Brooke and Cadiz at Wodonga World Cup class 2014. (OzShotz)
14th March 2015
Elayne has reported in from the National Connnemara Show in Wagga today, and Paddy has outdone himself. First he was named 'Best in Show' in the Connemara Parade, and he followed this up with convincing wins in both his dressage tests, including one score comfortably over 70%!! No doubt photos will follow, but for now the ones displayed are from last weekend when he competed successfully at Castle Hill Dressage, to finish 2nd in the Official Novice 2.1. Well done Elayne!
3rd March 2015
Jane Robinson reported in after finishing 2nd with Valdeze. What a wonderful partnership! "I think I got my first real feel of what it is to ride serious genes over the weekend Lesley! He made the tricky & technical showjump track look like an equitation round while there was carnage throughout prelim.... and then at the 3rd last fence on XC which had a bullfinch at about 1.30m he just popped his little head up and jumped extra high - felt amazing.... One special little horse!! I promise read more...
3rd March 2015
It was their first Royal for our still green team of horses and they all struggled a little with the atmosphere, particularly Voltage and Cadiz who did not enjoy contending with the carriages barreling around right beside the ring. Voltage still managed a 5th in the Part 3 on Saturday while Cashmir just had a distracted rail. Both jumped great in the final class on Sunday but the speed demon took over in the jump-off, resulting in a rail or two. Cadiz jumped great in the final Part 1 class, but read more...
26th February 2015
It was speed classes today in all parts of competition, and Brooke kept her speed demon side in check, to show the team the ring and have a good experience. And they all did. Cashmir, Voltage and Oaks Costanza cruised around Part 3, Sue Middleton's Vouloir had a great clear round in Part 2, and Cadiz was clear and cruisy in Part 1.
23rd February 2015
Elayne Verner has finally provided photographic evidence of her latest success with Glenormiston Paddy Caton who was crowned Supreme Champion Connemara at the 2015 Castle hill Show. The pair have already come home with ribbons after a recent dressage outing at SIEC this year. And Julia loved campaigning Paddy on the jumping circuit very successfully a few years back, while Elayne was recovering from an injury. A true all-rounder!!
22nd February 2015
Yes, the fairytale continues! Jane Robinson and Vail placed 3rd in the Intro at SIEC yesterday, finishing on their dressage score. Proud ex-owner and breeder Amy Jackson was there to cheer the pair on.
14th February 2015
Brooke reported in late last night after a very long day in the indoor arena at Tamworth. As usual Voltage (Visage-Holland Rose) was a superstar, finishing 2nd in the solid Futurity class, and 3rd earlier in the day in the 1.10 warm-up class. Vermont (Visage-Courchevel) also looked flash in her first run in a Futurity, finishing with just one down in the jump-off. She has also jumped double-clear in the warm-up class earlier in the day. Visage and Cadiz both cantered round the 1.30 class later read more...
14th February 2015
It's been another excellent day at the indoor championships in Tamworth, beginning with young Voltage finishing 2nd in the Under 40 points class. Then his father's return to competition continued in style, with a double-clear win for Visage in the Hoffman Cup Mini Prix. Cadiz was also double-clear in the Grand Prix, but a few time faults put him into 3rd place behind Jess Brown and Sam Buchanen. All in all, a very successful run for Brooke and the boys. (Unfortunately the photographer was read more...
9th February 2015
Jane Robinson has been in touch with news of Valdeze's first eventing outing on the weekend. The pair had a great time sailing around Intro to finish 6th overall, and plans are already underway for a speedy graduation to Intro at Sydney and Canberra in the near future. Vail was bred by Amy Jackson out of her Anglo mare Aloha Serene, now in retirement at Copabella, and was one of the first crop of Visage offspring produced in Australia.
2nd February 2015
Voltage (Visage-Holland Rose) was on form again on Saturday in Berry convincingly winning the D Grade final with Brooke, despite slippery conditions. Brooke's student, Melanie Heygate Kochel also finished 3rd on Tango in the same class. Meanwhile Elayne Verner took Paddy Caton for his first outing in 2015 to Sydney Dressage at SIEC, and the pair did not disappoint. They finished 2nd Official Competitive Pony in the 2.1 on 64% and followed that up with 4th Official Paricipant in the open 2.2 on read more...
24th January 2015
Brooke has just reported in with news that Vermont (Visage-Courchevel) and Cashmir (Chequille Z-Holland Rose) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in the hotly contested 1.15 class today. Both mares had their careers interrupted by having foals, but are now back on track with big futures ahead. Deon Williams, Chris Chugg and James Arkins also featured in the final line-up today. (The photographer couldn't make it today, so these photos are of Vermont at SIEC and Cashmir at Gunnedah in 2014.)
20th January 2015
Late last year, owner Amy Jackson made the difficult decision that she just did not have the time required to keep her Visage gelding Valdeze (aka Vail) going in the manner he deserved. Good friend Jane Robinson stepped in to take him off her hands, and she has been smiling ever since. She's having a ball with Vail, having recently competed successfully at Jindabyne showjumping, and following that up with a very successful cross-country clinic at SIEC. Vail is one of the first crop of Visage read more...