Sam Lyle: Dec 13
It has been a busy year for me. We have had a lot of horses on the property and no less than 15 in work at any one time. I have also been busy coaching around the country as well as a few clinics overseas. In addition I have been trying to get as many improvements done to the property that I can.
Whilst I unfortunately didn’t compete at this year’s Adelaide International 3DE, I have had a nice end to my eventing season. I recently took over the ride on my wife Nicky’s horse Carson Hill, and was fortunate enough to win both starts I had on him; the 2 star at Canberra and the Exhibition Eventing Grand Final at Equitana.
This year the Eventing was held entirely in the (indoor) Dome arena. The atmosphere was intense and the track – designed by Stuart Tinney and John Vallance was tight and fairly tough, but I thought it was fair for a Grand Final. As it turned I was the only rider in the class to jump a clear round which meant that we won. It was a fun class and one that I would do again – especially as the prize money was very good. Thanks to Equestrian Australia, Equitana and the major sponsor the Australian Government “Be the Influence” campaign.
Following Equitana I took a team of horses to the Sydney Show Jumping Championships and then the Summer Classic Show Jumping at SIEC. Again Carson was the best performed winning the 1.20m, 4th in the 1.25m and 4th in the 1.30m at the Summer Classic.
Carson is a lovely jumping horse and I will look forward to competing him 3 star next year and aiming for Adelaide CCI4*
I also had the ride on Christine Bates’ Adelaide Hill for Camden Equestriad CIC2* and Goulburn CIC3*. Christine had a broken finger so was out of action for a few weeks and needed a rider to continue the horse’s preparation for Adelaide CCI4*. I really enjoyed riding the horse and finished a close 2nd at Camden – winning the dressage but adding just a few time faults XC and also had a good run at Goulburn (before pulling up on XC as we decided to run him around just ¾ of the course as the ground was very hard.) Christine went on to have a great run at Adelaide jumping clear cross-country and show jumping.
We have a nice team of young horses which have been consolidating their skills this year. I have been competing Beth Turner’s Satch Hill – a lovely 5yo WB x TB by Stalypso (Stakkato). “Satchmo” has progressed steadily through the grades finishing his eventing season by jumping clear around his first 1* at Canberra in November and finishing 6th. He was also very good at the show jumping shows picking up a couple of placings in the 1.1m height classes. With his great jumping bloodlines he is an exciting horse for 2014. We also now have his 4yo full brother in work and look forward to his debut next year.
Our own “Monte Walsh” (Whisper x TB) has moved up to Ev 105 and I am excited to see how far he can go. He has all the makings of a top level horse so 2014 will be a big year for him. We also have a lovely thoroughbred “Haunui Hill” that Nicky started this year, who I believe will be a very good horse and like Monte will be going through the grades next season.
We have a small breeding program going here. This year we broke in a homebred gelding by the Boeckmann’s stallion Check In (Cordalmé Z) out of a TB mare by Bao Luck. “Charlie” is a really nice type and so far very sensible so he will no doubt be out and about in 2014, whilst his full sister and a Camelot Ego Z x Stirling Sprite filly will be broken in next year.
So as the year draws to a close Nicky and I wanted to thank you for your ongoing support. We really appreciate it and are proud to be representing Coprice/NutriRIce.
We wish everyone at Coprice a very Merry Christmas and look forward to doing it all again next year.