Now that Kim has her truck back on the road I don't think there is going to be anything much stopping her and Reilly from getting out and about. So exciting! I am so happy to see Reilly being ridden so beautifully by Kim and I know he is in the most wonderful hands with her.
If you are new to the blog you may not know who Reilly is so here is a very brief bio:
Reilly is by Mighty Heights and out of a TB mare by Light Spirits called What a Lark. Reilly was born here at Talisman Farm in October 2004. There is a bit of a story behind Reilly's arrival and first few months, which you can read HERE.
Reilly remained entire until he was five years old and bred four lovely foals. I have retained one, Enya, who is out of my Kingsway Diamond mare, Maude. I hope she will have a performance career before coming home to be a broodmare.
Reilly now lives in Wellington with a friend who absolutely adores him. It seemed a waste having him sitting here in the paddock with me being such a numpty rider and I could not bare to sell him so Kim has him for as long as she wants him and he can come home and be a schoolmaster for Amy or even for me when she is done with him.
Last weekend Kim was able to take Reilly to their first competition - A one day event at Battle Hill. It was the first time he had been out since he was a three year old colt and I took him to a couple of unregistered dressage competitions (where he did very well) and he was a star for her. He did a very nice dressage test followed by a very green but extremely honest xc and then another green but honest SJ round to end up in overall second place - Not a bad start! If you have a facebook account, you should be able to view the video's below although you may have to join the Talisman Farm Group first - I have not quite worked that out.
and then today he went to his first gymkhana where he won the paced and mannered class and was second with Kim in the rider class (they just entered the two flat classes). Then he did a few rounds of Show Jumping where he showed his enormous heart and sweet nature by jumping round clear. There is a video below of one of the SJ rounds (not sure of the height). I think I see a bit of a future in show hunter ...
I am super proud of my little Reilly and his clever rider - I am also very excited to see what they can achieve together. I hope to get to a few competitions in the coming season to get photos too.