A trip of a lifetime to WEG but it didn’t finished as we hoped

We would like to express huge thanks to Zoe, Keanna, Melissa and the rest of the team who managed the yard and looked after the horses at Wickstead whilst Paul, Georgina and Emily were in America at the World Equestrian Games (WEG), it would not be possible for us to be away from the yard for this long without such a fantastic back up team at home so once again thank you very much to these girls.

We would also like to say a big thank you to everybody who expressed their support for us whilst being away at WEG it really does make a difference knowing you have friends, family and fans behind you, literally from all over the world. We look onwards and upwards now to the London Olympics in 2012!

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Claus and Jenny Waaler’s Inonothing (Mannie) took the trip of a lifetime this month, when he headed off to The World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. Paul and Mannie produced the test of a lifetime gaining their personal best score at this level 43.8. Unfortunately dreams (this time!) were not to come true as half way round the demanding XC course, Paul felt that something wasn’t quite right with Mannie and decided to pull up, consequentially withdrawing from the competition. X-rays showed Mannie had chipped the patella bone in his left hind stifle joint. He is expected to make a full recovery from this injury and to be back on the circuit for the second half of the 2011 season.

Sue White’s Kilfinnie (Scottie) has had a light month with no competitions what with Paul being away but is all set and getting ready to head to Pau CCI**** in November.

Captain Fred and Penny Barker, Vicki Mace-Benson’s and Georgina Tapner’s Wickstead Didgeridoo (Balloo), had some fantastic news – due to his great results at advanced level for a stallion of such a young age he has been promoted to ‘approved’ which is the highest level of stallion grading without graded progeny with the AES stud book. Because of this news Balloo enjoyed a couple of weeks away at stud having semen collected. His services can now be advertised for sale on the English and European markets.        

Jane Gwillim-David’s Carry on Joseph (Joe) stepped up a grade and took on his first CIC*** at Blenheim Palace this month, with a competition specifically for 8 and 9yr old horses. Joe put in a very good dressage performance for his first time at this level, he took 12 faults from the show jumping round and then completed the event by storming clear round the cross country course, a very pleasing end toJoe’s season.

Captain Fred and Penny Barker’s Kilronan (Tom) also took on the CIC*** 8 and 9 year old section at Blenheim Palace this month, where Tom found the atmosphere far too nerve-wracking in the main dressage arena, which gave him a higher than normal score for this phase of competition. However he excelled in the show jumping and cross country phases adding just 4 penalties from the jumping and 4 time from cross country to finish the year in a very promising way.

Sally and Colm McGinn’s Indian Mill (Monk) continued to show his star potential this month, after another fantastic dressage score and just one rail in the show jumping, Monk came home with a very impressive 3rd place in the BE100 at Purston Manor.

Andrew Page’s Miss B (Bee) stormed round the BE100 track at Purston Manor this month, adding nothing to her dressage score leaving her just outside of the top 10 placings.

Anne Chapman’s Vrolijk (Dude) kept up his winning ways in the BE100 at Purston Manor, completing on his dressage score of 25.5 Dude took home another brilliant WIN making it 3 wins at this level!

Vicki Mace-Benson and Georgina Tapner’s Wickstead Ulara (Lara)also joined the other young horses at Purston Manor BE 100, putting in a very nice dressage test, she added a few penalties from the show jumping but kept Georgina smiling by flying round the cross country in style!

Zoe Wilkinson’s We Found Nemo, was back in action this month following a bit of time off, and firstly he headed to Purston Manor to complete the day with a very nice double clear in the BE100 section. Nemo then moved up a level to Novice at Moreton Morell ODE where he put in a very nice dressage test, picking up some penalties from the show jumping, but finished the day with a quick clear cross country round.

Emily Drummond-Dunn’s Sammie (Pedro) had a new jockey for September, while Emily was lucky enough to be grooming for Paul and Mannie at the World Equestrian Games, Paul’s head girl Zoe Wilkinson took over the reins. Zoe did a fantastic job piloting Pedro to a double clear in the Open Novice section at Moreton Morell ODE, and the crowd so impressed by her show jumping round Zoe was reportedly given a huge round of applause on leaving the arena!

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