It’s hard to believe that it is that time again already, but we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
We also want to thank all our owners, sponsors and clients for your support throughout 2016. We are so grateful to be partnered with some great people;
The Cottle Family
Charlotte and Jenny Mavris and family
Sue Hemsworth and Sue Weeks
Robby and Sarah Ingham
Louise and Thea Horsley
as well as our many valued clients that we have worked with throughout the year.
Also thanks to some excellent companies Zilco, Coprice/NutiRice, NuWalla Contracting and How High Equestrian - we appreciate your generous assistance.
Eventing and horse sports in general have been faced with some huge emotional challenges this year. We have lost 2 amazing young event riders and also a talented and gorgeous young show jumper. It made us question what we do and challenged our resolve. However, we are committed to what we do and we want to continue to make it as safe as possible through sound training of riders and horses.
It is a wonderful sport which gives so many people so much joy, purpose and best of all dreams.
We thank everyone who has been a part of this journey with us.
We have had some good results from our horse throughout 2016.
Sam has taken Silent Destiny ( 9yo TB) from 1 star to 3 star. Des stared the year with a win at SIEC (Feb) in the 1 star and progressed to 3 star placing in the top 10 at his first four 3 star starts (Tamworth, SIEC, Camden and Canberra) with the best placing being 3rd at Camden 3 star.
Sam also enjoyed a good progression on Aftershock (10yo TB) who was another new horse to the team in 2016. He started out at pre novice (105cm) and finished off with a win at his first 2 star in November at SIEC.
Sam has also had some good results on the younger horses including Stalypso Hill (Stalypso x Long Tall Sally) who won at the 95cm level, BF Valour who placed in the top 10 at 1 star level. Hoylonny, a lovely TB that joined the team this year has placed in the top 3 out of his first 4 starts.
Sadly we lost a lovely 5yo this year, Balmoral Hill, who was promising to be a real talent. It was heartbreaking and a solemn reminder how fragile these wonderful creatures can be.
Unfortunately, Satch Hill who was Sam’s best horse leading in to 2016 incurred an injury at the start of the year and has spent the majority of 2016 recuperating. We hope to see him out again in 2017.
We have a few homebreds up and running and ready to take out in 2017. We have Cedric, a handsome 4 yo gelding (Camelot Ego Z x Stirling Sprite), Checka, a 5yo mare (Check In x Bao Lack), Prima 4yo mare (Foxdale Premier ((Premier des Hayettes)) x Bao Lack). Also Viva Hill (Vivant x Stirling Sprite) who competed throughout 2016 and managed a win at the 5yo Young Event Horse at Sydney 3DE.
A very important livestock purchase was made this year, Minty. All 8hh of him. He provides endless giggles and grooming!
We would also like to thank our hard working staff, Margaret Palazzo and Nat Bretherton. Margaret has enrolled in Uni next year and plans to be a doctor (she was always too smart for us) whilst Nat tells us that after looking after Ava and Immie she is thinking of a career in childcare (we thought it would have the opposite effect!). These girls have been amazing workers and great company all year and will be sadly missed. We wish them all the best for the future.
So after a long and eventful year we look forward to a short break and some family fun over Christmas.
Once again a HUGE thank you for helping us through 2016 and we sign off by wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and holidays and we look forward to a great 2017.