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News from last week

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The last week was a fun change of pace with less of the horses out but some new outings for everyone. Monday we brought a few to Barnadown for their first cross country school, and thankfully it was a huge success with no drama, only relief to have a good first cross country spin under everyones belt! Check out the YouTube page for videos. Last Wednesday Donnacha had two of the five year olds, Moonhall and Caraghs Vivendi, at Barnadown for the RDS Qualifiers. Moonhall ‘Bart’ was slow to get into a rhythm and had two early rails, he’s been in such good form he was due an off day and jumped a super rest of the round to finish off his day. While disappointing after the form he’s been in the last few weeks, he’s still a young green horse at the end of the day. Caraghs Vivendi ‘Spike’ was in good order and jumped well but for a rail jumping into the first double. He too has been in great form this season but for a few four fault rounds, and looks to have a big future ahead. Saturday we stayed home to spend more time schooling, and Sunday it was Rio’s day solo at Monart in the Pre-Novice. He was a real gentleman all day, and is getting more grown up with every outing. After a quiet but green test, he jumped an easy double clear show jumping and cross country round to finish the day. Tuesday night Kylie had a herd of Carlow Pony Clubber’s in for dressage lessons gearing up for the start of camp next week, it’s been fun seeing new faces most weeks and seeing the progress from the new ‘regular’ ponies and kids! Wednesday Kylie and Tommy went off with Caroline Teltsch’s Santiago Bay ‘Kizzy’ to try their hand at the 5 yo Future Event Horse class at Forth Mountain. It was Kizzy’s first time out aside from show jumping and she really put her best foot forward around a big track. After a lovely and relaxed dressage test, the day was off to a solid start with one major hurdle conquered! But for a green moment jumping the alligator into the water, she was all class though lacking mileage and showed us all just how much there is to look forward to with her. Jackson and Kylie also had their first dressage lesson with Anne Marie Dunphy last week and it was well worth the trip, the only trouble being wishing we started sooner. Once again Jackson showed what a star he is and what we have to look forward to with a bit more strength and training. A few clips from his lesson are on the YouTube page. Saturday will be another days jumping before an unaffiliated event at Monart next week with a few of the show jumping converts/young horses!

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