Posts made in May, 2015

Judging down under

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Judging down under

It was a great honour to be asked to judge in New Zealand and Australia, and a once in a life time opportunity to travel down under. We decided to make a big trip out of it as if you go all that way you must see what the wonderful Countries have to offer. So with nearly 3 weeks in New Zealand and 3 weeks in Australia we planned to see to make the most of it and enjoy our trip as much as possible! We flew to New Zealand (staying in Hong Kong for a couple of nights on the way) and on our first day met up with British judge Robert Parker Jones and Christopher Littlewood who were able to give us some very helpful tips on where to go. It was lovely to see some friendly faces the other side of the world and gain some really helpful advice. We hired a car and spent 10days exploring the South Island,  I have to say what a beautiful Country but it did rain everyday which made us feel quite at home considering we are from Wales! The show in New Zealand was the Northern Region Shetland Pony Enthusiasts, and even though it was a small show, there was certainly no lack in quality. My overall supreme was a lovely senior mare Murrayfield Indigo, and my reserve supreme was a lovely young stallion Gleneagles Phantom.  It was nice to see some lovely youngstock and all the competitors were ever so friendly. On the Sunday we went to a brilliant 3day event where we got to see some top riders including Blyth Tait tackle the show jumping phase. By this time the rain had cleared and it was very hot – anyone visiting make sure you take the suncream! Many thanks to Sue Jackson for all her hospitality.   We then flew to Australia, and spent a few nights in Melbourne (which is a lovely city) before getting a car and driving out to Bendigo where the two day show was to be held. We were taken for a lovely Chinese meal on the Friday night with some of the show committee, which was a lovely welcome, and then shown how to get to the showground- so thank you Jo and Barbara. Sally asked if my husband would judge the unaffiliated gelding classes and after lots of debate (mostly me!) Sally reassured me that it would be fine. So when I saw the schedule the night before to see he was given over 20 classes and championships to judge you can imagine my nerves! The show started at 8am with a large class of maturity and futurity classes. I haven’t heard of these classes before but I think they are a great novelty idea. As far as I understand, you enter the class when your mare is in foal. You then enter the following year, when the foal is born, and again as a yearling. The classes are for 2year olds and then the 3 year olds. This was a very popular class with a HUGE trophy and the winner of the class wins the accumulated prize money made up of the 3 or 4 years of entries! So as you can imagine the competition is fierce and this was Matt’s first class to judge! It was a long day of judging with some very large classes and very beautiful ponies in 35degree heat. How the competitors kept going is beyond me! They did a fabulous job showing their ponies and I was incredibly impressed with the standard. Mum...

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Brinleyview Camanchee is off to RIHS 2015

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Featured, Stallions, Standards | Comments Off on Brinleyview Camanchee is off to RIHS 2015

Brinleyview Camanchee is off to RIHS 2015

Chee was expertly piloted by Gemma Pallett to win both his open classes in South Suffolk Show on the 10th May; gaining both his RIHS tickets in one day! Having only been graded with the BSPA on the 19th of April, and his first ever BSPA qualifier – he really is one in a million! Huge thank you to Debbie Barr and her team, he really is a testament to all your hard work!

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