It's Been A Blast - Sam Jimmison writes about her new yard, her new horses and a summer of competitions
It feels like ages since we last caught up and so much has happened. Our first big piece of news is our relocation!! We are now based at the beautiful Stapleton Park, the horses took the move well and continued their form from the start of the start of the season.
We welcomed some more new faces for the summer season and we really have had a blast. Paul and Paula Crompton’s Iquitos was the first new face to join us and he was outstanding from arrival. I don’t think he went to an event all summer without winning a prize, his biggest weekend being at the lovely event at Burgham where he won a huge 5y/o BYEH class and went on the following day to finish 2nd in his Osberton qualifier. He did come to me with the intention of selling and after a few wins and good places he was quickly snapped up.
Joe and Phillipa McMullens Kiali made her BE debut this summer; at first a few green errors cross country cost her, including our parting of ways over a light patch on landing, but she re grouped, grew up and finished the season with two cracking wins and a second. She is now going back to playing dressage for the winter with her owner.
Inola Smith’s Upsalls Lorna went from strength to strength again this year, she has been placed in almost all of her runs and made her owners dream come true when winning her Badminton regional final at Skipton with a fantastic dressage score. She also went a few places better than last year in the Frickley Park Challenge Championship to finish 3rd on her dressage score. She will have a bit of downtime at home now before returning to us in the new year to work on our Badminton preparations.
Another new team member is Kayleigh Nicholl’s Expert. To say I adore her is an understatement!! She had 5 runs this year and was double clear and top 10 in every one. She finished her season at Frickley with 5th in the championship class, a serious sack the jockey error cost us the win when I came in off the cross country with reverse time penalties. Frickley was a lovely event for me as lots of my clients were competing, infact the Championship went to one of my regulars from Thornthope, Amy Osborn. It was great to see Amy fulfill one of her main ambitions the previous week when she qualified Badminton at Richmond but to the watch her finish her season off by winning the championship was fabulous. Even if she did beat me, I put it down to doing my coaching to well…
Sally Iggulden’s beautiful boy Daria I Noor made a couple of seriously pleasing appearances, his first being at Northallerton in his Area Festival Regional where he finished 2nd with a fabulous score of 71% to qualify us for the next round. He was just unbelievable at Burghley putting in the most amazing performance to finish in 9th place. We had a great day out with all the horses we took with us; they all performed to the best of their ability and learnt so much - hopefully all the 4y/o will continue their form into next season so they will get to return for another go.
We then enjoyed a quiet couple of weeks ahead of our last event of the season the British Eventing championships at Osberton. Iquitos returned to me for this championship as his new owner was busy at university. He kicked things off well, being first to go in a huge 5y/o championship class with some of the worlds best, meaning we had to dig very deep. He definitely put his dancing shoes on that morning completing his dressage with a score of 29 which left us in 6th place overnight. Kayleigh Nicholl’s Myspires Another Star was also dancing well in the 4y/o championship test to finish with a score of 27 and lead overnight. Both horses jumped spectacular the following day and both finished on their dressage scores, Myspires Another Star was on beaten by.01 and finished Reserve 4y/o champion and Iquitos moved up two places after his double clear to finish 4th. What a way to end an amazing season!!!
As i’m sat writing I’m getting excited for our last big one of this season, it’s HOYS tomorrow!!! Jorden Slack handed me the reins on her lovely mare Farah at the start of the season and its been great fun having one to purely show jump and this feisty little mare has given us so much fun away from eventing. We have been to some lovely shows and won a prize at nearly them all, we had no idea until the week before we were even eligible for the HOYS qualifier so when we got there and finished 3rd with a lovely triple clear we were ecstatic, It will be the mares biggest challenge so I’m hoping that we have prepared her enough for it to be a positive experience that we can all enjoy.
I have to admit we have faced a few challenges this year along the way and also lost a couple of favourites which is always difficult but I can honestly say that I can look back on this season and think ‘WOW’ its been a blast. Everyone who helps and supports me all play their part of the team that make my job very easy and enjoyable.