Archive: 2014

Day at the beach

Posted on 27 December 2014 | 4 Comments

We took Mindy, Leo and Dusty to Ocean Beach. Thanks again to the very kind people at NZPH. We had heaps of fun and cantered right to the end of the beach. It was a such a beautiful day. We are all exhausted.

Waitemata show hunter

Posted on 7 December 2014 | 2 Comments

It was a great day today at Woodhill Sands. Mum was doing some show jumping rounds at the other end of the grounds so I had to do my two show hunter rounds on my own. Mindy was such a good girl. We won both our classes! (Mum and Dusty got a double clear round and third prize.) Then afterwards I spent some time with sweet baby Coco. I taught her how to bow and to follow me around the paddock!  That is us in the second photograph below.

Cambridge show

Posted on 29 November 2014 | 2 Comments

Leo was a sweet boy for me again today. He didn't like the icy rain that came through just before our classes started and I had to settle him down after that. But he was back to his best once we went into the ring. He is such a professional. Below is a photograph of us having a team talk between classes. He seems to be listening to me!

Windy show

Posted on 15 November 2014 | 3 Comments

It was so windy at Waipukurau today that the show jumping jumps in all three arenas blew over and the show jumping had to be cancelled, Branches were falling off trees and tents were blown away. Luckily the show hunter arena was fairly sheltered. Mindy jumped amazingly for me again today. And once again my Nan came to watch my classes. She also fed me sweets and biscuits!


Posted on 9 November 2014 | 5 Comments

Leo didn't put a hoof wrong for me all day. Once again it was over four hours altogether. Such a good boy in the show ring. I had hoped to jump Mindy in show hunter today but the classes clashed. Thanks again to Cherie for the beautiful plaiting and Tinesha for the turnout and riding tips. Doesn't he look a picture?



Leo is a super star

Posted on 24 October 2014 | 6 Comments

Leo was a rock star for me today, such a good boy. He was awarded Supreme Champion pony at Hawke's Bay Show. I was so proud of him because there were so many beautiful ponies and good riders competing today. We were very lucky that the judges liked him as much as we do. A lot of people helped us get fit for the show ring this season. Thanks to Deb for all the lessons, advice and schooling. Thanks to Paris for all her years of hard work with Leo. Thanks to Sonny for the good care he takes of our boy. And in Hawke's Bay, thanks to Tinesha for the lessons and Cherie for the plaiting and show preparation.

Show hunter at Hawke's Bay

Posted on 23 October 2014 | 2 Comments

Nan came to watch Mindy and me jump our two show hunter rounds. I was so pleased to have her there. Mindy jumped faultlessly for me once again. Below is a photo showing us doing our second lap of honour. Also below is a shot of Mindy, Leo and Dusty that Mum just took. We have got six acres here but they all crowd as close together as they can. Good night, sweet ponies. (And horse.)

Three days at Gisborne

Posted on 18 October 2014 | 3 Comments

We spent all of Thursday, Friday and most of today at Poverty Bay A&P Show. Mindy jumped perfectly for me in the indoor arena. (The photo below shows us at the end of a round. Mindy has her tongue out again!) And Leo didn't put a foot wrong in all our showing classes. Today he was awarded Supreme Champion Pony of the show and at the end we cantered around the oval with the other champions. One of the horses got really excited but Leo was a good boy and I managed to ride one-handed and wave to the crowd while we cantered past. Very exciting! 

Ocean Beach

Posted on 10 October 2014 | 6 Comments

We had an amazing beach ride out at Ocean Beach which has five-kilometres of white sand. Mindy and Dusty were both very suspicious of the strong waves. Leo was the sensible one which is not normally how things roll. He was a very brave boy. We are very lucky that the people at NZPH allowed us to access the beach from their amazing property. Thank you!

School holidays: Hawke's Bay

Posted on 9 October 2014 | 4 Comments

This afternoon I had a lesson on Mindy and then on Leo. They were both perfect for me. Below are photographs of them plus one of Dusty. Mum says she looks more like a china ornament of a horse than an actual horse.

Our three bay mares

Posted on 30 September 2014 | 3 Comments

After Mum's lesson, John Cottle gave me and Mindy a lesson. First, he put me on the lunge so I could practise my position and then we jumped some rounds. Below is a photograph of us going over the liverpool. Next I rode little Coco. Then we shampooed her and let our three beautiful bay mares snack on grass in the sunshine.

Mindy won a rug!

Posted on 28 September 2014 | 4 Comments

Wow! Mindy jumped amazingly for me again today. We scored the most points in the two championship accumulator rounds over the weekend and so we won the award for the Category A Show Hunter Championship for 2014. Mindy and I were presented with a beautiful black-and-white Woodhill Sands rosette and an amazing Equissage rug. Thank you to Equissage for their very kind sponsorship of this event. Mindy is going to love wearing her new black rug. A shout out to Pro-Coat shampoo too which keeps Mindy looking (and smelling) great for every outing.

Start of the season!

Posted on 27 September 2014 | 3 Comments

Mindy jumped two great 70cm show hunter rounds for me at Woodhill Sands today. I think she knows she gets carrots afterwards. Back at the truck we gave her hay but she was still extremely interested in my vanilla cupcake. Sometimes I think she thinks she's a human not a pony!

Show jumping at Woodhill

Posted on 22 September 2014 | 4 Comments

Mindy did two amazing rounds for me today. We jumped two double clears which meant we jumped 32 fences in total. We were lucky to come first (equal) in both our classes (60cm and 65cm). Dusty was really good for Mum, too. They were third in the 95cm. There were about three hailstorms and we got soaked but we still managed to have fun. I also chatted to Vicki, Amanda, Kelly and Heather Wilson who I hadn't seen since the Showtym camp.

Jumping at Woodhill Sands

Posted on 24 August 2014 | 4 Comments

Mindy jumped so well for me for me today at Waitemata Show Hunter's event at Woodhill. We were first in one class and third in the other. Mum and Dusty had a really good day show jumping here too. They won one class and were second in the other. Mindy and Dusty got carrots for all their hard work. Then on the way home we took a selfie! (I don't know why Mindy is poking out her tongue in the photo below but I think it's very funny.)

Winter beach ride

Posted on 17 July 2014 | 2 Comments

Me, Paris, TC, Mum and Deb went on a 3-hour, 10-km beach walk at Whitford with Mindy, Dusty and Taffy. Cantering in the sea was so much fun! We had yummy cinnamon buns and chocolate milk for lunch. (PHOTO: left to right: Mum and Dusty; me and Mindy; Paris and Taffy.)

Showtym camp

Posted on 12 July 2014 | 3 Comments

Mindy and I had the best week ever. We were with the fabulous Wilson sisters at a Showtym camp, north of Whangarei. SO much fun!

Pointways showjumping

Posted on 29 June 2014 | 1 Comments

Mindy and I did two clear rounds and a clear jump-off today. Dusty was really good for Mum too.

Showjumping at Papatoetoe

Posted on 22 June 2014 | 2 Comments

Today was my second time showjumping. Mindy was a super star again. We got two clear rounds and a clear jump-off. It was a really long day. We were at Papatoetoe Pony Club from sunrise (for my classes) and we were still there at sunset (after Mum's classes).

My first time showjumping

Posted on 1 June 2014 | 4 Comments

Mindy was a super star for me today. We did three clear rounds and one jump off. This is a photo of us going clear in the 75cm round. Showjumping is a lot of fun. I really liked cutting that corner into the last jump! (Mum and Dusty jumped later on in the day. They got four faults and eight faults in their two rounds.)

Papatoetoe dressage

Posted on 25 May 2014 | 3 Comments

Another great day at Papatoetoe Pony Club. Leo was very well behaved in his tests. We got one second prize and then we were awarded 4th prize overall for the Level 0 Three-Day series which Mum said was pretty good going since we were in Cambodia on the first day of the series! (Me and mum, that is, not Leo.)

Random photos

Posted on 22 May 2014 | 3 Comments

We found these photos from Horse of the Year on Dad's phone. Mum said that Mindy must have told me a really funny joke in that top one. I really like that photo. The second photo shows me, Mindy, Nan and Mum waiting for the presentation of the Category A Show Hunter title class. .

Dressage on Sunday

Posted on 11 May 2014 | 5 Comments

After we made banana pikelets for Mum for Mother's Day, we went to Papatoetoe Pony Club for a dressage day. Leo and I did three tests, and he went perfectly for me. We were lucky to be placed second in two classes. It was only the second time I had tried dressage. (The other time was a year ago on Mindy.) The comments on the judges' sheets were very useful and will help me improve for next time. Two of the judges wrote that Leo and I are a "lovely combination". We got a score of 9 for our medium walk and when Leo started neighing at his friends during a movement the judge wrote: "Very well done - especially since pony was a bit distracted". I can't wait for the next dressage day. It was so much fun.

My golden boy

Posted on 19 April 2014 | 5 Comments

This morning Leo looked at me as if to say: "I'm having my after-breakfast snooze and I'm so comfortable. Do I REALLY have to get up and go to a show?" But he soon looked excited once we led him to the truck. Leo was so good for me all day today at Auckland's Easter Show. He is the perfect pony. What a dude!

Horse of the Year

Posted on 22 March 2014 | 5 Comments

Mindy was a super star for me again. Nan and Poppa came out to see me ride in Hawke's Bay. We had a great day shopping at HoY on Friday and watching some of the show-jumping (the Saba Sam in particular). Mindy was so good today. She jumped amazingly in her round and also in the call back. We almost lost our ribbon when we went on lap of honour with the other prize winners! Mindy really deserved her carrots and apples after.


Kumeu show

Posted on 8 March 2014 | 5 Comments

Mindy was a super star jumping machine for me today. She flew over the gates and brushes with perfect striding. We won our 138cm class and then went back into the ring to be judged alongside winners of the three other classes. Mindy was Reserve Champion! So proud of her for her jumping and her beautiful conformation.
RESERVE CHAMPION PONY HUNTER: Little Mindy Lou and Katie BridgemanRESERVE CHAMPION PONY HUNTER: Little Mindy Lou and Katie Bridgeman

Swimming at Opotiki

Posted on 15 February 2014 | 4 Comments

We came to Opotiki so Mum and Dusty could compete in the Show Hunter classes. Mindy just came along for the trip and we had two amazing swims in the river. She actually, literally, was swimming while I rode her because the water was so deep. Best fun ever!

Waikato show hunter

Posted on 9 February 2014 | 4 Comments

We spent the weekend at the National Equestrian Centre in Taupo. On the first day we competed in the pouring rain but today it was fine. Mindy was very good for me in the jumping ring. We got scores in the 80s and 90s. But she was also a bit naughty because we found out that she escaped from her yard in the night. Someone caught her for us and put her back in. She was probably out looking for grass. She's always hungry. From the way she acts you would think we starve her but we definitely don't. Dusty was very good for Mum this weekend too.

Beach ride

Posted on 6 February 2014 | 4 Comments

Mum and Deb took me, Paris, TC, Dusty, Mindy, Taffy and Ernie on a really long beach ride. It was such great fun. Mindy loves the sea. She splashed with her front feet until we were both saturated. She is such a water baby!

Super Mindy

Posted on 1 February 2014 | 2 Comments

Mindy jumped really well again for me today. She is such a honey. After the presentation (shown in photo below) I untacked her, brushed her, unpicked her plaits, put her new purple show rug on and then let Mindy eat some well-deserved grass while we watched Mum and Dusty jump in a one-metre class. Go Mum!

Hot in Whangarei

Posted on 18 January 2014 | 6 Comments

We spent last night in the truck at Whangarei showgrounds. Mindy and Dusty jumped really well today at Northland Show Hunter's competition. I did two 70cm rounds and mum did three 90cm rounds. It was really hot and after the jumping we took the ponies to the cross-country water jump to cool off. They loved it. Yesterday they were pawing the water and almost sitting down with us on their backs!

Sweet baby Coco

Posted on 15 January 2014 | 3 Comments

Sweet little Coco came cantering over to see me today and every time I stepped back to take her photo she came towards me so the photos are not very good. I told her what her new show name is and I think she really liked it.

Farm ride

Posted on 14 January 2014 | 2 Comments

Today we all went for an awesome farm ride over hills, through streams and across ridges. The ponies loved it!

Show Hunter Waitemata

Posted on 11 January 2014 | 2 Comments

Dad was our groom at Woodhill Sands today while me and Mindy, and Mum and Dusty, did our show hunter classes. He did a really good job.