Back to the Giant 60cm Eventing after 4 years!!

Yes, you heard correctly…. We are Eventing…

The Owner of Wilson Equestrian – who i’m sure have something in your head must be an amazing rider, with amazing horses and do amazing things with them!! (I know I like to think of all those things about people who own Horsey Business’s)

I AM NOT THOSE THINGS!!

What I do actually have an amazing horse though… Her name is Ruby. She is a Thoroughbred. And she is the ripe age of 18. I bought her when she was 10. Do you know what I love most about Ruby? That she keeps me safe!  I’ll use my Jump Training from the other day as the perfect example.  The other day I thought ‘SHIT! I better get my ass in to gear! I’ve entered Berrima ODE, just had a week in Bali and now its on THIS WEEKEND!! I better jump!’

So, I pulled out the Show Jumps at home and made myself a teeny tiny little course. (What you need to know is that I haven’t done an ODE in over 4 years. Instead I went and popped out two good looking little boys who now keep me on my toes and take up ALOT of my time so I don’t get to ride nearly as much as I used to).

 

AND, we jumped! By jump, I mean I pointed Ruby at jumps and she popped over them with the enthusiasm of an 18 year  old been there done that Horse who knows exactly whats up and that 60cm is simply a walk in the park. Did I mention I love Ruby???

 

But then… I got a little cocky…  I put a Barrel under a Jump. (Raising it to a hair raising 85cm :\) It was about the time I was somewhere in the air and then landed on Rubys neck that I remembered. Ruby hasn’t jumped a Barrel in about 6 years…  But all due credit to her, she literally put her head in the air, stopped, and let me get my ass from sitting on her neck to back in the saddle!!

 

T’was was about then that I did two small jumps and I called it a day.  Immediately messaging my Trainer Christan Trainor and begging for a Cross Country Lesson later in the week.

And a Cross Country lesson I had!

Firstly we popped over a few Jumps. Keeping in mind Ruby had never been to this place, and its only the 3rd time she has been off our property in 2 years. She did it like a Pro. Not a single FiretrUCK was given.(Did I mention I love this horse)

 

 

Then it was out to pop some Cross Country Logs, I mean I guess we really should if i’m going to have to haul my ass around Berrima and try to not be absolutely pooped!

Logs. No worries. 2 Logs in a row. Easy peasy. 3 Logs in a pile (just let the horse do her job Talina, she knows what she’s doing) and finally… BARRELS… Of course after our Cat Leap earlier in the week I was crapping…

Ruby… Comes in to the Barrels, two strides out and she feels amazing. We nailed the distance. She didn’t have a care in the world. Except now she was pulling me along because she remembered she really likes Cross Country and that we should do that again cause its fffuuuunn!…

And of course, now the Event is TOMORROW.. I’m nervous, i’m excited, i’m going to be the one hyperventilating in the corner somewhere. But on the plus side i’m not worried about Dressage! haha

Its the easiest flowing test ever! I just have to remember to not stop at X on the entry and then track right. The rest will come!

And I have a few things that will be going through my mind when we do get to Show Jump on Saturday and then Cross Country on Sunday…

Eyes up

Don’t pinch with your knees

Let Ruby do what she knows how to do

Sing Twinkle Twinkle little star (no really, it helps with breathing and gets you in to a really good rhythm)

HAVE FUN!!

“Just Another Amateur Showjumper” – Canberra Classic and NSW Showjumping Championships

Canberra Classic

Well the 2018 show season is well and truly here and I am excited to compete locally (and somewhat frequently) over the next few months. 

The first show on my calendar was the Canberra Classic. It is a two day show which is run by the ACT Showjumping Club (ACTSJC). Because I love the sport and I am a glutton for punishment I am on the committee. So on top of preparing the two horses, I was also charged with the job of organising volunteers throughout the show.  This job can be challenging at times, because time is valuable, and people often do not want to commit to help. That being said, there is a group of volunteers who always offer to help, and I remain utterly grateful for their efforts!

My preparation for the Classic saw me get a tune up from my long term instructor Grant Hughes.  Back in the day, I used to get weekly lessons, flit around the stables carefree and with all the time in the world (not quite Saddle Club style – but not far off either).   These days I am more of a haggard looking hermit who people know but rarely see.  I also don’t have the time or money to get the amount of lessons I would like (or need). So I try and get lessons when I know I need them most (IE before a competition for a swift kick up the bum or when I am faced with a training challenge that I can’t resolve solo).

I always try and get a grid lesson with Narnia before a show because a) I can really work on my position, b)we can jump grids to get her a bit more careful, and c)it’s a good way for me to gauge my quality of canter and how well my solo training is going. On this occasion, Grant pointed out I was dropping my eyes and not being tall enough with my shoulders.  However my mare was jumping nicely which was encouraging.  Side note: I wish I picked up good habits as quickly or easily as I pick up bad ones!                   

I have also recently been given the ride on a mare called Celeste. She is a beautiful looking horse with a scopey jump to match.  I just need to learn to ride her properly! Therefore my preparation for the Classic also saw me get a much needed lesson on Celeste with Grant.  In this lesson, Grant highlighted that in training I was spending so much time trying to keep her ‘happy and settled’ and I wasn’t working her enough in a forward canter. To quote him “you need to go forward to slow her down”.  Needless to say, Grant worked his magic, pushed me when necessary, and helped me iron out a few jockey errors.  

This leads me to the competition itself. On the first day the weather was ordinary, and I felt ordinary too which wasn’t helped by one little human who thought mummy didn’t need to sleep the night before.  Needless to say I sucked it up and kept going.  Highlight was Narnia jumping her around her second 1.20m track and first amateur track well. I am my worst critic and there are definitely things I could have done better, but I was happy overall.      

The second day of competition was thankfully better weather, and my mood seemed to have lifted along with it. Celeste seemed to settle better in the warm up arena, and while she jumped everything with plenty of scope, our approach and departure still needs work! But I feel I am slowly getting to know her, and am confident once she trusts me and I ride her better, she will be a super. So my plan will be to keep her jumping low, establish a solid foundation before asking her to jump the moon.     


The second day also saw Narnia jump clear in the 1.15m class, and one down in the 1.20m amateur class. I was especially happy with Narnia because thanks to her jockey being disorganised/having the bladder the size of a pea we got to the practice arena with only one horse to go.  So we had a very rushed warm up before going into her biggest class of the show (inset face palm here).  In any case, the mare jumped super!

I walked out of the arena doing a Chris Chugg style pirouette and victory lap in my head. I was/am stoked.

I was so worried about crashing in the amateur class, I never imagined that the following day I would be in a car crash myself (rear ended to be specific). So I have scored the day off work on account of whiplash, and am busy planning for the NSW State Showjumping Titles which is being held in a month.                

Until next time!
  

“Just Another Amateur Showjumper” – NSW Showjumping Championships

My preparation for the NSW Showjumping Championships went pretty well all things considered.

Following the car accident, my back caused me some minor issues. However the pain was nothing a hot bath and drugs couldn’t fix. I am also very lucky to have some fabulous friends who helped me out by looking after the horses while I was carless and driving me around to doctor’s appointments during the day. 

Not riding for a week due to my back (and two days off work) gave me time which is a rare commodity for me. I binge watched several Netflix shows, ate my weight in chocolate, and got a heap of housework done. It also gave me a chance to do my entries for the upcoming show. This is when s**t got real. With two horses attending the four day show cost me over $500.

#thestruggleisreal

Now rewind ten years before I had a mortgage, 2 kids and a long list of ‘adulting’ related expenses, I would have paid this out of my pocket without a second thought. However these days when I am faced with such an expense I am always confronted by “mummy guilt”. For those who are lucky enough to have never suffered from this and/or don’t have kids, it is a crappy thing mums do to themselves when they feel they are not good enough.

Personally I feel guilty all the time when it comes to the horses (whether it be the time I spend away from my family or how much it all costs). A $500 entry fee could be used for a terms worth of swimming lessons for both kids, we could go away on a family holiday, or I could be responsible and put it on the mortgage or the credit card. However alas, I am choosing to use it on myself, and I struggle to reconcile my desire to ride / compete with what I ‘should’ do all the damn time.

It is this point where I usually start justifying my decision to myself. I will tell myself ‘at least I am not a junkie’, or ‘I am providing my children with a positive role model’ etc. However no matter how hard I try there is always a part of me that feels guilty and selfish about how much time/energy I invest *sigh*. 

Ideally I would have attended the Country Championships in Wagga the week before the Titles to get those nervous competition cobwebs out of the way (and in hindsight I wish I had).  When you are not competing week in, week out, it is easy to find yourself perpetually rusty in the ring. However taking additional leave was just not possible, so instead I focused on the practical things I could do (keeping my horses fit alongside adequate schooling and preparation at home). 

The lead up to the show definitely had its up and downs. There was a particularly ordinary riding display during a lesson on Celeste (which left me feeling useless). Not to mention that my hand and jods were covered in blood after I had a miss at a jump and somehow managed to cut my hand on the buckle of the breastplate?!? (Might need some Wilson Equestrian jods sooner rather than later!).

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Being springtime it also led to Narnia being particularly “marey” which presented a whole range of challenges from dealing with her moods reminiscent of an obnoxious teenager to her jumping out of her skin from a sniff of sugary green grass …..

Roll on to the show itself, the NSW State Showjumping Titles was the biggest show I have attended all year. Quick shout out to the tireless organisers and volunteers, you did a fabulous job! These events do not run themselves, and it is important that we all remember that. 

Unfortunately the show itself did not go to plan for me. In the first round of the Amateur class I had an epic miss through a combination which left me holding on for dear life, and Narnia royally saving my sorry ass. Unfortunately, my miss combined with slippery wet conditions led to Narnia losing confidence. To her credit she jumped everything I pointed her at. However four fences later I still couldn’t get my rhythm back and could feel her hesitation getting worse, so I made the decision to retire from the class.   


From that moment onwards, the show became one of redemption.  I scratched from the Amateur classes, and put her in a few 1m-1.10m classes. I would like to say that it was smooth sailing from here, but alas I cannot. Narnia spent the rest of the show not jumping as she normally would, and to be honest, I was not riding her as well as I could either. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t bitterly disappointed in myself, but that’s the nature of the sport. One day you are a rooster, the next you are a feather duster!   

The main positive from the show was the Celeste got a lot of exposure to the atmosphere. The first day she felt like she might explode from under me but by the end of the show she was trotting and cantering around quietly. Hoping this experience will translate to our next show!

 

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Another positive from the show was that I got to watch some inspiring showjumping.  I especially enjoyed watching the riders whom I know have produced their own horses, the young guns who are bloody fearless, and the flash horses who make it look effortless. I do try to not get caught up in comparing though.  Looking at others can be equally inspirational as it can be detrimental. It is very easy to be blinded by imported horses, flashy trucks or the latest gear. However I am a firm believer that we are all just doing the best we can, with whatever we have, in a sport that we love. I know that if I had the resources you can bet I would also own a flash as f**k truck and imported horses as well. So instead of wasting energy on the “what ifs”, following the latest trend, or getting caught up in jealousy I choose to focus on my own “race” and do the best with what I have. 

I am unsure what my next show will be, but I hope it will be soon. In the meantime I have some serious homework to do!

Until next time!

  

An Australian, in Portugal, riding Lusitanos!!

Although I am an Andalusian owner, rider, and lover, the stars aligned allowing me to travel to Portugal for three weeks of which one week was an intensive dressage training program on Lusitanos. I felt this was a fantastic opportunity to test my skills as a rider with emphasis on improving and growing these skills to further develop my own young horse back home. Having only ridden my now 8 year old Andalusian mare the last 4 years I was mindful that perhaps skills previously refined through riding older more highly trained horses were sliding away.

Portugal’s climate throughout May and June cannot be faulted- beautiful sunny days and mild nights. The rest of my time in this country was used exploring around Lisbon and the beautiful castles, monuments, and history of this region. Spending half a day at the Museu National dos Coches (National Coach Museum) was amazing- these beautiful coaches had to be seen to be believed. Spanning over two sites, one of which being the old indoor arena for the Royal Riding School, these coaches range in age from the 17th to 20th centuries.

 

 

Santo Andre Lusitanos is a gem hidden amongst the suburbs of Lisbon, Portugal. As you drive down the tree lined gravel driveway you feel like you have travelled to a different era. Boasting two arenas (one indoor, one outdoor) this was the perfect location for me to spend a week learning under Antonio Borba Monteiro, the Master of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, and his team of impeccably trained Lusitanos.

 

Rossio Square in the Baixa district

 

Santo Andre Lusitanos horses and stud were passed down to Antonio by his uncle Dr Guiliherme Borba and is the home to a number of well performed national and international champions including the stallion Rico who was successfully campaigned by Five time Olympian Kyra Kyrklund throughout the UK. (Get 24 Dressage Training Tips from Kyra Kyrklund here)

 

The range of horses I rode throughout this week were all very different in personality, quirks and traits but all impeccably trained, only difference being some needing a little more leg or driving seat than others. This kept me thinking as a rider to ensure I got the best out of each horse.

My program consisted of two, one hour lessons each day. My trainers, Antonio and Martim Ferreira da Cunha were both very astute and quick to pick up on my weaknesses with fresh eyes and hints and tips to help improve my riding, my aids, understanding of how the horses were working and improving. All lessons were presented with precision, expertise and a hint of humor! I was probably the hardest critic each lesson and if I wasn’t happy with how I had the horse going or my riding I was given the opportunity to rectify or “have a play” to get a feel and understand.

 

Each of the horses I rode were the best teachers of all.

The main 3 horses I rode was an older bay Lusitano stallion; Belo, a bay Lusitano gelding who had competed and won in young horse classes, at prix st George level,  and gave me an amazing feel and taste for piaffe, passage and flying changes (also a son of resident stallion Rico); and a grey Lusitano x Arab gelding who had previously competed in bullfighting and was very soft and responsive to ride.

I learnt as much riding as what I did watching the other students and Antonio and Martim ride. Similar exercises and training techniques used on all horses to improve paces, rhythm, suppleness and cadence whilst ensuring harmony between horse and rider.

 

 

My final ride on Portuguese soil was on the one and only Rico. I was a bit nervous about riding a horse of this quality questioning whether my skills were at a good enough level to find the buttons and get harmonious work out of “the King”. All of the training and early competitions with Rico were done by Antonio himself and he takes immense pride yet also humbleness in his own role in what this horse has achieved. A small crowd did find its way to the outdoor arena as my lesson commenced as Rico is a favourite with everyone! In this one hour lesson (of which I didn’t want to end as felt I could keep riding all day!)

I rode parts of the Grand Prix test including passage, piaffe, tempi changes, canter pirouettes, and trot and canter half passes. This final ride cemented the previous seven days of training and gave me confidence in myself that I could ride these movements and find the buttons to execute these aids whilst maintaining a harmonious and happy working relationship with a range of different horses.

Back home now I have continued my riding and continual striving for this harmony with my own horse using the exercises and training knowledge given to me by both Martim and Antonio.  I continually keep looking back at the photos as still feels surreal and need a reminder that I did do this!

Anyone considering a riding holiday I strongly recommend contacting and having a chat to Santo Andre Lusitanos- the team are passionate about their horses, sharing their knowledge and empowering riders to strive for harmonious relationships with their horses whilst cementing solid training foundations.

 

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Emma Carroll – From Polocrosse to Dressige (Yes Dressige)

 

 

OK so I’m a Polocrosse player who before that Rodeo’d and came from a Cutting family, and now i’ve decided to have a go at English.

 

I hated Jods because I came off a pony once got my butt handed to me and it was all the jods fault, Fast forward to the ripe age of 30 here I am saddling up yes in stupid jods at adult riders.

 

My horse Danger mouse was such a good little egg and did her best but the instructor was giving me all these things to do like shorten my stirrups squeeze with my legs feel my seat bones and I was like WHAT!!? What the hecks a seat bone? This is hard! For the next hour I promptly lost feeling from my eyebrows down and rode properly.

I have mad respect for you English riders now… and jods, so much room for activities!

 

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So I got the courage up to enter in our first ARCA challenge in the “beginner 40cm” class and our Dressige ( yep Dressige) was magical… head as high as humanly possible in the air and I could see more eyeball than I ever wanted to, I was sweating bullets trying not to poop my dacks and stay on I went to the judge and said hello and she said “ok go in and ill beep when we are ready” I said ok no worries so I doing my very best Dressige rider impersonation went into the actual dressage arena and started warming up.

My friend died on the sidelines and did her best angry mum at the shops trying not to look nuts while yelling at her child voice and said what are you doing get out! Get out! And I said but the nice lady said I could go in? she said yeah in the warm up you twit you’ll get disqualified get out! Now I know.

I spun around and stealth-ed my way out of the arena with the judge watching and me pulling awkward don’t yell at me face.
The test went a little like this… Walk quietly to X, crap where’s X, oh the bit in the middle ok got it stop the donkey without her walking off and salute.

 

Ok done that bit now trot to the middle of up the arena and hang a left do a big youey and stay calm, horse resembles camel grrr get ya head down ya spaz touch rein to try and get ANY sort of collection horse flicks her head higher, awesome mouse ya cow thanks we’ve don’t half the test theres a walkie bit in here somewhere isn’t there?

 

Oh yep go right at the bottom and walk to the top corner at a loose rein pffff loose rein silly cow will not allow that right now, meanwhile horse is sweating bullets and calling out to EVERYTHING and im trying to hold it together back inside my head… blank blank blank shiiiiiiiittt where to now come on Em don’t spack out now uhhhhh that’s it left again down to the “gate I wasn’t meant to go through” bit and back to x at a working trot halt salute BREATHE OUT.

 

As mentioned previously she isn’t the neatest little pony in the paddock, but she tries her hardest and she’s coming along even with my wonky I don’t know either guidance. The test resembled a directionally challenged toddler trying to navigate Bunnings with a roofing ladder, bless her we came 5th overall and she even tripped up a jump after I got the giggles in our XC and loved every minute.

Things I’ve learnt, English riders are mental, and they really can ride. I used to think it was easy and you just sat there like a pimple on a pumpkin looking pretty but no, your out there riding in the “shallow saddles” (please don’t be offended I ride on a stock saddle which Is basically a lazyboy with a seat belt).

 

You guys are tough, you have to use your leg aids so much more and if your horse decides it doesn’t like the colour of that blade of grass way over there and lights up you have this tiny little saddle to stay in and you guys stay on! What kind of sorcery is this!? My hats off to you!

 

Its also taught me that no matter what who where or how much there are always very kind helpful people willing to help and encourage those who may be just like me and don’t know, lack a little confidence or have changed disciplines and are deep down a little scared. To those people I want to say thank you, you have kept a lot of us riding.

 

Its a ‘Real Equestrian’ normal person thing! with Katherine de la Lune

Katherine is a ‘Real Equestrian’ We are loving her this is real life attitude about her riding and we are sure you will too!

I’m Katherine, and I’m the give-stuff-a-go rider. I have a 14yo Thoroughbred, Darcy, who has Views on most things, and I ride for fun. We do Adult Riders, a bit of dressage, a bit of jumping. I don’t take the competition stuff too seriously! I ride because it makes me happy – what better reason is there?

 

It’s ten days to my next dressage competition. And ten days doesn’t seem like a lot, especially considering I’ve ridden about four times in the last month. I meant to ride more, honest… but what with the choke, and the complications following choke, and the antibiotics, and then the alleged abscess… well, it’s not been a productive month.

 

Anyhoo, Darcy seems to be sound again (fingers tightly crossed), so we’re in dressage training. Yay?
September 15th is Crystals in Kellerberrin. This will be our third stab at this event.

The first time, about four years ago, Darcy lost his mind and we rode the tensest, giraffiest three tests ever seen by man.

 

The next year, he decided that the right side of the arena was lava The floor is Lava

(too close to scary marquees) and we rode our tests on a 10 x 60m arena, and added in a few bonus 5m circles to keep the judge entertained.

We won the Encouragement Award!

(aka the Wooden Spoon for Glorious Feats of Suckage)
So on the plus side, we’ve set the bar pretty low. Improving on previous efforts should be an achievable task! To be honest, the most stressful aspect is plaiting up. Presentation is definitely not my strength. I don’t know if I’ve worked out what my strength actually is, but it ain’t presentation.

 

In October, we’re trying our first Freestyle at the ARCA Spring Challenge. I have a song and costume idea – haven’t started shaping my routine yet, but I assume I can sort that out the day before, no probs.
Following a recent clinic, my training focus is on FORWARD. “It’s a Thoroughbred – make it run!” shouted the instructor as Darcy plodded laboriously around the arena. With enough verbal cattle prods applied to both of us, we managed to produce Working Trot and Canter that looked like we were actually working. I need to grit my teeth, flap my legs like a pony clubber on a fat pony, and make poor tortured Darcy MOVE.

 

Easier said than done…

 

An Intro to Eventing at 95cm with Mia Gigliotti

An Intro to Eventing.

So excited to have successfully finished my first EVA 95 at The Sydney Eventing Spring Classic this weekend !

 

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First off the dressage test which I was a little nervous about, especially since Doll has been a bit difficult lately but after I saw some friendly faces I got super relaxed and my test felt so amazing and I couldn’t be more happy with Doll.

 

Afterwards I had X country and honestly, I have never more nervous for something, but I had my closest friends with me to calm me down. I was very worried about the mud and how slippery it was going to be but I took it slow and steady, which helped me catch my breath and we ended up clear ! But a little slow, which was ok considering it was raining. And lastly we had Showjumping which I was super excited about, especially after walking my nice, flowing course. Doll was amazing in the warm up, then jumped a super clear round !!

 

All around it was a really great weekend, really thankful to spend it with such amazing, supportive friends and now mum and I can relax.

Just another Amateur Horse Rider…

Just another Amateur Horse Rider

 

My name is Fiona De La Mezzo. I am 34 years old and in between being a mum and working full time. I also ride and compete in show jumping.

 

When I thought of starting this blog, my immediate thoughts were pretty self-deprecating. “I’m not special”.  “Who cares what I have to say”. “There are so many people who could do this better than me”. But you know what? I decided that because of my self-doubt, I’d give this a crack.

 

I won’t be representing the hard working professional riders who make everything seem effortless. Again, I also won’t be representing the cashed up glamorous riders who step out from their massive horse trucks looking ready to hit the catwalk.

 

 

No, in this blog I intend to represent mediocrity. I will talk from the perspective of a mum who was doing a course walk holding her baby when the baby had a massive Diarrhoea explosion. (And whilst I had a spare of everything for my daughter, I did not think to pack a spare riding shirt or breeches for myself).

 

I’ll talk from the perspective of someone who rocks up to their “normal” non-horsey job and no matter how hard they try, still manage to bring something from the stable along (mud, chaff, horse hair). Then i’ll talk from the perspective of someone who’s life is not designed for equestrian success, but choose to persevere anyway. (not because they expect to reach greatness but because they cannot imagine life without horses).

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Going back to where it all started. I began riding at 10 years old at the local riding school Forest Park. I am pretty sure my non-horsey parents thought this would be a phase. The joke was definitely on them! I am not sure exactly when I knew that this was “my” thing, but safe to say I became horse obsessed quickly.

 

After begging for my own horse for 4 years, my parents finally relented and bought me a $600 horse called Sweetie. I went on to attend pony club, dressage and show jumping comps, but it was the show jumping that stuck.

 

Flash forward to today, I currently own an 8yr old WB mare called Narnia. She is small at 15.1hh, but as someone who is 5 foot nothing I cannot hold this against her. I bought her cheap as a 4 year old who used to toss her head constantly. She was hot and extremely sensitive. However, with lots of time, patience, and a few unfortunate face plants I am relieved to say we have a good partnership and these traits are behind us.

 

 

We are hoping to start competing her in Amateur classes (which are about 1.20m) later this month. And i’ll be trying to not make an ass out of myself!

 

Until next time!

A shared journey with Michelle Lawrence and MCL Lorenzo

I’d like to introduce to you all my next well justified Equine Bowen sponsored horse MCL Lorenzo.

 

MCL Lorenzo is my own horse and I feel he truly reflects my own work. He is a 2.5 yo pure bred Lusitano gelding. I purchased him at 6 months old from Mystery Creek Lusitanos Ltd. He stayed hanging out with his brothers and sisters till he was 2yo. I was fortunate to go to Equestrian college with Jo Bard his breeder in the UK and followed her breeding program in NZ when she moved. Knowing her incredible horsemanship and breeding eye and knowledge of the breed, I was very confident in my purchase of Lorenzo and leaving him in her care to mature as a youngster with other horses.

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