Sunday, January 3, 2016

Three Canyonleigh belles

At the beginning of November 2014, I welcomed three mares from Canyonleigh Stud, as the Jenkins family wound up their parents' estate: 14 y.o. C. Irresistible ("Billy"), 10 y.o. C. Apple Bobbin ("Bobbi") and 6y.o. C. Bellissimo ("Belles")... the last foal bred by Canyonleigh Stud, and orphaned at 4 months with the paddock death of her dam C. Memphis Belle.

They arrived by truck at Nic Chipperfield's Windella Downs property where they were to be agisted.
Many thanks to Nic for her support, and the use of her yards and facilities, where I handled them daily throughout my holidays and weekends.
Billy had been well schooled by stud manager Mark Gee and his daughter CLaire, and had a couple of endurance rides under her belt. She hadn't forgotten a thing, loved getting a job again, though she was a bit fraught at being separated from her mates who she had run with in a mob for most of her life.
Belles and Bobbi were unbroken, and had only basic handling.

Billie (rugged) with Belles above;
Bobbi and Billie enjoying Windella paddock life before coming in to work separately.

All three Bs have the Saddlebred characteristics of loving learning, and having a job to do.
It has been incredibly rewarding to witness the turn-around of 10y.o Bobbi, particularly, who appeared as an Alpha mare in the paddock and has settled to become so trusting and confident in her work. Jeremy Janjic took his time with her at the start, not confronting her, but allowing her time to acclimatise to all the workings of a busy working farm. She has since caught up to young Belles, as she has the physical maturity and strength to respond immediately to Jeremy's training. 
Billy has already found herself a partner, with Michelle Wein on the Central Coast.
Bobbi and Belles are now set for their own partnerships and adventures.

Lovely mares! 
All by Canyonleigh Big Shot; Billy out of C. Sincerely Yours ("Precious"), Bobbi from C. Apple Rose Legacy (full sister to C. Memphis Belle, dam of my Maybellene) and Belles from C. Memphis Belle, a full sister to the Ginja Ninja, C. Victorious.

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