Yesterday I travelled to Wellington with Louisa, Dan and Rae to the second day of the Wellington Dressage Group's summer series. Louisa had Dangermouse (Danny) and Rei-Huia Squiggletop (Syd) along for the outing and I was able to catch with TF Life O'Reilly who has been living in Wellington with Kim.
Reilly looks great and Kim is doing a really super job with him. All three horses were entered in the unregistered 1st level classes and Kim also had Reilly in one of the unregistered 2nd level classes. All three boys put in super performances. Syd and Reilly ended up in third equal place in the first 1st level test on 65.455% and Louisa and Syd were 4th in 1.2 with Kim and Reilly in 10th (both classes had 27 entrants) so a great effort from horses and riders. Reilly had a bit of a hiccup in the 2nd level test with his first canter but even after fluffing a few movements they still managed a respectable 5th placing and 55.806% - Plenty of potential there and some really promising marks from the judges.
At the first day of the series Reilly and Kim had managed to win one class so a good start to their dressage career - especially for a little event horse. Reilly also played dolly horse yesterday at Onslow Show and came home with a 2nd in rider, 2nd in show hack and 3rd in paced and mannered which, considering his rather exuberant behaviour, was a great effort (again 20+ horses in his classes).
I live on a 25 acre property in the Wairarapa (NZ) with my husband Nick and daughter Amy. Here we surround ourselves with horses of all shapes, ages and sizes. My passion is to breed and raise sport horses for the everyday rider and the stud's catch-phrase is 'Breeding extraordinary horses for ordinary riders'. We have been running the stud for the last decade and just love it! We currently stand two stallions. TF Hamish, a Wairarapa Stationbred and Crossiebeg Brennan, a purebred Connemara. We used to stand the purebred Clydesdale stallion, Kintyre Lodge Robbie who has gone to a new home in the SI and the, now gelded, Mighty Heights son, 'TF Life O'Reilly', who is currently in work with a young rider in Wellington. Our mares are of Clydesdale, TB and Irish Sport Horse breeding and we pride ourselves on producing attractive horses & ponies with superb temperaments and sound constitutions.