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    RIHS Round Uo

    Following on from the horrible past few weeks, everyone picked themselves up and put maximum effort into focussing on the Royal International. And we were not disappointed, with probably our best ever results. The Humdinger started with taking thesupreme coloured champion, beating some 200...
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    Slightly late Hickstead update!

    We had an amazing week - winning cobs, maxis, riding horses, small hunters, coloureds, hacks and hunters. I think it was possibly our most successful ever show. At the end of the show we retired Silverstream, our HW hunter - whose best wins had come in the wonderful main ring at Hickstead. A...
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    Little bit of an update on our coloured contingent!

    Our latest addition (last night) to the crew is Buddy ... who has made himself very at home in the few hours he has been with us! Our very first horse was an appaloosa ad we have had dalmations for the past 20 years or so - they are not terribly obedient (at least, ours aren't) and have a mind...
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    Votes Needed Please!!!

    Dinger has been nominated for the Showing Personality Awards for 2013 - and he would very much appreciate any support that our friends on HHO are able to offer! Due to having had two knee operations (one on each knee - clever trick that!) in February this year, I sat on him for the first time...
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    Our RIHS Round Up

    What a looooong week - started on Tuesday with the coloureds - Dinger was fab and went right through the card, winning his class, the horse championship and then the overall coloured supreme - which he has won twice before - he went incredibly well on the muddy ground and it was lovely to watch...
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    I don't suppose ...

    ... any of you would be able to vote for Comberton Clancy in the Showing Awards this year. He has been nominated for the Horse Personality of the Year and he would be delighted to receive your vote!!! http://www.showingawards.co.uk/ Clancy came to us last year having competed a lot in...
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    Thieves in Berkshire

    One of our farriers who does carriage driving etc had a carriage and other stuff stolen on Tues night/Weds am from Fifield/Maidenhead area of Berks. Thieves obviously knew what they were doing and also crashed in side of his lorry to see if there was harness etc as well. Apparently they came...
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    Show horses relaxing ...

    fab pic of The Philanderer (HOYS Supreme Champion in 2009) and Comberton Clancy (HOYS Supreme Champion in 2011) having a snuggly moment together in the field a few weeks ago - thought it was a cute picture and worth sharing!
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    Show Horse Holiday ...

    Just a quick picture of The Philanderer - winner of HOYS and RIHS Supremes in the past 3 years. He's been on holiday since September and clearly enjoying every minute of it ... For those of you who don't know what he normally looks like ...
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    Wow - Clancy on front of H&H AND a video!

    http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/best/396/310500.html Lucinda Green came to ride Clancy the other week (guess who was at work and missed the whole thing!) - but the article is in H&H today plus there is a video as well - which is fab. Even my mum and brother in law get into some of the shots...
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    Dressage Report and Horrid Judge

    My son (who is just 10) and his pony who we have had for two months, did their second ever dressage test at the weekend. The pony has never done dressage before and was previously mainly ridden by adults with children being put on board just before the class (he is a show pony by trade!)...
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    Supreme Horse Final - Pics!

    Couple of pics of Dinger and Clancy in the Supreme at HOYS ... and a youtube clip if you would like to see Clancy's lap of honour - I missed it as I had to leave the ring on Dinger - so was lovely to see it on line instead...
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    Our HOYS!

    Bit of a muddled report, as I am struggling to keep awake!!!! We had 17 horses taking part doing 18 classes between them) - and without exception, every horse behaved immaculately in the ring, and performed as well as they possibly could which is an amazing achievement for everyone working at...
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    Thank you to everyone who voted for Dinger ...

    thanks to everyone who voted for Dinger in the Showing World Horse Personality of the Year Awards. The awards took place tonight and Dinger was named Horse Personality of the Year!!! Unfortunately neither Dinger nor I were able to be there (he was busy eating and I was child sitting) but my...
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    Who is in charge?

    Do you think it is possible for a horse (or any animal) to do something that is not natural behaviour, without human direction? For example, a horse being ridden in walk in a field, to suddenly take off and jump a fence in the middle of the field without the rider directing it in any way? In...
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    BSHA National Championships

    Busy weekend - ended up with about 16 horses there which was the most we have ever taken to an event! Friday - groomed for a couple of classes, then did the HOYS LW Cob class with Dinger. There were 31 in the ring!!! Initially called in 5th and went up to fourth which was a great result. We...
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    From 0-60 in 7 days ...

    I bought my son a new pony at the beginning of August (the day before we went on holiday for 3 weeks ...) - he rode him for the first time on Tuesday last week - had a lesson four out of the next 6 days, and then did a little competition on the bank holiday Monday. The difference between the...
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    Late RIHS Report!

    More a results round up than anything else ... Tuesday was coloureds - Dinger won his cob class (23 entered) for the 3rd time in four years - which is one hell of an achievement for him! Wednesday was a rest day :) Thursday - hunters - Silverstream was called in top in the HWs but ended...
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    Our Great Yorkshire Show

    Amazing week - absolutely shattered (although now in Portugal sunning myself so not as bad as it could be I suppose!) Arrived on Monday evening, ready for an early Tuesday start - got to the showground at 5.30am, got ready, worked in etc and then down to the ring for 7.30am - coloureds for...
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    Hickstead Report

    Had a very hot day at Hickstead, and a very proud one for me, as both my son and my horse proved themselves quite irreplaceable! Dinger won his class, then carried me around the main arena (negotiating those HUGE Derby fences), and was then given the championship (this third year in a row he...
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    Erm - I wonder if you would be so kind ...

    Dinger has been nominated for the Show Horse Personality of the Year in the Showing World Awards. So I am on the scrounge for votes if any of you fancy voting for the best horse in the world who is not only one of the greatest show horses around, but is an amazingly nice person to have as a...
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    Royal Windsor update with some pics

    Just some pics of the horses we had at Windsor on Friday (taken by Erin who is a very talented photographer!) The Keystone Cob - 2nd in the HW Cob class The Humdinger - 1st in the coloureds and 4th in the LW Cobs Darcey Bustle, 1st in the LW Cobs Saatchi Didn't finish the...
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    Our RIHS

    Very busy week with lots of horses competing. First up were Dinger (The Humdinger), Squiggly (Carnaby Street) and Jack (Jigsaw Jack) in the coloureds on the Tuesday. Very hot - and 100s of horses entered. THe classes started first thing in the morning and we finally left the showround at just...
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    Hunter Championship, Hickstead

    Our HW hunter, Silverstream (otherwise known as Boots - my sister went to Dublin several years ago and decided to buy a pair of Dubarries but saw the horse and bought him instead ...) won the hunter championship at Hickstead yesterday - he paraded with the hounds around the main arena (probably...
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    Hickstead Derby Meeting (Showing!)

    Quick report from our camp - had an excellent day on Friday with Keystone Cob champion cob and Fait Accobli reserve champion. Today, I rode Dinger who took the Supreme Coloured championship (what fun it was riding in the main ring just before the Derby started!) - haven't stopped grinning...
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    Bath and West

    Just had an amazing couple of days (not only because it didn't rain this year!!!!) Took 8 horses and ended up with 1st - novice cob (Fait Accobli) 1st and champion - LW Cob - Darcey Bustle 1st and champion - HW Hunter - SIlverstream 1st - novice riding horse - Berkley Square 1st and...
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    Our Windsor

    Just a quick update on our results this week as they were (ever so slightly) staggering and we are still a bit disbelieving about them! Hunters and coloureds all went well, were placed in their classes and we were very pleased with all the baby horses at their "local" show. Riding horses -...
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    Residential Showing Clinic - Keysoe 17-20 May 2010

    As some of you may be aware, The Show Ring Forums run a yearly residential shwing training camp at Keysoe (Bedfordshire) the week after Royal Windsor. We have been running this camp for 5 years now - for more information please visit the Camp section of our website - www.theshowring.info Lots...
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    Remember the Show Hunter that went Hunting?

    In H&H November ish, there was a lovely pic of 3 showing people hunting their horses. Our horse, Silverstream (known as Boots - they were meant to buy Dubarrys and came back with him instead ...) was criticised for his weight by someone in the magazine the following week. He has hunted most...
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    Competition Horses on Holiday (well show horses, anyway!)

    Grey horse (nearly grey!) is The Philanderer - HOYS Supreme Horse of the Year and Champion Riding Horse. The chestnut bottom on the right with the sticky up tail is Promises Kept - 2nd in the small riding horse at HOYS this year. Then below (also on his hols) THe Humdinger - Champion Coloured...
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