Dixie and Minnie WIN their classes at Royal Windsor!
Hunting with East Clare Harriers in Ireland - and 'lovin it'! Tulla Hunt, Co Clare, Ireland
Thanks to the lovely Arabella Scanlan and family, and Ambrose Madden in Ireland, I had the most incredible day on a horse in my life for ages! Scared stupid, and jumping crazy huge stone walls with their horses - Junior (coloured) and Marsha (liver chestnut). Was totally looked after for most of the day on on the amazing Marsha, and very well looked after by Harry and Farrah Scanlan, Ambrose and a lovely bunch of their friends. Totally amazing and thanks to the kindness of Ambrose, Marsha is coming to live with me in England!
Vaara WINS both her classes at the British Foal of the Year Show
Vaara makes Showing World magazine!! Here she is shown by Steve Wilson, our dear family friend
WOW - WHAT A 2014 CHAPS CHAMPIONSHIPS TO REMEMBER!
Clive passes his grading with flying colours!
We took Clive to Chester for his grading which he passed with flying colours. He had a totally clean vetting and attained a very high silver grading. We are very proud of him, esp as he is only 3 this year. He was so well behaved and has come back to chill out now, and do what he does best - relaxing, pulling the cart and romancing his wives!
Silvester is moving on to a new home!
Our congratulations to Olivia on purchasing Silvester from us. He is going to make a super ridden prospect and we look forward to hearing how you get on!
Imogen and Clive ...
Imogen and Clive doing a bit of schooling. The first time that Imogen has ridden on him since she first sat on him in November. She would like to ride him next year, all going well. We are so impressed with this little man's attitude - he takes everything in his stride - give 110% in everything he does. It's a pleasure to own him. He makes everyone smile.
Vanilla Pod joins our Abbotswood breeding program...
We are happy to have another interesting colour join us here at Abbotswood - a yearling cremello filly. Crystal clear blue eyes...and creamy coloured coat....will have photos as soon as we halter break her!
Clive learning the ridden job - here with Charlotte riding him.
The Abbotswood Hunters - left to right... Edward, Margot, Gingernut and Magnum. All are up and going and have started the hunt season really well.
Rosie and Betty scanned in foal to Clive for 2014 foals!
Dixie is back and in training!
Dixie is back from her 2 year stay at our friends. She is the most fabulous mover, and has a superb nature. We will aim to give her a ridden career next year (2015) all going well.
Clive Heads off to Cart College with Bill Woods
Clive heads off to Driving School with well renown trainer, Bill Woods in Kent. We are looking forward to him coming back M25 proof in a month - 6 weeks.
Clive and Pixie have Success at CHAPS National Champs
Pixie had a terrific CHAPS Championships - she was CHAMPION of the Youngstock Evaluations out of over 30 horses (plaited's and non plaiteds) up to 3 years old. She also won the Yearling Breeders Challenge and was 2nd Reserve Champion. Clive gained another 1st Premium, and was 2nd in his 2yo Traditional Final, and 2nd in his Youngstock Class. both qualified for CHAPS 2014!
Clive Wins at Kent County
Clive had a terrific day at Kent County - his first ever County Show. He won his Open Native, Cob & Traditional Class - a very strong class of 15, and was 2nd in the Open Youngstock Class. Terrific result at his 3rd ever show!
Clive is Reserve Supreme Champion at CHAPS Midlands Regional Show
What a day! Clive and Pixie both gained outstanding First Premiums. Clive got three 10's! 93% overall. Pixie was equally impressive, and got two 10's - 10 for type and Overall Impression. Clive also won his Open Traditional Class, then went onto be Champion, the was Reserve Supreme Champion of the Show!
Dixie is Scanned in Foal
Dixie is scanned in foal to Clive for a May baby!
Clive is 2nd at Hickstead Derby meeting, at his first ever show! He was 2nd in the Open Class!
Layla is Scanned in Foal
Layla is scanned in foal and we eagerly await this 2014 May baby!
Abbotswood Double Delight is Born...
Welcome Clive! Our new silver bay tobiano colt!
Abbotswood Gorgie Girl is Champion on her first Outing
Pixie went to her first show and won 4 out of 4, and was Coloured Champion. She qualified for BSPA, Equifest and CHAPS all at the same show. She was really well behaved and seemed to like the party!