Emily’s News 2013
Best Irish bred 6yr old at Osberton
Rinwood Cooley didn’t disappoint at Osberton in the 6yr old Championship, finishing 5th and best Irish bred. He has rarely been out of the placings all year and this weekend was no different in a high class of the best 6yr olds in the country.
‘He doesn’t have a weak phase and is very easy to ride, which makes him a very exciting horse for the future.’
Jibber Jabber clocked up some more valuable mileage at Berkshire College in the BE100, this time producing a lovely double clear.
A successful weekend at South of England
Emily was finally able to take over the reins on her home bred Jibber Jabber this weekend. It was in fact the last competition she rode his mother, the 4* mare Welton Sparkle, at so there was a feeling of coming full circle! Jibber Jabber put up another solid performance and finished just outside the placings, giving Emily a fabulous ride.
Cooley All Business, owned by Jackie Hurst Brown and Tricia Davenport, really enjoyed what was to be his last run of the season, jumping double clear and finishing 7th in the Intermediate.
‘He gave me probably the best ride I’ve had all season xc today, the kind that keeps you going through the long winter months!’
Rinwood Cooley takes Gatcombe in his stride
A late entry to Gatcombe meant having to compete in a very competitive Open Intermediate section. But that didn’t seem to phase Rinwood Cooley, who once again did a super test and jumped double clear.
‘It’s been a very frenetic week with moving, but that doesn’t seem to have bothered him in the slightest. He is so easy to ride that he just makes everything so much fun! I can’t wait to take him to Osberton to do the 6 year old Championships’
On the move
After 13 years of being based at Sandhurst Farm a fantastic opportunity for Emily to relocate to Mayfield (St Leonards Mayfield School) has been snapped up.
‘They have built a fantastic stable complex, and have a huge outdoor and now an indoor school. There is also a cross country course on site. So my team have everything we could wish for. It is a very exciting opportunity for me and a positive step for my horses. Although I have already been teaching there for many years, it is hoped by having a professional rider on site it will attract even more students to the school who have equestrian ambitions.’
Rinwood Cooley and Cooley All Business both relish the Intermediate at Wellington
For Cooley All Business, owned by Jackie Hurst Brown and Patricia Davenport, it was his first time at this level. He posted his best mark ever in the dressage, a very competitive 32. He jumped beautifully, making the step up xc feel easy.
Rinwood Cooley was once again Mr Consistant and put in another solid performance, of a good dressage and fabulous jumping.
Cooley All Business learns how a Three Day works at Hartpury
Cooley All Business put some valuable miles under his belt in the CCI* at Hartpury. He coped brilliantly with the atmosphere in the big dressage arena, just making a couple of errors for a creditable 54. He made nothing of the xc, giving Emily a fantastic ride, and just rolled an uncharacteristic pole in the show jumping.
Drivetime didn’t have such a happy time at Hartpury and felt below par in all 3 phases. Sadly he has picked up a minor injury and is enjoying an earlier holiday than planned, to make sure he is firing on all cylinders for the start of next season.
‘It is the first injury he has picked up in his entire career, which is quite a feat for a 17 year old who has been competing at the top of the sport for as long as he has. It’s not major and I am very positive he will be back out winning next season’
A successful weekend at Brightling
Rinwood Cooley and Cooley All Business both contested the massive CIC* section at Brightling. The boys were on cracking form. Both posted personal bests in the dressage. Cooley All Business smashed 20marks off his last score at this level. Both then jumped super clears in a tricky show jumping and were handily placed in the top 10 going in to cross country.
Cooley All Business went first of the two, and was fantastic, until a mis-communication at the coffin where he jumped too big over the ditch which meant sailing past the final element. ‘He didn’t even see it, so he wasn’t being naughty, it was just one of those very annoying things that meant we picked up 20 penalties’.
Rinwood Cooley luckily didn’t make the same mistake, and flew round with just a handful of time penalties to finish a very credible 5th.
‘They are both the most lovely young horses and it has been a pleasure producing them this season’.
Moments of brilliance at a scorching Eridge
Eridge revamped was fantastic and the team rose to the occasion, not just by providing a fantastic lunch!
6yr old Rinwood Cooley contested his first Intermediate with relish. He was fabulous in all 3 phases, and although he had his first fence down of the entire year, he still finished 7th: ‘He is a very exciting horse for the future, nothing phases him.’
Cooley All Business skipped around the Novice for a lower placing: ‘He is a lovely horse, who is loving his new career, having showjumped up until the end of last year’
Drivetime posted a personal best dressage in the OI of 18!!! He has bigger things to contend later in the month, so I hope his form continues…
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Rinwood Cooley shows class at Mattingley
Competing in the Intermediate Novice, Rinwood Cooley stepped up a level with ease. He finished on his dressage score, to be 2nd in a competitive section.
Cooley All Business, owned by Trica Davenport and Jackie Hurst Brown, also took the next level in his stride, putting in a much improved dressage performance and gaining precious mileage in the jumping phases.
Rinwood Cooley and Cooley All Business rock in the CIC* at Rockingham
Both horses contested in their first CIC* at the beautiful Rockingham Castle. They both jumped foot perfectly to finish on their dressage scores. Rinwood Cooley (pictured right) finished a superb 9th out of 98 starters.
Drivetime steps up to the challenge at Chatsworth
There is always a bit more pressure when you are returning to a competition as a defending champion! But we did not digrace ourselves, and I was thrilled with Drivetime to finish a creditable 4th in such a prestigious class as the D&H CIC*** Challenge.
He was fabulous in every phase and I could not have asked for a better ride. I am still the only rider to have won this class who has not ridden for their country at a Senior Championship.
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Chilham provides an educational track which the boys take in their stride
Rinwood Cooley notched up another double clear in the Novice to finsh 8th again, around what was a really educational and quite grown up xc track. I also had the pleasure of riding Cooley All Business for the first time this year, who felt so classy despite his lack of experience to also jump double clear and finish just outside the placings.
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Another successful weekend at Hambleden
Drivetime felt fantastic again in the OI at Hambleden, this time posting a 22 dressage and jumping double clear!! This time I rode Rinwood Cooley in the Novice, who felt such a pro that you forget he’s only 6, he casually notched up another double clear and finishing 8th.
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Tom rode Cooley All Business in the Novice, who excelled himself jumping double clear, around quite a grown up xc, which he made look easy.
Bonnie shines at Tweseldown
Bonnie took everything in her stride at her first BE90, despite the tacky mud! She finished 2nd, with Tom on board again, as I am still on strict instructions to take it easy (pictured right)
Eventing at Last!
After what seems to have been a very very long winter we got out eventing on the weekend, at South of England, Ardingly.
I rode Drivetime in the Open Intermediate. It was a great first run to get back, and a bit of a test to see how the collar bone felt, it held up well. We posted a fabulous dressage of 24, even though he was a bit exuberant and added a few extra moves, I scored a 9 for my riding!
He jumped beautifully and added just a few time penalties to finish second!
Tom Jackson, who has been jumping the horses for me while I’ve been injured, rode the two Novice horses. They were both fantastic. The Piece of the Action Syndicate owned Cooley All Business was contesting his first Novice and he jumped a steady double clear to finish just out of the placings. Rinwood Cooley also jumped a double clear alongside a very competitive dressage to finish in 6th.
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An auspicious start to the year!
Unfortunately I manged to re break my collarbone over New Year, which meant a bit of a slow start to the year for both the horses and myself! After what felt like forever, but in fact was only a few weeks, the younger horses started to go out and get some education under their belts.
My homebred Moondarra has been excelling himself in the dressage arena (pictured right) scoring an 80% and 8 nines in a prelim and also winning a Novice test with over 70%!
His younger brother, 5yr old, Jibber Jabber has also been out and about, before starting his eventing career later in the season (pictured left).
The lovely Bonnie, who I have in to sell, has also been strutting her stuff, constantly winning or being placed at whatever we ask of her (pictured below).