Archive: 2012

CHB Show

Posted on 10 November 2012 | 4 Comments

I am so proud of Bell. She didn't put a hoof wrong all day. Nan came to watch us at our last show in Hawke's Bay. When we got home Mum let me take Bell out of the truck on my own. Then I let her have a nice pick of grass which she really deserved after all her hard work.


Riding home from school

Posted on 31 October 2012 | 3 Comments

Today Mum brought Bell to school at 3 o'clock so I could ride her home.

Flaxmere Pony Club

Posted on 24 October 2012 | 2 Comments

Today I joined Flaxmere Pony Club and went to my first rally. It's the same pony club Mum belonged to many years ago. It was Bell's first time at pony club too and I think she loved it as much as I did.

Gisborne show

Posted on 13 October 2012 | 3 Comments

Today Bell was amazing and she settled in to the indoor arena nicely. It was a great, fun show. It was our first time sleeping in our truck and it was lots of fun. After dinner the first night, I went to check on Bell and ended up bringing eight teenaged girls back to the truck! Also, one of Katie McVean's trucks was parked right in front of our truck so I got her autograph and a photo with her! I also saw some of the Dunstan horses up close!

Bell in the yard

Posted on 10 October 2012 | 1 Comments

It was so hot and sunny today that we gave Bell some naked time in her yard.

Pony camp

Posted on 3 October 2012 | 2 Comments

Yesterday Bell and I were lucky enough to go to pony camp at Deb's place with eight other riders. This is Matisse and me doubling on Mia.

Count the rugs!

Posted on 4 September 2012 | 0 Comments

Bell was clipped at the weekend so she looks very beautiful but we need to make sure she doesn't get cold. Bell is ready for bed in the photo below. She is wearing one sheet, three woollen blankets, a waterproof cover and three neck rugs - that's eight covers in total. Ten, if you count her rub vest and tail bag!

Justin Beiber hair!

Posted on 19 August 2012 | 3 Comments

Bell doesn't look very impressed that I gave her a Justin Beiber forelock. Oh well, never mind. And happy birthday to Bell and all horses for the 1st August. She's nine now - the same age as me.

Canvas of Bell

Posted on 22 July 2012 | 1 Comments

Mum is getting me a canvas of Bell for my wall. This is what it will look like. Isn't she beautiful?

Bareback riding

Posted on 10 July 2012 | 1 Comments

I rode bareback today. Bell is such a honey. Her trot is so nice and smooth.

Hairy Horse Show

Posted on 8 July 2012 | 1 Comments

Today we went to the Maraekakaho Hairy Horse Show. It was awesome. I went in the section for eight and nine year olds. Bell didn't put a hoof wrong all morning. She was perfect. We won six ribbons:
1st Lead in Hand
2nd Best Presented
2nd Best Trotting
2nd Best Combination
3rd Best Pony Club Mount
8th Hairiest Horse
It was funny. The judge said that Bell wasn't hairy at all. In the afternoon Mum and Gran jumped clear rounds in the 90cm and 1-metre classes. (That's them below.)

Photos from HoY

Posted on 25 March 2012 | 1 Comments

Lesley Warwick from Showshots took some great photos of us at Horse of the Year. Bell looks so beautiful!

Mum bought a horse!

Posted on 19 March 2012 | 1 Comments

Mum bought a horse while we were down at HoY. Her name is Granite Ridge or Gran for short. I can't wait to introduce her to Bell. Here is a photo of me and Gran. She's a lot taller than my pony!


Horse of the Year 2012

Posted on 14 March 2012 | 5 Comments

Today Bell was the best girl ever. I could tell the minute we walked in the ring she was going to be great. I was really nervous about my rider work out, but she helped me through that by doing a perfect work out. After, as a treat, I got to watch Katie McVean and Dunstan Daffodil jump!

Bell and her teddy bear together again

Posted on 7 March 2012 | 1 Comments

We finally unpacked the bag that was sent with Bell from the Gold Coast and we found Bell's favourite little teddy bear. She was so pleased to see it at last!


After school ride

Posted on 6 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Bell was a good girl. We practised our work outs.


Sunny Sunday

Posted on 4 March 2012 | 0 Comments

Such a beautiful day for riding. Bell didn't like the sheep hiding behind the hedge beside the arena. Mum says that is fair enough. Below Bell is itching herself as we are saddling her. She even has her hind foot up in the air. If I keep itching for her she gets a funny look on her face with her top lip over her bottom lip. Very cute!

Riding Bell

Posted on 29 February 2012 | 0 Comments

Bell was so nice to ride today. I oiled her hooves and today I took her bridle off all by myself. (Kind of been too short to reach until now.)

Who's a pretty girl?

Posted on 28 February 2012 | 1 Comments

Look at Bell's beautiful eyelashes. She's so pretty! Today Mum realised she'd missed a plait when she took out Bell's mane plaits after Helensville show. Oops! Bring back Ben!

Helensville show

Posted on 25 February 2012 | 1 Comments

Had a great day at Helensville. Bell was good, the sideshows were fun and we went to Mexico (restaurant at Britomart) on the way home.


Posted on 24 February 2012 | 0 Comments

Bell was such a darling. I practised both my Horse of the Year workouts. She nailed them on the first go! 

All the fun of the fair!

Posted on 18 February 2012 | 1 Comments

Today Bell was the best. She was good the whole time and we met a man who knew her from Queensland. I rode her for seven classes and one of them involved cantering on the circle with all the other riders. We've never done that before. Bell was was glad to get back to her hay at the end though. After I went on a big obstacle course called the Terminator with Mum. I also drove a hot-rod car and went on the vertical bungy.


Posted on 17 February 2012 | 0 Comments

I had a quick lesson today before Ben prepared Bell for the show tomorrow. She was such a good girl for me again.

Riding after school

Posted on 14 February 2012 | 1 Comments

Today Bell was very sweet. I think she knew it is Valentine's Day! I had a great time riding her, and gave her a kiss and a carrot for Valentine's Day.

More riding practice

Posted on 6 February 2012 | 2 Comments

Today I practised keeping my heels down and did some more cantering without stirrups. Then we went to the jumping arena and Mum set up a course of nine poles on the ground and we trotted over them a few times. Then Mum turned two of them into little jumps and Bell loved it. We didn't know that about her! We gave her a carrot for all her hard work.

Show at Paparoa

Posted on 4 February 2012 | 3 Comments

Even though a helicopter landed in the paddock beside us and there were were pleasure horses jumping in the same ring while we were doing our workout, Bell was a very good girl and I loved riding her. She did not put a hoof wrong. I was really proud that she was reserve champion. Below is a photo of me and Bell. I have my "I Heart Bell" tee-shirt on. Also see Bell's plaited tail. Mum had to do the turnout as Ben was at a different show today. I think she did really well.

No stirrups!

Posted on 2 February 2012 | 1 Comments

Today I cantered with no stirrups for the first time! I went on both reins and it was great. Bell has such a lovely smooth canter.

Another lovely show

Posted on 28 January 2012 | 2 Comments

So proud of Bell. She was so good for me today. And my oldest friend Colleen came to watch us and then we went on all the side-shows including the Dodgem cars twice.

Levin show

Posted on 20 January 2012 | 2 Comments

Today I went to Levin show. Bell did so well. She got champion first ridden pony! I think she is the best pony in the world and I am really proud of her. She is such a good girl to ride.

The Nationals

Posted on 12 January 2012 | 0 Comments

Bell was such a good girl for me at the Nationals. Even though it was a long hot day she did everything I asked her to. She is so kind and she has really beautiful manners. We found some shade beside the grandstand and I sat on Nan's handbag to have a rest between classes. 


Best stable mates

Posted on 9 January 2012 | 0 Comments

When she first arrived Bell wasn't sure if she liked this stable but she's settled in fine now.

Just hanging out

Posted on 5 January 2012 | 1 Comments

Happy new year! Bell and me hanging out in the shade of the apricot trees. An apricot just fell and hit Bell on the rump!