Julia receives the bouquet for best-performed lady rider after finishing 4th with Vegas in the Opglabbeek Grand Prix.
22nd July 2014
The showjumping team has been officially announced and Julia is on it! She joins Edwina Alexander, Amy Graham, Jamie Kermond and James Paterson Robinson. Very proud.
21st July 2014
Go to the various Teams, Rising Stars and Youngsters files for some overdue updating of information on our horses. Website updating efforts will continue this week.
14th July 2014
The Copabella team had another good day at SIEC yesterday, with Visage finishing 5th in the tough 1.40 class, Voltage 2nd in the also complicated 1.15 course in Ring 2, and his big brother Verdi finishing 3rd in the 1.30 in Ring 1. Vermont also finished in the ribbons in the 1.15 class. And Walleroo Carnival, bred by Fiona Gruen and by Visage, won the 1.20 on the first day with James Mooney, then was 4th in the Juniors with his owner Coco Dulhunty yesterday. Lots more photos to be read more...
12th July 2014
The first of the trials was at Mons in Belgium last week, and things did not go exactly according to plan for Julia. Vedor had one down and two time in the qualifier for the Grand Prix which did not give him a spot. Then Julia rode Que Sera in the second qualifier and he also had a rail. This meant Julia could not ride in the Grand Prix class therefore missed out on staying in the points system for automatic selection. This has not put her out of the running however. Edwina Alexander is read more...
12th July 2014
It was a great start for this new showjumping event at SIEC, set up as a non-profit venture in the interests of giving showjumpers a superior training show, complete with world-class venue, obstacles and course design.And the Copabella team had a very good first day. Cadiz cantered round the tough 1.30 course double-clear for a 2nd place. In fact, he upstaged senior stallion Visage who got a little too eager during the course, resulting in a rather deep distance to a vertical and one down. read more...
23rd June 2014
The going got even tougher yesterday, with more rain making the footing sticky and very slippery in parts. But Brooke and Luke persevered with the young team in the tough 1.20-5 Grand Prix class, and all horses completed the course, albeit with a rail here and there. Luke was justifiably particularly happy with Vortex who had just the one down in possibly the most challenging course he has done to date. Then it was a long wait until the main 1.35 Grand Prix class, with more rain and the Young read more...
21st June 2014
The show got underway yesterday in less than ideal conditions, with several showers affecting the footing. Still, Jill Waddy and Vindication soldiered on to finish 2nd in their 65+ 1 metre class. And Nellie Waters rode Julia's wonderful old young rider campaigner Rivoli Panther to a win in the 1.05-10 class. Other Copabella horses posted clear rounds, but did not jump off due to poor conditions.The footing today was pretty heavy-going and several shoes were sucked off in the course of the day. read more...
14th June 2014
Appalling weather conditions on and off during the past year caused a gradual erosion of arena surfaces at Copabella, and changes had to be made. The new arena surface has proven a big hit with the jumpers as well as the dressage riders, and we are holding regular training sessions once again. With the floodlights also enabling Brooke to give evening lessons, it's all systems go! This morning Cadiz had a brief work-out in preparation for Jump Club tomorrow.
13th June 2014
Not the ideal time of year to visit and take photos, what with weathered wintry padddocks, woolly horses and a camera on the blink, but the herd at Redleaf is in very good order. There are a few more photos in the Babies & Youngsters file in the gallery.
11th June 2014
With so much happening on both sides of the world, it has been difficult to keep on top of news reports. In Australia, Brooke's list includes: Vermont (Visage-Courchevel) placings in 1.10 classes at Weekend of World Cups and open classes at the Oaks and Camden;Cashmir (Chequille Z-Holland Rose) double-clear in her age classes at the same shows; then one down in the jump-off at the finals of the Young Horse series;Voltage (Visage-Holland Rose) also double-clear in his age classes read more...
30th May 2014
Team Equest started the show well on Wednesday, when Georgie finished 4th on Femme Fatale in the Medium Tour and 7th on Blue in the Big Tour of the 2 Star series. Julia upped the ante today. She is riding two young horses for Helena Stormann in the Medium Tour, and she won the Accumulator class convincingly, riding the bay mare Philadelphia. Frederic had an unlucky rail, as did Femme Fatale with Georgie in the same class. And Blue had one down in the Big Tour as well, after a series of mix-ups read more...
26th May 2014
Freyr has been in touch this week, reporting great results with her lovely 4-year-old Visage mare Maisy. Not only has she picked up a 2nd in her first 90cm round jumping, but she wowed the dressage judges at another meet, receiving a whopping 74.2% in her first test and winning the class. She then went on to win her next class on a score of 66.8%. Freyr plans to brave the trip from Tasmania to Werribee in September to compete in the Australian Championships.