I trust everyone had a great Christmas and New Year, we certainly appericated the more Australian summer over this period than what NZ has on the offer at the moment!!!
In the past couple of weeks we have sold 2 horses out of our team first one been Wolverine, owned by Steph Grey, Alfred has been in our lives for the past couple of years, out of interest he was the first horse Sim and I sold as Team Balmoral, so he holds a place in both our hearts, so we were pleased to find him going to a lovely home in Aussie. The second horse, been Drums n Roses, owned by Cass Opie, he has been apart of our team last season and we are excited to say he is staying in our team and is now owned by Tess. Very exciting to watch them progress through young riders.
We have become a very international team with Tess and Paddy still with us, but they have alot more help this season, Nicole McGiven has taken on the Challenging job of Head Groom, i don’t envy this job, but she has taken on this job and certainly has us working all 30 odd horses everyday/teaching and finished in daylight! We also have kiwi Alex Muir joining us with his horse, and his tattoo Tall Jan left him with when he came for his trial! Then we have Isobel Turner and Andrea Locke from the USA here for 6 months and Ann Vestergaurd from Denmark. So as you can imangine we have some very funny conversations, although we now no what Loop is in Danish dressage terms and we now no not to use it when approaching a grid with Ann! Its a great team of people, with alot of fun,,, and if anyone who knows Grandads car (legandary) and happens to see it past their place please stop them and head them for Taniwha,,,,, they will be confidently driving and getting more lost!!
Also joining our Team on the horses side of things is Balmoral Ayres Rock,owned by Joe and Carol Kann he is a very exciting 4yr old gelding, Sim and I share him!! Well i’m hoping!! :))) He is gergeous looking, moving, jumping 16.3h TB, I’m picking a steal off sim in about 3yrs!
Then we have Balmoral Billabong, upstanding 6yrs 16.2h old TB, another lovely horse with great movement and jump, I have already stolen this one off Sim (although i am hoping Sim will take him and install me some buttons) Sim and I own him at present.
Then we have Balmoral Spydaman, 6yr old TB, so athletic, he reminds us alot of Balmoral Tangolooma also Sim and I own him, we have auctally had “eddie” for about 6months, but we had him out on the back of the farm up in the hills, learning footwork with a bunch of others, now he is down and remenbering what humans look like, and appericating a hard feed again!
Then we have Collings,, 16.2h Corlando Gelding, i call him Waitangi My Spaces, big brother! He is currently getting a show name and in the process of changing ownerships into some very keen owners i think the sydicate name will be “Blast from the Past”, we have alot of respect for this spooky, athletic horse, also a few bets on if ill stay on it at Hunua baby event! (i won’t tell you which way i bet!!!)
We also have a very exciting batch of young horses stepping up into Training with Balmoral Okey and Henton Balmoral, Balmoral Nashville and Kahlua consolidating at this level this season. Also Balmoral Courger Pedi will be making a cute entrance into this level (okey, fiddles and Jan’s little sister)and mabey Rosari Dante owned by Robyn Hirst, as will Balmoral Coolangatta, and Balmoral Townsville, and Flint.
In the Pre Novice level we have Waitangi My Space, Tomahawk11, Black Ice11,Athens, Balmoral Fiddlesticks, and Soft Touch.
In the 1* level we have Knightly Venture, NRM Cruisintime, Sports Cafe, Alpha Romeo
In the 2* level we have stepping up Drumulizer(my bet Gaye McClunie will be hiding somewhere at his first start!), Balmoral Tall Jan, Balmoral Tangolooma and Balmoral Sensation.
In 3* we have Just Chocolate(him and i still not over our stupid mistake at Puhunui) and Henton Executive(affectionally known as The Godfather!!)
Each horses, and students and our goals have been set for this season, (starting with Sim and I not picking up a wine for a month!!!)…….. (it’s terrible!!!!!)…………
We would like to wish, horses, students, owners the very best of luck for 2012, and we will see everyone out their at Babyville Hunua, which is where we will kick off our season!