What a way to end 2021, winning Equestrian Victoria's Eventing Rider of the Year and Eventing Horse of the Year! Thank you to everyone involved in getting these awards off the ground in what has been a difficult year. Woodmount Lolita really deserves this award, I am very proud of what she has acheived! I can’t thank Fiona Mitchell enough for her never ending support! Thank you to all of my other horses, owners and supporters too - together you have all made this possible.
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Hi Sam, Just wanted to let you know that I've had loads of wonderful Feedback from happy excited members, about your coaching, following Sunday's rally at Wilkira Park. They spoke to me, rang & emailed, to share their Joy & pleasure that their lessons bought. The repeated words were Fun, acknowledgement, new skills learnt, adjustments for improvement & great observation of horse and rider combos & their needs. Thanks for such a great day, we are all looking forward to next month to build on lessons learnt. Talana Boneo Adult Riding Club.
What a champion! This special horse deserves his own post for his effort at Woady Yallock Horse Trials on the weekend. Koyuna Tactician did a great dressage test, showjumped clear and took a couple of time faults on cross country to secure the win in the 3*. It’s been a long hard road for Tom since his 4th place at Melb3DE in the 2* in 2018... so we can’t wait to see him back there again in the 3* class in two weeks time!!
A great event at Albury last weekend for our horses – not so good for vehicles! We got 2 new truck tyres during the event and a shredded tyre on the float on the way home! Thank you to the OC who ran a great comp that all went very smoothly. Equus Helenik was in the 2 star and whilst we are still tweaking a few things she was super overall and got the job done in great style, finishing as she started in 3rd place and gaining her final Melb3DE qualifier! The “babies” did a great job for [...]
We had a successful weekend at Friends of Ballarat Eventing Association Horse Trials last weekend. Congratulations to the committee who have had to overcome many trying circumstances, at last it all happened and in glorious weather too! Sam had 5 rides and they all performed really well and gave us things to work on too! Woodmount Lolita (Lily) took the win in the 4 star. Koyuna Tactician (Tom) was strong in the 3 star dressage and produced his best showjumping round in a long time. Some miscommunication with his rider in cross country meant he was retired on course but [...]
What a brilliant event we had last week at Wandin Park. Many thanks to Jarryd Stanley and the whole team involved in running such a huge event, the OC did a fabulous job and the grounds looked stunning! Sam had 9 rides in total so it was hectic right from the get go. Woodmount Lolita (Lily) stole the show for Fiona Mitchell winning the 4* to give Sam his first win at that level! But the rest of our team produced some amazing performances too! Koyuna Tactician is back at 3 star level and is proving he will be [...]
Where to even start with this fabulous event?! I guess it goes without saying we need to start with the absolute superstar Woodmount Lolita in her first 4****. I was happy with a solid dressage test scoring sub 30 but still plenty of room for improvement which is also exciting! One rider rail in the showjumping but despite this Lily’s round was still the best on the night and we went into cross country in the lead! I was determined to stick to my plan and get her around a confident round not watching the clock, and although I [...]
MP Worldmaster is a striking chestnut gelding owned by Susan Johnston. He was born in 2014 and is by Wordly (Weltmeyer/Bentano II) out of a Londonderry mare. After arriving at Jeffree Eventing in December 2019, ‘Winnie’ debuted his eventing career in February 2020 at Seville Horse Trials in the Open 3. Impressing us all, Winnie scored 74% in the dressage and finished clear of jumping faults to win the class of 29 horses. Winnie can be a sensitive horse but he continues to show great potential in Eventing. He is continuing his education and will be a horse to look out [...]
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Another super event for Jeffree Eventing on the weekend where I rode 6 horses. Firstly a big thankyou to the organising committee of Tonimbuk Horse Trials for everything they had to deal with, and ensuring that riders and horses remained safe in some trying conditions. Woodmount Lolita was once again the star of the stable! She put together three lovely phases and took out the win in the CCI3* class. She will now make the exciting step up to 4* at Wandin in two weeks time! Koyuna Tactician was back in full force in the CCI2* giving me an [...]