2017-2018 Event Reports

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Last minute trip to Wiesbaden for leg 2 of the Event Rider Masters with Bernie. The event is held in the stunning grounds of Schloss Biebrich, right in the middle of town on the banks of the Rhine. The atmosphere and buzz of this competition make Badminton look like a local show! It was a big ask for a horse who has had one 3 star run!

Dressage takes place in front of the palace on a temporary surface, with a big grandstand and a huge fountain as you go in. There was a large and enthusiastic crowd for Bernie’s test, which seemed to be made up of the entire population of German under 7’s emitting piercing screams! I like to think they were contesting Bernie’s scores!

There were several expensive green mistakes in the test which are costly at this level and with such a high class field but we were delighted with how hard he tried and he will have learned a huge amount. The score of 40 was disappointing but to put this in context, Micheal Jung scored 34.6.

Show jumping took place in a large stadium and was a tough enough track. No children in the warm up, but a tractor driver possibly related to Sebastian Vettel harrowing the arena added an extra dimension. Bernie jumped three quarters of a beautiful clear round before Izzy moved him forward to the third last and he got slightly carried away with himself and had the last 3 fences down. Again, just inexperience of the atmosphere.

The cross country track wasn’t huge but stringed tightly with lots of skinnies off turns. There was an enormous crowd, very close so a lot to look at, finishing in a loop of the main arena. Bernie stormed around for just 1.6 time and finished very pleased with himself. The first event I’ve seen where you walk your horse out through the crowd and back to the stabling down a road but he took it all in his stride.

Hopefully he will have grown up a lot from this run and we are delighted with how well he coped. We all have great belief in this horse and how good he can be. Huge thanks to super groom Anna for getting him there and (with any luck) back safely. Thank you to Event Rider Masters for such an amazing, super friendly and completely crazy competition.

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 After Belton it was on to Bicton, and another good outing for Baz in the beautiful sunshine. 28, double clear inside the time for a closely run 4th place #COTB


On to Badminton with Orange feeling on top form. We were all beyond delighted with his dressage score of 25, a personal best for both Izzy and Orange. He tried his hardest and loved the big atmosphere. Unfortunately our luck didn’t hold out for XC. Orange completely failed to read the third log in Huntsmans, picking up an early 20 penalties. There was no point in risking him around such a tough track so Izzy pulled up and he will reroute to Luhmuhlen. Orange has no idea that he didn’t jump a clear round - he never even saw the fence! Big thank you to all the team and sponsors for your help and support.


Our next outing was Aston le Walls. Thrilled with Bernie  - 23 double clear in the OI. We wanted him to have a nice easy run after his first 3 star at Belton and he looked super relaxed and confident in all three phases. Baz had a last minute entry to Floors Castle - a stunning venue. Competing in the the CIC**, he produced a Fantastic double clear inside the time for 9th place #COTB

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 Great weekend for the team at Belton International Horse Trials with no rain and near perfect going. Orange and Bernie were both in the very competitive Grantham Cup CIC*** section and both did lovely tests to score 33.9 and 34.2 with the scores very tight down the leaderboard. 


Orange jumped a foot perfect double clear, which may set him up for a big event in 3 weeks time if the weather is kind. 


Bernie was green as this was his first run at 3 star but jumped a brilliant round showjumping, just getting too deep to one fence, followed by a super fast clear xc to finish in 8th place. Thrilled with both of them.

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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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