David Cameron Jul/15
We are at the time of the year where we look at the calendar and cannot believe it is July! That is exactly how the beginning of the year has felt.
During February and March I was flying back and forward to the Gold Coast doing horse stunts on the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It was a great experience and I had the chance to work with some very interesting people and learn a lot from some very knowledgeable horseman. Although doing horse work in the entertainment industry is completely different there are some similarities. At the end of the day you are still preparing a horse to perform and there is a large amount of pressure and reward that comes with that. Luckily I still had Tallara and all our valuable staff keeping things working at home.
Castle Hill and Camden were good shows as usual and proved to be great warm up shows for Sydney Royal. RR Dyranta managed to pick up a win in the Grand Prix at Castle Hill show and that gave me plenty of confidence going into Sydney. Some of our young horses started to become 'real horses' with our group of 5 year olds, Up Town Girl, Along Came Wednesday and Sunday Rose all starting in the big ring. These shows also gave me the chance to step out Invincible Vh Groenhof, our exciting import from last year. Bruce as he is known at home is a lovely big horse and although he is a little green in the ring we are very happy with how he is fitting into Australia.
Sydney Royal is still by far the best show jumping show in the country, with the increased prize money, excellent courses and amazing footing it's a shame we don't have Sydney Royal 5 times a year! RR Dyranta continued her Sydney Royal form backing up from her leading Part 2 horse last year to winning leading part 1 horse this year, achieving the first of many goals this year. Tallara jumped some lovely rounds with Copabella Verdi but just had a 4 fault show including a gut wrenching last rail in the mini prix. Still it was great to see the combination looking so solid at such a big show around some tough tracks. Nicolette was terrific picking up a 4th in section 3 and jumping great each start; she was one of the younger horses in the section and will be a better horse for the experience.
The Sydney international horse trials was a top show, it’s great having the eventers and showjumpers all competing at the same venture. They seem to have the right mix now of high level competition and entertainment with events like the jockey challenge and bareback high jump really adding to the weekend’s spectacle. Tallara decided prior to the show to show jump Verdi rather than event him and it turned out to be a good move as the going x country was rather heavy. The weather wasn't great but luckily most the show jumping classes were indoors. All the horses jumped well with Nicolette and Cisco stepping up to their first Mini Prix and looking the part. Verdi jumped great and was 5th in the Mini Prix on Sunday. The Martins RR Dyranta was in top form all weekend. She won the 1.45m on Saturday and was 2nd in the World Cup on Sunday and I think it's the best she has felt. I'm excited for the rest of the World Cup season ahead. Congratulations to Vicki Roycroft who had a great win!
We now have some quiet weeks for the showjumpers which gives us a chance to concentrate on some young horses and teach some clinics. The eventers are starting to get serious in the lead up to Melbourne 3 day event. Tallara will have Verdi in the CCI2**. While we are down there we will attend the Equestrian Australia Awards night. It should be a great night with us and our connections being nominated in 3 categories including:
- Domestic Athlete of the year
- Horse of the year RR Dyranta
- Owner of the year Linda Martin.
After Melbourne the jumpers start getting serious with the winter championships at Tamworth in June and the Sydney Show Jumping Club Winter Championships in July. We will then head to QLD for some warmer weather and chase some world cup points at Gatton and Caboolture world cup shows.
Bring on what’s next!