April Update

After the great excitement of finally getting our first run at Munstead Horse Trials we never thought we would be left with my top horse Ogue Caviar still waiting for his first proper run at the beginning of May! The British weather has been unkind to the early event organisers, well over 30 days of eventing have now been cancelled. Every rider is in the same disappointing position, but it has left Caviar short of the necessary qualifications for the young rider national championship at Houghton. Luckily we still have another season in young riders, we will now focus on proving ourselves ready for next year and earning a much sought after place at the festival of British Eventing.

My gorgeous little mare, Global Super Nova has clocked up two more top 5 placings eventing. She is loving her job, learning quickly and putting a huge smile on my face! For a five year old she finds everything so easy, her talent has us all very excited!

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Nova`s favourite move - just making sure everyone knows how talented she is!

Between several cancellations Great Gatsby fitted in a tidy double clear and 6th place at the beautiful Port Elliot Horse Trials. For any grassroots competitors reading this I highly recommend putting it on your list of aims for next year. There is nothing better than riding around well designed courses on lovely parkland ground, the organisation was the icing on the cake.

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The young horses are enjoying the kinder weather, which has allowed us to turn them out 24/7 and crack on with introducing them to new aspects of life.

After the recent excitement of Badminton and Kentucky 4* events I am very pleased with my decision to put my smart thoroughbred mare to Ramiro B, sire of Cooley Master Class (1st Kentucky) and Cooley SRS (2nd Badminton). This will combine the very best thoroughbred jump racing lines, St de Saint (by Cadoudal) x Turgeon (USA) with Ramiro B`s substance and proven performance in the sport. Greenhays Reflection is still only 4 so she will return home and gently continue her education before making a serious impression on the eventing world when she is 6!

Finally I would like to thank Keratex hoofcare for choosing to support me, it means a huge amount to a young rider like myself to have such a prestigious company on the team. Keratex share my belief that hoofcare is hugely important, they have developed a fantastic range of products for every hoof type and their related problems along with armory to equip you with the right products to protect your horse against the elements. For more information take a look at their website http://www.keratex.com/

We are expecting two new faces at the stud this year, so keep an eye out for adorable photos when the moment comes.

I hope you’re all making the most of the long awaited weather! Alexa

Video of Ogue Caviar training over the Advanced fences at Rosamund Green last week.

Flying start!!

The eventing season has quite literally got off to a flying start with excellent performances from Greenhays Great Gatsby, Greenhays Midnight Magic and Global Super Nova at Munstead! The event organisers did really well to run the event given the recent British weather. Ogue Caviar was rather jealous when the ‘young guns’ left the yard for a weekend away, he has after all missed the first two events of the season both due snow. Nevertheless he has shown a huge improvement in his work already this year, and new found speed on the gallops today! I now look forward to getting his season underway at the South of England OIu21 in 10 days time.

It was hugely exciting and rewarding to have good results all round at Munstead with a stand out performance from Global Super Nova, a horse I purchased as a very green 4 year old last year. Her wonderful ‘on side’ attitude shone through and despite never having jumped on grass she finished an impressive 0.3 behind the leader in the BE90 (her first event) on a score of 24.3. She is definitely a horse to watch in the future and I look forward to competing in some 5 year old classes later in the season.

To those of you also eventing – good luck! 

Alexa


The Alternative Routine

Happy New Year! 

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

 Today I am at uni, so this morning I attended 3 hours of lectures and snuck in a pilates class before Economics later, this is really helping my fitness and flexibility as the event season nears. At the moment my Business Economics lectures/seminars are on Mondays and Fridays which now form the horses days off, this gives me plenty of opportunity to train the horses around my uni work.

I am unbelievably excited about the team of young horses I will be campaigning for the 2018 season. Breeding, backing and producing young horses is something I am very passionate about. Greenhays stud our small family run breeding programme is providing some lovely canvases to work on. We all eagerly await our first homebred entrant in the young event horse classes this year. 

My stand out goals for the year would be:

  • Young Rider trials – OIu21s
  • Cic**
  • Young Horse National Championship
  • British Eventing Novice Championship

Therefore we will be targeting Young Rider & 2* classes with Ogue Caviar & Young Horse classes with GH Reflection, Greenhays Rufus, Greenhays Midnight Magic, Global Super Nova & Jonogored.  

Meanwhile Kitty, my younger sister will start her first season with new horse ‘Armada Great Gatsby’ competing in the BE100u18 classes. 

For those of you who are unflamiliar with the horses/don’t follow my social media sites (you should!) here is an introduction to the horses of Team Palmer 2018.

Ogue Caviar – 9 year old 16.2hh dark bay gelding by Ars Vivendi out of a Cavalier Royale mare. Best results include x2 wins BE Novice, x2 wins BE100, British Riding Club Dressage Championship winner, highly placed at the Youth Dressage Inter-County & Inter-Regional and Home International. This season was a cracker for this horse, finishing as the winner of the Riding Club most British Eventing points won on a single horse in the 2017 season. Caviar’s main goals for this season include Young Rider trials and the National YR** Championship.


Global Super Nova – 5 year old 16hh bay mare by Numero Uno. She will be new to competing this year but has shown huge talent in all phases whilst training. I believe Nova has all the attributes to do well in the KBIS young horse classes this year and hopefully have continued success at the young horse championship.


Greenhays Midnight Magic – 5 year old 14.2hh dark bay mare out of Greenhays Moonlight by Ganton Rufus. Aiming for 5 year old classes and BE100 this year, but sadly due to her size she will need to be sold at some point during the season. I look forward to following this exciting homebred, certainly an FEI Pony European prospect!


Greenhays Rufus – 4 year old homebred bay gelding by Ganton Rufus out of Ben Faerie dam line. A lovely elastic young horse who will contend the 4 year old classes later this year.(foal photo)

Greenhays Reflection – 4 year old full thoroughbred dark bay mare by Saint De Saint (Cadoudal) out of a Treason mare. I was lucky enough to be given this beautiful mare before she went to pre-training. A blank canvas with an impressive jump and quick brain, should be one to watch.


Jonogored – 4 year old bay gelding by Verdi with Quidam De Revel dam line. Adopted big brother to Rufus, together they make a wonderful pair of friendly faces. Massive paces with a jump to match, definitely an international horse to come!


Armada Great Gatsby – 7 year old 15hh dun gelding. Aiming BE100u18 but will also be ridden by me when Kitty is busy with school work.

Grand Finale As The Curtains Draw On The Event Season!

A fortnight ago Ogue Caviar rounded a fantastic season with yet another win at Calmsden (2). Everything achieved this season has rewarded patience, perseverance, passion and much more. Not only has Caviar given me the most successful and enjoyable season on the eventing front, he has taken me to the British Young Riders Dressage (BYRDS) Inter-County, Inter-Regionals and most recently the Home International where we achieved 4th place in the Young Rider Elementary National Championship! I was pleasantly surprised to see that I held the highest average score (91.1%) in the BYRDS SW league this year, for which the dressage tests are judged on the rider and their influence on their horse’s way of going.

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9th Bicton International cic* (Jayphotos)

I have calculated some fun statistics and listed them below. (Caviar’s BE record)

  • Average finishing score of his 4 wins this season – 23.1
  • 100% clear cross country record since 2014 (The start of his eventing career)
  • 11/13 runs top 10 finish
  • 62% top 4 finish
  • Average time faults 3.1
  • 85% runs 4 faults or less showjumping

Now for the interesting part – average dressage scores….. (the lower the score the better)

  • 2014 (35.6) previous rider
  • 2015 (30.7)
  • 2017 (25.6)
  • 2018 (20.6)?!!

Although the event season is over and Caviar is enjoying a lighter work load, I aim to qualify for the British Dressage Winter Regional before continuing jump training for next season.

Meanwhile Team Palmer recently welcomed another beautiful four legged friend, Great Gatsby. After saying goodbye to Jamiraqui, letting him go on to teach another young girl the eventing ropes, Gatsby was quick to catch our hearts. Whilst Kitty started settling in to life in the sixth form at school, I seized the opportunity to give him a test ride! We were very happy with 6th place in the BE100 at Calmsden and I look forward to helping Kitty progress with him.

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Great Gatsby

A gap year before starting at The University of Exeter (1 hour commute from home) this year has enabled me to take a step back, re-focus and realise how much I want to succeed. Therefore I feel time spent producing ‘the next generation’ was well spent. Luckily I have a good base to work from, backing and producing the young horses myself. Four horses later and I am a fully trained rodeo winner! (As I found out at a Cowboy themed party this Summer). I find myself gazing at our young home bred horses willing them to mature like a vintage bottle of wine. Nevertheless I am kept well occupied with the here and now! Balancing producing a minimum of 6 horses for next season, part-time work schooling/teaching with a university degree Business Economics and too much fitness/flexibility work!

As Barry Finlay once said “Every mountain top is within reach if you keep climbing”. A motto I will be working over the winter months.

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Greenhays Popsong Steals The Show

Homebred Greenhays Popsong stole the show at Keysoe BE90 starting out with a fantastic dressage of 25.5 and following it up with a great jumping performance inside the time to take the win! He also won his previous outing a week before in two competitive British Dressage Elementary Classes with 70% scores. I was very pleased that his great performance was recognised by a well earnt H&H write up! It has been such an honour to breed, back and produce such a talented and kind pony. I will be very sad to see him go off to his new home tomorrow, but I am pleased that he has found someone aiming to utilise his potential.

Ogue Caviar has put in two brilliant runs at Novice placing 3rd (Mount Ballan) and 4th (Keysoe) with Sub 30 dressage tests and double clear on his last outing. He next heads to Pontispool BE Novice, before concentrating on getting some scores on the doors BD aiming for Home International selection!



4 year old Greenhays Midnight Magic (homebred) has started her ridden career as she means to go on. After just 10 weeks under saddle she went to her first show this week and came 2nd in the Cricklands Showjumping! She has already proven her bold and carefull approach to jumping, and has been very straight forward to back. She is now for sale, and looking for a jockey with ambitions of making a British Team! 


3 year old homebred Greenhays Rufus has made a serious impression on us after his short time in being backed. Another easy going, classy young horse with paces and athleticism to die for! He has now gone back out to enjoy some luscious grass with his mates Greenhays Eclipse (yearling) and Jonagored (3 year old) my new purchase!

Although Kitty is in the middle of her GCSE exams at the moment, she took some time out to jump her pony Jk in the main ring at Devon County. I was really impressed with the improvement in her riding and she deserved the beautiful clear round she produced for the Dorset Academy Team who together finished a 2nd.


I hope you are all enjoying your horses and glorious summer weather as much as I am at the moment!


Best wishes, Alexa

Consecutive wins BE

I am very happy with how Ogue Caviar has matured this year. Jumping straight in with a settled performance at Moreton for 10th place but then excelling at Tweseldown and Aldon International taking the win at both! Firstly with a 23.5 Dressage double clear and then with an 18.8 double clear, beating the likes of Olympic event riders Kitty King, Mary King and William Fox-Pitt. Improving by 5 marks on the flat each week with lots more to give. This horse proves that hard work and patience pays off with exeptionally talented horses that are slow to mature.
Dialetto has also had a great start to the season. At Moreton he did a 33 Dressage double clear but added lots of time just schooling him round as we didn’t know how he’d cope with the mud, needless to say he loved it! So at Tweseldown I stepped up the goals and he responded by doing a stylish double clear inside the time finishing joint 4th but dropping to 5th on optimum time as he cruised round being the bold horse he is. 

These horses will aim to step up to Novice at their next runs but first Team Palmer have 3 at the British Riding Club National Championship and Caviar at the British Dressage Netional Petplan Finals.

 A solid start to the season for Kitty at Aldon International last weekend, finishing with a double clear in the BE100u18 with her pony Jk. Time faults pushed her just out of the placings. Not a bad result considering that she is not doing as much riding as she would like to at the moment due to her focus on GCSEs. Kitty looks forward to building on this performance next time out as Jk is feeling better than ever!

Counting down, Exiting News & Championships!

Happy New Year to you all!

 

We are now in full flow here, gearing up for the eventing season after a wonderful Christmas here at home with my family in Dorset. Emily 26 and Rosalie 22 have now flown the the nest and live in London, Emily for the past 6 years and Rosalie left just after Christmas to start an interior design course part time while working on pub interiors in Henley. I am thoroughly enjoying doing the horses full time for my gap year, thanks to the support I receive from Mum (Lucille) and Dad (John) and I  recently received the news that my top choice Exeter University have accepted me to start studying Business Economics in September of this year.

Another piece of exciting news!! I have been given a lovely 3 year old filly bred for national hunt, by St des Saints a French Stallion who goes back to Cadoudal. A fantastic blank canvas that I look forward to producing alongside our own homebred 3 year old gelding. I cannot thank Shirley Bailey enough for this fantastic opportunity.

Ogue Caviar & Dialetto have got 2017 off to a brilliant start.

At the end of 2016 Dialetto finished the year with a clean BS record and Tickets to the Senior Discovery Second Round & 1.05m National Amateur Second Round, with one more double clear to go until he qualifies for the Newcomers 2nd round. Next time out he will be stepping up to 1.20m I am very pleased with how far he has come, a complete transformation! A trip to the fantastic Arena Cross Country facilities at Pontispool really proved this horses worth, he has such a bold attitude to everything earning praise from International Event Rider & trainer Nick Gauntlett. An outing to Tall Trees Arena for British Dressage resulted in 2 lovely tests despite the 1 hour delay to do our test we finished 2nd.

Ogue Caviar has been doing the same as Dialetto also getting good results BD, BS, XC schooling & enjoying a few clinics with the likes of Eric Smiley, Nick Gauntlett and Jo Rimmer.

Although It has been hectic one cannot forget the superstar ponies! Just before Christmas Greenhays Popsong qualified for the Dengie Debut & Dengie 2nd rounds, Kitty & JK also put their speedy boots on qualifying too. Meanwhile Euro Timex has been enjoying hunting and jumping huge hedges! As well as sprouting wings as usual here at home, he is a seriously special pony! Jk Kitty’s pony has been at Alexa boot camp as she knuckles down in her GCSE year at school, another incredible pony who is still flying 1.15m tracks & schooling at 2* level flat work. Sadly him & Popsong (Sonny) will have to leave us this year. Even though the daylight hours are getting longer fitting 6 in to ride as well as handling our youngsters is still a challenge!

To give those of you who are not horsey an idea of hours – on Tuesday we arrived back from XC schooling at 5pm with 2 horses, I then plaited the horses with Kelly who helps us (thank goodness!) cleaned tack, loaded the car and schooled a horse in the dark with fog so thick I could barely see 2m ahead of me, I got into the house after 7.30pm cleaned my boots & was gone again by 7.30am the next morning for a 2 hour journey to BD in Cornwall. Yes I have a faithful, probably mad mother!

After a year of putting solid foundations in these horses education who needed the time to develop we look forward to cracking on this year.

My aims:

  • After scoring 94% in the B Squad test at the BYRDS (British Young Riders Dressage) Inter-County, I would like to earn a place on the A Squad.
  • BYRDS Home International
  • Ogue Caviar & Euro Timex will aim for the Gatehouse 1* league.
  • Dialetto will work towards the OIu21 classes, BSJA 2nd rounds and stepping up to 1.30m BS.

CHAMPIONSHIPS!

So far I will be at the following Championships in 2017:

  • British Dressage Petplan Area Festival National Championship with Ogue Caviar
  • British Riding Club National Dressage Championship with Caviar (team), Greenhays Popsong (individual) and Kitty with Jamiraqui (team)
  • BD Winter Regionals with Caviar

If if you feel as though you could support me with horse power or sponsorship I would love it if you could get in touch so we could discuss what I could offer you.

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2016 Highlights

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94% for homebred 5yr Greenhays Popsong at the BYRDS Inter County Challenge. This was very rewarding as I have broken and produced “Sonny” myself. He has now won at Novice and Elementary with scores exceeding 70%

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Ogue Caviar qualified for 2017 Petplan National Championships

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Ouge Caviar wins his first show class finishing Champion Hunter Horse at the Cattistock Hunt Supporters show

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Kitty jumping in the main ring at Devon County with Jk winning the style award.

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Kitty on her way to 3rd with Jk in her first BE100plus at Treborough.

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Greenhays Midnight Starting her education here at home with Alexa

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GH Popsong finished Champion WHP at Melplash Show and best potential competition pony at Dorset County his only show classes to date

I also achieved A*AA in my A levels, and aim to read Business Economics at university starting September 2017. Therefore over the next year I will be doing horses full time before going back to juggling academic work and competition.

 

 BYRDS Squading & ONu18 assesment camp

-Alexa –

GH Popsong  performed outstandingly  at the BYRDS  Sqaud day. A lovely test resulted in us earning our BYRDS B Squad for another year. It was very rewarding to have produced GH Popsong from unbroken to this level, and receive such high marks in every section.

Dialetto wowed the judges on his first outing of the year to take the win in his first ever BD Novice test. He repeated this performance more recently at Bicton Arena winning for a second time with another 71%+. This weekend we attended the ONu18 South West regional camp. Dino really impressed us all with his potential. Helen Griffiths got rather excited and nearly stole him by the end of the session! And although green, he showed his scope and bold but careful attitude in the jumping.

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-Kitty –

I was really pleased with how JK and I performed for the BYRDS Squad day, we gained our BYRDS C Sqaud. I look forward to the Inter-County in May.

I am looking forward to my first Event of the season at Portman BE. Jk has been going very well, coming 2nd in the riding club eventer challenge (XC and SJ) in the 100 for the South West dressage Group, and coming 3rd in the arena XC at bovington and coming 1st and 3rd in prelim tests at Kingssedgemoore doing british dressage (doing a personal best for 70+%). Recently we completed in our first two BD novice test with a very good score of 68.12%. I really enjoyed taking photos at ONu18 camp.

Dressage Success

Hello everyone!!

I appologise for the lack of updates, I have been incredibly busy juggling riding the horses and school work. As you may know I am riding and producing the horses entirely myself, whilst trying to achieve at least 3 A’s in my final year at school.

Greenhays Popsong our gorgeous homebred has been gaining a fan club fast! He won his first ever dressage competition at Millfield and has qualified for the NSEA Championships. He also enjoyed Xc schooling at Pontispool, flying everything. Yesterday I took him to a riding club clinic at Kingson Mauward where he ran through his first BD Novice (a championship) test scoring 68% judged by a listed judge. I am very proud be competing a pony we have bred, broken and produced, one to watch in the future.

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BETTER TOGETHER!

Last summer I had to make the very difficult decision to sell my very talented Junior horse Espionage. Our greatest achievement was 6th at Weston Park OIu21 Junior trial. She has gone to a wonderful home in Holland, where I’m sure she will continue to fulfill her potential. It was a year earlier than I had planned as I still have this year in Juniors. Nevertheless it has helped me focuses on producing 3 very exciting young horses. All of which have had a clean run of wins at British Dressage despite one never having stepped foot anywhere near a dressage arena!

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We also sold our 7 year old homebred GH Future Role to a lovely pony club home and Kativa Shadow to a talented pony rider.

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Kitty and Jk have built up a really good partnership particularly over the last couple of months. Below are some photos of them looking great. For more photos have a look at Kitty’s Instagram

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I am currently looking for rides; eventing, dressage or showjumping. Ideally horses with previous experience ready to move on up, but also young horses or help with schooling. If you would like to see your horse doing well and support an ambitious, dedicated young rider please check out the home page/rider page for more details and get in touch.

Alexa x