How could I not start with Mr. Jack? Little Jacko was my first ever pony, and it was the best decision we could have made. He is a 2008, 14.1hh Connemara gelding by Gwennic de Goariva. We bought Jack from our neighbour as a 6 month old, just weaned. Our neighbours were farmers, who had a Connemara mare and bred a foal each year just for fun. I was 11 at the time and of course fell head over heels in love. Ten years on, he’s still part of the family and he’s here to stay. He was the first pony I ever broke in (with the help of my trainer of course). We did hunter trials, eventing, showjumping, trick riding, you name it! I owe this pony everything and I could only hope that I’ve given him the best life possible in return for the years of joy he gave me.
Next up is the infamous Welbeck. It’s a bit of a running joke among my friends that I “love Welbeck more than my mates” and it may or may not have some truth to it… Welbeck is a 2008, 16hh Irish Sport Horse mare by Well Chosen out of a Cruising mare. She was first first horse I rode after I aged out of ponies and we went from jumping 1m and 1m10 to 1m35 classes! She exceeded all expectations as she was only meant to be a stepping stone into horse classes. She is ridiculously brave and will take any jump on, however she likes to do her job and that’s where her interactions with humans ends. She doesn’t particularly like being groomed or petted, but that’s just her personality and we still love her for it.
Summerbridge Flush, or “Fiona” as she is known on the yard, is my main showjumper at the moment. Fiona is a 2008, 17hh, Irish Sport Horse mare. She is by Clover Flush out of a Balda Beau mare. We bought her as a 2 year old and since then she has had two foals and a lot of time off in the field as she is such a big horse, she needed time for mature and I also needed time to become experienced enough to manage her. This year was her first year competing and in full work and she impressed us all by going from 80cm to 1m20 classes within a few months. She is a sweetest, most gentle horse on the ground, however we have had some issues under saddle with her which we are slowly but surely working through. I am so excited for this horse’s future as she has endless scope and absolutely loves to jump.
Khalinov, or “Khal” is Fiona’s first foal and also the first foal we ever bred. He is a 2014, 16.1hh Irish Sport Horse gelding by Ustinov. I’ve backed and produced many young horses, but it’s been especially exciting to work with a homebred horse. He has a great personality and loves people. In his first year of competing as a four year old, he jumped up to 1m classes. With time, I believe he is going to be a very talented show jumper.
Last but not least is Dalivan Flush, or “Dali”. Dali is Fiona’s second foal and is by the stallion Van Gogh. He was born in 2016 and already stands at 17hh with plenty more growing left to do, so he’s going to be a big boy! As he is still young, he’s only done minimal handling, but he adores people and whinnies every time you go into the field. I’m excited to back him next year and loose jump him to get a glimpse at his potential.