Sam Lyle: May/14
After a summer break which involved a lot of fencing I started off the new season by taking a team of horses to the beautiful Wallaby Hill Farm for their February event. It was a pleasing start to the year. Of my 5 rides, 3 finished in the top 3. Satch Hill who is a 6yo WB x TB owned by Beth Turner that I have campaigned for over a year now was 2nd in Ev 105, Monte Walsh and Isle de Pommes both ran 3rd in Ev 95.
Next stop was Sydney Eventing and again I was happy with all the horses. Carson Hill placed 6th in the CNC3 star jumping a great clear cross-country and show jumping. This was my first 3 star on him and he made it feel easy. Satch Hill finished a close 2nd in the CNC 1* beaten by less than a point. Isle de Pomme, a nice warmblood by Just de Pomme that was sent to me this year to be trained and ultimately sold, ran 5th in the Ev105 and in the Ev 95 Revelwood McKenzie (owned by Leah Scott) finished 6th, Monte Walsh 7th and Haunui Hill 7th.
February 28 saw the arrival of our second baby, Imogen Eve Lyle. Little Immie arrived in good health and we are now the proud parents of two beautiful little girls.
Imogen joined the family on Feb 28
Given the new baby I decided not to go to Scone and my next start was Canberra Horse Trials. All 6 horses finished on their dressage scores. Monte Walsh won an Ev 95 class whilst Revelwood McKenzie was 2nd and Haunui Hill 3rd at the same level. In the Ev 105 I was 2nd on Jimmy & 6th Silent Destiny both of which I am riding for Peter Gillis as he has a broken wrist. In the CNC1* Satch Hill finished 5th.
At Berrima event I enjoyed a win on Haunui Hill in the Ev95. Haunui Hill is a lovely NZL bred TB that Nicky and I own and is looking like a very promising horse. I was also 3rd on Revelwood McKenzie and 5th in the Ev105 on Monte Walsh.
Haunui Hill has a win at Berrima Ev95
April saw us head to Albury. I had a mixed weekend. I finished 3rd on Satch Hill in a big field the CIC1*. Unfortunately Carson Hill had to be withdrawn from the CIC3* after some mud fever became infected from standing in the wet muddy yards causing it to be very sore. I had 2 good clear rounds in the CIC1* on the two catch rides Jimmy and Silent Destiny at their first CIC1*. Monte Walsh & Revelwood McKenzie also jumped well around the Ev 105 finishing 8th and 12th.
Most recently we enjoyed a good weekend at the Sydney 3DE . It was a great event and I came away with two 3rd place ribbons. I decided to run Carson Hill as he had missed Albury so I entered him in the CIC2*and Satch Hill in the CCI1*. We were happy with their dressage tests and both XC courses were causing some trouble so it was very pleasing that both horses finished on their dressage score.
Satch Hill 3rd in the CCI1*
Carson Hill 3rd in the CIC2*
Our next start is Camden Equestriad where we will have a team of 5 horses including Carson Hill in the CIC3*. Beyond Camden I will be aiming Carson for Melbourne CCI3* and depending on how he goes potentially Adelaide 4 star.
Satch Hill will have his first 2 star start in July and I will be aiming for Adelaide CCI2* with him. The younger horses, Monte Walsh and Revelwood McKenzie will graduate to 1 star later in the year. Haunui Hill has been reclaimed by Nicky and she plans to move him into the FEI ranks by the end of the year. Along with the competitions I have had several clinics, traveling between Toowoomba, Wagga Wagga, Bega and Albury just to name a few. These have all been busy weekends with plenty of keen students. All in all it has been a very busy and exciting start to the year. Obviously the birth of our daughter being the highlight but I have also been very pleased with how all the horses have been going and am really excited about the rest of the year.