Canberra CNC

March 13, 2020

After many false starts we finally got to our first event of 2020. Canberra is a lovely friendly event which we always enjoy. This time the event only ran to 2 star so we took a truck load of young horses.  

Sam debuted three of his young horses Harry, Cedric and Cantano. They are all super nice horses but apparently need a little more water training!

Sam also rode Delarno and Stayplso Hill in the 1 star. They did nice test but didnt score as well as they could, show jumping was nice with Delarno having one unlucky rail and "Scruff" two down, both jumped super xc rounds but finished out of the placings. 

Nicky also rode her young TB Remi in the 80cm for his first competition. He was great in the dressage for 7th place, a good clear show  jumping and was really fun on the xc so apart from missing a jump (which was hard to blame Remi for) they had a super weekend.

Our working student Chloe rode her horse Tigre in the 80cm with a solid performance in all phases to finish 13th. And Jelena rode in the 105cm for her first event in NSW. 

Sydney 3DE

April 27, 2019

Well that’s a wrap for Sydney 3DE 2019. 
We were thrilled with all our horses. Sam finished 2nd in the Macarthur Automotive CCI4*-L on Charlotte Mavris’s BF Valour, who didn’t put a foot wrong all weekend. Sam was thrilled with all phases. A last second change of plan at the 2nd water added a few time and turned out to be costly but he jumped clear on Sunday (with the least time faults of all the clears) so really what more could you ask for. 

Merran Wallis Eventing’s Superclass was super to be leading the same class after xc. What a great effort. Unfortunately he didn’t pull off the third phase quite as well as required this time to retain the lead but still finished 3rd and we were thrilled.


A huge Congratulations to Annabel Armstrong and Quaprice on a brilliant and well deserved win.

Sam did have a win in the 95cm on the beautiful Delarno NPE who looks like becoming a super horse. 
Winter Hill was great all weekend in the 2*-S. He unfortunately picked up 20 at the skinny out of the water but it was more a rider error than any fault of his. 

We thank Emily Lang , Olivia Peters and Jessica Acheson for all their hard work at the show and Karli Hatton for keeping the farm running while we were all away. 

So all horses and riders home safe and well and looking towards the next event.
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April 06, 2019

Alfie did it again! BF Valour (Alfie) won the CCI3-S at Quirindi. Sam chose to run him down a grade as a confidence booster before Syd 3DE in a few weeks time.  Alfie was great in all 3 phases, adding just 6.8 time on XC to his dressage score to win the class.

Thanks to Vicki, Darryl and all the event committee for putting on a quality event.

SIEC Summer Classic, NCHTA and Equestriad

March 24, 2019

We took a smaller group of horses to Sydney Summer Classic followed by Canberra and most recently Equestriad. Sam has been away  a bit in the last few months so he ran fewer horses.

He had a great win on Charlotte Mavris's BF Valour in the Randwick Equine 3.5* at SIEC and followed up with a 2nd place in the Ariat CCN 4* at Equestriad. He also placed 3rd in this class on Superclass. 

The beautiful NPE Delarno won the dressage in the 80cm, jumped clear show jumping and had a golf cart cross his path on the xc in front of a jump resulting in 20 penalties. By all rights he should have been clear and won the class which is lovely to know - this young horse is for sale and was very impressive all weekend. 

Sam was overseas for Canberra so Nicky took Viva Hill and winter Hill. Both horses did nice tests, jumped clear show jumping and Viva was clear XC whilst Winter Hill had 20 penalties that Nicky felt was entirely her fault.  Both horses feel like they benefited from the round. 

Thank you to the committees of these quality events - we are so lucky to dedicated professional committees doing such a great job for the sport. 

2019 season kicks off at Wallaby Hill Extravaganza

February 09, 2019

We enjoyed a very fun day at the Wallaby Hill Extravaganza. Sam dressed up for the Eventers v Showjumpers 1.20m class and whilst he looked suitably ridiculous  - to quote commentator Hamish Cargill "like superman and batman all rolled into one" - Alfie (BF Valour) looked his beautiful self and jumped a great round to finish in 3rd place (best of the Eventers).

Superclass jumped a great clear in the 1.15m, Winter Hill and Zoro jumped  clear in the 1.05m.


The XC course was magnificent and Winter Hill zoomed around the 105 and OPH Rockpool jumped a super round in the 95cm.

The catering and VIP hospitality was first class thanks to Lee and Jamie at Pheasants Nest Produce and Geoff Spears and the weather was PERFECT - finally.

So thank you to the WHF Team for a fabulous start to the season.

Wonderful Wallaby Hill

December 01, 2018

A HUGE thank you to the Wallaby Hill team who put on the most amazing show and are the most accomodating and rider friendly event organisers ever. We managed to make a real mess of the place after all that rain and they managed to keep smiling throughout. They faced so many curve balls and challenges this week and managed so well.

We were sad not to run Charlotte Mavris’s beautiful BF Valour in the 3 star due to the conditions, deciding to save him for another day.


However we did enjoy a wonderful finish to the Eventing season with Winter Hill winning the 105 and being made a fuss of with a full podium presentation in true Wallaby Hill style!

Congratulations to all involved, organisers, officials and riders and thank you to #OttoSport and #PrydesEasifeed for sponsoring our classes and our sponsors.  #Zilco  #Antares

Goulburn CIC

October 12, 2018

Goulburn once again hosted a fantastic event at the picturesque 'Lynton'. Sam rode Merran Wallis's Superclass in the CIC2* and had a solid performance. He went steadily around the XC due to the dry conditions but Sam feels he is ready for the step up to 3 star at Albury. 

Sam also has 3 horse in the CIC1*. Springfield Zoro, Helene de Troy and Stalypso Hill. All are pretty new to this level. Zorro did a lovely test but picked up a few time faults on XC  and a rail, Helena could have done a better test but was clear and very fast XC and also had a rail whilst Stalypso Hill (Scruff)  looked totally amazing on XC but didn't cooperate very well in the other two phases.

Winter Hill had another top 10 finish in the 105cm with Nicky and Sam's lovely OPH Rockpool added a few time to be just outside the top 10. 

Robby and Sarah Ingham's Hoylonny finished 3rd in the 95cm. 

Canberra CIC

September 29, 2018

We would like to thank the National Capital Horse Trials Association for running another great event. Kate McKenzie and her team are always accomodating and professional and make the event a pleasure to attend. We took 7 horses including 2 for our working pupils. Sam enjoyed two wins - Charlotte Mavris's BF Valour in the Kasun Logging CNC2.5* and Merrran Wallis's Superclass in the Wallaby Hill Farm CIC2*. Our own little TB Winter Hill got another run under his belt to finish 6th in the Imperial Floats 105cm just adding a few xc time faults to his dressage score. Thanks to all the class sponsors, your support is greatly valued. Next stop Goulburn.Thanks also to our wonderful sponsors #zilco #AntaresAustralia

Sydney Spring Eventing

September 08, 2018

Thanks to the Sydney Committee. There was a lot of rain Friday night which really made the conditions difficult. The ground really cut up on Saturday for the 95cm XC but by Sunday the committee had worked so hard rolling and levelling and the ground was fantastic for he other grades. Sam was pleased with BF Valour who placed 4th in the CNC3* star. Sam also had a good weekend on the Cottle family's Helene de Troy who was 5th in the CNC1*. Nicky's Winter Hill was solid in all phases adding some XC time to finish 11th Our homebred Remembrance Hill (Wally) was again a delight to finish 5th in the 80cm at just his second start. 

Tamworth CIC

August 18, 2018

Well it was a dusty Tamworth but thanks to the committee for putting it on for us. We enjoyed a good weekend 

Best horse of the weekend was  BF Valour who did his first 3 star to place 3rd in the CIC3.
Thanks to the committee for a great effort in tough conditions.

Equestriad August event

August 04, 2018

We headed down to Equestriad with a team of young horses. No superstar performances for us this time  but plenty of experience gained for all. The Cottle family's Helene de Troy finished 6th in the 105cm, Sprinfield Zoro a  very cool stockhorse X and a relatively new member of the team finished 7th in the 105cm, Stalypso Hill who has talent to burn but doesnt always choose to use it finished a solid 8th in the 95cm. Our home bred "Wally" (Foxdale Premier x a stirling Sprite mare) was so well behaved and fun to ride for a "first timer" in the 60cm - although a navigational error resulted in missing a jump xc. 

Alfie wins Quirindi CCI2*

July 07, 2018

After the disappointment of not being able to complete the CCI2* at Melbourne on BF Valour due to a fall off another horse Sam re-routed to Quirindi to try and tick off the CCI2* MER. Whilst it was a small field Alfie (BF Valour) put in a good performance to win the class. Thanks to Alfie's owner Charlotte Mavris for her patience and support with Alfie. Onwards and upwards to 3 star now. 

Sam awarded Equestrian Australia Coach of the Year

April 30, 2018

Sam was very honoured to be named Equestrian Australia Coach of the Year.


This is a lovely recognition of  the effort Sam puts into each of his lessons.


Sam always tries to give his best to each student, regardless of the ability, age or level of rider.


Teaching all the time all over the country involves a lot of late night driving to and from clinics, a very hoarse voice, standing in extreme weather all day long, no days off and rarely a weekend at home.

This year, for the first time,  the EA members were able to vote for nominees, so to everyone who voted for Sam, thank you. 

Sydney International 3DE

April 27, 2018

We had a great time at SydHT. It was an exciting event with a strong field in the CCI3*. 


Sam rode Charlotte Mavris’s BF Valour in the CNC2*. “Alfie” was super all weekend to win the class. Alfie will now head to Melbourne CCI2*.


Sam rode Merran Wallis’s Superclass in the Tarraleah Park CCI2*. He put in a respectable test followed by a clear XC inside the time and just 1 rail in the SJ to finish 5th.

Working student Thea Horsley took both her horses in the Tarraleah Park CCI2*to finish 3rd on Kelecyn Supernatural and 7th on Fairview Rembrandt. Thea also won the highest places Young Rider. Congrats Thea, you are such a talented young rider!

Nicky rode Winter Hill in the Brighton Saddlery 95cm which was super fun on this talented little TB. They finished in 6th place.

Australian Eventing Championships at Equestriad

April 07, 2018

Wow, what else can you say about Equestriad. They hosted over 700 horses and it all ran smoothly. We took 13 horses between our team of riders. 

Sam ran 9th in the CIC2* on BF  Valour - with a solid test and a double clear however choosing to taking it steady XC as the ground was pretty firm.

Working student Thea Horsley ran 7th in the same class on her own Fairview Rembrandt.

In the CIC1* Sam was 11th on Georgia Cottle's thoroughbred mare Helene de Troy, Nicky was 10th on Viva Hill in the other CIC1* division. 


Nicky narrowly missed out on being 95cm Champion on Winter Hill due to a count back to XC time as they were in equal 1st. Still a great result for this horse's 2nd  95cm.

Sam has a new ride - a lovely horse called Springfield Zoro - who finished 10th in the 105cm. Staylpso Hill was also in the 105cm class but choose not to do a good dressage test but fortunately did jump well. 

A huge thank you to the organising committee. We had a great time (esp once the night jumping was finished) and we will of course be back again next year. 

Berrima CIC

March 30, 2018

Berrima hosted a wonderful Autumn CIC. We took 12 horses between 5 riders. Sam rode BF Valour to 3rd place in the CIC2* and Superclass finished 15th in the same class due to a bizarre 20 penalties at spooky fence 1. Sam finished 8th on Helene De Troy in the CIC1*. Tinseltown finished 7th in the 105cm. Sam also was 2nd in the 80cm on OPH Rockpool. Nicky rode Winter Hill to 4th place in his first 95cm. Thea Horsely had a postitive run around the CIC2* on her two horses, Emily Lang took her young horse to his first event and also rode a client's horse in the 80cm doing a great job on both and Georgia Breynard placed 7th in the 80cm on her horse.  

Thanks to the event committee for once again putting on a great show. 

Canberra CNC

March 11, 2018

NCHTA hosted another great event. Kate McKenzie and her team are efficient and accommodating and we love to ride at Canberra.

We had a good weekend playing bridesmaid in three classes. Sam placed 2nd in the 95cm divisions on Kate McKenzie's Chakazulu and Wendy Manning's Tinseltown. Nicky placed 2nd in the 80cm on Winter Hill. She also rode Viva Hill in the 1 star who performed well in all phases but a steady XC gave them time faults.

Sam also rode Christan Trainor's lovely young Glenhill Bounce in his first 105cm. They had a solid dressage and clear XC for a positive start at this level but two green rails kept them out of the placings.

The talented Stalypso Hill owned by Sue Weekes and Sue Hemsworth, is getting the idea of his job and performed well in each phase to place 7th in the 95cm. Sam's newest addition to the team OPH Rockpool was green in his first 80cm with a stop in SJ but a good clear XC.

Thanks again to the NCHTA committee for a professional and fun event.

Sam awarded NSW High Performance Coach of the Year

February 18, 2018

It was a great honour for Sam to be presented with the Equestrian NSW High Performance Coach of the Year for 2017 at the ENSW Awards night.

We were also thrilled for Thea Horsley, who trains with Sam, to win Eventing Young Athlete of the Year and Junior Eventing Combination of the Year with her horse Kelecyn Supernatural.

A big thank you to ENSW for putting on a great night at the new Inglis stables complex at Warwick Farm.

Wallaby Hill Extravaganza

February 10, 2018

What a way to start the season! We had such a fun day at Wallaby Hill. Although it was the first XC for a while all the horses were great  thanks to the beautiful XC course and wonderful going that encourages horses to finish full of confidence.

Sam had a fun time finishing 2nd in the 1.20m Showjumpers Vs Eventers on BF Valour. Once again he was on the WHF dias and soaked in champagne.

Its such a great day having the dressage riders , jumpers and eventers all competing together.

Thanks so much to the WHF crew who put on the best shows for all of us to enjoy.

Merry Christmas from Lyle Equestrian

December 23, 2017

Firstly, we would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

We also want to thank everyone who supported us throughout 2017. We are so grateful to work with great owners, sponsors, clients, farriers, vets and suppliers.

We have thoroughly enjoyed the year and although we are ready for a short break we are keen to get back out there again in 2018.

We have actually had a very difficult year in terms of horses. We lost a lovely 2 star horse “Aftershock” due to an accident, Satch Hill who was doing so well at 3 star has had ongoing issues with a hind suspensory and hasn’t been able to compete, another of Sam’s 3 Star rides, Silent Destiny, was retired after ongoing back problems.

So our team of higher level horses was gone! It is such a tough sport in that way. But we love what we do and we will keep on re-building the horse power.

We continue to work hard to improve the farm and have this year have built more paddocks, shelters, XC jumps, new show jumps as well as a new covered round yard. A new stable block and an expansion of the arena are on the cards for 2018.

We would like to take this opportunity to publically thank our staff who have been amazing all year. Richard Knight, Calla Toyne and Kate Instone have worked tirelessly and have had a smile on their faces every day. We really appreciate you and wish you all the best as you each head off on your new adventures in 2018.

Once again a HUGE thank you to all our clients, sponsors and friends for a fun and busy 2017 and we sign off by wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and holidays and we look forward to a great 2018.     

Wonderful Wallaby Hill

December 01, 2017

What a fabulous event they run at Wallaby Hill. They just get it right in so many ways. We loved competing there and were thrilled for Sam to have a great finish to his year on Charlotte Mavris's horse BF Valour. Finishing on his dressage score to place 3rdin the CCI1*. He is such a  lovely horse and deserves to be on the podium. Sam also picked up a ribbon in the 105cm on the Cottle family's Helena de troy.

Nicky rode Viva Hill in the Ev105 to finish 4th. This was a good way to finish on this mare as she had recently stepped up to 1 star but wasn't ready for the CCI1* so instead was able to enjoy a fun and confident run around the 105cm at this amazing venue.

Thanks to everyone involved, you have raised the bar for eventing in Australia.

Goulburn CIC

October 27, 2017

Once again Goulburn put on a great event and drew big numbers in all the classes. Sam came away with a win in the Ev95cm on Kathy McKinnon's Morpheus. Morpheus is a purpose bred 7yo that is for sale. He has a lot of natural jump and is a lovely mover, so get in touch if you are looking for a nice young horse.

Sam was also 2nd on Wendy Manning's Tinseltown in the Ev105.

Canberra CIC

September 30, 2017

Thanks to NCHTA committee for running a great Canberra CIC. We had a fun weekend (except for the cyclonic winds on Saturday).


The highlight of the weekend was our working student Richard Knight's 2nd place in the CIC2*. Right behind Thea Horsley who also trains her jumping and XC with Sam. Seeing these two talented young riders finish 1st and 2nd was a big thrill for all of us.

Sam finished 6th on Charlotte Mavris's BF Valour in the CIC1* and Nicky ran Viva "the Diva" in her first CIC1* and she stepped up really well achieving clear XC and SJ.


The lovely TB Hoylonny looked really polished in the 105 running 3rd after dressage and XC but unfortunately incurred faults in the SJ. More training on that phase for him. Kathy McKinnon's talented Morpheus continues to get miles at 95cm but no ribbons this w/e.


A huge thanks to Kate McKenzie and team for all your hard work. The courses were great and thanks to all the preparation the ground was really good considering the dry weather we have had.

SIEC Spring Event

September 09, 2017

We enjoyed great weekend at SIEC. Thanks to the hard working committee for a top class event and the weather gods for a beautiful warm weekend.


A big highlight for our team was Richard Knight completing his first 3 star in style. A clear XC around a tough track. He looked awesome and proved what a confident partnership he has with Rory. Our other working student Calla conquered the 2 star and is now working her way towards qualifying for Adelaide.


Sam did an awesome job guiding the beautiful but green Swiper around his first 3 star finishing 8th. Sam was riding him for Shane until returns from the UK.


Viva Hill cooperated in all 3 phases (so we checked her temperature). Her dressage score improved by 17% from her last start (same test, 3 weeks apart). Obviously she was in a better mood. Mares!

BF Valour was solid around the 1 star but not too fast yet as Sam builds him back to full fitness after some time out with injury. All the other young horses had some good bits and less good bits but we were pleased for another good weekend out eventing.


Thanks SydneyEventing@SIEC

Mighty Morpheus wins in Tamworth

August 20, 2017

We had a good weekend in Tamworth. Sam had a win in the 95cm on Kathy McKinnon's Morpheus and placed 4th on Hoylonny owned by Robby and Sarah Ingham.


The lovely BF Valour owned by Charlotte Mavris was great all weekend even if the dressage judge didn't agree 😩 but took it steadily on the hard ground. It was also great to have Stalypso Hill back in action. He tried to make the 95cm look like 4 star, showing off for his owners Sue Weekes and Sue Hemsworth who travelled up to watch him.


Viva Hill once again let it be known that dressage is for the weak minded but jumped very well around the 105cm xc and sj.


Well done to our working students Richard and Calla for their 2 star performances, especially their stylish indoor showjump rounds.


The new Antares saddles were perfection to ride in. Thanks to our wonderful owners and sponsors #AntaresAustralia #Zilco #Nuwallacontracting


Thanks also to the Tamworth committee, the xc courses were great.

Sam and Crackerjack win Quirindi CCI2*

July 08, 2017

Sam was lucky enough to front up to Quirindi CCI2* with 2 very nice rides. Kirsty Douglass's Cushavon Crackerjack and Shane Rose's Swiper.


Crackerjack showed his experience and class around the XC and showjumping to win the class. Swiper is a much greener horse and unfortunately had a glance off at a skinny but was otherwise super. Sam thought that Swiper  felt like a formula 1 car and said he is going to be a great horse for Shane in the future. 


Thanks again Kirsty and Ant and Shane and Niki for trusting your nice horses to Sam for the weekend.

Kiwis are King at Werribee

June 10, 2017

Sam was invited by the EA High Performance to coach the Australian Team at the Oceania Challenge (AUS vs NZL) to be held at the Saddleworld Melbourne 3DE.


It was a strong AUS team that integrated experience (Stuart Tinney) with new upcoming team riders (Rob Palm, Andrew Cooper and Hazel Shannon). 


The Kiwi Team was also very strong and included a similar mix of experience and rising stars; Jock Paget, Sam Felton, Ginny Thompson and Andy Daines.


The Kiwis took an early lead with impressive performances in the dressage.  


On Day 2 both teams proved strong around the XC with the Aussies posting 3 clear rounds all under time and Hazel having an unlucky fall resulting in elimination.

Ginny and Jock were double clear for the kiwis with Sam picking up just 4 time and Andy 20 penalties.


However, it was all over for the Aussies when Andrew Coopers horse was withdrawn before the showjumping leaving only two team  members in the competition, needing three scores to count sadly the Aussies were out.

The Kiwis took home the title as well as 1st (Jock) 2nd (Sam Felton) and 4th (Ginny) individually. Well done to an impressive team of horses and riders.


The Aussie Young Rider Team did us proud and won their YR challenge convincingly. Well done to Gemma Tinney, Olivia Barton, Shenae Lowings and Tayah Andrew and coach Will Enzinger.


Full results here

Berrima Horse Trials

May 27, 2017

We had a great weekend at Berrima Horse Trials. Sam finished 2nd in the Bucas Rugs CIC2* on Kirsty Douglas's beautiful Cushavon Crackerjack, what a special horse he is and what an amazing catch ride. Thanks Kirsty and Anthony for the opportunity and for all the good training and turning up with him immaculately presented. We could never get him that white!

Sam also had a win in the Teeth @ Mittagong Ev80cm on our young TB Mossy and a 2nd place in the SHEC Ev80cm on Kathy McKinnon's talented young horse Morpheus. Nicky won the SHEC Ev80cm class on Winter Hill and was 5th in the Coney Hatch Performance Horses 95cm on Viva Hill.


Calla Toyne jumped a super clear XC in the Bucas Rugs CIC1* and Richard Knight did a great round in the Bucas Rugs CIC2* but fell victim to the 50 penalty rule, no doubt it was a close call Richard! Both Richard and Calla missed out on running at #SYDHT so were very grateful to get a run before heading to Melb 3DE.

A special congrats to Thea Horsley for doing her first CIC2* - in great style. We were proud watching you.

Thanks to the awesome Berrima committee for a great event, to the class sponsors and especially Bucas Rugs for the class sponsorship and all the winners rugs. We were so happy to take home a couple of them.

AUS Champs at Equestriad

April 22, 2017

What an amazing event Equestriad ran. It was the best venue for the Aus Championships. 700 horses, 21 dressage arenas, great courses, loads of trade stands and entertainment, not to mention the SWAMP bar which was very well attended. We had pretty good event with a few ribbons. Calla was 5th in the 1 star which was her first event since moving here from NZL. Ginny Thompson, also a kiwi, who is staying with us in the lead up to Syd and Melb 3DEs  ran her beautiful mare Star Nouveau in the CIC3* she was a bit fresh in the dressage and SJ but they are a quality combo and ones to watch. Richard did a great job in the CIC2* aboard his lovely TB jumping a quality clear XC and a good SJ too. Nicky and Winter Hill were 3rd in the 80cm at just his second competition.

Overrun by Kiwis :)

March 31, 2017

We have some new faces around here. Richard Knight from Coonabarabran is working with us until mid year, Calla Toyne and Kate Instone have come over from New Zealand to join the team. Calla has brought her horse over with her. Also staying with us for a few months is fellow kiwi Ginny Thompson who has her mare Star Nouveau over here to compete at Sydney and Melbourne 3DEs. We have a great grp and are really enjoying the atmosphere around the yard.

SIEC, Scone and Canberra

March 17, 2017

We took some green horses to SIEC, Scone and Canberra.

Whilst some have laughed at seeing Sam in the Ev60cm draw, they may have found it more amusing that he is still yet to get a clear round from 3 attempts on 2 different horses.  That being said the horses have all learned a lot from their outings and really improved from the experience. Winter Hill ( a OTTB) had a win at Canberra in the Ev60cm which was his first outing and Kathy McKinnon's Morpheus ran 2nd in the 80cm.

Next, Nicky  will be heading to Berrima whilst Sam takes a short break to sharpen up his skiing skills on the slopes in Japan and will be back in time for Albury.

Getting back into the action

January 29, 2017

For us January is spent getting fat horses back into work. Sam also spends a lot of time giving clinics, this month he coached at the Coonabarabran Summer Camp, the Pony Club Summer clinic and the Sydney 3DE clinic both at SIEC and the Canberra Summer Camp. We have been out to a few jumping days, Moss Vale Jump Club and the Camden Hunter Trials with some of the young horses.

So we are dusting off the cobwebs in preparation for another full year of Eventing and looking forward to it.

In Feb we will be heading out to Dressage at Goulburn, Wallaby Hill Extravaganza and the season's first event at SIEC. Sam will also head to Yepoon for another clinic.

Merry Christmas 2016

December 23, 2016

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

Beth Turner

Wendy Manning

Robby and Sarah Ingham

KRD Racing

Louise and Thea Horsley

Penny Ledner

Kathy McKinnon

Georgie Harrington

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.

SIEC Mid week Novermber

November 22, 2016

We had a HOT but good day at SIEC yesterday. Sam took Aftershock (aka Roger) in his first 2* and he WON!!! Roger is an 11yo TB gelding that is for sale if anyone is looking for a super horse. He is laid back enough for an amateur, but quality enough for a professional. A really straight forward ride in all phases. He will make it to 3 star easily in 2017 and will be a competitive horse. See our Horses For Sale page for more info.


November 05, 2016

Sam trekked across the country to Adelaide with Silent Destiny for the CCI2*. Des was prepared for Sydney and Quirindi CCI2*'s this year but unfortunately both those events were cancelled and a commitment for Sam ruling out Wallaby Hill (which is 13hrs closer)  it was decided to head to Adelaide to try to achieve the CCI2 qualifier.

However it wasn't to be with Sam and Des parting company on the XC. It was such a shame as Des has been so reliable all year and without doubt XC is "his thing."

So it was a long drive home across the Hay plains!

On the bright side Kiwi Sam Felton who was based with us in the lead up to Adelaide placed 3rd in the CIC3* on her horse Ricker Ridge Pico Boo. This was the first time Sam has ever competed outside New Zealand, so quite an accomplishment for this upcoming rider.

Goulburn CIC

October 15, 2016

We had a great weekend at Goulburn CIC. The venue was looking amazing and the course was its usual high standard. A HUGE thank you to the committee for all their hard work!


Sam ran Undercover Boss in his first 2 star and sailed around the big XC course. This lovely horse (10yo gelding) is for sale so if anyone is in the market then please get in touch, he is reasonably priced and must be sold.


Sam also had Aftershock and BF Valour in the CIC 1 star. Both are green at this level but put in fantastic clear XC and SJ rounds with BF Valour finishing 9th.


Tinsletown finished 10th in the 105cm, he put in his usual lovely test and a good XC but a few rails dropped him down the places. Haunui Hill finished 6th and Hoylonny 12th in the 95cm.

Canberra CIC

October 01, 2016

It was a VERY wet and muddy start to the Canberra event on Saturday but things improved on Sunday and the XC managed to run smoothly.


Silent Destiny ran 7th in the CIC3* with a good clear run around a tough XC course. Aftershock placed 6th in the CIC1*, whilst Undercover Boss finished 12th (he didn't get the score on the flat this week but jumped really well). Unfortunately, the boggy ground took its toll on BF Valour and he lost his back legs on take off at the ditch pallisade and Sam came off. Both of them were fine.


Stalypso Hill won his 95cm class and Hoylonny was 3rd in his 80cm.

Camden Equestriad CNC

September 17, 2016

Camden ran another HUGE and efficient event. We took a truck load and the best of the bunch was Silent Destiny finishing 3rd in the CNC3*, SF Valour  4th in the CNC1* and Hoylonny 2nd in the Ev80cm. Thanks to the committee for another great event.

SIEC Spring event

September 03, 2016

The star of the weekend was Undercover Boss (owned by the Horsley family) who won the CNC 1 star from a big field. Also a star was Aftershock who ran 2nd in the same class. This was "Roger's" first 1 star so a great result. SF Valour (owned by Charlotte Mavris) also had his first 1 star start and was super for 8th (just a few time on XC).

Sam ran Silent Destiny in his 2nd 3 star for 8th place. A good result for Des as he gets miles at this level.
Tinseltown ran 8th in the 105cm, just a rail and a few time bumping him out of the top spots.

Stalypso Hill did his first 95cm, he is a super bold horse and Sam dawdled around the XC picking up lots of time faults, all part of the strategy to get this horse to great heights!

The lovely TB Hoylonny picked up 3rd in the 80cm and is going to make a great competitor.

Congrats also to our working pupils, Margaret who jumped clear around the CNC1* and  Nat - who jumped clear around the 105cm.


Whilst the ground was very heavy, the committee still pulled off a great event. They are always trying to make the event better and better and it shows.


Thanks to all involved. And a huge thanks to our wonderful owners, Ben, Charlotte and Jenny, Thea and Louise, Sue and Sue, Wendy, Robby and Sarah

Tamworth CIC

August 20, 2016

Sam and our groom Nat  travelled up to Tamworth CIC with 7 horses. Silent Destiny in his first CIC3*, Undercover Boss in the CIC1*, SF Valour, Aftershock and Tinseltown and Nat’s horse Dressed in a Rush in the Ev 105, Stalypso Hill in the Ev 80cm.


The best of the bunch was Aftershock placing 2nd and SF Valour placing 4th in the 105. Stalypso Hill finished 3rd in the 80cm.


Des finished 6th in his first 3 star. He didn’t post a great score on the board but Sam was pleased all the same. Dressage there was some tension early in the test (cantering through some trot movements) but then settled to cope with the test fairly well, show jumping was a cricket score, but Sam wasnt too bothered, he has decided to try and make some fundamental changes to his way of jumping to try and get him to be better. The goal is long term gain but this weekend showed the short term pain.  Des wasn’t on side with the new plan and rails were a plenty! The Cross country course was a nice first 3 star and Des was very comfortable with the step up.


The event was lovely and well run and our team appreciated the efforts of everyone involved.

A nice day out at the AWHA Performance day

July 29, 2016

Nicky took out her 5yo's Viva Hill & Balmoral Hill as well as Haunui Hill to SIEC for  the AWHA performance day. It was a great day with a relaxed atmosphere. All 3 horses did some jumping rounds and a dressage test, with Viva winning her prelim test and Christopher (Haunui Hill) placing 3rd in the Novice test. Pictured is Balmoral Hill in the 90cm. Thanks to the organising committee and sponsors AGNES BANKS EQUINE.

A break from competitions

June 29, 2016

With no plans to go to Tamworth or Melbourne 3DE we have had a pretty quiet few months in regard to competitions. So we took the opportunity to head to Fiji for a family holiday. It was a great escape from our winter weather and we all had a great time. Ava mastered the dog paddle and managed to make it to the pool bar to order her own mocktails! A week wasn't long enough for any of us.

Back in the Highlands and we planned to take 7 horses to Quirindi. However, the wet weather put a stop to that and the event was cancelled. So again we find ourselves with  another break in the competitions  until Tamworth CIC followed by SIEC in August.

Sam is keeping busy with lots of clinics - if you are interested in his clinics we try to keep the list of upcoming clinics on our site up to date here

Billie Kinder

May 29, 2016

We are involved in a wonderful sport which gives so many people so much joy, so much purpose and so many dreams. Yet it seems right now that we are blanketed by a cloud of tragedy that keeps getting thicker.


The loss of another beautiful soul. 12yo Billie Kinder was killed whilst leading a horse. Billie was a classmate of my nephews and she was a special little girl.


Everyone I have spoken to that knew Billie said she was extraordinary as a person and a rider. A standout. Someone who turned heads by just being herself. Engaging, vibrant, bright and sweet. Such an unbelievable tragedy.


We offer our love to Billie's family and friends. Sleep well little Billie.


Take care everyone. Appreciate what you have.

Wagga Wagga

May 13, 2016

Sam headed down to Wagga with 6 horses. It was a good chance to focus on the younger/greener horses. He ran 3 in the 105cm Aftershock, SF Valour and Koko Flash finishing 2nd and 3rd respectivley but unfortunatley having a fall off Koko Flash on the XC.

Staylpso Hill placed 2nd in the 80cm. It was the first event for "Lonnie" a lovely TB by Lonhro and he did so well, not phased by anything finishing 8th in the 60cm. Also in the 60cm was Finnigan's Wake who was a good boy at his second-ever event for 6th place.

The event was a really lovely event with a low key atmosphere and nice going thanks to the recent rain.