February

All the horses are back in full swing and it seems only five minutes’ ago that they were on holiday.

Leighlands

Melody has continued with her success in the dressage arena with Rachel winning plenty of rosettes.  Rachel has since taken her jumping and is very keen to event her.  Melody is very like her grandmother Miranda, whom I evented to advanced level, but as many may remember, was very bossy.

Mike has taken both Pearl and Xavier showjumping in recent weeks with the results of placings for Pearl in the Newcomers and double clears for Xavier.  Much to Pearl’s delight, she went cross country schooling as well.

Hilldowns

A long-time client of mine, Nigel, has now bought Pinky for hunting next season.  Nigel’s current hunter, Ellis, who is now 16 will be seeking a more leisurely job, though he has many working years left in him.

Libris

Fand has really shown herself off this month with two wins of over 75% and other high placings in hers and Vikki’s first BD competition.  They have also been showjumping with some lovely clear rounds.

Dancer has been introduced to cross country and she is certainly her mother’s daughter (Royal Twist, who was an advanced eventer).  Needless to say she loved it and has also shown promise in the showjumping arena by coming fourth in her first competition.

Other news…

On a sociable note, we went with Adam and Matt to see Harvey at the theatre and loved it.

One item of sad news is that Sage, a lovely horse I used to compete for the Arnolds and subsequently bred Hilldowns Dill and Fern from, has sadly died recently in the field.  She was 23 and was still in regular work.  She will be much missed as she was a delight right to the end.  Angela and Jane treasured her a lot and she will be hard to replace.

Angela and Sage on the Badminton Ride

Angela and Sage on the Badminton Ride

 

 

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Sage (right) at home