Hurricane Heidi

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160 cm
Six Year Olds
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Hurricane Heidi


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That’s it for Summer
That’s it for Summer

The September Show at Hickstead always feels like the end of summer to me. BE Khalissy went almost straight out after the show and is in a lovely field up on Ashdown Forest with Ludger, a 5 year old belonging to Trevor Breen. I think that a proper holiday away from the yard, so that they can’t monitor our comings and going’s, is essential for youngsters and they are really enjoying the late summer grass and some sunny days up there.

I had been looking for a horse to replace Heidi for a couple of months, but I had decided against another three or four year old. It's been quite a frustrating search, but happily Billy Arietta has now arrived with us. She is a 7 year old by Plot Blue out of an Animo mare, bred by the Billy Stud. She has jumped a few 1.20's, but is actually quite short on mileage. She is a much bigger type than my usual nippy little mares, but has the most wonderful temperament and will be a little more like Askeaton to ride, which I hope will help me with her. I have taken her to one show at Felbridge where she jumped a lovely round in the 1.10, so once we get to know one another I think we will have a lot of fun. She is a delightful character and we are all very fond of her already. I will tick away with her over the winter so that we have a proper partnership before we try anything too ambitious.

I had hoped to do a few more shows with Askeaton, to get used to riding her differently and to try and regain some confidence before turning her away for a holiday. Sadly, however, we had a major communications breakdown when training at Trevor's last Tuesday and I ended up lying in a pile of poles feeling very bruised. I am well on the mend, and Askeaton is still at Trevor's so that he can get her to understand what he wants, and then it will be easier to teach me when she already has the right buttons on her. We have nothing important planned till the Spring now, and I can work away slowly at the project without pressure. I went to ride her yesterday, and she certainly seems to be getting on well, changing my riding is proving a little bit more of a challenge, but we will get there. This has all highlighted the huge importance of having a trainer that you really trust, and who really supports you.

This has been a short, and very pressurised competition year. The horses have been great, they put in some good results at the beginning of the season, and some nice results towards the end of the summer. I feel a bit disappointed that I haven't progressed quite as planned with Askeaton, but that's the way it goes with horses, I think she's exceptionally talented and I'm sure if I can just master a technique that helps her more we will be on our way again. It's been great to see Hurricane Heidi going so well for Michelle Hoad. They've set up an incredibly successful partnership in a remarkably short time and it will be wonderful to watch them go from strength to strength.

As always many thanks to those that make this possible, Mark and April at home and at shows, support and training from Trevor Breen, and the wonderful companies that give me product support: Saracen Horse Feeds, Protexin, MacWet Gloves, Just Equine, Premier Performance CZ & Gillett Cook - it would all me a lot more difficult without you.

Science Supplements All England Tour Week 2
Science Supplements All England Tour Week 2

Between the two shows at Hickstead we welcomed the very beautiful Imogen Isla McCafferty into the world on Saturday. Anna & Tom's second child and a big sister for Rory, and a very special birthday present for Anna. She is absolutely sweet and very beautiful, and Mark and I spent a lovely afternoon with them all on Wednesday.

Tuesday afternoon saw me back at Hickstead with Askeaton and Khalissy for the second week of the September Tour. On Wednesday morning I jumped them both in the 1.20 in ring 4. Askeaton jumped a really lovely round for a rub in the jump-off which I never even noticed, and Khalissy just made one mistake, but jumped confidently and well.

On Thursday morning Askeaton stepped back up to 1.30 in the speed qualifier, a perfect place to start with a lovely course. She jumped a great clear for just one time penalty, but felt truly back on her game. Khalissy jumped another 1.20 in ring 4.

On Friday we had a very early start with Askeaton in the 1.30. She actually jumped a super round with one mistake from me going into the combination, but once again felt as good as she has at any time this year. Khalissy followed up with a really super round in the 1.20, she had one pole in the jump-off when she got a little bit quick, but she felt fantastic round a decent course. She has now had her shoes off and will go out with a friend tomorrow for a proper break. They are going up to a lovely field on Ashdown Forest so that she is not constantly wondering when I'm going to get her in and she can unwind properly.

I had a very enjoyable Sunday morning watching Hurricane Heidi fly round the Novice Championships at Hickstead, and also was delighted that both Izzy Jeffrey with Brandy, and Kirsty Ray with Norman flew round the arena eventing, and that Elena Watson and Pakkse jumped double clear in the 1.20. Great achievements from them all. I then found that Askeaton had actually qualified for the 1.30 championship, so we traveled back to Hickstead on Sunday afternoon. She warmed up beautifully, but jumped very greenly in the ring, and we completely failed to negotiate the combination where I fell off! 2021 definitely hasn't been my greatest year in the main ring at Hickstead, but in both cases has been a sign that a bit of regrouping and more training and better discipline from the rider is needed. So whilst Sunday afternoon wasn't my proudest moment, it's booted me into doing something about it.

Askeaton has had a bit of a strange two years: she had a fantastic six year old year and then bruised her pedal bone in the winter; she then jumped two Newcomers before lockdown in 2020; she came back with a bang and jumped very well in 7 year old classes in the summer of 2020, and set off really well again after lockdown 2 with great performances at Chard and Wellington before suffering a slight injury in June. Since she's been back in work she has been going very well, and placing regularly in 1.20 classes, but I think I need to ride her much better if we are to keep progressing, so it's back to the drawing board again, and more head-scratching for poor Trevor. We'll do a few more shows until October and she can then have a well deserved rest.

Selling Winners
Selling Winners

It was very exciting to see two horses I have produced and sold having wins this week.

Kvint, who I bought from Breen Equestrian as a green 7 year old and jumped up to 1.35, with good CSI2* placings, was sold to Kate van de Bovencamp in 2019. Kate has won a CSI1* class with him, and won the 1.10 Amateur Qualifier at the Science Supplements All England September Tour at Hickstead this week.

I bought Hurricane Heidi as an unbroken 3 year old from Max Routledge. She is now 7, and has had a fabulous young horse career, with Grand Prix placings at 5 and 6 years old, a very good performance at the Young Horse Championships at Bolesworth in 2020 and CSI1* placings in 2021. She was sold to Michelle Marsh in June this year and their partnership has got off to a brilliant start, including a win in the Newcomers at the Edenbridge and Oxted Show.

It gives me a huge pleasure to see these lovely horses who were a joy to produce progressing in so well their new homes.