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
- 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.