2017-2018 Event Reports

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 After the cancellation of the first day of  Gatcombe, we were dubious as to whether Sunday would run but we have glorious sunshine and despite being towed in and out, the ground was amazing.


Basil can be a little over exuberant at his first few events, but was delighted to be out and produced a stunning test to score 27 and head a very hot section.


By his showjumping time, the ground was quite sticky and causing a few problems, but Baz jumped a beautiful round, just touching the middle part of the treble. He stormed around the cross country thoroughly enjoying himself and had no difficulties with the corners at fence 7 that were causing so many problems to take the win. Good start to the season for Baz.

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Had to remind myself when the alarm went off at 2.45 and the rain was lashing down that this was the fun part! Fortunately, when we arrived at our first event of the season at Tweseldown the sun was shining, even if it was absolutely freezing. (Thank you to top supporter Becci Berry for bringing breakfast). The going was amazing given the weather that we have had, and huge credit must go to the organising team.

Orange was not that thrilled with an audience of 2 for his dressage but he managed to contain himself for a score of 30. He then had 2 very uncharacteristic rails show jumping to show his displeasure but was very happy to have a spin round the cross country and was in great form.

We are delighted to welcome Jennie Thorn’s super talented Director General to the team to be competed by Izzy. ‘Bernie’ was purchased from Albertine Barker, who has owned him since he was a 4 year old and produced him quietly to advanced level. An American thoroughbred, Bernie shows huge ability in all 3 phases and hopefully will compete at 3 star level this season. 

Bernie was delighted to be out and produced a beautiful test for a 29. This horse is capable of an outstanding test as he gets stronger. He had one rail show jumping and cruised around the cross country for 5th place and the first rosette of the season.


The next event to escape the cancellations was a very worthwhile trip to Great Witchingham with a very jolly Director General, who was certainly in need of a run. We are still all getting to know this horse, so it’s a learning curve for both him and us. 

Bernie produced some beautiful work in the dressage before throwing in a few impressive manoeuvres that somewhat spoilt his score! He show jumped very well, but we were trying a different bit which was too sharp when Izzy needed to steady him for the final two fences. The going cross county was fantastic for the time of year and Bernie thoroughly enjoyed his run. 

Lots to work on but lots of positives as we all really believe in this horse. Hopefully ready for Burnham Market

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 What an amazing season for Team Orange. Most importantly, the horses have all finished sound and well and are having a short break before the weather changes.  They have already transformed themselves into fat, furry beasts!

The young horses have learned a lot. Heidi had 6 runs at BE100, placing 4 times and showing a lot of promise. Diego has gained hugely in strength and confidence and we have high hopes for him next year.

The ex racehorses have had several good placings and a fantastic win for Zippi Jazzman in the ROR championships at Barbury Castle International Horse Trials, with Star of Memory finishing in third place.

Two disappointing Irish trips aside, Impromptu (Baz) has been super consistent with multiple placings and an advanced win at Little Downham. We are sure there is a three star win to come!

We have lots of smart youngsters to work with over the winter and it will be exciting to watch them progress.

Orange has had a fantastic season, finishing 10th in the British Eventing horse rankings. Of 7 runs he has clocked up 4 wins, including 2 advanced, a CIC*** and CCI*** and 3 thirds at OI, advanced and CIC***. All this with a new jockey and coming back post injury. 

Huge thank you to the whole Orange Team for making this possible, and special thankyou to Izzy's generous sponsors - 

Woof Wear, for keeping our horses legs protected 

Equipe for providing super smart fly bonnets

Haygain for providing an amazing nebuliser that enabled Orange to perform at his best after suffering from a respiratory allergy. 

An even bigger thank you to all of Team Orange and Team Taylor.  


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 A rosette for Diego at Horse Events Elmwood - his first ever! He is starting to get the hang of this competition business with an obedient test and a great clear round. Sunshine and lovely ground too, thank you Horse Events. The horses are having an easy week next week before coming in and then we will be busy getting the babies out and about over the winter. The older horses will just be kept ticking over, with some dressage training for Orange.

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 Amazing end to the season for Basil and Orange at Little Downham Horse Trials. Baz needed a nice confident run to end his season after his Irish adventures. He jumped a lovely double clear in a competitive OI section to finish 3rd.


Orange was very excited to be out at a party, and bounced around to win the advanced and a bottle of vintage Veuve. Thank you to Tina Ure and her team for a fantastic day as always 

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 Made the trip to Ballindenisk with Baz in the CIC***. He has not had luck on his side in any of his 3 star attempts, having been ill at Killguilkey. No more successful this time around. The weather was atrocious making for very wet, muddy extreme conditions. Baz hated it and we did not run him XC.


Jason is back from Nigel and Karen Ridouts, and they have done a lovely job with him. He has a good school report and will now go back out with our other 3 year old, Teddy, until the spring

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Amazing few days at Millstreet International Horse Trials 2017. Such a well run, friendly event with beautifully presented courses, fantastic going, a great atmosphere with stunning scenery.


Tracie Robinson was on hand to help with the dressage, and Orange produced a competitive test for a 45 (around 70%). He and Izzy are really starting to look like a partnership with a much better understanding of each other. Very pleased with him.


The cross country course was imaginatively designed and built by Mike Etherington Smith, and immaculately presented with plenty to jump and enough places to make a silly mistake. Orange jumped clear and a perfectly judged 2 seconds inside the time to lie second over night.


The trot up on Sunday morning gave us no cause for concern and Orange jumped a great round to take the win ahead of Blyth Tait and Darius. It's hard to believe that Orange and Izzy have only done 6 events together, but they have recorded 3 thirds and 3 wins - an advanced, a CIC*** and now a CCI***. Obviously we already know that Orange is a legend, but he is just making sure that the rest of the world knows it too!

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