News 2018





Teddy's first, that is, and my first since October 1982. I hereby declare the start of my eventing comeback!

Passable dressage in driving rain, one fence down SJ, CLEAR XC (except for time faults).

(Oh, and I lost my hat silk.)


Fabulous afternoon XC schooling Sam (Kyzyl Double or Quits) at Deer Park in the Cotswolds. Started small and gained confidence in spades, ending with some quite big fences and a 3' skinny "badger". Wish I hadn't had my summer with him disrupted by my own health crash - looking forward to next year.



Teddy giving it some wellie at Sapey Eventers' Challenge - almost full-length SJ and XC jumped continuously. Bold and clear until a stop at the fence before the water. His biggest course to date.


A really lovely yearling - Meghan Eaton's Merlin, by Xanadu. Good bone, strong in all the right places but light in others, retaining much of the exceptional strength-weight ratio of the pure-bred Akhal-Teke. Merlin won his only class shown this year. Meanwhile, Meghan has been clocking up some excellent BE-affiliated eventing results. These two must have a great future!


Almost Impossib;e to believe that Zara (by Kambarbay out of Gulara) is now 3½ and ready to ride. very low-key so far, bareback in a headcollar. Plenty of time for the formal stuff when she is relaxed and enjoying her outings. She is very confident, affectionate... and easily bored. Typical Teke!


A most enjoyable visit to Emma Garner's new yard E G EQUESTRIAN near Much Marcle. Emma has competition horses, including some very good dressage horses, on livery, two of her own to compete, and specialises in rehabilitation of damaged horses. Sam much appreciated her soft riding.


Return to Gadbury for the Ledbury ODE. Teddy on a mission - fast, bold and clear except for a run-out at the fence before the water; he made up for that by taking a stride out of bothe elements of the coffin. Exciting ride!


Unfortunately, I lost two months in the middle of the summer to a severe Rheumatoid Arthritis relapse. This caused a major break in the horses' programmes, with resumption possible only in mid-September. For 2018 news prior to July 2018 please use the link