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Report: Anne-Marie Styles
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Hi to all

Well it's all happening now and we are in full swing of the season!  The first Horse Trial for the year was our local event at Hunua and I had three rides that all went fairly well. Opera Groove (Claude) was fantastic in all phases, and easily won the class. As You Like It (Pete) was fairly fresh and full of beans in the dressage, but jumped well to finish 5th.  My other ride was Penfold (Sunny) who is a 5 year old TB we are producing to sell.  He is real dude and I was having my first event on him as my husband Alex rode him at his first few events last season.  He went quite sweetly to finish mid field in the Young Event Horse class.

The following weekend we were off to Rotorua where fortunately they have had a bit more rain than us here in Auckland and the ground was not quite as rock hard!  Pete acquitted himself well in the dressage and jumped a lovely double clear to finish 6th.  I didn't run him fast on the cross country as  he has some big events planned for the season coming up!  Claude was not very well behaved in the dressage after his stellar performance the weekend before, which was disappointing!  I elected not to run him in the cross country as a result as he has had a bit of a runny nose.  Sunny was having his first start at Pre Novice level and he stepped up to it with no trouble, finishing just out of the money with a steady cross country round.

Next on the calendar was Northland....unfortunately they have been hit by the drought like us and the ground was just so hard!  This was exciting though as it was the first ever Horse Trial for my home bred horse Leo Getz (Leo).  He is the first one we bred and it has been a long wait since he was born until now and it is time for him to compete!  Anyhow, he did us proud by winning the class so we were all pretty chuffed with him and he had plenty of pats and carrots over the weekend!  Sunny again acquitted himself well to finish 7th in the Pre Novice over a testing track for a horse of his age and experience.  Pete felt quite below par all weekend and I was really concerned about his lack lustre performance.  I had his blood tested straight after the event and it has revealed that he is suffering from a virus.  Unfortunately this means he is going to miss the Horse of the Year Show next week which is really disappointing.  This has meant a bit of a shuffle around of my seasons plans for the horses, and now I will be taking Claude to HOY instead of Pete. Claude was not originally being aimed at HOY, and has not had enough preparation for the 3 star, but I now plan to run him in the CIC** class so I at least have a ride there.

So some ups and downs for the start of the season....I hope to see you guys at HOY....if not I will report back about it next month!

Cheers
Anne-Marie
 

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