Archive: 2015

Merry Christmas!

Posted on 25 December 2015 | 2 Comments

Cloudy and Canooge got some good presents this year. They each got a personalised show rug, horse treats and carrots. Now they're having a two week rest after a busy year.

Christmas Classic

Posted on 18 December 2015 | 4 Comments

We had the best two days show jumping at the Fiber Fresh Taupo Christmas Classic Jumping Championships. Mum and I slept in the truck for two nights. Dad had to stay in Auckland to work. On Wednesday Mum and I had a great big hack out on Canooge and Cloudy across the cross-country course. Cloudy jumped amazingly for me. We were placed in every class, and each class had 80 or 90 competitors. My last round yesterday was at about 5.40pm and straight after there was a massive torrrential rain-lightning-and-thunder storm. Cloudy and I trotted straight to his stable and we quickly settled him in.


Jumping lesson

Posted on 13 December 2015 | 1 Comments

We had another lesson with John today. Cloudy was awesome!


Karioitahi beach

Posted on 5 December 2015 | 3 Comments

We all went on another great beach ride today. Cloudy and Canooge loved it. We did lots of cantering now they are more relaxed about the seaside.


Competition at Woodhill

Posted on 28 November 2015 | 3 Comments

Cloudy and I won our 95cm class (which had 20 starters) at Day One of Woodhill's Fiber Fresh Premier Show Jumping event. (We also went double clear in the 1.05cm class.) Look at his sweet face!

Matakana Magic

Posted on 21 November 2015 | 5 Comments

It was a great day at Matakana today. Cloudy and I did our first 1.10-metre class. He flew over all the jumps. The photograph shows us doing the first double of the course. He is such a cool pony.



Showjumping Auckland

Posted on 15 November 2015 | 1 Comments

We all loved being out at Pukekohe jumping this weekend. Cloudy and I entered our first 1.05-metre class and we ended up in third place. It was a championship class and more than twenty riders were called back for a separate jump-off. He did a really speedy round for me. It was lots of fun! Also Zoe and Max came out to see us!

Show jumping lesson

Posted on 1 November 2015 | 1 Comments

I had a lesson with John this afternoon. Cloudy jumped really well. He needed a big wash down afterwards.

Saturday beach ride

Posted on 31 October 2015 | 1 Comments

The beach was busy today. There were hang-gliders, 4WD vehicles, dogs and children jumping out of the sand dunes. Cloudy got a couple of frights but apart from that everything went well. Canooge was much braver than her first time. She didn't mind getting her feet wet.



Cloudy is a star!

Posted on 11 October 2015 | 4 Comments

Cloudy was such a show jumping star for me at Woodhill Sands this weekend. We jumped two 80cm rounds, two 90cm rounds and one 95cm. All of them were double clear! Cloudy definitely earned his carrots today. What a good boy!

Beach ride

Posted on 1 October 2015 | 2 Comments

Mum and me and Canooge and Cloudy had the best beach ride ever on a west coast black sand beach called Karioitahi Beach.


Posted on 27 September 2015 | 2 Comments

Mum and I took Canooge and Cloudy on a trek across farmland at Waitawa Regional Park. There were lots of steep trails and even a wooden bridge the horses had to clomp across. We went with Alanna and Brayden; and Brayden let me ride his beautiful new 17.3hh horse called Jay. It was so much fun! Our two were very sweaty at the end.

Woodhill Sands Spring Series

Posted on 20 September 2015 | 3 Comments

We had another great weekend show jumping at Woodhill despite the showers and mud! Cloudy and I ended up jumping double clear in the 95cm pony class today. Mum jumped her new horse this weekend too.

Papatoetoe training day

Posted on 16 August 2015 | 2 Comments

Cloudy and I had lots of fun again at another Papatoetoe Pony Club show jumping training day. We went clear in the 90cm and had one rail in the jump-off of the one-metre class. He is such a good boy. Sarah and cousin Zoe came out to watch us jump too! Below are some photos taken by the very clever Sarah Caldwell.

Jumping lesson

Posted on 15 August 2015 | 1 Comments

Cloudy and I had another lesson with John. Cantering with no stirrups really wore me out! At the end we did some courses including the wall with a pole on it and the liverpools. We also did a combination with four elements (including just a bounce between jump two and jump three). Cloudy was a very good boy.





Show jumping at Woodhill

Posted on 9 August 2015 | 2 Comments

Cloudy was such a good boy at Show Jumping Waitemata's winter training day. We won the 90cm pony class!

Happy horse birthday

Posted on 1 August 2015 | 2 Comments

We wished our three a happy birthday today. Dusty and Cloudy turn nine. Canooge is now eleven. Carrots for everyone!

Lesson with Cloudy

Posted on 10 July 2015 | 3 Comments

Today Cloudy and I had another lesson with John Cottle. It was lots of fun. It was one of the coldest days of the year but Cloudy was very sweaty by the time we finished. He is such a handsome boy.

Our two new jumpers!

Posted on 30 May 2015 | 4 Comments

I'm so lucky to have a very cool new show jumping pony. His name is Cloudy. He is eight years old and 148cm and his face looks quite a lot like Mindy's. Cloudy isn't the only jumper to join our team this month. Mum's grey mare has arrived too. She is almost 16hh. Her name is Canooge or Noogee but we usually call her Nooge.

Horse of the Year Show!

Posted on 19 March 2015 | 6 Comments

I am so proud of Leo. He did a beautiful workout for me and we won the Medium Show Pony of the Year title. We were very lucky because we were up against lots of beautiful ponies and riders. We even had to take our saddles off so the judges could see the ponies "naked". As well as a sash and gorgeous purple garland, we won The Carey Family trophy and a Horse of the Year winners rug for Leo. He will look so good in it. Navy blue really suits him. We did our lap of honour while "Stand Up for the Champion" played. Leo got a bit over-excited when we passed too close to the loud speaker. Such an exciting day. After we rugged and fed the ponies, Mum, Dad and I went to to Hugo Chang's for dumplings. Thanks to Cherie for the help with our workout and the very glamorous turnout. Leo looked like a star. Also thanks to Mum who gave Leo a midnight feed every night for the last two weeks. Also to Nan who watched me ride once again and supplied the miniature Pinky Bars!

Awesome beach ride

Posted on 15 March 2015 | 2 Comments

We took Mindy, Leo and Dusty for an enormous ride along Ocean Beach. Lots of cantering and there were a couple of watering holes which were heaps of fun too. Our horses are still very suspicious about "the sea that moves" but they were mostly very brave and cool.

Zoe visits Franklin show

Posted on 21 February 2015 | 3 Comments

My sweet little cousin Zoe came to see us compete at Franklin A & P Show today. There's a photo of her below when she saw a ladybird in the grass. So cute! Leo was a good boy today. He was awarded Champion Pony and Reserve Champion Paced & Mannered Pony. We woke up at 4.45am and didn't get home until about 6pm. It was a long day for all of us. Also thanks to Deb for the plaits and the quarter-marks and making Leo look even more gorgeous before my classes.

Fun day show jumping

Posted on 7 February 2015 | 4 Comments

Had a great day show jumping at Woodhill Sands. Mindy and I were lucky to be tagging along while Mum and Dusty were at a Waitemata Show Jumping weekend. Mindy made it seem so easy. She is not just a great show hunter pony but I think she really likes show jumping too. She just powered over all the jumps and we were first equal in the 75cm.

Dude! Where's my groom?

Posted on 25 January 2015 | 3 Comments

We spent the last two nights in the truck at Rotorua. On Friday night we all ate the macaroni cheese I made at home. It was delicious! Mindy and I did show hunter. She jumped amazingly for me again. Mum calls this photo "Where is my groom when I need him?" I had to climb right into the saddle bay to put my saddle away. Awkward!

Leo is such a STAR ...

Posted on 11 January 2015 | 5 Comments

I was so lucky today. Leo was awarded the Pryde's Easifeed NZ National Supreme Champion Show Pony (128 - 138cm) title at the New Zealand National Horse & Pony Show at Hawke's Bay showgrounds. He did a foot perfect workout for me and he was such a good boy. I am so happy with him. We received a sash, a rug, a garland, Pryde's Easifeed NZ feed, a medal and the Dora Nelson Salver, which I will serve Leo's dinner on tonight! He is such a special boy. I love him so much. A big thanks to Cherie for the beautiful turnout and help with the workout, and also to Tinesha for all the lessons.