Here at Barton Equine we had a fairly quiet start to the year only doing one show in January with the young horses at Mortlake. It was a fun weekend and Caramut Riding Club always do a fabulous job. Greta Hinchen made the trek to Mt Gambier for the Young Rider and Junior Carnival and had a great show being part of the winning Victorian Junior State Team, placing 4th in the 1.20m speed class and 6th in the Young Rider Championship. Greta and I Reckon also had a successful weekend at Boneo Young Rider Champs winning the 1.20m Young Rider and later in the month placing 6th in the Junior Championship at Boneo World Cup Show.
February was a very quiet month with no shows for our team at all. Things were still busy around the place over those two months with plenty of the clients still going out and having success at competitions.
The first bigger show for my team was at Mortlake. The horses had not long been back in so had limited starts. Alondra and Lamaz both jumped well around the Grand Prix with just one down and Volador jumped clear with Scottie Barclay to finish 6th after a couple down in the jump off. Greta and I Reckon were 9th in the Mini Prix and 5th in the 1.20m over 40 points and Dom Stevens and Isle of Hinchenbrook 5th and 6th in the 1.20m and 1.20m under 40 points Championship
At Shepparton the horses all jumped well. We had a hectic weekend with 9 of my horses at the show and 7 of the clients horses but we managed to survive with my super groom Jess doing an amazing job to keep the horses well looked after and always ready on time for their classes. Results wise we didn’t have a great show but all of the horses jumped well from the 75cm through to the 1.40m. Lolita Moran and Prince Maverick had a great show placing 4th in the 75cm and Adriana D’agostino riding Chino was 6th also in the 75cm!
Jumping with the stars was next, we only took Volador to this show and I had the lovely Mayfair (owned by Simon and Jessica Tainish) in the 5yo. She was a bit underdone for this show but jumped around nicely the first day. Volador jumped well for a win in the second round of the Current Stars. Greta Hinchen riding I reckon stepped up to the Current Stars class and rode a great round the first day to place 8th against all of the senior riders.
We then headed off to South Australia for the Easter Festival at Mount Gambier and the SA State Titles at the Adelaide Royal Show Grounds. Alondra and Celso jumped great all weekend at Mt Gambier, Alondra placed 3rd in the 1.40m Speed class and 5th in the 1.40m Grand Prix on Monday. Celso had his first attempt at the big futurity there just having a very unlucky rail down. I opted not to start in the second round as I was going to miss my flight home but in hindsight I really should have as the only double clear, Brett Hickey and his lovely Aladdin, won the class. Well done to Brett on a great win on a very talented and very exciting young horse.
State Titles has to be one of the best shows of the year and its always a privilege to ride on the beautiful Adelaide Royal Showgrounds. Equestrian SA did a great job running the show and we had a successful weekend with Celso placing 6th in the open 1.25m and taking out the 6yo TIE class on day 1. Alondra jumped great day 1 also to place 3rd in the strong 1.35m. Celso capped off a great weekend by placing 2nd in the Future Stars class against a field of much more experienced horses, so that was a nice way for him to finish the run of shows. Dominique Stevens had a great show finishing 2nd and 6th in the young rider with Isle of HInchenbrook and the Barton Equine bred Carisma respectively.
After arriving home from Adelaide all of my older horses were tipped out and we brought the 4 year olds back in and headed down to Kardella Farm for their “Kardella Classic”. It was the first time we had made the trip down to Russell Morrison and Amalfi White’s beautiful property and it proved to be well worth it. The facilities are immaculate and the surface on their massive sand arena is fantastic. The babies all jumped well around the 75 and 90cm and Lolita Moran and Prince Maverick also jumped some lovely clear rounds.
Last weekend we headed down to Hexham for another great Caramut Riding Club run event. It is so great to have such good smaller shows to go to, with good courses, gear and footing like Kardella Farm and Caramut Riding Club to give the young horses some exposure and confidence. Russell Morrison and Tim Haworth over both weekends did a great job to build inviting and confidence building tracks that were not tricky or over complicated for young horses and/or young riders. Some simple related lines were introduced over true distances to encourage riders to keep cantering down to the next fence and just allow the horses to do their job. At Hexham my young horses jumped well stepping out in the 90cm and 1m class over the two days. It was great to have a 1m height class for a change instead of having the jump from 90cm to 1.05m, which can seem daunting on a green 4yo or any young horse for that matter. Greta Hinchen brought I Reckon down on the way to be turned out in Warrnambool for winter and started him in the 1.20m for a win and Dom Stevens started her newly acquired Campione GNZ for a 4th in the 1.20m.
We now have a weekend off from jumping shows and will go to the dark side for the weekend at Boneo Park for their Winter Dressage Championships this Saturday with Belcam Coralline, Corduroy and Bronwyn Petitt and her super “Burlesque” before heading back down to Boneo again the following weekend to cross back over to the showjumping arena 🙂
Thank you to all of my wonderful clients, my grooms and of course my family for supporting me throughout the season. It has been busy but it has been very fun and rewarding for all involved…. and sorry everyone, its not over yet!