We have several new young horses and I will be producing them very quietly ensuring that all the foundations are firmly laid for their future careers at higher levels and you’ll here a lot more about as the year progresses. Among the older horses are Apart VD Hoefsflag (Harry) , Cleveland who will be aimed at Bramham CIC3*, Amsterdam who goes for Bramham’s CCI3* and Kaapachino who heads to Badminton in May.
Producing horses with set targets in mind comes from being raised in New Zealand where there are few competitions and the ground conditions are sometimes not great for horses. You learn to use these events to educate horses with the bigger goals in mind.
In New Zealand we have one CCI competition in the spring and another in the autumn. With no other options, you can’t re-route so conditions dictate that you produce your horses very slowly so that you get them to the main events because if your horse picks up an injury in the lead up to the event, that its. You have to wait another six months or longer for the next international competition.