2017/2018 SEASON UPDATE
Hi all! thanks for dropping by - its been 2 months since i posted any activity here and theres a reason - i wanted to start 2018 with some old show results, some footnotes, goals for the end of season, and drop into the new year training updates. I guess this is a marker for me to fall back on, when im looking for my goals and want to see how far i've come (if i get as far as i want to, anyway)
So, 2017 saw us debut Balloo Farm on the show circuit in our ES world! its been absolutely fantastic and we have had so much fun (lol) shedding blood sweat and tears into entering my enormous hoard of horses into as many shows as possible. From my top GP horses, to my middle rankers, to the baby boppers and those who havn't even seen a saddle yet - everyone has had a chance and SHONE! we started the season winning a full house with our wonderful homebred, Mayhem Managed, and have stayed in the leaderboards throughout. Heres a few highlights from the show photos we didn't showcase in our album!
TEXAS ROSE HORSE TRIALS 2017
SPRUCE MEADOWS BREEDERS SHOWCASE 2017
and of course, a silly otto, ruining our reputation with the camera man...
The show update wouldn't be complete without adding the recent bayside show to the list! We took out some inexperianced and some very winter fresh horses for some schooling rounds there and did quite well. Noceur took our only 1st place! well done to him as it is his first show.
GOALS FOR 2018
To have all my 6 year olds + Competing Regularly and gaining XP
Increase Keiths Lesson and training loads
To make the florida stable a more active part of the updates here
to be able to retire atleast 3 mares to breeding
Enter atleast 2 fully edited entries into shows
Put Cashmere to stud / retirement at the top of his career
Snow, Glorious snow! Ireland has been hit with a snowstorm, and has delayed Keith's flight back to the US for a little while longer. A blessing in disguise, As it means more time to spend working with his team of horses and riders a little bit more. He's really happy with their current selection; a good sales year meant they could hand pick new buys according to their needs. Here's a quick rundown of one of Keith's very busy days on the yard!
Gallant Lad, a gorgeous big bay OTTB has been with us for some time now, growing up to be a proper ridden horse. @christinahanson bought him to us in the hopes to make a solid horse out of him, and the fact that he is now riding out alone, in the snow, is testament to the patience and hard work of the team here at the farm. He even went as far as norway to a small schooling show! He will make a wonderful dressage mount, maybe some low level eventing, eventually.
Devon's Baubella, aka Bauble, was sourced by our wonderful friend and horse finder @annieyaga. She is an incredible stamp of warmblood with elastic limbs and a sharp mind. She is really enjoying her work and Angelica has really taken to the mare. Her favorite after dumbo, apparently!
She is very flexible, but we don't want to ruin her over fences just yet, but her mind needs some play. Small gymnastics on the ground and sometimes on cavaletti help, aswell as fun hacks and small gallops. She is well schooled on the flat and enjoys showing off.
GE Bay my Hero is a small but mighty little horse we got from Graen Equestrian some time ago. He has developed his jumping skills over the last year and is jumping 1.10 courses strongly, just a little hesitant on the longer courses. He overthinks the fences and is having a little break, Learning how to school different paces and be quicker to collect and extend, Improving his overall reaction to the aids.
Claude is an Irish draught horse Gelding on livery here at Balloo. His owner is an avid huntsman and show cob enthusiast, and Keith has been keeping him ticked over in the week while his owner is away on his own Christmas holidays. He is a front heavy horse and Keith has been giving him some jump schooling to improve his technique and way of going.
Cupid Da Cabana is a fruitful young mare who is really picking up speed with her education. She had some show experiance at the texas rose horse trials last year and has been working on her techincal sequences over winter. Here we see her training carefulness over bigger jumps. Learning to pace herself and her strides, she will move onto a paced grid and get more technical until she is jumping bigger courses carefully.
GE Feed my Ego is an OTTB buy we decided to keep. He is a fun little horse who may not reach his potential as a showjumper, maybe more as an eventer. Either way, he proved to be worth spending more time on and is staying with us to further his education.
A quick interruption to update on Georgia and magic! they are a fabulous fit and Georgia's confidence has grown by miles since buying Magic touch from @annieyaga. She plans on getting out eventing this year!
Spending time at home over christmas has helped Keith spend more time with his youngest child, George. For christmas, George was bought a new pony! His name is "Just Harry" and hes a seasoned pro on the pony circuit. Hopefully he will be something for George to grow into and gain some gumption!
I couldnt not post a photo of the two of them together! just like his dad, this one. Honey had to get in the photo too somehow..
Training with Jamie, jan 2018
@jenniferkim Sent Jamie over to us with his two rides, Revere & Max. Jamie stayed a night and had a day of training after letting his two mounts have a winter break. Revere was bought from us (She was Georgias previous mount, who she lost her confidence on) so we are hoping to be able to help Jamie iron out some of her problems. Max has just gotten hairy and fat and forgotten what his job is it seems.
Both horses are riding a small gymnastic set up today, aiming at improving their direction and carefulness. This will not only improve their jumping over poles but their performance over small skinnys or combinations on the XC field. Unfortunately everywhere is too wet or snowed under to be able to school outside properly.
Max is being lazy and trying to avoid jumping the line. He gets ahead of jamies leg and out of his hands and takes his own direction out of the jump set.
Keith reminds jamie that he really should of been keeping the horses schooling up over the winter, especially flatwork and improving the horses knowledge of the aids, This is not only important for their dressage phase but it crosses over to the jumping arena too. The horse needs to be listening to the rider, not taking his own course.
Next they begin with Rev. The ginger mare wasn't in the best of moods for this lesson anyway, and refused to stand at the mounting step. Not to be messed around, Keith gave Jamie a quick leg up.
Once warmed up, Jamie took rev down the line of jumps. She tenses easily and overjumps fences too fast.
They both become very frustrated with the situation, as she refuses and tries to bolt out. Keith Suggests taking away the middle section to give her brain a chance to figure out whats going on while they work on her brakes over fences.
They decide to take her over the first fence and stop dead at the first set of stands. They repeat this until she is using her brain a bit more and engages with jamie and begins to anticipate what he wants her to do. In keiths words, to make her feel like the hero and want to continue. They continue stopping and starting at the next set of stands and then finally continuing to the last fence.
they then put up the poles. and get her to jump - stop - jump - stop before eventually managing to compete the gymnastic in one.
It's been a productive day for both horses and rider. Hopefully Jamie can take away the advice (and XP!) to prepare for the upcoming eventing season!