Ballarat HT… what a sport we do!! Eventing in the most trying conditions on Friday, the baby of the team Connor far exceeded all expectations with what he had to deal with, a bit distracted in dressage but trying his heart out. Jumped clear in showjumping and cross country giving an amazing feel! He has come so far in a few short months he will now have a break but Fiona Mitchell and I are very excited for next season with him already.

We could not be happier with Caylpso in the 2 star! A nice consistent test to put him in the lead, just dropped the first rail in showjumping and a confident but slightly slow run cross country to finish in 6th! Northern Isaac also did an amazing show jump round but was not on the task in cross country and we retired on course. Koyuna Tactician continues to improve in his dressage work, and after a clear showjump round was sitting in 2nd place in a big field, but unfortunately we parted ways at jump 1 on the cross country course.

Sam Jeffree riding Woodmount Lolita at Ballarat Horse Trials 2018

Sam Jeffree with Paige Burford’s Woodmount Lolita at Ballarat Horse Trials 2018 – Photo: Equine Images Victoria

And the star of the weekend once again is Woodmount Lolita as she continues to impress us no end!! Her first ever EvA105 event and leading after dressage and holding the lead after a clear showjump round! Unfortunately through no fault of hers we were a tad slow on the cross country course and the extra few seconds of time cost her the win but a second place in that field is amazing and Paige Burfurd and I could not be happier with her!

Thank you to the committee and organisers what an enormous effort they put into this event!

Special thanks again to Jessica Kealy for helping out, in particular we continue to be in awe of her navigation and parking skills ?
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Thank you to Equine Images Victoria for the fantastic photo of Lily!