Premium Members Blog – 17th September, 2018



HI Folks. Hope You had a great Week. We did…got 10mm of Rain




Yes, Cappo competed Today, in the Grand Prix, unplaited and unofficial, because Mrs. HP is not yet a Member of EA for this next Year.

Put simply, we are not prepared to risk our hard earned money, on Membership that could be lost if the EA goes Belly up and to that end, we are waiting for the Annual General Meeting ( which I think is October) but we won’t be able to go anyway, so here’s hoping that they turn the new Chapter by being OPEN AND FRANK with the Members and the Industry at large,  keeping them in the loops so everyone can find out.

Anyhow, although he hadn’t competed for a while, he was his usual chilled self and gave Mrs. HP a pretty mistake free ride………

Lovely Day and lovely turn out down South at Southern Vales Dressage Club…the one with the best arenas 🙂






The Crops are looking lovely next door too





excuse wobbly phone, my Video Camera showed battery flat.



It is good to Dream and I saw one of the Tests of the Australian Team





 Anyhow, pretty happy with the lazy Bustud 🙂 At least he can do the movements 🙂




Back then, Mrs. HP had a Yellow Holden Kingswood, so the Neighbor went and purchased one also, although his was Green.

Later, she sold it and upgraded :)….to a bronze coloured Toyota Corrolla, so he sold his Kingswood and purchased a bronze coloured Toyota Corrolla………but back to the Court Case…….

As I said, the following Morning, my Witnesses were waiting in the Foya but his Witnesses were nowhere to be found. They had failed Him :)… sad for I was really looking forward to exposing their Lies as well but never mind, I continued with his cross examination………by this time having been told by a Sheriff that we were indeed in front of the same Magistrate that the Neighbor had won in front of, when he sued poor Jim McKeckney……… for the removal of the Clean Fill, because it had a few pieces of Concrete in it. Remember, Jim later committed Suicide 🙁

So I cross examined Him on this as well and other activities over the Years, which was allowed to show his culture of intimidation to his Nieghbors. I took him through the set up of Jim McKeckney and the Concrete and I could see the Magistrate having a flash back moment, no doubt to the Trial and now hearing how his decision may well have contributed to the Death. The Neighbor was becoming more and more riled up and red faced and the 3 Sherriffs were still in the Court.

Near the end, he lost it and started screaming that I was a Murderer and which point his Honor also lost it hahahahaha, ….and I quote……

” That’s enough Mr. Neighbor……if I lived alongside You, I would also have a restraining order against You. Case closed, case dismissed and $4,800 costs against You. and with that he slammed down his Hammer. That was it. He ran from the Court and ran to his Car like a Drive of a starter in the Le-Mans. The Sherriffs even walked us to our Car, discussing Him as they went and informing us that he was a vexatious Litigant who was suing many other People in the Elizabeth Court at the time.

We, he got his ass kicked for the first time in 20 Years and of course we were ‘having Kittens’ imagining what was going to happen to us at Home, was he going to burn us out, shoot our Horses, for the Restraining Order was due to come off on New Years Eve and this was the Week before Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!…..OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well amazingly, the opposite was true. He entered his House an basically wasn’t seen outside for Years after, other than a visit to the Shops for Food, where I would wave to Him as he passed and one Day ran slap bang into Him in the aisles of Foodland :)…you know, as You come around the Corner and You meet them on every row lol??

“How You goin Neighbor? ” I said…..and he was normal as. Had a nice chat and away we went. Indeed, a few Weeks Later, he roared through our entrance and completely through the centre of the Property, to the back Paddock where my Stallion was ( me thinking goodbye Horse) and saved a Foal in the next Paddock, which the Stallion had grabbed under the Fence.

“What are Neighbors for?” he said as he left and we thanked Him very much…………so we rarely ever saw Him….heard of Him though as on a few occasions he had walked out of his Home all of a sudden and kicked out every  agistee from his 18 Horse Equestrian Centre or Belted the Hell out of some Young Blokes scate boarding down a Hill past his back entrance or belted up some blokes doing the wrong thing across the Paddocks where Horses used the Trails and so on……….. but never bothered us again………roll on 10 Years…………



When he was first giving his evidence about us, he produced an Arial Photograph of our two Properties, the size of a Painting on your Wall. He made much of the location of the fence………

It was our Wedding Night and after Marriage at the Local Church just down the Road, we came Home for the reception ( which was wonderful and with 300 People) but I had noticed a couple of unusual things that Night.


  • One being that a well known EA Coach who was there, was accompanied by the Wife of the Police Officer that I had got the sack earlier., and
  • Despite being accompanied by a Female, I had gone out into the Bushes for a Wee during the Night and noticed the EA Coach in a Car, in the Dark, with another Bloke, who had come from Normanville as a Guest, with their Arms around each other……Helloooooooooooo???????….weird stuff happening here 🙂

anyhow, the Night was so Busy that we didn’t get to open the presents but next Morning we did and WOW!!!!!!! there was one very unusual, perfectly packed but without Card. Know what it was???????…………


EXHIBIT A……………..

I told You was a Master of Signs, didn’t I ??????

Who do You think could have put that in amongst the presents then????????….and so the Years rolled on…….


Next Week, his new Target and another Death………..





Once again, my preoccupation with the dangers of leading. A short Clip of taking Celeste back to Her Mummy, who is highly dangerous given the circumstance.


Note that the Weanling ties up Solid, like the best Horses only do…..anywhere and to anything………


Here then for my Premium Members only, is a bit more rough footage on the subject.




It’s a once in a Life time opportunity, to represent Your Country Internationally. You know the entire Dressage World are watching You and would dearly love some nice Photos.

This is what they put on the Website.


and despite the Social Media discussion, left it there, even after editing the Site.

One can easily see the problem, widgit on the right has been repeated on the left, thus stretching the Page and Photos.


but it is not just about the technical error. To choose such a Photo is incompetent to the Max, for the World stage would You believe????


This is just a bad Photo moment. Mouth open, on the bottom rein and there is more of course.

I have long thought that the Industry needs to take control of Photographers and the selection of Photos. Everywhere You look, there are bad photos.



Frankly, few have it and those that do normally come from the Competition side of the Industry and at the level of Riding that such Photos come from. Just as Judges miss stuff, so to do Owners, for we see examples where even top Riders, put up crap Photos.

Let me look….ok, that took 60 Seconds. This Stallion, arriving in Australia and owned by Big Names………

1-stll Look at the way they have the Horse stood up and making it not possible to assess the conformation, which is everything. So the risk at creating bad marketing is high.

Here is another, a Cover Photo would you believe…with the angle of the shot making the Horse look like a Sausage Dog and Rump high.





Administrators need to take control of these. If I walked onto a Dressage Field and started Photographing all and sundry, they would scream ‘blue Murder’ and yet any Pleb can grab a Camera and start putting hundreds of Photos onto the Internet, of all Rider but yes, Top Riders and Coaches and they remain in Google.

Professional Dressage is about $$$$$$$$$$$$ and impressing Pupils, Buyers and the rest. To put Crap Photos on the Internet is almost sue-able and it is high time that this was controlled. I recently emailed one ( first time) who had put shocking Photos up of many Riders and Mrs. HP,  obviously had no idea at all, about what is acceptable. To Her credit, she took ours down down whilst I gave Her some education on the importance of this stuff but the other shockers stayed up.

Again, Administrators are asleep at the Wheel!!










” To protect Your Pastures, work Your Horses to make them tired, before tipping them out into the Paddock. Train them that if they run, they don’t get Grass “







Fédération Equestre Internationale officials announced in a press conference at the World Equestrian Games that one horse has been euthanized following the cancellation of the Sept. 12 100-mile Meydan Endurance Championship.

“I regret to inform that we have just received information from veterinarians that one horse owner has elected in consultation with the vets at Tryon Equine Hospital to euthanize a horse from the competition,” said Göran Akerström, the FEI’s veterinary director. “This horse had been treated for kidney problems here on site and then transferred to the Tryon Equine Hospital. FEI will issue a statement shortly on that tragic happening.”

The FEI said the name and nationality of the horse would be released in a future statement.

UPDATE: The FEI released the following information on the identity of the horse that was euthanized:

It is with great regret that we confirm that the horse Barack Obama (FEI 102TG75), ridden by Team New Zealand’s Jenny Champion (10017709) in the Endurance Championship at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 on Wednesday (12 September), has been euthanised this afternoon.

The horse, a 20-year-old Anglo-Arab gelding, was taken to the Endurance Treatment Clinic after being transported back from the second loop of the 120-kilometre ride. He was treated for kidney problems onsite at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) and then transferred to the Tryon Equine Hospital for further treatment.

The horse’s owner, Mark Round, in consultation with the athlete and veterinarians, today elected for euthanasia.

In line with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, a post mortem will be conducted and samples will be taken from the horse.

The horse had been competing in international Endurance events since 2009 and had 16 FEI event starts, including six 160-kilometre rides. Jenny Champion took over the ride on the horse in 2014 and together the partnership had won six times.

The news was a low point for an already unfortunate situation. The race that began early Wednesday morning was first restarted after riders were misdirected, and then it was canceled entirely when weather and trail conditions were deemed too extreme.

Riders were told the race would be cancelled as they entered the third vet check gate, and their reactions varied between disappointment and outrage. Police officers were eventually called to address the situation, though no official reports of arrests were made.

France’s Allan Leon riding Spirit De Crouze shakes a fist at stewards upon hearing the news of the cancelled race. Photo by DigiShots Photography.
A photographer in the vet gate area, Leanjo de Koster of DigiShots Photography, was present as riders came into the box and were told the ride had been canceled.

“It was total chaos. I’ve never seen so much chaos,” de Koster said. “They were galloping around giving the middle finger and yelling curse words. A crew member started yelling at the steward, and it starts to build up a little bit more angry.”

De Koster’s photo of a rider making a lewd gesture has made the rounds on social media.

Allan Leon – Spirit de CrouzFEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018© DigiShots

Heather Reynolds, a U.S. trainer and coach of two horses competing in this WEG, also witnessed the commotion after cancelation.

“It was insane. One of our friends got punched in the face,” Reynolds said. “You had the whole group outside the vet area; it was basically the riders who were upset that they stopped the ride getting pissed off at the officials, because they have no one else to target, so they were yelling and screaming.”

The riders who appeared most upset were on teams positioned to medal. Despite the weather and trail conditions, their horses were still passing the vet checks.

“I do agree they had to cancel it because people were riding faster than they should have been. It wasn’t the weather at all,” said Reynolds. “When they scheduled this race, they knew this was going to be the weather; you could have looked at the weather for this area in the last 10 years and known it would be like this. That wasn’t the reason. Otherwise why would they host the race in the first place?

“Cancelling the ride penalized the riders that were pacing correctly,” Reynolds continued. “They were still in the race with healthy horses.”

Thomas Timmons, president of the Endurance Veterinary Commission, addressed this sentiment at the press conference, saying despite the fact that some horses were still fit to compete, the majority were not.

“At the vet gate where the stop was there were over 53 horses at that time that were basically sent to metabolic. That’s an unprecedented number,” said Timmons. “Yes, there were some healthy horses present, but we have no mechanism to stop or slow horses that are in trouble other than veterinary parameters. In terms of those who still may have been able to continue, regardless, the conditions were extreme enough that you have to consider the risk, and the risk was not worth it.”

As of publication, the FEI had not released the official results indicating which horses were pulled from which vet checks or sent to the treatment barn. The FEI said this information would be released at a later date.

A protest was lodged by the Spanish endurance team asking for medals to be awarded to the riders who were leading when the race was called off, as Spain looked to be in contention for team gold. The FEI announced that this request had been denied. FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said the organization was looking into rescheduling the championship, but the situation is unprecedented.

One competitor, Tarek Taher of Saudi Arabia, called an informal rider’s meeting Thursday night ahead of Friday’s press conference. Taher wanted to discuss the creation of a rider’s organization to represent athlete concerns directly to the FEI, and Taher was also present at Friday’s press conference.

An informal meeting of endurance riders took place at the Tryon International Equestrian Center Thursday night. Photo by DigiShots Photography.

Meeting Endurance
FEI World Equestrian Games Tryon 2018
© DigiShots

“Or course I’m angry. I have passionate concern for horses and riders. I’ve been racing for 22 years. I’ve been riding since I was 8 years old,” Taher said. “I’m also a candidate to be the FEI endurance athlete representative, and I feel my role, as senior, is to gather everybody, calm everybody and say, ‘Let’s put our heads together. Let’s cool down; let’s outline what went wrong for this race, what is it that we want to change within the FEI for the benefit of the horse welfare and to have an equitable platform for communication with the FEI.’ ”


A 63 year old farmer ended up being pepper sprayed during a grapple with a Garda when his horse was being seized in a field by a contractor working on behalf of the County Council.

The Sligo Champion has reported that farmer, James Kilfeather of Breeogue was alleged to have been verbally abusive and aggressive when he arrived to find his 25 year old mare being loaded on to a horse box for taking away.

There was a dispute as to whose land the animal was on with the defendant claiming it was on his land and not that of his brother- in-law, Mr Gildea.

Garda Tony Lavin was present during the operation and he was confronted by Kilfeather, Sligo District Court was told last Thursday.

The two men ended up on the ground and the Garda had to pepper spray the defendant but the court heard it had no effect and that Kilfeather was able to get back up and try to run off and to jump over a nearby fence.

The incident unfolded at Breeogue, Knocknahur on April 21st last, arising from which, Kilfeather, now 64, was summoned for failing to comply with the direction of a Garda, engaging in threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and obstructing a Garda.

Garda Lavin told the court that it was towards the end of the procedure to seize the horse from a field close to the road at Breeogue when he was approached by the defendant who became verbally abusive to him and the contractors.

Kilfeather was directed a number of times to desist and to leave the scene but he continued to be violent and abusive, said the Garda.


LEXINGTON, KY – The second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale proved to be a barn burner, a day filled with rapid-fire million-dollar transactions concluding with a sparkling 20.75% buy-back rate Tuesday in Lexington. A pair of yearlings by War Front topped the session, with a colt by the Claiborne stallion bringing a final bid of $2.4 million from Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier, while Godolphin went to$1.75 million for a daughter of the sire. In all, eight yearlings sold for seven figures taking the two-day total to 13, equal to the total number from the 2017 auction.

keenl “It was phenomenal,” Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said after the conclusion of a frenetic day of bidding. “It was competitive at the top, it was competitive in the middle and it was competitive in the bottom. When you have a 21% RNA rate, there was lots and lots of business getting done at every level today.”

In all, 168 yearlings sold Tuesday for a total of $65,835,000. The session average was $391,875 and the median was $300,000. Of the 212 horses to go through the sales ring, only 44 were led out unsold.

Through two days, Keeneland has sold 306 yearlings for a total of $114,455,000. The average stands at $374,036 and the median is $300,000. The cumulative buy-back rate is 28.07%.

“We were cautiously optimistic that the market was strong,” Elliston said. “I can’t sit here and tell you that we thought it would be as strong as it was today. That blew away our expectations. Everybody had high hopes, given the quality of the stock that we had seen and observing what has transpired at prior sales this summer. The entire world was coming here for this sale, they had their piggy banks broke open and they went after it today. It was quite a show.”

Consignor David Anderson, who sold a filly by Hard Spun for $950,000, agreed Tuesday’s action was something special.

“I think it is the greatest marketplace I have ever seen in my lifetime,” Anderson said. “You bring a horse in here of any kind of quality that vets and you are going to get paid and get paid well.”

The Keeneland September sale featured one ultra-select Book 1 session in 2017, but this year’s Book 1 is four days and includes a catalogue of 987 yearlings. The expansion made sledding difficult for some offerings, according to consignor Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales.


Detectives from the Major and Organised Crime Squad are currently investigating the death of a 13-year-old Quarter Horse mare in St George. The mare was located on Sunday, September 7 with a wound on its near side shoulder.

The horse shot and killed near St George.

The horse was inspected on Saturday afternoon in its paddock located on 79 Johnstone St, looking after its week old foal. The following morning the mare was unable to be located and was found deceased later that day.

A short time later, the foal was also found deceased having died from major impact injuries.

Vets have been unable to determine the exact cause of death for both animals.

Police are seeking assistance from any person that may have knowledge of any offence which may have occurred, or could provide information which would lead to the identification of any offenders who may be at large

Anyone with information should contact St George police or detectives at the Major and Organised Crime Squad at Roma.





A SHOWJUMPER who learned to ride again after being paralysed in a car crash is demanding £200,000 in compensation for the horrific injuries she suffered. Jemima Green, 29, was fitted with pioneering “robotic legs” after the 2015 smash.

jsek She is now taking legal action over the crash, which happened when council worker Stephen Cook tried to overtake in thick fog.

Although Mr Cook, 45, was killed in the collision, Miss Green’s lawyers are demanding compensation of more than £200,000 from his insurers, Liverpool Victoria.

But the firm claims she is partly to blame for her injuries because she was not wearing her seatbelt “properly”.

Miss Green, of Beaminster, Dorset said in her blog that the accident in nearby Grimstone “changed my life forever”.

She was going out for the evening with friends in a Volkswagen Golf driven by 31-year-old Daniel Sibley.

Mr Cook ploughed into them head-on while trying to overtake a Nissan Qashqai and killed himself and Miss Green’s best friend Louiza Covey.

Mr Sibley and third passenger Aaron Miller were seriously injured.


LUBBOCK, Texas – One person was transported to a hospital after a horse trailer detached from a truck and hit a car, causing the vehicle to flip over.

The accident took place around 5:15 p.m. Monday along Indiana Avenue near 89th Street.

Lubbock Fire Rescue freed one person from the rolled over car. The person’s condition was not immediately available.

A horse was not in the trailer at the time of the crash.

Southbound traffic was blocked while emergency crews responded to the scene.










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