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Te Arai Pt- 2 and a half cobs on the beach

Yet another riding holiday this summer has seen the family pack the horse truck and join the throngs leaving hot and sultry Auckland. We joined friends Wolfgang and Rosie Sholz on a riding holiday at Te Arai Pt. What a fantastic time away. We had 3 days and two nights there. It wasnt long enough really.

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Trekking in Kaueranga Valley, Thames 27-30 December 2008

The family had a fantastic 3 days trekking in the spectacular countryside of the Kaueranga Valley. It is a weekend organised by the Thames Pony Club. What a fantastic camp site they have built over the 20 years of the Trams existence and is due to the wonderful generosity of landowners and parents with their time.

Hannah Mills competing B. Shamrock at Showhunter Nov 2008 to Feb 2009

Ballytruckle Shamrock and Hannah competed at the Woodhill Sands 2 * SJ and SH Show late Nov 2008. They were placed fourth in the Welcome Hunter Showhunter 80cm class and won the Category C Flat Class. According to bystanders the entries were smaller than previous years but competition was nonetheless very strong.

Photo below is of Hannah Mills on Ballytruckle Shamrock after 4th placing in Matinganui Farms Classic 90cm at Woodhill Sands in Jan 09.

Showhunter Reserve Champion First Year Registered Pony

The evergreen pony Ballytruckle Shamrock, Welsh Cob X Tb at just 6 yo has added more strings to her already full bow. Ridden by 13 yo Ararimu rider Gemma Dorotich, they competed at the first registered Showhunter Show for both of them. Held on the 22 and 23 November 2008 the Auckland Showhunter Group Spring Show was held at Pukekohe on a sultry weekend in spring.

Niamh on Glynmawr Image competing at dressage

Niamh and Image at Clevedon 08Niamh and Image at Clevedon 08Niamh had a lovely afternoon on 20-11-08 riding her Welsh pony Glynmawr Image at Clevedon Pony Club Dressage day. She scored 77% for Test A and 75 % for Test D.

Ballytruckle Shilelagh- 2008 Royal Ridden Champion Titles

7 year old Welsh cob X tb mare, Ballytruckle Shilelagh has won Champion Ridden Welsh Exhibit and Reserve Champion Ridden Cob in large classes at the November 2008 Royal Canterbury A&P Show. Shelly was entered in classes over two days of competition.

Congratulations to Gail Hough on her success and long may it continue.

Ballytruckle Shilelagh is a 7 year old mare by Millcreek Valiant out of Tb mare Star who is out of Blazing Star by Indian Ore.

Shamrock 3rd out of 48 in Showhunter training class.

On 1st June 2008 Shamrock was brilliantly ridden by 15yo rider Kristy Hill to come third in a class at one of a series of Waitemata Showhunter training competitions. Rain the night before resulted in a stream flowing over the well used warm up area and into the Pony ring. Shammy and Kristy's first class was the 60cm where in a tough class of 48 entries they showed their calibre with a third placing. It was only the second time Kristy had ridden Shamrock!

Photo below of Kristy on Ballytruckle Shamrock competing on a wet day at Woodhill Sands.

5th Nationally in Tb Floats Preliminary Level Challenge Accumulator!!

Finally we have found out that Shamrock has finished fifth in the TB Floats Challenge nationwide. We are simply thrilled as she had performed so well throughout the season.

Ballytruckle Centurion - aka Ronnie- 4yo purebred cob at Intro Hunt

Ronnie was ridden by Maramarua Hunt member Sophie Arnaux over jumps then by our 11yo son Conor following the hounds. Ronnie took it all in his stride including the extremely dry hard conditions.

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