Archive: 2013

Last ride of 2013

Posted on 31 December 2013 | 2 Comments

On the last day of the year me and Mindy and Mum and Dusty went for a ride down to the Winemaker's Cottage. Mindy and Dusty really liked getting out of the arena and seeing the vineyards and the Pacific Ocean.

Mindy and me!

Posted on 8 December 2013 | 3 Comments

Mindy was so good for me today in the Working Hunter classes at Whangarei Show. She soared effortlessly over the jumps. We overnighted for the fifth time in our truck. We were parked right beside the ring so between classes Mindy and I would come back to the truck. The judges had a half-hour lunch-break plus there was some time between classes at one point so I sat in a chair, holding Mindy, reading Catching Fire again, and watching Mum and Dusty do their Show Hunter rounds. When I was reading my book whenever Mindy saw Dusty she would neigh so when she neighed I would look up and see if they were in the ring. She was a perfect early warning system! It was another great day and Mum got a second place!

First jumping, then cake

Posted on 1 December 2013 | 2 Comments

Mindy jumped like a professional for me at Woodhill Sands. After my classes I had yummy banana cake. I am so proud of Mum and Dusty. They were fourth in the 90cm open class. Well done, them!



Great weekend jumping

Posted on 24 November 2013 | 4 Comments

Mindy is amazing. She jumped so well for me today and yesterday. Click on "Shows" above to see what rosettes we won. Mum and Dusty had a great event too with four clear 90cm rounds in the hack ring. Yaaay them! (Mum says any show not requiring medical attention or X-rays is a good show for her.) Dad was a groom for us both today. He did a really good job and was in charge of Dusty's studs.

Lesson on Leo

Posted on 17 November 2013 | 1 Comments

Today we rested Mindy after all her great jumping yesterday and I had a lesson on Leo. He was a good boy for me.

Waihi show

Posted on 16 November 2013 | 2 Comments

Mindy jumped amazingly for me again. Here is a photo of our family at Waihi A & P Show. Spot the odd one out .... It's Dad. Me, Mum, Mindy and Dusty are all girls.

And the crowd went wild!

Posted on 9 November 2013 | 5 Comments

Today was the best show ever. Not only did my two ponies go amazingly well for me (you can read about them under the "Shows" tab above) but nine people came to Clevedon especially to cheer us on. Sarah and Patrick brought Zoe (the cutest cousin ever) out to have a little sit on Mindy. It was her first pony ride and Mum thinks Zoe is definitely going to be a rider when she gets older. Also four of my school friends watched me and Mindy jump. Luca, Bella, Jess and Holly (and Tors and Lou) cheered so loudly after my first round I had to ask them to tone it down as I rode past. (Just joking though.) Thanks to all my supporters today. I rode almost non-stop from 8am until 4pm then afterwards Paris and I went to the sideshows. (Also, Mum says to mention the fantastic whitebait fritters which the grown-ups raved about but they sound terrible to me. Paris and I had mini doughnuts instead. Yummy.)

Hawke's Bay A & P Show

Posted on 24 October 2013 | 3 Comments

A big truck noisily tipped its load of wood off right beside the show-hunter ring. Mindy didn't really like it but she still did really well. My Nan came to watch us and gave out mini Pinky bars to me after each round. I will definitely invite her to be the ribbon collector again! (Below is a photograph of Mum and Dusty jumping yesterday.)

Grumpy faces

Posted on 15 October 2013 | 2 Comments

Mum took this photo of Mindy and Dusty with identical I'm-sure-my-dinner-was-supposed-to-be-served-hours-ago expressions on their faces.

Riding Dusty

Posted on 12 October 2013 | 2 Comments

I warmed up Dusty for Mum in the arena, and then Mum worked her in the back paddock. I love Dusty. She goes so nicely for me.

Lesson with Amy

Posted on 8 October 2013 | 1 Comments

Mum and I had a lesson today with Amy Roydhouse. It was really good, and Mindy and Dusty were both very well behaved.

Matamata show

Posted on 5 October 2013 | 5 Comments

Another fun day at Matamata. It was my first time doing Round-the-Ring jumping and Working Hunter. So proud of Mindy. She went perfectly and we were awarded Reserve Champion Working Pony Hunter 138cm.

Jumping clinic

Posted on 29 September 2013 | 1 Comments

Today me and Mindy, and Mum and Dusty, attended a Jill Ullrich jumping clinic. It was amazing. We were both in the same class which was for people who had not done one of Jill's clinics before. Mindy and Dusty both went really, really well.

Show hunter at Pukahu

Posted on 15 September 2013 | 2 Comments

Mum took this photo of the show hunter ribbons Mindy and I won at Pukahu. Mindy was so good for me that we got a ribbon in every class. On Saturday we got two firsts and a second. She was a bit tired on Sunday but we still got one second, one third and one fifth. Afterwards we were told that we had the most points of all the Category A competitors. I am so proud of Mindy. Then we had a really long drive back to Auckland in the truck. Mindy didn't get into her stable until 9pm.


A sunny Hawke's Bay day

Posted on 7 September 2013 | 1 Comments

Today Mum and I went for a ride down the road then we did some jumping in the arena. We must have made them work hard because afterwards Dusty and Mindy had a lie down in the sunshine.

Where's my saddle?

Posted on 31 August 2013 | 2 Comments

After some schooling the the arena Paris and I decided to take off the ponies' saddles and ride bareback. We were cantering and it was so much fun.

Riding practice

Posted on 29 August 2013 | 2 Comments

We went to the pony club down the road to give us all an outing. I really wanted to ride Mindy today because I hadn't ridden her for a little while. She is such a nice pony. We jumped a few jumps and then we had to leave because Mum said she was freezing.

HB Pony Camp

Posted on 16 July 2013 | 3 Comments

Today was the last day of our four-day pony camp in Hawkes Bay. Deb, Paris, Matisse, Taffy and Ernie drove all the way down from Auckland to be with Mum, me, Mindy and Dusty. There was lots of rain but we all had lots of fun in the fantastic new arena.

Pointways Pony Club: Day Two

Posted on 9 June 2013 | 4 Comments

It was raining all morning but Mindy jumped superbly in the second day of the pony club's winter show hunter series. We were very lucky to get two first placings and one third. The judge scored us 88, 85 and 80 which were our top scores ever. Mindy is such a good girl. She does exactly what I ask. 

(RESULTS: 1st in 40cm, 1st in 50cm, 3rd in 60cm)

Pointways show hunter

Posted on 26 May 2013 | 2 Comments

I am so proud of Mindy. We went to day one of the Pointways pony club show hunter series and she didn't put a hoof wrong. We got a first and a third which was a red rosette, a yellow rosette and a voucher for two people to use the pony club grounds. For one round our score was 80 which was my best ever score so far. Our other two scores were 73 and 68. (RESULTS: 1st in 40cm, 3rd in 60cm)

Thanks to ACK Photography for the two super action shots above.

My pony likes Twisties

Posted on 12 May 2013 | 1 Comments

Today we discovered that Mindy likes Twisties. She also ate three crackers. She doesn' like mandarins, though. We did two dressage tests at Papatoetoe Pony Club. It was my first time doing dressage. Mindy was a very good girl and Deb called the tests for me. We got fourth in one of the tests.

First jumping competition

Posted on 14 April 2013 | 1 Comments

Today I rode Mindy at my first ever jumping event. It was run by Waitemata Show Hunter and held at Woodhill Sands. I am so proud of Mindy. We got 2nd in the 50cm and also got a really good score in the 60cm. That is us with our blue ribbon below.

I love Mindy

Posted on 9 April 2013 | 2 Comments

I wasn't going to jump Mindy today but I couldn't resist. Mum put the jumps up higher than ever and we did a round of six jumps at 70cm - 75cm. Mindy flew over them. It was lots of fun.

Jumping lesson

Posted on 7 April 2013 | 2 Comments

This weekend Paris and I had two jumping lessons. Today we were taught by Olympic showjumper John Cottle. It was lots of fun and I learnt a lot. Mindy got very sweaty.


Jumping Mindy

Posted on 24 March 2013 | 1 Comments

I had heaps of fun jumping Mindy today. She is awesome, and she does the best ever flying changes. That is us below. Go Mindy!

Pony trek

Posted on 23 March 2013 | 1 Comments

We went on a pony trek through Totara Park. I rode Mindy, Paris rode Stella and Matisse rode Bell. It was lots of fun.

Little Mindy Lou

Posted on 17 March 2013 | 1 Comments

Today we picked up Little Mindy Lou from Horse of the Year and brought her back to Auckland with us in our truck. She is my new jumping pony. I hope she likes it here.

Me and my Nan

Posted on 14 March 2013 | 1 Comments

This is a picture of my and my Nan at the Horse of the Year show in Hawke's Bay.

Holly in Hawke's Bay

Posted on 12 March 2013 | 1 Comments

This is Holly in her stable after I rode her. She's like: "Where is my lunch?"

My 10th birhday

Posted on 7 March 2013 | 1 Comments

Today I turned ten. This is my gorgeous new pony Coco. She is only two years old but she is very beautiful. She still has fuzzy fur on her back just like a duckling. So cute.

Riding in the arena

Posted on 6 March 2013 | 1 Comments

Here we are planning our work-outs. Paris is on Leo and I am on Holly.

Morrinsville show

Posted on 2 March 2013 | 1 Comments

It was a great day today. Holly went really well and it was my last time in the First Ridden section (except for HoY). Thanks to Paris and Deb for the great turnout. We had a lot of fun at the sideshows afterwards.

Hello pretty pony

Posted on 28 February 2013 | 2 Comments

Today I met the prettiest little pony. Her name is Coco. She is just a baby.

Franklin show

Posted on 16 February 2013 | 2 Comments

Holly was a very good girl today. Look how pretty she is. My school friends Luca and Clover came to see me ride, and Lesley Warwick took some great photographs of me and Holly.

Horsing around!

Posted on 10 February 2013 | 2 Comments

Today we went riding at the beach and hooned around for two hours. It was the best day ever. Thanks, Deb! Go Leo, Go Holly!

Warkworth show

Posted on 26 January 2013 | 1 Comments

It was a great day at Warkworth today. Holly went perfectly for me although it was our very first show together. She is so cute! Thank you to Deb for all the lessons and Paris for schooling Holly. Colleen came to watch me ride too. After our classes Holly was very thirsty. She drank all the water I could give her. (The kind people at Warkworth show took the photo below. That is Mum and Deb in the background!)