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Windsor and Chatsworth

This year the Royal Windsor Horse Show was dry! We didn’t take a trade stand but there were plenty of Baileys horses at the show collecting prizes.

Kellythorpes Stud collected a range of prizes, including a second place in the Cuddy Four-Year-Old Hunter class after Kellythorpes Obsession gave the judge a good ride and in the Small Riding Horse class following a foot perfect performance by Kellythorpes Moulin Rouge. The Baileys Boys also had success with Cappa Sham winning the coloureds and Jovian coming second in the ladies Side Saddle class. Unfortunately, Mr Oosh, the ex-racehorse, found the atmosphere a bit much.

As for the natives, Zara Johnstone-Evan’s nine-year-old Dartmoor pony, Pumphill Fandango, had success, winning the Mini M&M championship and reserve in the Open Dartmoor class. It is an amazing result given that he was rescued as a two-year-old and has been produced by Zara and her six-year-old son, Toby, and fed on Baileys Ease & Excel.

Meanwhile, Gareth Hughes finished third in both the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestlyle riding Don Carissimo with a score of 70.66% and 76%, respectively whilst Beth Langley brought Tissy (HS Ametista) out of retirement at the age of 19 years to compete in the CEI* 80km endurance ride. The pair finished in second place whilst Katie Bedwin finished in thirteenth in the CEN 40km riding Nalizira Bint Chatianz.

Whilst the Royal Windsor Horse Show was taking place, Baileys event riders were contesting at Chatsworth International Horse Trials. In section D of the Advanced class, Blyth Tait finished in fifth position with Darius IV, picking up time faults going across the country to finish on 38.00, whilst Sharon Hunt had a double clear to finish in 11th place riding Veyga and in 15th place with Loughnatousa Fabio. In section C of the CIC***, Polly Stockton finished in 10th riding Mister McCondy while Emily King pulled off a double clear to take fourth place in Section H of the CIC* riding Quinlan Z and Paul Sims won section J of the Novice riding Dantes Inferno, finishing on a score of 31.00. 

Badminton 2017

What a week we had at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials! The trade stand was busy and we loved catching up with customers, helping with feed enquiries and launching the new and improved Performance Balancer. To top it off, we sold out of 5kg of Tasty Treat tubs by Saturday evening, a new course record.

The grassroots championships took place first. Our blogger, India Griffiths, was entered for the BE90. She and Darcy (Clintonstown Windy) had a fantastic start to the competition scoring 32.5 in the dressage phase and having one fence down over the show jumps. India’s watch broke whilst going across the country and the pair unfortunately picked up some penalties. Nick Gauntlett also had success with Party Trick who was second placed in the Badminton Young 
Event Horse class. 

In the CCI4*, Chris Burton, Emily Gilruth, Paul Sims, Tom Crisp and Blyth Tait were all riding for team Baileys. Despite the cold and windy weather for the dressage phase, everyone rode clean tests to finish in the top half with Chris Burton lying in first place over night heading into cross country day.

The course this year was not only big but technical – we witnessed it when walking the course with Blyth Tait and Chris Burton. Almost every element had to be jumped on the angle and the fences were unforgiving in height, width and ground lines, and it showed on the score board at the end of the day. Paul Sims rode a confident round whilst Chris Burton picked up penalties with others retiring and withdrawing.
On the Sunday the sun came out, which was a welcome surprise for the show jumping. Chris Burton had one fence and one time fault to finish in 18th position whilst Paul Sims finished in 28th place with Glengarnock. Time flies, so they say, and we are already counting down the months until Burghley! 

The Highs and Lows of Endurance

Guest blog by Junior Endurance rider, Katie Bedwin. 

Unfortunately, our trip to Kings Forest a few weeks ago did not go as planned but that is sport for you. If it was easy, we probably wouldn't do it!
We travelled up to Suffolk on the Saturday morning, arrived in good time and settled Layla in her stable with her favourite cuisine of No.6 All-Round Endurance Mix, No.19 Performance Balancer and Keep Calm. We then went to set up the hold area with everything we would need on race day and pick up our paperwork. Layla then enjoyed a massage and a leg stretch before getting ready for vetting. She flew through the vetting and we were ready to start at 6.15am the next day.
Everything was going smoothly, maybe too smoothly! Layla was foot perfect at the start of the race and sailed around the first three loops. The vets were very happy with her and she was eating and drinking, as I would expect for Layla...lots!
The downhill turn came at vet gate 3 when the vets thought Layla wasn't herself, so asked for a re check 15mins before we were to leave on loop 4. This is where endurance is so good, as when it comes to our horses, their welfare is at the fore front of everything. When we took Layla back they were still not happy with her, and thought she was unlevel whist trotting. This set alarm bells off in my head as for this ride we had pads fitted underneath her shoes' to protect the soles of her feet. We did this because for the World Championships in Italy the going is stony and pads would be preferable. However, when we had Layla padded her before she wasn’t happy and was described as trotting unlevel, so we thought we needed to try the pads again.
I was pleased that the vets saw she wasn't right and allowed her to be thoroughly checked over by the treatment vet. He confirmed our suspicions regarding the pads, and gave her a full bill of health apart from this "funny" trot!
The next day I was very lucky that my farrier can out took the pads off and re set her shoes; cue Layla back to her normal self. So although we had an unfortunate result on the day, at least it was nothing serious and Layla is back in work, getting ready for our next adventure...without pads!
On a more positive note we are now preparing with the two young horses for their 40km qualifier at Royal Windsor. I am very excited that they were accepted into the class at such a prestigious event, and I hope it will be a positive experience for them to understand what it is like at such a big competition. 
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