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        04-13-2007, 07:17 AM
      #21
    Weanling
    13-4-07
    Hello again!!
    I just got an email from my enduance coach/trainer. She says that Trigger has been sold!!!! NOOOOO!!! Not my boy!!!! He's mine!! (not really mine but you know what I mean!!)
    Some people from the UAE were looking at the horses after we got back from the ride the other day. They were looking at the mare that almost won the ride on Saturday and then they wanted to look at Trigger. I had to leave before I got to see what they thought of Trigger but apparently they liked him more than the mare because they didn't take her!! And Trigger hasn't even done an 80km ride yet!!! He was going to do his first one in a few weeks.

    I'll miss him but I know he'll do really well over in the UAE and when he does I can go "I know that horse! I used to train him!!! Isn't he the best!!!" LOL!

    The sale isn't completely final yet. Trigger will have a vet check next week and then if all goes well he'll be off to the UAE! We're not expecting any problems with the vet check. He's as healthy as can be and he knows it! :)

    So now that I can't ride Trigger all the time now I'll have to travel longer into our enduance stables and ride other horses there until another horse can be sent out closer to me. :)
         
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        04-21-2007, 09:09 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    20-4-07
    Hi Guys!!!
    I've been throught the wars again! :roll: :)
    Today after school I went to my endurance stables to ride. I rode a 6yo bay anglo gelding named Perfection. He wasn't perfection today!!!
    I rode with another girl named Tarni. She rode a 6yo grey mare named Quartz who is very nervy and excitabe.
    Perfection can be spooky at the best of times but put with Quartz they stirred each other up!
    Anyway, we got out the front gate and were riding past the neighbours when we saw a car with a trailer and motorbikes. Unfortunatly they decided to start one of them right then!!! Perfection and Quartz went NUTS!!!! Once we got them under some control we tried to convince them to walk past the car and trailer (the motorbike had roared off). They plainly refused to go past. We ended up having to get off and lead them past.
    The rest of the ride went fine with only some minor spooking and silliness from the horses (although Perfection decided he wanted to go side ways instead of straight for a while!).
    By the time we were almost home it was dark. We were riding past a house near the stables (actually it was right next to where the motorbike was). There are two little dogs that always run out barking when we go past so we were ready for the horses to be nuts. We got most of the way past when I heard Tarni yell "watch out for the dog!" All I saw was a ltle black blur running at and under Perfection. The next thing I knew I was lying on the ground winded and Perfection was galloping up the road!! :(
    By the time Tarni had stopped Quartz who wanted to bolt after Perfection and I could breathe again, Perfection was almost home. We caught him just before the gate and I got back on for the last few metres.
    What happened was one of the little dogs had gotten out of it's backyard and ran out under Perfection. Perfection of coarse FREAKED and jumped sideways and took off!!
    I was winded and got bad rope burn on my fingers when the reins were pulled through my hands. I landed quite hard on my side (mainly on my shoulder and ribs) so I wrenched practically every muscle down one side of my body! Now, i'm soooo sore!!
    I'm lucky I didn't fall off on gravel road! That would have hurt!! :)

    Oh well, it's just what happens when you ride horses I guess!!

    I'm going in to ride again on Wednesday. Wednesday is ANZAC day here in Australia so no school! Yay! :)
    Everyone that rides at the stables are going out to ride early in the morning (6am). I think we are going to have a few moments of silence for ANZAC day somwhwere along the line.

    I'll let you know how it goes! :P
         
        04-27-2007, 07:44 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    27-4-07
    Hi!
    I didn't end up riding on Wednesday. There wasn't enough saddles to go around so for some reason I got the short straw and was told I couldn't ride!
    Anyway, I went to ride this afternoon. I rode a bay anglo mare named Quick and Easy. She called this because she's quick and easy to ride! I love her! She's awesome!
    Tomorrow i'm off to another ride. This one's called Brymaroo. I'm not riding unless we can find a ride for me there. My trainer/coach doesn't have any horses able to carry heavyweight easily fit enough to do a ride. :(
    I will probably be TPRing all weekend unless I can get a ride! (I hope I do!)

    See you later!
         
        04-30-2007, 03:20 AM
      #24
    Weanling
    29-4-07
    Hi!
    I have just gotten back from the endurance ride. We left early saturady morning and took 2 trucks loads of horses s we had 9 horses there. 7 in the 80km ride and 2 in the 40km ride.
    I didn't get a ride again but I strapped. Our team did really well but i'll put the newsletter that my trainer/coach writes on the next post. It has all the details in it. :)
    It rained on Saturday and the grounds we were on was all really soft black soil which goes to mush when even the slightest amount of water is out on it. So we all where up to our ankles in mud!!
    We also had a power black out so the toilets didn't work!!

    Anyway, see the next post for mre details. :)
         
        04-30-2007, 03:22 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    Brymaroo Ride
    Waaahhhhoooooo! Bryyyyyymmmmaarooooo!

    Hi All

    Brymaroo ride was a BLAST! Firstly, it rained most of the day Saturday,
    Well not REAL rain... just the sort of drizzle that really peeves the
    Farmers... not to mention makes the top 1cm layer of the black soil into
    The type of sticky goo that adheres to everything. And makes you and your
    Horse a couple of inches taller!

    But then Brymaroo has the biggest shed I've ever seen, and just about the
    Entire camp was parked under its welcoming roof on Saturday night. The bar
    Did a roaring trade because the power went out all around the district!
    This meant that the water didn't flow.... the bore pump was out of action...
    The toilets got a bit backed up, no showers, the caterers couldn't cook
    Anything more than hot chips in a vat of oil on a gas burner, and the dinner
    That was pre-paid was late due to having to be cooked in batches over gas.

    BUT..... we still had a good time! The Toowoomba Endurance Riders Club
    Provided a great novice track (thanks to local land owners), the rain
    Provided a softer-than-expected surface (and by Sunday there were very few
    Slippery parts), the SES provided excellent information, and our fellow
    Endurance riders provided the fun!

    Splendacrest had some great sucesses, including Tarnia Kittel on Raaward
    Chanelle (owned by Zoe Gardner) gaining first and best conditioned Junior
    Placing. Then Ingrid Ambroisiussen on Shaah (owned by Norah Vinson) gained
    Third Junior placing. Amanda Powell on Shonavale Kamilla (owned by Shane
    Hopkins) gained 4th lightweight place, and also completed her third 80km
    Ride!

    John Dugan was unable to attend this weekend, however Arch Felton stepped
    Into his stirrups and rode John's beautiful mare Performance Park Lady
    Kharisma into first heavyweight placing and also topped off a great ride by
    Snagging the best conditioned prize as well!

    My good client Hanna Bourdeaux arrived from Germany to see her lovely
    Geldings Olympus and Albaraq complete their 40km training rides sucessfully,
    With Gerard Bou and Angela Head on these boys. Unfortunately Beck Forgan
    Vetted out at the end of the 80km, but is already looking forward to her
    Next ride!

    My thanks must go to Geoff Head, who is a valued member of the team whenever
    He accompanies his daughter Angela to our rides. Geoff is a very quick
    Study, and has become quite a good strapper!! Another valued member of the
    Team is Shane Hopkins who takes care of all our transport needs with great
    Aplomb!

    Thanks also to Sam Dobson who is a great strapper and who keeps me organised and focused.

    So, all in all, a great weekend!
         
        05-04-2007, 06:39 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    4-5-07
    Today I went to ride at my endurance stables. I rode Quick and Easy again. We did a fast 15km. We did it in just over an hour. There were 4 of us riding togther and all the horses wanted to do was bolt!!! So we let them gallop up a smal slope then settled them into a fast steady trot.
    I'm going out agian to ride on Monday with a heap of people and hopefully this time there will be enough saddles!

    Oh, and when mum and dad came to pick me up guess what happened?!!!. . . . . . .Dad was driving and he backed down the drive way at the stables. At the end of the driveway there is a deep ditch on one side. And of coarse dad had to back into it so we were stuck with one wheel hanging over the ditch!!! :roll: I had to run up to the house and get someone to come pull us out!
    And then to top it all off dadthought it was funny!! He wouldn't stop laughing!! :roll: :roll: :roll:
    It just goes to show how weird my famiy is!
         
        05-16-2007, 07:28 AM
      #27
    Weanling
    14-5-07
    Ok, I haven't posted here for a while but that ride I was suppossed to do on the monday I mentioned in the last post. Not enough saddles again! Why am I the one that gets left out when everyone else got to ride on the saturday before when I was at work!!

    Anyway, over the weekend there was another endurance ride at a place called Eidsvold. I didn't go but i'll post the newsletter thing that our trainer/coach writes. Apparently it was a good ride! *Sigh*. . . . . And I didn't go!!! :(
         
        05-16-2007, 07:29 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    Extraordinary Eidsvold Equine Endurance Event!

    Hi All

    Home, hosed, fed and watered...... and already eagerly looking forward to the next Eidsvold ride! What an excellent, exhilarating experience!

    This ride was established by endurance elder, Alwyn Torrenbeek, and entrusted to Peter Williams and an eclectic ensemble including Karen Johanson, Merle Hill and Erica Williams to ensure success.

    With no exaggeration, I can explain that this event was of epic effort! From the effusive welcome by the local electoral member to the element of enterprise in the trophies and completion prizes, every detail was essentially excellent.

    We enjoyed the emerald scenery, the eucalyptus environment and the exemplary friendliness exhibited by everyone. Esteemed Vet extraordinaire Graham Garde, along with his exciting crew, endeared themselves to everybody. I must endorse the enormous effort by CS Derek Armitage, who was encouraged by his escort Glenda.

    Our entire team emerged successfully, with John Dugan gaining 3rd Hwt placing on his enthralling Quick & Easy, and Gerard Bou exuding confidence on Splendacrest Fiesta (owned by Shigeru Ogawa of Japan) to gain 5th Hwt placing. Ted Fitzgerald was entrusted to exercise Lilonda Count Richael (owned by Shane Hopkins), and placed 11th in the Hwt division. Tarni Kittel had the enviable task of educating the two 'newbie' equerries in the art of enduring 80km, and placed 4th in the Jnr division while entailing the success of Splendacrest Dryad.

    I can't elaborate enough as to the exceptional encounter we all experienced. This ride was so evidently exciting for all and I entreat you to earmark Eidsvold on your annual endurance calendar. This ride will become the envy of established venues, as evinced by the edicts expressed by all who embarked on the journey to Eidsvold this weekend.

    Hope this has effectively enlivened your entire day!
         
        05-16-2007, 07:45 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    16-5-07
    Hi!
    This afternon after school I went out to Renae's place. I have got another horse out there for me to ride.
    I'm now riding a 4 1/2 yo bay mare named Verity. She's a sweetheart! :)
    She hadn't been ridden for 12 months when she came to Renae's so Renae did her monty roberts join up and got on her on saturday and made sure she was alright for me to ride this afternoon.
    Verity was really calm although you can tell she is still a bit green because she isn't completely 100% with her steering. But I think some of that is becasue she has to get used to the bit again.
    She's also EXTREMELY fat and shaggy!!!. . . .and dusty!!!
    I'll have to get a photo of her so I can see how she looks in a month or 2 compared to now.
    Renae has also just finished breaking in a grey gelding so she is going to be riding with me since our horses are both at the same level of fitness (not fit at all!!). :)

    I'm going out there again on Friday to ride as long as Renae is home. She has to go and pick up Robert from hospital but she said she should be home by then. And even if she isn't home she said I could go out there and work with on things like trotting out (which Verity sucks at!).
    I'll let you know how it goes!
         
        05-16-2007, 06:43 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Oooh ooh she sounds nice
         

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