Sam Lyle: June 2012

Sam Lyle June 2012 news

The last few months have been a busy time. Nicky and I are continuing to set up our new property Fox Hill Farm. The arena is all but finished after some lengthy delays due to wet weather, so I am looking forward to riding on it soon.  

Our post and rail fencing it still on the “to do” list and hopefully not too far away from being a reality! Currently, I have 10 horses in work and a steadily increasing number of lessons as our clientele in the area continues to grow. We now need the thermals as the winter has set in but even with the “fresh” air we are loving living in the Highlands.

I took 5 horses to the Camden Equestriad in May. Three clients’ horses and two of our own, Foxdale Amalfi in the CIC 2 star and Carson Hill in the CIC 1 star.  It was a great event that ran like clockwork even with over 600 horses competing. This is a credit to the organising committee – especially to Niki and Shane Rose who had a baby just three weeks prior to the event. It is really one of the best events in Australia.  I will be taking three horses to their upcoming Hunter Trials. 

My coaching commitments kept me away from home in the lead up to Sydney 3DE – and with Nicky pregnant at the time and not able to ride we decided not to enter any horses as they would not have had the required amount of work.  So whilst we were on the sidelines this time hopefully we will have a nice group of horses for the Sydney 3DE next year.

My next official start will be the SIEC midweek and weekend events in July. This is going to be an exciting event for me with several horses stepping up a grade. Foxdale Amalfi will have his first Three Star start and Carson Hill is going to have his first Two Star start.

I have been very busy coaching in the last few months.  At the end of April I travelled to New Zealand as the coach and Chef d’Equipe for the Trans-Tasman Young Rider Team. This is a great chance for young riders to get a taste of being on a team and whilst the Kiwis took the title I was pleased with the efforts of the Aussie riders. Makayla Wood and Just Corona were the best placed Aussie combination finishing third overall.

I have travelled to Queensland and Victoria for clinics on a regular basis and thank the organisers of these clinics for their continued support.  I have also been coaching at the NSWIS Squad Schools which is something I have been fortunate to do for a number of years now. It is a privilege to coach the top riders in NSW as they are truly world class.

With the Olympic Team recently announced – I would like to congratulate the team members and reserves and wish them all the best for London.  There are so many great riders and horses that just missed out and I really feel for them as it is such a tough road to getting on an Olympic team.

My biggest news is that Nicky and I welcomed our daughter Ava Olivia Lyle into the world on June 4th. It is an amazing time, albeit a sleepless one.  Fatherhood is something that you can’t fully prepare for – I am one of those gushing, proud Dad’s that will pull out the photos before you get a chance to get away – so be warned if you don’t want to  look at baby photos give me a wide berth!