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The Cart Horse who went Eventing

Posted by Louise Wilsden on March 22, 2017 at 9:15 AM

I ticked something at the very top of my bucket list off this weekend just been. I took my homebred, self produced full Clydesdale eventing! OK, ok, it was only the 65cm/Intro class but it was a BIG deal for me! I haven't evented in 16 odd years and the last time I was doing it, I was riding a horse who was waaaaaaaaaaaaaay more experienced than I and who basically carted me over anything and everything and all I had to do was point and hold on.


Meg was, in a word, AWESOME!...

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Welcome to the World

Posted by Louise Wilsden on October 31, 2016 at 3:50 AM

At 3.15am on the 22nd of October 2016, Charlie (Volksraad x Casual Lies/Deputy Governor) produced a lovely brown filly by Crossiebeg Brennan. The foaling was easy and uneventful and all post foaling milestones were met by the foal as if she had read all the text books. Unfortunately Charlie retained a portion of placenta so required a few vet visits for flushing and lots of heavy duty antibiotics and oxytocin but she has come through it all well.


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Tempi goes XC

Posted by Louise Wilsden on September 30, 2016 at 9:00 PM

We took Tempi down to Solway to have a look around the grounds and some of the XC fences. She was as green as spring grass (sheep tracks are cavernous pony eating holes that one MUST be VERY wary of and show jumping poles may just leap up and attack so best not to get too close to those either) but there were some very pleasing moments and I am very proud of what a super pony she is and the potential she shows. Clarissa rode her beautifully and even though she was very well behaved, she did m...

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Posted by Louise Wilsden on September 30, 2016 at 8:50 PM

Ailbhe continues to delight us with his progress and now has two competitive dressage starts under his girth. He also continues his run of being in the ribbons with four tests and four placings and scores over 65%, meaning that to date, he's never been unplaced in anything he has entered. Clever boy!

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A new broodmare joins the herd

Posted by Louise Wilsden on July 12, 2016 at 11:30 PM

We have purchased a new mare for the broodmare paddock - SUPER exciting!!!

Mischique (or Mag - pronounced Madge) is a seven year old 15.1HH mare by the Aberlou descendant sire 'Sacred Hill Answer Back'. Answer Back was NZ SJ Horse of the Year in 2006 with Claire Wilson and is by the Aberlou son, Backchat. Mag's dam, 'Magic', won the NZ Pony of the Year title in 2004 so we are going to have a crack at breeding us some superstar jumping ponies of the future! Can't wait!!

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North Island Inter-Secondary Schools Dressage Championships

Posted by Louise Wilsden on April 8, 2016 at 6:00 AM

5yo Snorkel (TF Special Delivery - TF Hamish x Glencree Liberty High) has just been to The North Island Inter-Secondary Schools Dressage Championships with her 13 year old rider and come home with a 2nd and a 4th in her Section. Way to go Caitlin and Snorks!!!

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Posted by Louise Wilsden on April 3, 2016 at 5:25 PM

Ailbhe, who was the MOST generous young horse for me to fumble through the breaking in process, has headed to Tauranga to live with Juliet. He's having quite the amazing adventure up there and has already been hacking in company and alone and out to his very first outing (which was today) where not only did he behave extremely well, especially for a baby horse who has never been to a competition or riding/in hand event before, but he also came home with Supreme Champion!! I've stolen some pho...

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TF Special Delivery - Snorkel

Posted by Louise Wilsden on June 21, 2015 at 3:15 AM

Today Caitlin and Snorkel (TF Special Delivery) had their very first ridden competition. Five months under saddle and Snorkel is out in the big wide world and showing everyone that not only is she ready but she's more than capable of getting her boogie on and being super competitive too! What a fantastic start! I can't wait to see what this pair get up to together - I have a feeling that this is going to be a very special partnership. Yay!!

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Pukemarama Horse Trial 2015

Posted by Louise Wilsden on February 9, 2015 at 5:40 PM

Toffee and Louisa made the trek north to compete in the CNC80 class at Pukemarama this weekend. I had commitments here on the farm with a mare arriving to be bred to Brennan so I was unable to go and I haven't found any purchase worthy photos so I am afraid this will be a words only blog about the day.


Toffee had a five minute warm up for the dressage, which is pretty much her ideal warm up as she's very good at just getting on with the job. Louisa was really happy with her...

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Dannevirke PC ODE - Toffee

Posted by Louise Wilsden on November 18, 2014 at 3:45 PM

We had a great day out at the Dannevirke and Districts Pony Club ODE this weekend. A well organised and efficiently run event (so efficient that the judge was driving away and the arenas were getting packed up before we even got Toffee into the arena, haha!) with friendly people. The only downside was the incessant wind which blew and blew and blew ALL day!


I am very proud of our baby horse who did a lovely dressage test (with all of 5 minutes to warm up and a horrific squa...

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