2017-2018 Event Reports


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!


 Good day in the sunshine at West Wilts with Heidi and Diego. Diego managed a clear round in the show jumping only to get himself into a muddle at a double xc and pick up an annoying 20 penalties. Heidi did a stunning test for a 22, despite deciding that she had an insect in her ear in the free walk and trying to remove it with her hind foot! She jumped beautifully to finish 5th in a super competitive 5yo class, so just missed out on an Osberton qualification.


 Fantastic trip to Camphire Horse Trials in County Cork. Never been before and what a lovely, friendly and well run event in a stunning setting in the Blackwater Valley.

Orange had a few days to settle in before his dressage, and produced another improved test to score 40.5. There is still more to come, which is very exciting, and he was very relaxed and obedient.

Showjumping was late on Saturday, and caused its fair share of problems but Orange jumped a lovely clear. He then ran cross county in torrential rain on Sunday, but skipped around with one time penalty to finish 3rd in the CIC*** with Team Taylor also claiming first and second spots. A huge achievement and an amazing result, all 3 horses jumping double clear. 


The Golden Wonder enjoyed his outing to Aston le Walls advanced very much today. He was .3 off the lead in the dressage then jumped a beautiful double clear to win by over 12 penalties!! Thank you Team Taylor.


 Another good run for Heidi at one of our local events, Upton House Horse Trials. Heidi thinks she is now quite a professional at this eventing lark, this being her 5th event. She finished on her dressage score of 28, in 5th place in a very close run section. She is very pleased with herself


Very early start, and a good outing for Heidi in the 5 year old class at Tweseldown. First in for dressage and the horn beeped before she had even trotted around the arena, but a good test to score 30. One down show jumping and a lovely clear xc to finish 10th


Brilliant few days in the sunshine at beautiful Barbury Castle International Horse Trials with Zippi and Stan contesting the Retraining of Racehorses Championships.

Both did good tests for a score of 29. Zippi had one down showjumping, and Stan two after being rather dramatic about the water tray. They stormed round the cross country inside the time to finish first and third. 

The top ten had to come back on Saturday to jump a second round of showjumping. I was a bit concerned how well they would cope, having run the day before on firm ground.The boys (and Izzy obviously) were total legends jumping in the electric atmosphere of the main arena. They both jumped beautiful rounds, with Zippi taking the win and Stan finishing 3rd. Izzy looked a little concerned when Brioney and I both cried

Very proud of how far these two have come - for those who don't know the story, Zippi cost 500 guineas from Ascot Sales. Stan was bought locally from David and Lucy Bridgewater and has been a superstar from day one

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