Saturday, December 22, 2012

Siblings Home Alone!

With Laddie back to work and Cloud back from her visit to Brae, the two palominos are happy to experience some family time. Both by the palomino stallion Canyonleigh CloudChaser; Cloud out of C. Amazing Grace, and Harry (foreground) out of C. Belle Olympia.

Sir Galahad surveys his new work space

Laddie was ready to get stuck into some serious work at last. He stepped up the tail ramp of an imposing big Deamer's Horse Transport as if it was his personal limousine...which it really was , as John had made a special trip to transport him just before his Christmas break!!
Travelled and disembarked like a pro: now we just have to pray for some coolish weather for Jeremy so he doesn't sweat off all his Christmas cheer too quickly!

New Best Friends

With Cloud and Maybellene away at Colonial Park Stud, visiting Brae Galaxy, Victor happily playing with Kerry, and Gracie with her new family, Harry and Galahad have had quality time together to relax and become trusting buddies. The boys no longer have to show off their machismo in front of the girls!!

Calendar boy

Kerry and Victor step up to the mark for a 2013 Calendar shoot!
Hunter Valley in the background: Maitland Vale from Anambah

Monday, November 19, 2012

Stepping out at Novice level

Kerry enjoyed a fairly relaxed day with Victor at the Alexander Park T-shirt day competition on Sunday. Some very nice leg-yieldiing and 15m canter circles before he nodded to the judges!
Bit of a clown at heart, I think!
Thanks to Chris Sullivan for the photos!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Learning the alphabet

Victor is back to work on the flat with Kerry Sullivan. Lovely to watch his confidence and athleticism develop. He's just thriving on the dressage training ladder under Jeremy's watchful eye and direction.
The exercises  working off the leg, shoulder-in, renvers, travers, leg-yielding, half-pass are improving his strength off his quarters and his flexibility, and he is becoming more able to give an immediate response. Brain/understanding and muscle strength are developing to allow him to confidently react to the slightest indication of an aid.
Today he was extending his understanding of the rider's aids as he worked on the turn on the haunches, establishing a good marching pace as he begins to sit on his haunches. Then Kerry asked for canter from a standstill and return to a walk, or halt. He's really developing an understanding of the response required for increasingly refined aids.
He is so chuffed to get a pat when he gets it right! Really works for his pats!!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Victor had his first exposure to jumping yesterday, with Emma Bishop. He rubbed a crossrail when trotting over his first upright, but didn't touch a thing, thereafter! Some lovely canter work off both leads.
The verdict? Bold, talented and very quick to learn! After 30 minutes he was jumping 60cms in really good 'form'. That's the height of Introductory eventing jumps.
Emma says he feels very like Paeon.
Today, settled back to his dressage work with Kerry very happily.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Victor now has four tests under his belt at Preliminary level.
Started at Alexander Park championships with the 1D then 1C; then the Hunter Valley Dressage Championships for the 1A and 1B. Better than mid-field in full classes (25 -30 entrants); lots of positive comments by judges and spectators!
Great rides from Kerry and coaching from Jeremy!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Dressage Debut!

Victor was 'cool as a cucumber' when he made his dressage debut with Kerry at Singleton Dressage Championships on Sunday. He had never seen a polypipe arena before, but you would never have known!! Travelled on the NK truck with 5 other horses of varying experience, and he had a "huge" look at everything when he offloaded at the Showground...but that was IT. He proceeded to work with partner Kerry, with a full understanding of the job to be done.
Kerry said he was tired at the end (6am to 2pm!) but he had concentrated so was justified!
The pair performed So well!!! Top score of 70% in the Prep 3...his first public outing in 5 years.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Spring Swim for Harry

Harry has become quite independent, and brave, with his mate Victor away; he hasn't got a henchman to look out for..and to back him up!!
Lovely warm Spring day and the rugs are off, so the mob took the opportunity to have a dabble in the dam, then do laps, just for fun.
Maybellene and Cloud, momentarily, acted like mature ladies, watching the young lads strut their stuff...Then they had to join in!!

Victor in Readiness

Kerry and Victor concentrate on their preparations for his first dressage competitions over the next three weekends! Serious business!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

C. Paeon and Brooke Piper celebrated the inaugural Tamworth International 3Day Event with clear jumping rounds, s-j and x-c, over a sunny weekend, August4-5.
Looks like a lovely venue!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Victor in Work in Weather

Kerry Sullivan
  • I don't have enough superlatives for victor yesterday and today. Even in the strong wind today he remained calm and focused. He's becoming rather smoochy too! I just love him to bits :) he's teaching me as much as I'm teaching him.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

                          Victor is delighted to have a partner to give him a new challenge.
After only half a dozen rides with Kerry the change in the 'frame' he can maintain in his work is already evident.
Working on maintaining rhythm in his work, smooth transitions between paces, developing more flexion at the poll and learning to working off the rider's leg with some leg-yielding.
He is completely focused on his work; worked in driving rain at the beginning of the week, and this work today was in a bitter wintry wind!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Victor third ride back in work since New Year; Kerry's first ride in a Year.
Both look comfortable and glad to be in work!

Palomino "Harry" is now15:3hh and filling in to himself. Will probably mature better than 16hh.
Loves having a 'burn' with young Galahad,(brown/black) rising 16hh at 3.5years old.
In the lower photo, Cloud is left foreground (half-sister to Harry) and Victor 10yrold, 15:1hh is on the right.
Photo at home just prior to Harry and Victor going back to work at North Kaludah, Lamb's Valley.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Brooke and Pan enjoyed a very successful weekend at Quirindi ODE.
Stepped up to the 80cm Intro class with a 66.4% dressage and clear S-j and x-c to come in 7th in a field of 19; 3rd junior in the ribbons from two perspectives.
Congratulations Brooke!! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The top three photos are of Rocco (Canyonleigh Sirecho) and Lisa Kurr at Loudon Hunt Club.
The bottom two are of Harry (Canyonleigh Olympic Chaser) cavorting in the paddock last weekend.
Can definitely see the potential!