A Tribute To The Rock
It with much sorrow, that we must announce the untimely death of the The Rock. Known as Rocky, at home he sadly passed away, peacefully on 22nd December after a short illness aged just 16.
He had a great show jumping career with too many fantastic results to mention, but special mentions should go to a few of them.
One the most admirable of which was his memorable performance when he competed with Richard in the under 18 young rider European team trials at Wales and West in 2005 when Richard was just 15. He put in some fantastic rounds but the highlight of which was the stunning second round in the 2nd round of the nations cup class, which, brought him great attention from in the young rider circles.
Also, we should say, before Richard he started his career with Caroline Barnes, who also had great number of results, including qualify for the winter novice qualifier and he also completed all 3 rounds of foxhunter second round with her.
Sadly before Rocky and Richard could build on their success with their very realistic aims of getting an under 21 team place, Rockys career was cruelly cut short through injury.
He stayed with Richard all through his retirement, mainly acting as nanny to Richardss younger horses and going for occasional rides.
A very emotional Richard said He was a once in a life time horse, he was so talented yet so kind and I cant even begin to tell you how much he taught me and about the wonderful experiences we had together. He will be very sorely missed by all of us; I still struggle to believe he is no longer here
Our thoughts are with Richard and all his family at this sad time and if you have any comets about The Rock you would like us to make please get in touch.
Field House Monday 2nd January
On Monday 2nd January 2012, Vaskaria and Miss Cavalier Lady competed at Field House Equestrian Centre
Miss Cavalier Lady jumped a fantastic Double Clear in the newcomers class and finished very good 4th place.
Vaskaria jumped a fantastic clear in the first round on the Foxhunter class, and had very unfortunate fence down in the jump off, after a very tight turn back to spread fence. She put in very good performance and, in spite of the very high quality field, she posted the fastest time of the class by 3 seconds and finished an eventual 3rd place.
A delighted Richard Commented They both jumped really well and I was proud of their efforts. Vaskaria was very unlucky in the jump off, but I couldnt have asked any more the effort she put in and I am looking forward to the rest of the year
Merry Chirstmas and Best Wishes For 2012
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all Richards supporters and to all of you who follow this website. It is greatly appreciated by Richard and he would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all and wish you all the best for 2012.
Richards Next Pony Club Rally
Richards next pony club rally will be held at Hargate equestrian centre, Hilton, in their indoor arena commencing at 5.30 pm.
Vaskaria Qualifies Foxhunter Second rounds 2012
On Sunday 6th November 2011 Vaskaria jumped a fantastic double in the Foxhunter class to secure her qualification for the 2nd rounds in 2012. Not only did she jump her 4th double clear but also claimed 2nd place in the class.
A delighted Richard commented I am so proud of her efforts today, she jumped really well, and to have both her last double clear and claim 2nd place in her first indoor show this winter season is fantastic
Eland Lodge Training Clinic
On Sunday 30th October 2011 Richard will be doing a training clinic at Eland lodge Equestrian Centre in Staffordshire. For more details and to apply please go to the Eland lodge website.
Foals Officially Named!
We are pleased to announce that both Quarole Z and Vamoss foals have been given their show names.
Rosewood Lambrini , for Quarole Zs foal
Rosewood Ameretto for Vamoss
Zonnekoning II At Scope
On Thursday 1st September 2011 Zonnekoning II jumped the first preliminary qualifier for the final in the Adventurer class. 1st to go out of 210 starters, he put a valiant effort and very quick time in the second phase, but sadly an unfortunate rail down, proved to be very dear. However in he still finished in an incredible 26th place with the 2nd fastest 4 faults. A clear, with the same time would have resulted in 5th place and qualification for the final
Sadly on Friday 2nd September 2011, an unfortunate rail down, prevented Zonnekoning from having a another go at qualifying for the final
However on Saturday 3rd September 2011, he competed in the consolation class and jumped a superb double clear to claim 15th place out of approximately 180 starters.
A brilliant performance.
A delighted Richard commented he has jumped very well this week, he has tried so hard, we were very unfortunate not to qualify for the final, but I am delighted with the way he has jumped and the effort he has put in. Also the placings he has achieved
Forthcoming Pony Club Rallies
Richard will be coaching at Hargate Equestrian Centre from 5.30 pm onwards on the following dates
5th - 12th - 19th - 26th September 2011
Pony Club Camp
On the 15th -19th August Richard was coaching at the Meynell Hunt Pony Club Junior camp.
I felt the week went very well Said Richard the children were really enthusiastic and tried really hard and I was pleased with their results in the outdoor event at the end of the week
The riders Richard had in his group are listed below.
Charlotte Peers Ball
Georgina Pugh Lewis
Sally Ann Turkington
Also Richard would like to thank his fellow coaches and assistants for making it a fantastic week.
Quarole Z and Vamos Return From Stud
On Friday 12th August 2011 Quarole Z and Vamos returned home with their foals from stud and we are pleased to say both mares and foals are doing well.
Its great to have them home commented Richard and I look forward to working with the foals.