Our homebred Total Belief (April) has been a star of the season. At the beginning of the year, when plans were laid for each of the horses, we penciled in the seven-year-old championships at Osberton in October, and with that the aim, I took her really slowly in preparation for her first CIC2*.
She started off very green and gangly – she’s a huge mare at 17.2hh – but she very quickly came into herself. She stepped up to intermediate at Aston-Le-Walls in July and was in the top ten in her four runs and then finished in the top ten at Osberton. It was fantastic and we’re really proud of her. She’s our first home bred too which made it even more special.Her offspring Total Miracle was broken in this year as a four-year-old and has started going out competing. We’re really excited about him, although he’s very big and might take some time.
We also have another homebred four-year-old for next year, Quintessential, or Chilli as she’s known at home. She’s probably one of the nicest youngsters I’ve ever had as she’s very bright and very athletic.
Total Darkness (Ted) has had some good results having stepped up to novice. He’s a very big horse and particularly spooky. We’ve taken out time with him and I feel he’s developing into a top class horse.
Hand Painted came to me in the spring and I produced and competed him at 100 level as a five-year-old and he’s now to America where he’ll compete in the popular hunter classes.Although its been disappointing not to have my top horses Wellshead Fair Opposition (Derby) and Cascadelle (Lola) out competing at the top events they’ve made great progress with their rehabilitation and will come out next season all guns blazing.
I’ve been feeding Staam 30 to my entire yard all season. It’s the most incredible feed as the horses look and feel fantastic. I had a big horse competing at intermediate level just on Stamm and chaff alone which says what a good product it is.
The horses look great, even the day after a hard run, which says a lot about the feed. Also wherever I go, whether its training down the road or to an international event, people are always commenting on how great the horses look.
It’s also so important for me to have someone on the end of the phone when I need advice and they are always there with support. Without a doubt Saracen Horses Feeds make a huge difference to my horse well-being and performance.