Sam Lyle December News 2012

Well what a year it has been. At the start of the year I had my horse’s agisted in Wilberforce and my partner, Nicky, and I were living in a rental house in Richmond. Now we are living on our property in the Southern Highlands, have a six month old daughter, Ava, and are flat out busy running the business, improving the property and raising Ava.

We are very happy with the move down to the Southern Highlands. It has proved to be a very convenient location to get to the events and we are really enjoying the space that we have on the property down here. I have been very busy in the second half of the year with both riding and coaching. I have been doing clinics throughout New South Wales and in both Victoria and Queensland. On the competition front it was an exciting end to the season with Goulburn and Canberra CIC Events and Adelaide CCI event – arguably the best events in the country. At these events I had a fourth in the preliminary class at Goulburn and a third and a fourth in the CIC Two Star class at Canberra riding Mudcake and Good Vibes. These were the two horses that I was going to be riding at Adelaide so this was a great lead up and I headed down there expecting to go well.

 Unfortunately Adelaide didn’t go as well. I had to retire Good Vibes in the cross country phase when he objected to the idea of getting his feet wet. He is a great horse to ride cross country but is not always the bravest into water and unfortunately the water jump was the exact style of fence that could cause him trouble. I will just have to really make sure he gets plenty of schooling at these types of fences for next season as without that problem I am sure he would have had a great round.

 I was really pleased with how Mudcake went in the first two phases. He is a great horse and really showed his class however I had to withdraw him on the final morning as a boot rub had become infected. This caused him to be a little lame therefore he was not able to complete the event. This was very disappointing as obviously I would have liked to at least finish on both horses but more so that I had expected to be competitive. On the positive front for our team Nicky rode her horse Carson Hill at Adelaide and pleased with how she went. Unfortunately she had a stopped at the water that was completely her fault but she jumped one of the best showjumping rounds of the competition on the final day. Even though she was kicking herself for the mistake she was pleased with how the rest of the event was extremely pleased with the horse.

Looking forward to next year I was expecting to have a quiet time in the lead up to Christmas but so far that is not the case. We are currently full with horses and it doesn’t look like easing up until right before Christmas. We will have a break for the holiday period and then get straight into it again in January. I have several clinics booked in for January but they will have to fit in around our wedding which is on the 12th of January. I was hoping to aim both Good Vibes and Mudcake for Sydney CCI 3 Star in April however as they didn’t finish Adelaide they will need to do another Two Star class which may be at Sydney or at Warwick earlier in the year. Along with these two horses I have several young ones that I will be campaigning – it is a long way from preliminary to three star but I think a couple of the young ones will have the ability. I am really excited about next year, seeing how the horses develop and the changes to our property and of course our wedding and watching little Ava grow up.

Wrapping up I would like to thank CopRice and NutriRice for their continued support, my horses love the CopRice range and look amazing.  Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and New Year




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