Congratulations to all the girls that competed at Armidale show.
Abbey McLoughlin was in fine form, taking home champion led gelding and champion ridden ASH. She also picked up a 3rd and 5th in show jumping.
Jaimie McLoughlin did very well in the showjumping. She finished 4th and 6th in the Junior 6 bar plus 3rd in the A2 70cm and 4th in the 70cm AM5.
Jessica Bull did a great job to be 1st in her rider class and champion rider. She also placed in her breed classes.
New student, Elizabeth Wythes did a brilliant job on her new horse to come home with reserve champion senior girl rider.
Still more results to come.
Tamara and Docs Shake n Spin did a great job at National Finals. They were just out of the placings in the Rookies, 7500 Non Pro and the Youth.
Matilda Hall had a super weekend at Walcha show. Matilda came home with lots of blue and red ribbons and got champion senior rider.
Matilda and Charlie Aitken also won the pairs. Well done girls.
Well done to year 7 student, Bridgette Cadzow, for doing so well at Coonamble draft. She managed to finish in 5th and 6th on her two horses in the Junior.
Well done to our equestrian prefect, Josie Wilson and old girl, Olivia Adams for their efforts last weekend.
Both girls were selected to compete in the NSW Upper Hunter Intermediate Show Team against QLD. On Friday, they won both games with the second game going into extra time. On Saturday, Qld managed to beat them by a few goals. Nevertheless, they were the overall winners. Congratulations girls and the NSW team. Brilliant work.
Was a wonderful day, girls all had a good sleep in and have recovered from their jet-lag. Spent the day shopping and going to universal studio for dinner.
An early start, and drive to Palm Beach.
12.30: Meeting with Equine feed Specialist Bob Wagner.
1.00: Meeting the owner of the Winter Equestrian Festival who has organized a tour of the facility.
1.45: Sharn Wordley FEI Grand Prix Showjumping rider
2.00: Polo Tournament (20 Goals)
3.00: Endel Ott grand prix dressage rider
5.00: Grand Prix Dressage Competition
7.30: Freestyle Dressage competition at the Global Dressage Arena
Girls are all having fun, getting along and have been wonderful.
Girls had an amazing day today. From show jumping barns to a dressage symposium by Endel Ott. Then we were invited to a high goal polo game at the elite Palm Beach Club.
We learnt about different types of hay and feed, and how to feed performance horses.
They learnt about fitness – equine treadmills and walkers.
They got to meet Jessica Springsteen at the polo.
They were excited to see all the million dollar barns.
We end the day with free style dressage championships.
Tomorrow is a busy day with Pan Am Games dressage rider giving us a demonstration and Elsa Swartz riding her international horse. We will go and see a polo barn, then the owner of the winter festival is going to give us a tour and we end the day with the 500,000 Grand Prix.
Girls have been awesome. And I am so glad I could do this for them. A true delight.
Another amazing start. Was a treat to watch some of the finest dressage riders in the world demonstrate different movements for the girls.
The highlight of the day was being invited to the Palm Beach Country Club for lunch. And yes the girls were perfectly behaved.
Maddison Teague was able to ride a polo pony that played in the Argentine polo open.
Now going to see the amazing 500,000 Grand Prix. (1.60m)
Goodnight from Palm Beach
A long day. Girls were fortunate to meet Buck Davidson, No 1 ranked US event rider for the past five years. He has a stable of 80 horses and shows usually 10 to 12 at events. He invited the girls to come and work for him anytime.
We were able to get great seats at the million dollar Grand Prix a treat to watch some of the very best. Girls watched a lot of them warm up their horses too.
Early night as we have a very busy day tomorrow. From meeting world champions to top race horse trainers to rehab facilities and a demonstration from one of the best equine massage therapists.
Goodnight from Ocala.
Today was an amazing day. We started at the KER Research farm, the girls got to watch a horse at full gallop on a high speed treadmill and heart rates were taken on a mobile App. They were also given a lecture on two studies being done.
A. How to increase bone density.
B. Ulcers in horses.
We then went to a race horse barn where Collin Niall walked through the process of starting race horses, He has 200 horses in training! We saw horses gallop and he stressed on the importance of footing, maintenance and fitness. We also met a track rider from Australia, she was an old NEGS girl!! They also saw how an aqua treadmill worked.
We then went to see two time world champion and six time Rolex Eventing winner the legend Bruce Davidson, I worked for Bruce many years ago, so it was extra special. He also stressed on fitness and what it takes to manage upper level horses.
We then went to see the most beautiful Longwood Farm the home of the US Eventing team.
The highlight of the day was being able to get a full tour of the Sanctuary, a full rehab facility. The girls got to watch horses swim, go in an aqua treadmill, ice cold leg therapy, salt water and epsom salt therapy and then a detailed explanation of the Oxygen Chamber.
Finally we went to the Owner of Cambell Soap, Chester Weber’s 7500 acre farm. Chester is world ranked driver (four in hand) He was very gracious and emphasis to the girls the importance of learning and we never stop learning. Chester is one of the best in the world and explained to the girls fitness programs and feeding schedules.
The girls were very polite asked all the right questions and kept the NEGS flag flying high.
A very educational day. We leave for Atlanta tomorrow and we have been invited by Dover Saddlery for high Tea.
Goodnight from Ocala
Today was an extra special day as we were in Atlanta. I lived here for 15 years and my students came from 2hrs away to say hi. Three families opened their homes and welcomed the girls. They were all so well behaved and they enjoyed the southern hospitality. A true American experience!
Dover stop was good for the American economy. They gave the girls an Ariat bag each with goodies.
Tomorrow we go to the main office of Chick Fil A and get a tour and they are putting on a lunch for the girls. Dan Cathy CEO will talk to the girls. Another real treat. Dan and his wife Rhonda were one of my sponsors.
The girls are all doing well.
Goodnight from Atlanta.
We got a backstage tour of the Chick Fil A, corporate office and had CEO Dan Cathy speak to the girls. They had a huge spread laid out for lunch and all the girls were given a book written by Mr Cathy, on Wealth and is it worth it.
The girls have been so well behaved so today Tara, Gloria and myself took all the girls out for a country style dinner at Cracker Barrel. We invited their hosts too. They were so impressed with our girls and were delighted to host them and spoil them.
Tomorrow we drive to Kentucky to see Double Dan Ranch.
Goodnight from Atlanta