Friday, 9 December 2016

I know you have all missed her so ...

Here she is, Meg!


Still an absolute superstar!

Monday, 14 November 2016

Vale Wynyard Night Owl

At two minutes past midnight this morning a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the South Island. It was so severe that we well and truly felt it up here and it spooked all the animals. Sadly it looks as if the shock was too much for my precious Hooty who I found this morning with her daughter River lying beside her. The blessing is that it looks as if there was no struggle and it was quick and, I hope, painless. But oh how I will miss her.

Hooty came to me from Southland back in 2007. On her way north she stopped in Canterbury and was bred to Coalman's Touch with the result being a little orange colt that I named TF Rory O'Moore. Hooty went on to produce four more foals (Waterford Ciara, Winiata, TF Ailbhe MacBrennan and TF River Song) and was retired in 2014 when she lost what was to be her final foal. Her last live born baby, River, was by her side at her death which gives some comfort although I know that horses feel loss too and River will now be grieving.

She was such a grand old mare, so reliable and kind but could still be a bit naughty if the mood took her. I wish she had been sound enough for me to ride as I am sure we could've had some great adventures together. It's truly the end of an era here at Talisman Farm and my best broodmare has gone. It's true that she will live on in her amazing children and I am so glad I have her daughter, River but her passing will leave an enormous hole - I thought her retirement would be much longer.

So, Godspeed Hooty, the best mare ever! Thank you for everything, for your beautiful foals and your beautiful soul and for saving me the pain of choosing your time for you by choosing it for yourself. Run free.

Somewhere...In time's own space,
There must be some sweet pastured place....
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow,
Some paradise where horses go.
For by the love that guides my pen,
I know great horses live again.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Winner winner chicken dinner

'Orange!' and his Mum Juliet had another dressage outing over the weekend. This time the rosette was red as they won one of their tests. Another very successful day at the office for them.

Monday, 31 October 2016

Welcome to the World!

At 3.15am on the 22nd of October, Charlie (Volksraad x Casual Lies/Deputy Governor) produced a lovely brown filly by Crossiebeg Brennan. The foaling was easy and uneventful and all post foaling milestones were met by the foal as if she had read all the text books. Unfortunately Charlie retained a portion of placenta so required a few vet visits for flushing and lots of heavy duty antibiotics and oxytocin but she has come through it all well.

I have named the foal TF L'il Bit Smitten or Lil/Lily. 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

So this happened today ...

This means that now all the forecast rain that most of my friends do not want to arrive, will not arrive but I am SO thankful it is here and in place safe and sound. Nick is working on plumbing it in now. The lovely chap who delivered it was very helpful and also turns out he is the President of Equestrian Sport NZ so we were able to chat horses and horse arenas (he was admiring mine) whilst I nervously chewed my nails watching the whole event unfold. Nail chewing was unnecessary however as the whole transaction could not have run more smoothly. Phew!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Ailbhe's in the ribbons again!

Just another day at the office for Ailbhe. Safe to say I am pretty happy with the results of my breeding program. This guy may not be perfect (what horse is?) but he's had 1 x in hand competition and 2 x ridden dressage competitions and his rider has come home with ribbons from every single class entered (and lets not forget that Supreme Champ at his first show!) and I think that's a pretty darned good effort for a baby overgrown orange pony with one leg put on backwards! 

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Tempi's first crack at XC

Today we took Tempi down to Solway to have a look around the grounds and some of the XC fences. She was as green as spring grass (sheep tracks are cavernous pony eating holes that one MUST be VERY wary of and show jumping poles may just leap up and attack so best not to get too close to those either) but there were some very pleasing moments and I am very proud of what a super pony she is and the potential she shows. Clarissa rode her beautifully and even though she was very well behaved, she did make her work pretty hard for these results. Here are some photos.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Ailbhe's first ridden competition

Consistency was the order of the day for Ailbhe who attended the Rotorua Spring Spectacular Dressage Series in Taupo today. This was HRO's (His Royal Orangeness) very first under saddle competition and he completed 2 tests for 2 scores over 65% and two 4th place rosettes. Safe to say I am super proud of his performance and I think his rider/other mother Juliet is too! Right from the beginning Ailbhe has been a very special horse and whilst life with Ailbhe has not been without its ups and downs, I truly feel like these are well and truly behind us as I watch him go from strength to strength with Juliet. What a ride! 

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Tempi photos - Just coz!

Unique technique you got going there Tempi!

There's that technique again, hehe!