Good luck to Ballymurphy Luke and Borris who started their journey to the Nichols’ Tom White Hill in the USA on Saturday! The two were purchased by Geoff and Joanie Nichols at the September 2012 Goresbridge Sales as unbroken three year olds. Both were started here at Ballytiglea by Donnacha and Kylie and got the first part of their education here in Ireland and now head off to get miles under Ashley Adams in the US. Check out videos of both horses on our YouTube page. We’ll miss the two but look forward to following their competitive careers in the states!
Saturday we brought six horses jumping in Gorey at the Agricultural Show and it was a fabulous day and great change of scenery from the local hangouts! All horses lacked a bit of mileage jumping on grass and had a great chance around a solid but well built 1.10m track. All the horses jumped in the same 1.10m, and all are at various stages in their jumping careers so we were happy to come home with lots of clear rounds. Martin Dermody’s Spike and Donnacha’s own Bart had a good confidence building round with another trip against the clock, both jumping double clear and looking forward to Barnadown Wednesday for the 5 year old qualifiers. Charlie Carter’s Ballyquirke Quality is just stepping up the level after a quiet four year old year and she jumped a super double clear. A misread on the clock meant she had to restart her second round but no harm done! Her video is also up on our YouTube channel. William Ryans’ Maria Sophia is getting to be a steady campaigner and jumped another reliable double clear in the class, she is more than ready to make the move to 1.20. Kylie had her own Glidawn Master who had an unlucky pole at the last, but he’s in flying form and really starting to settle into his job both show jumping and eventing. It’s hard not to think about asking more from him as well! Lastly Caroline Teltsch’s Santiago Bay really had to be the star of the bunch, after a less than desirable warm up being a bit green on grass, she jumped a fantastic round in the ring but for a green pole at the 2nd fence. It was a tough first 1.10m and she really stepped up to the plate, the more she’s asked the better she goes. It was a nice change of pace for all and we look forward to a bit of luck Wednesday with the qualifiers, and the rest will head off jumping again Saturday, and the lone Rio will go eventing on Sunday at Monart. Looking forward to a little four year old cross country schooling for the first time this week as well!
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