Tuesday 22nd of October 2019
Rachael Green

Keeping busy with my Connemara pony

Rachael Honeyball, wife and assistant trainer to her husband Anthony fills us in with what she has been up to as the National Hunt season comes to a close.

With a handful of summer jumpers and a couple for the Flat, I’ve been using the time to continue Cripsy’s education. He’s my new 14.2hh Connemara pony that I bought a few weeks ago to bring on before I sell him.

Crispy

He’s been going really well, and during a recent cross country schooling trip to Cricket St Thomas, Horace Hazel came along too. He really enjoyed the change of scenery! I didn’t jump anything too big with Crispy, as it was his first outing, and instead worked on building his confidence over a variety of small cross country jumps like ditches and water.

He’s such a good lad and I am really enjoying him. He lives out in the field, and every day he comes in to be ridden. I’ve had a couple of jumping lessons with Jabeena Maslim and I’ll have some dressage lessons soon too. We’re fairly close to Chard Equestrian which runs lots of unaffiliated competitions so he will be paying a few visits there soon too.

I’ve taken my license out again to ride under rules, but for now I will be sticking to the bumper horses. As much as I’d love to race ride over jumps again, I don’t think it’s fair on my family.  I was supposed to ride my own homebred Nocturnal Myth in a bumper at Carlisle a few weeks ago, but the ground had dried up so we pulled him out.

We have a few new additions to the yard including an impulse purchase at the Seavington Point-to-Point at Littlewindsor where we sponsored a race. We watched a lovely mare called My Dance, trained by Ed Walker, win her race there and after looking at her back at the horse boxes discovered she was for sale.

She’s out of a very good mare called My Petra who won some decent races including the Grade 2 Amlin Chase at Ascot. She is a typical Kayf Tara and very genuine and after a successful vetting  we bought her.

We’ve sold her to our yard sponsors the Geegeez syndicate and after her racing days she’ll be worth money as a broodmare. She’s lovely and is working really well.

She has a few entries in bumpers this week, including a race at Uttoxeter on Wednesday and Stratford’s point-to-point bumper on Friday. If she goes for the former, it might be that I ride her myself as I have got to know her really well.

We’ve also purchased a lovely four-year-old called Don Lami who won his debut point-to-point at Fairyhouse on April 23rd. He’s for sale and would make a lovely prospect for anyone.

Another newcomer is the lovely mare Duhallow Gesture who will also make a super broodmare prospect after her racing career. She’s beautifully bred, and we think a lot of her, with her early season target the listed bumper at Cheltenham’s November meeting. Again she’s for sale.

Duhallow Gesture

Dragoon Guard and The Geegeez are going to the Ascot Sales this week. The Geegeez is a lovely horse and would do any job. Dragoon Guard is a super horse too and is a very easy ride with an exceptional jump. There’s plenty more races to come for both of them.

We were really sorry to see our head girl Sarka Seviola leave after several years. She’s gone back home to the Czech Republic and we wish her every success with her future there. Lisa Sharpe has taken over as our new head girl.

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