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Horse Diaries: Sold:

Picture Post … Bob

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - August 26th, 2011

'Does this mud pack make me look younger??!'

'Does my bum look big in this?'

'Over the water'

'Big Beautiful Bob'

Toddy the next chapter …

Horse: Toddy - April 1st, 2011

It has to be said we are mising our Toddy …

… but, we are ever so pleased to report he is dong fantastically well in his new home. He has already taken his new rider around a couple of competition tracks AND managed to pull in the rosettes – good old Toddy!!

Bye to Hero …

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - March 18th, 2011

It was a sad day when  had to wave goodbye to the trusty steed  who was our Hero.

We’ve had some fab times with him, he never failed to bring home a rosette and he taught me to ride! He will be sadly missed, good luck to his new owner …

One of my favourite moments watching Hero …

Practising at Home …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - February 23rd, 2011

Last weeked we seized the opportunity between rain showers (which is always the case in the Lake District) set up a lovely course of jumps and took the horses up to the school.

They all seemed to be on good form and enjoyed the idea of jumping at home.

Bob was mainly practising getting a nice steady rhythm around a nice course. He did plenty of turn backs and was looking at getting the right leg. He did really well and it was a fab afternoon.

Bob goes clear

Up up and away...

Bob is back in the driving seat …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - February 14th, 2011

Our superstar is back!! Bob finally put in a double clear performance after what has seemed like ages of us waiting for that gold dust like moment of a double clear.

Over a 1m track he put in a lovely steady and even round (well done Matthew) to acheive a beautiful blue rosette (just pipped to the post on time). We were so pleased there was much celebrating. He paticularly enjoyed his lap of honour!

Bob’s Double Clear

Lap of Honour!

I also have to say that over the whole weekend his behaviour was impeccable, he never put a hoof out of line! Good old Big Bob!

Who’s the Gran-Daddy??

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur, Jellybean - Unique V - February 9th, 2011

Now that we have formally introduced the Daddy to our ‘Jelly – baby’ it is time to delve further and find out who are the Gran – daddies!

Firstly our gorgeous B. Grandeur is out of the world famous Grannex

Grandad Grannex

http://www.teambleekman.co.uk/whorridge_stud_grannex.html

and his mum is named Oleander (which is very strange as an Oleander is a plant which is VERY poisonous to horses).

Jelly baby’s Mummy was sired by ‘Let’s Go V.’  who is one of the Offspring of the extra – ordinary Voltaire http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voltaire_(horse) who has produced both show jumpers and dressage champions …

Grandad Voltaire

Jelly baby’s maternal Granny was called Janine (they don’t half have strange names for these mares).

Looking at the genes involved we are expecting a graceful showjumper with a ‘penchant’ for dressage, a Bay (Grannex has never produced a Chestnut) with 2 white hind stockings (just like both parents and grandfathers) and a blaze (just like both parents and grandfathers) so all in all a beautiful little foal with massive potential (here’s hoping!)

What’s Bob been up to …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - February 4th, 2011

Boib has had a nice and varied week so far ..

He went for a nice relaxing hack yesterday taking in the Lake District fells which always keeps him happy.

Wednesday being ‘Jumping night’ we went for a trip up to Greenlands EC where he did well. He was entered into 95cm and 1.05m classes – 95cm wasn’t his forte as he refused one of the scarier looking fences (he is only a baby). The second class he came into his own and put on a good show. He well cleared most the course with a nice steady pace but unfortunately got an ‘unlucky’ (as phrased by the commentator) 4 faults which, after much deliberation, was put down to rider error (oops!)

Tuesday was his hacking day again, a nice steady walk out.

Monday was a flatwork day in the arena where he did well.

Today we are meant to be building a course in the school to put him through his paces, but, unfortunately being in the Lake District means we are often afflicted with severe weather warnings and today happens to be rain and gale force winds! There is little chance of the fences staying up regardless of Bob’s performance so we will just have to wait for the storm to die down …

Murphy’s Resting …

Horse: Murphy - Diamond Discovery - February 4th, 2011

Murphy is going to be having a rest for the next couple of months so the only updates from him will be of his cheeky (but generally a good boy) stable behaviour …

Who’s the Daddy …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur, Jellybean - Unique V - February 2nd, 2011

Its not that we’ve been keeping it at secret simply that we forgot to tell you that the proud father to be of our Jellybean’s baby is none other than our very own … Big Bob!

Combine the genes from our most handsome-scopey-gentle (at the moment) jumping machine with the sweet natured – loveable- floats on air when she trots lady and my word are we hoping for a baby super star!

My project for the week is to photoshop our parents together and give us an idea of what the new foal ‘Jellybaby’ might look like!! If any body else wants a go these are the parents …

Bob is back …

Horse: Bob - B. Grandeur - January 26th, 2011

Our big guy has been out of action for a little while but he has been slowly coming back into work. He’s changed his attitude and his life is altogether alot calmer.

He has been practising up in the school before he goes out on the road here he is in action …

He jumped that high is missed Matthew's head off!

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