Posted by Jess Stalling on February 27, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Well we never made it to Nowra on Friday for the jumping..... 

We took a few horses to Pitcher Partners on Saturday and Sunday.... All consistently being up there with Equal 2nd and lots of 3rds, however Shiloh managed to crack a broad sash, claiming Runner Up Large Galloway.

The next week was spent preparing to be away for a week and a half for Gundagai and Canberra Royal.... We had 7 horses going, 5 pretty ones and 2 that jump poles.

We had some great results from Gundagai..... The Jumping ones were great, JR DIRTY DEEDS got 2nd in the D Grade and RS CRESCENDO was 2nd in the A & B Grade on Friday. On Saturday RUSSEL jumped clear, but had one rail in the jump off. GERRY started in the Grand Prix. There was a huge Black cloud looming over the mountain, and I said to RHys as he was cantering into the ring, I think you will have 1 minute until this rain hits.... As Rhys was jumping the first fence it started to pour down with rain, however GERRY was in great form and jumped a super clear round.... 2 horses after Rhys went it started to thunder and lightening was occuring so they suspended competition for a good hour.... after a Massive down pour they continued the class. GERRY didnt like the going so much and had a rail in the jump off, they ended up 4th. The pretty ones were also great...  GLENDON BRAE SUMMER was Champion Galloway with GLENDON BRAE SHILOH Reserve (shiloh really was unhappy that his older sister beat him)..... but i didnt pursue the reinback on Shiloh, that was required in the Championship class... YARRAMINE SUPREME was Champion Hack... The ponies were on a separate day to the Galloway and Hack classes so therefore in Supreme it was just SUMMER and SUSIE.... They both worked well, Rhys was aboard SUSIE for the Supreme.... But SUMMER Stepped up to Take Supreme horse of the show.

The Next day the Riverina Showjumping Championships was being held in conjunction with Gundagai Show... I got a bit board with having no jumping horses there so decided I would go jumping with SUMMER.... this being the first time she has ever jumped.... SUMMER jumped in the 50cm and 75cm... only having 1 rail.... Versatile??  RUSSEL and GERRY were both a little off today, not coping so well with the mud... they still jumped ok, just had a couple of rails where they had got a little stuck in the mud.

So off to Canberra we go...

of the 5 show horses we had the oldest is a 5yr... This was there first royal for all of them 3yr, two 4yrs and two 5yrs.... So Canberra for them to us was just an experience.... to see what they are going to be like and how they will cope with the atmosphere.... such as Harness, Shires, Fancy Dress, Side Shows etc.... They all were amazing.

GLENDON BRAE SUMMER had a great start to the show... First class out and She wins her Novice Galloway... WOW... she then went on to be 2nd in her Open to KOLBEACH CIRCUS who was awarded Champion Galloway. JAMIE PRIESTLEY rode SUMMER in the Childs Galloway, she did a marvolous job to get a well deserved 2nd.

GLENDON BRAE SHILOH.... really was a stand out.... he is the new kid on the block and was definately punching outside of his weight. SHILOH was 2nd in the Novice Galloway.... 2 days later he worked better to win the Open Galloway, therefore we didnt start him in the Ladies. Straight into The Championship and we were already so thrilled with the effort of this horse. The atmosphere on Champion Saturday really was something different to what they were used to. SHILOH handled it like a pro. He did a great workout.... just a little green though (4yr).... SHILOH was named Reserve Champion Galloway.... OMG what a star....

WINTER was there for the Led TB.... a 3yr just off the track.... Coped pretty well out on the main arena... a little nervous, but she did hold it together pretty well, despite Biting me on the arm in the ring.... OUCH!!! WINTER won her led Filly under 4 and went on to be Champion Led TB Mare.... We were so happy with WINTERS results...

QUEEN GWINHWYFAR OF CAERLEON was just in the Novice Hunter pony... and as it was it clashed with the Champion Galloway, so as I wanted to concentrate on SUMMER and SHILOH I got CHERIE SPINKS to ride GWIN for me. Giwns first time out on the arena and she also handled it so well. she was 4th in the Novice. On the last day Gwin was in the Saddle Pony ridden, which she won.... GO GWIN!!!  Her greened showed a little in the Championships as she got a little unsettled by the atmosphere, but we were still so happy with this mare.

I rode a lovely pony for EMMA RCHARDSON and KELLIE WITHERS, ROYALWOOD SONG OF SPRING. This pony really is gorgeous. She won her Open and went on to be Champion Large Pony.... :)

I also rode KINGSWOOD ROVER  for the Chenery family to Win the Working Hunter Galloway...

Rhys rode YOURS TRULY for Karrine New and DEMOCRACY for the Parker Family  for some minor placings in the hack classes.

GERRY and RUSSEL also performed quite well. RUSSEL looked great out in the jumping ring... Lyn is not convinced he should be a straight showjumper.... Wishing he was a show Hunter as well!! RUS jumped a couple of 4 fault rounds, Rhys just trying out different ways to ride RUS - not sure Canberra royal was the best place to try something different??? But we were still very happy with him. RUSSEL also provided some evening entertainment.... Rhys rode him in the Bareback High jump, unfortunately he had to settle for 2nd place, yet he still managed to jump 1.75m BAREBACK, good boy RUS.  GERRY didnt cope so well with the atmosphere at Canberra.... in saying that he was the same last year... very hard to keep his focus and get him to settle. We decided not start him on the last day in the GP. Tomorrow is another day and there are plenty of more shows for him.

Definately glad to be back at home, we are all very happy with the results from the past week and a half... A big thanks to everyone for all there help... Mum and Dad, Rhys, Michael our travelling groom, everyone back at home... to our fabulous Sponsors.... Show stoppers - Thanks Donna for our fabulous winning Jackets, Equissage -  making our horses feel and go so much better, Wymeanda Browbands.... Giving our horses such pretty browbands that compliment there look,  Prydes Feeds -  for keeping our horses happily eating and looking great, Kentucky Equine Research - Giving our horses the correct supliments to keep our horses running smoothly on the inside, Steph and Terry from ThinLine/Back On Track - making sure our horses are structually sound, Don Comans - our Chiropracter to the stars.... and also thanks to Kel Pristley for keeping our horses feet in perfect form ( no hoof no horse)!!!

I always go by the saying "A rooster one week and a feather duster the next" Lets hope our horses can continue there winning form, our aim is to be consistenly up there...

Until next time..... :lol:

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Reply Elizabeth Page
5:46 PM on March 2, 2011 
Great to have your first hand report of fantastic performances throughout the Show -- more Stalling magic!

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