Thank you to everyone for their kind wishes and concern expressed with regard to our dramatic lorry crash in February, thankfully Zoe Wilkinson and the three horses onboard, Miss Bee, Clodoline and Beauchamp Warrior all escaped major injury and have all been out competing successfully since.
We have the exciting news of gaining a new sponsor in NAF for the 2011 season. All of the horses are already seeing the benefits of the extensive range of NAF products and we look forward to working with this company and will bring you further news of this deal and their products in the near future,
Remember as well as this newsletter, we have increased out “Digital Media Presence” this year and now you can keep up to date with all our news on a daily basis via the Tapner Eventing Team Facebook Fan Page and Paul is also now on Twitter, sharing his random thoughts with all his followers!
Jenny and Claus Waaler’s Inonothing (Mannie) continues his ridden rehabilitation from his stiffle joint injury sustained last year. Progress is slow, but as expected and hopefully he’ll be back competing sooner than we think!
Sue White’s Kilfinnie (Scottie) steps into the limelight this season, being Paul’s horse to defend his Badminton title on this year. Scottie has been out BSJA, and has had two great runs so far at Tweseldown for a 9th place and then Aldon for a 7th Place.
Martin and Suzi Belsham’s Stormhill Michael (Mike) is starting his season a little later this year and so has only been to one BSJA show so far, but we look forward to his 2011 debut at Burnham Market in April.
Sue White’s Tiger Flynn (Tiger) is in light work at the moment, as yet we are unsure what his competition schedule will look like for 2011 but hope that at least one of his outings will be to Barbury Castle to defend his Puissance High Jump Title!
Captain Fred and Penny Barker, Vicki Mace-Benson’s and Georgina Tapner’s Wickstead Didgeridoo’s (Balloo) had a great start to his season with a 6th place in an Open Intermediate section at Aldon which he closely followed up with an 11th place at Somerley Park again in an OI section.
Jane Gwillim-Davids’ Carry on Joseph (Joe) found Tweseldown dressage far too exciting and so was a little off the pace at his first outing, but 10 days later was in fine form at Aldon, nearly halving his dressage score from the week before and giving a polished performance in the show jumping and XC phases to secure an awesome WIN in an Open Intermediate Section.
Captain Fred and Penny Barkers’ Kilronan (Tom) has had a delayed start to his season after pulling up lame after a BSJA competition due to a minor splint bone injury early in March, he is now aimed to have his first run of the season at Withington and hopefully this setback will have been put behind him.
Sally and Colm McGinn’s Indian Mill (Monkee) is another to have a frustrating delay to the start of his 2011 season due to a broken pedal bone injury that he sustained in the field over the winter months. He is recovering well and will hopefully make a full return to competition work shortly.
Andrew Page’s Miss B (Bee) had a dramatic start to 2011, being one of the horses involved in our lorry crash in February, but she was amazingly quick to put this behind her with an awesome debut run at Aldon where 1 Show Jump rail down narrowly cost her a win and put her back to 5th Place. She then stepped up a grade to Novice for Somerley Park where she adequately coped with the increased difficulty in all three phases.
Angela Scott’s Carlito (Carlo) is a new addition to the team this season and we welcome Angela back to the team as a full owner. Anglea having been originally responsible for Paul’s career move from Australia to the UK back in 1999. Carlo has quickly adapted to his own career change, having only previously show jumped, and although didn’t quite get the idea of XC at his debut at Moreton, certainly lived up to everyone’s expectations at Aldon with a fantastic WIN at BE100 level. He kept up the momentum of his success by quickly upgrading to Novice at Somerley Park where he proved ready for the challenge with a 6th place.
Anne Chapman’s Vrolijk (Dude) did his best to make up for making Anne missing a Welsh Rugby match to be at Tweseldown with him for a great 2nd place at his final BE100 run before moving up to Novice at Gatcombe where he proved totally ready for the upgrade with an 8th place.
Jane Gwillim-Davids’ Supreme Watts (Dai/Polo) has had a very busy start to the season, competing every week with his best result a 3rd place at Tweseldown and then followed by a respectable result in the step up a grade to novice at Gatcombe.
Mrs Georgina Tapner’s Clodoline (Katie) has had a couple of outings at Tweseldown and Somerley Park where she has struggled with the show jumping phase, keeping her from being competitive yet.
Jenny and Claus Waalers’ Boomerang (Boo) and Captain Fred and Penny Barkers’ Strike it Lucky (Paddy) have been working closely together before they look towards their competition debut in some 4yo classes, but so far have certainly been keeping everyone on their toes at home!
Vicki Mace-Benson and Georgina Tapners’ Wickstead Ulara (Lara) has had a busy start to the season with BSJA outings closely followed by three B.E. outings at Moreton, Aldon and Somerley Park with consistent form for a 6th at Aldon and a fantastic 2nd place at Somerley Park in the BE100.
Zoe Wilkinson’s We Found Nemo (Nemo) has had a solid start to the season with double clears both times out, firstly at Tweseldown and then at Gatcombe. Zoe’s other ride, the younger GHS Calvaruise (Peanut) has given her some excitement with some acrobatic hi-jinks but is looking very promising for the future.
Emma Owen’s Solis Obitus (Sunny) has begun to knuckle down into some nice work with lots of hard work from Emma and she now looks forward to her B.E. debut at Larkhill in April.