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B. Sally Gap's Showhunter Style

Sally Gap is a Welsh cob X tb - she is only just 7 yo, and is by Mill Creek Valiant out of Tb mare Star who was by Indian Ore out of a Blazing Keel mare.

In January 2011 at the World Cup Festival at Woodhill Sands I was able to sit at a fabulous vantage point and observe her doing a training round ridden by our son, 14yo Conor West.

A lesson from Owen Jones of Nebo Stud.

In February 2011, we were treated to a great lesson in running out our 5 yo Welsh cob stallion Beau. It was great to learn tips and methods for getting the best from our Welsh cobs from one of the world's top showmen. Owen has shown his family's Nebo Stud Welsh cobs since he was 12 yo. He has shown throughout UK and Europe and has won every prize there is in the UK Welsh cob world. He has also judged at the Royal Welsh and many other shows in Austrailia, NZ and Europe.

New Photos of Vinnie

This fabulous pure bred Welsh cob colt at 15 months old Ballytruckle Invincible has the temperament of a doll, easy to handle, very calm and biddable, he will be an asset to any breeding program looking to breed sensible jumping ponies.

Buddy Bunn wins UK Jumping Title 2004

William Funnell overcame a painful groin injury to win 2004 Alberta Canada Salver on Douglas Bunn's homebred Buddy Bunn on the opening day of the British Jumping Derby meeting at Hickstead. The problem did not, however, prompt him to play for safety in this contest which was judged on time in the opening round.

Omaha beach fun

Between the Xmas and New Year break we went for a few days to stay with an old school chum Jenny Marcroft and her family at Warkworth. We were able to graze at Jenny's home so took 4 horses and rode at a variety of locations.

Showtym Holiday Camp

Conor took Sally Gap to a Holiday Camp at the home of John and Heather Wilson north of Whangarei in a steaming hot valley called Huruenui. John and Heather are the parents of Vicki and Amanda who are well known in NZ for winning many titles annually in SJ and Showhunter. Kelly is the middle daughter of the Wilsons and her photography skills are on show in this article. All Photos in this article are courtesy of Showtym Holiday Camps. They have fantastic natural resources with a river ideal for swimming in just adjacent to the house, and numerous outbuildings for horses.

Fun for the family last weekend on our cobs

The weekend started at Tuakau Adult Riding Club grounds with Conor riding 7 yo Welsh cob X tb B. Shamrock and Steve on the full sister 6 yo B. Sally Gap. The lads did a round of showjumping at 60cm, I know that is small but they never jump SJ courses so its a challenge not to have a ground line and to have bright vibrant jumps. The course was very inviting and the horses and riders really enjoyed it. Then they went on to the Cross country course and enjoyed many of the jumps on offer, palisades, water, tyres, tiger traps, roll tops and coops.

Ballytruckle Juliet, f 2010 (Cwmkaren Beaufort Express (imp) X B. Cleopatra)

Ballytruckle Juliet is a cute lovely filly. I snapped this photo of her as she pranced around her paddock as a yearling in the process of shedding her winter coat. She has the same gorgeous light floating movement as all her siblings but this photo especially reminds me of the awesome photos Lisa Monti took of her lovely filly B. Hot Chocolate, Juliet's full sister.

The following photos are of Juliet as a foal.

Stonedale Magician first place in unregistered Dressage at Woodhill Sands.

Stonedale Magician is by the deceased Welsh cob stallion Mill Creek Valiant and out of the elegant grey Thoroughbred mare Cautious Leigh who is by Cautious Style. Bred by Catherine Gooch "Magic" has recently been bought by Judith Hayes of Kumeu who has backed him and sent him to a couple of clinics one jumping and the other dressage.

Judith writes "He went out this weekend for 2 days of dressage for a 3rd and 6th on the first day and today a 3rd and a 1st. The classes today were combined registered and unregistered and he beat all the registered CN/C1 in both classes.

Vale Mill Creek Valiant 1984 - 2010

That sad fateful afternoon in May 2010 we heard a commotion from Valiant's paddock. We had recently put Tb mare Redeemable back in with him for company as he had been fretting by himself and had become very thin.


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