphill canter.

Sydney was a very good boy to ride and behaved himself, so when we got home I said to Sue, lets get him going now and do the 5yo class at the Brisbane CDI.

What a day!!!!!!

Its so nice to have these Babies of my darling stallion Basil, that we bred and have nurtured through to competing them, and they are going so well.

And by the way, Basil is having an absolute BALL with Alison in WA, he adores her.

Basil and Alison in the Swan Valley in Perth, Feb 2014

Basil in his new home with Alison in the Swan Valley in WA, Feb 2014. Photo: IB

Basil and Alison in the Swan Valley in Perth, Feb 2014

Basil and Alison in the Swan Valley in WA, Feb 2014. Photo: IB


Caboolture 2Star event 13-15 June 2014

Sally Evans and A Spider Bite in Caboolture, QLD State Equestrian Centre

CC and Sally entering the indoor arena, QLD State Equestrian Centre 15.6.2014

We took CC who went in the PSG and came 3rd, such a good girl, she was amazing to ride.

She also won the Advanced Freestyle and came 5th in both Advanced classes.

Originally we had the three horses going to this event (CC, Sydney and Penny), but some little mishaps and and we were down to one. We had already organised the van to sleep and many good friends to come and join us in this fun. So then we had almost a party at Caboolture because of many people and not much to do with just CC. We also had Lynne join us with her pony Karleah. She did the Elementary and came 2nd and 3rd and just missed out on a reserve championship.

We had a great time with many visitors: we had Lizzie, Felicia, my cousins Jemela, Alison and Sam, and we had my Dad visit. Dad even took Charlie up to see my Mum (who is in a home now). We had Jean visit, and Michaela and her two puppies, and we had our top chef/connoisseur of healthy food, Iris (who makes this amazing site for me and many of the photographs). Iris cooked us the most delicious 5 plate vegen meal, which we all gobbled up. It was lovely.

Good times!!!!!

My Fav legend.......Lynne. With Karleah, and I and CC in the background.

My Fav legend…….Lynne. With Karleah, and I and CC in the background. Photo: IB

CC's float

CC’s float. Photo: IB


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!!!


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.


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