Wellington 100 and OI
Two super young horses for Sammi and and the uber talented The Kincooley Ceili for the OI at Wellington.. talk about a gap in experience!
Calcourt Verona ( Ringo) and Calcourt Valley ( Kevin) were both contesting their first BE 100 having dabbled in a couple of BE 90's and good to see Sammi emerging from the dark side to proper eventing. Unsurprisingly they were both very good with Ringo scoring a 31 and rolling a single pole and adding a couple of time while Sammi made good use of the large showjumping arena while stablemate Kevin scored a 35 and just tipped a pole but did make the time. They both ran great cross country clears and that has set them both up nicely for their 2019 season where they will kick on and no doubt become the next generation of up and coming horses for Sammi.
The Kincooley Ceili ( William) was at Wellington purely as an easy between his two CIC 3 stars. William is really getting there on the flat and a 68% score in the OI was a sign of that. He then showjumped his usual superb showjumping clear whilst picking up 4 time as he spends so much time in the air and Sammi likes nothing more than to amble around the big arenas making sure she has the perfect turns. This is why her horses are such good showjumpers.. there are no short cuts at the one days for Sammi!
They then cruised around the OI track with ease which has set them up nicely for the Blenehim CIC 3 star for 8 /9 year olds in September.
That's a wrap on the one days for Sammi for this year as she has more treatment on the cards for her breast cancer straight after Blenheim. In some ways it has been a great season, in others simply so frustrating. Not going to WEG has impacted on the whole team but the good bits were apparent at Wellington.. two lovely young horses and a horse like William who will be ready for Tokyo alongside Hunter Valley. The future looks bright and we still have Blenheim to look forward to with an 8 year old who is much coveted and who Sammi has produced from scratch. Its great that the horse that Susan Lamb purchased as a youngster now also has Lyndon McCleod on board the ownership and I am sure that he is going to be every bit the star when he hits the CCI 3 star circuit next year.