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Well it has been a very busy time at Winmallee. We have had a lot of new students starting with us in the last few weeks, so this has been keeping me busy teaching.

Our new colt "Bon Braxton" will be starting his new journey to Australia from Germany. He will be picked up from Germany on the 5th August to start his quarantine in the UK on the 7th August. He will be in quarantine until the 29th August and will fly to Australia and do quarantine here till the 21st September. IRT have let me know that quarantine laws will be changing and now only needing 2 weeks quarantine and this is meant to be starting in September this year. So our Bon Braxton may be leaving quarantine on September 14th. This would be amazing as he would be at Winmallee on the 16th September which happens to be by birthday. Only problem is I will be doing the below school, well we will just have to fit it all in.

Menola Mendez is holding a clinic on the 14th, 15th, 16th and I will be taking  Winmallee Mojo. We will be  starting Piaffe and Passage with him, which will be exciting as this wonderful horse has only been 1 year OTT. Mojo has been such an amazing horse to train and has such a great trainable personality it has made life so easy for me. He has gone from racing to medium level dressage in 1 year. This is a horse that just try's so hard to please.

 Then on the 24th we are expecting a lovely De Niro foal from Winmallee Emerald. Plenty going on to keep us extremely busy. Then we will be putting her back in foal to De Niro again and Winmallee Royal Reine will be going in foal for the first time to Ampere. She is by Royal Hit who sadly put down last week with a broken leg.

Show season has started again and our first show with Winmallee Mojo will be on this weekend. Shows will be nearly every weekend now.

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Well it has been a very busy time for Winmallee over the last few weeks. We have been out to a couple of shows with the youngsters with great success. Stars of the Future show results were:

Winmallee De Nisha (De Niro)

1st - Open filly foal (Judge 1)

CHAMPION FILLY FOAL

1st - Open filly foal (Judge 2)

CHAMPION FILLY FOAL

Winmallee Roya Reine (Royal Hit) and for sale

1st - Open filly 2yld (Judge 1)

CHAMPION JUNIOR FILLY

1st - Open filly 2yld (Judge 2)

CHAMPION JUNIOR FILLY

Winmallee Furst Class (Furst Love) owned by Lisa Hosking

1st - Open male foal (Judge 1)

CHAMPION MALE FOAL

1st - Open male foal (Judge 2)

CHAMPION MALE FOAL

Winmallee Royal Rufino (Royal Hit) owned by Lisa Hosking

1st - Open male yearling (Judge 1)

CHAMPION JUNIOR MALE

1st - Open male yearling (judge 2)

CHAMPION JUNIOR MALE

The following weekend (23/6/2013) went to another show just with my younstock:

Winmallee De Nisha

1st - Warmblood filly foal

CHAMPION WARMBLOOD FOAL

1st - Open filly foal

CHAMPION OPEN FOAL

*SUPREME FOAL OF SHOW*

Winmallee Royal Reine

1st - Warmblood Junior filly

RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR

1st - Open Junior filly

CHAMPION OPEN JUNIOR

I am so proud of my foals and young horses. They were all on their best behaviour and they do enjoy going out. It is very important when showing very young horses that you do not put too much pressure on them. I will never stable my young horses, actually I never stable any of my show horses as I do want to keep them mentally happy and physically well. If you stable your young horses you will face problems with their joints as they are growing. They really need to be able to run around the paddocks and be horses. As you can see from my horses that they look extremely healthy and happy.

I will only show the foals if yards are available for them as I will not tie them up all day to the float or keep them in the float like I see others do. I do not shave every hair off their body, or shave their eyebrows (which I see all the time), shave their whiskers off around their muzzle or eyes. This to me is cruel and should not happen. You will see in my pictures that the horses are plaited up and have a little makeup on but that is as fare as I am going to go with them. The horse at breed shows are being judge on their breed not how pretty you can make them. The horse has its own natural beauty and why destroy that.

The other thing that must be thought about is the handling of the youngster. Allowances should be made for these babies as it is all a lot to take in. Yes they are allowed to jump around (but not on top of you) when they see something they don't know. Yes they are allowed to be silly (with in reason). Always remember they are babies and should not be asked to behave like mature horses. I have seen too many babies been punished harshly as shows for not standing correctly or leading how the owner wants them too.

I have seen on other pages that people were asking why you show youngster? They thought it is not a good idea? What are other people opinions on this? Always nice to have a thread going about topics.

I personally do not see a problem with it as long as the horse is kept in their natural environment as much as possible. It is great education for them for later in life as long as you do not show too often that they become bored and nasty.

True horsemanship demands time, patience and a, sometimes painful honesty. As our horses start to mirror our traits, we may come face to face with the reflection of behaviour which shows that we might be lacking in kindness, confidence and a desire to please.

 

You have to be disciplined enough to master your own personality otherwise you will not successfully master a horse. This is why the art of classical horsemanship takes a lifetime to achieve. The classical path is sound and all who follow this route can learn more of the fundamental qualities missing from today’s way of life.
 
If you would like to see more about showing and the horses at Winmallee please visit my face book page "Winmallee Classical Riding" and go to "Winmallee Warmbloods" and 'Like the Page'. For contact details go to my website - www.winmallee.com.au

 

 

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