Emily’s News 2015
Uppercourt Cooley dominates the huge CIC* at South of England winning by 9 marks
Rinwood Cooley more than proved his worth at Blenheim
After a slightly mediocre dressage for him, Rinwood Cooley jumped one of only a few double clears in Blenheim’s popular 8/9yr olds CIC***. It’s an excellent show case for the next generation of Advanced horses.
‘I’m so excited about Rinwood Cooley’s future. He made the step up to Advanced and *** feel easy this Autumn, a winter of getting him stronger and fitter, and I’m hoping he’ll be ready to start being competitive at this level next season.’
Rinwood Cooley shows his class at Wellington
Rinwood Cooley (below) jumped a super double clear around a grown up Advanced to finish a fantastic 6th in the competitive 8/9yr old class.
Chilham proved a super day for both Uppercourt Cooley, who had a win in the Novice and Bright Spark who finished 3rd in the BE100 with another double clear and her best dressage to date.
Rinwood Cooley makes his Advanced debut with aplomb
Rinwood Cooley made the step up to Advanced at Aston le Walls with ease.
‘This was my first advanced in nearly two years, so I was very excited for this day to finally arrive and he didn’t let me down. Amongst many 4* seasoned campaigners he didn’t look out of place. He did a great test, with so much more still to come and was sitting in the top 10 at the end of the dressage. After a great outing at Pyecombe in the week, (pic) where we had double clears in the 1.20 and the 1.30 I was really cross with an annoying 4 faults in the show jumping after a beautiful round. And then a super clear xc, making it feel easy, means I am very excited for his Autumn campaign.’
Bright Spark notches up her third double clear in a row at Eridge
Bright Spark continued to shine, this time at Eridge. A lovely dressage for 29, and an easy double clear left her just outside the top 10. Super consistent Cooley Takeover jumped another double clear in the Intermediate Novice and this time picked up 6th place, while Uppercourt Cooley made his debut at Intermediate level.
‘A very competitive dressage proved a great start, and a super show jumping round. The xc started fantastically and then really annoyingly we were held for ages. Unfortunately he seemed to have switched off when we were restarted and went rather green, so I pulled him up’
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The boys become dressage queens at Brightling and Bright Spark notches up another double clear
Brightling proved to be a very successful weekend for all the horses.
Rinwood Cooley had his first run back since Tattersalls, in the CIC**. He posted a personal best in the dressage, breaking the 40 barrier with 38.9. He followed this with a super double clear and finished 11th.
Cooley Takeover and Uppercourt Cooley were both in the CIC*. Cooley Takeover did a fabulous test for 42.8 and sat less than a point behind the leader. He followed this with a fantastic jumping performance and finished 5th. Uppercourt Cooley also did a fabulous test, 43.2 and jumped a beautiful clear show jumping. He didn’t run xc to save him for another day.
Uppercourt Cooley has his first run back from Tattersalls
Both Uppercourt Cooley and Cooley Takeover did the Intermediate Novice at Farley Hall. They managed super tests with a 24 and a 29 respectively and lovely show jumping rounds. A Cooley Takeover was saved for another day and didn’t run xc, but Uppercourt Cooley enjoyed a spin and picked up 8th place in the process.
Bright Spark makes her official BE debut
Emily’s lovely homebred Bright Spark made her first official BE debut in the 5yr old class at Berkshire College.
‘She had grown up and learnt so much from last week at Mattingley and felt like a total pro. I was thrilled with our 28 dressage and steady double clear!’
A Cooley Takeover also put in another consistent performance in the Novice with another double clear and a lower placing.
Homebred Bright Spark shows some class at her first event!
Bright Spark (Betty) made her eventing debut at Mattingley Unaffiliated, with immaculate behaviour and a lovely double clear. She is the third foal I have bred out of my old advanced mare Welton Sparkle, who took me around my first Badminton and Burghley. Bright Spark (pictured below) is by Billy be Cool, and at the moment is showing all the attributes to move up the levels of eventing.
Luck of the Irish at Tattersalls
We all enjoyed a fabulous week at Tattersalls. Uppercourt Cooley really stepped up to the mark in the CCIYH*. He did a great dressage of 46.9 and followed that up with a double clear!
‘I was absolutely thrilled with Uppercourt Cooley’s performance this week. It was a big step up for him. A long journey and staying away is a lot for a young horse to deal with. He also had less mileage than most of the other horses who finished in the top 10. He will have learnt a lot this week, and I’m excited about his future.’
Rinwood Cooley (pictured below) also put up a great performance in the CCI**, just little mistakes in each phase prevented him from a top 10 finish.
‘The most important thing to take from this week is that Rinwood Cooley felt more than ready to step up to the next level, which is so exciting. He made the xc feel easy, I had brakes, and he finished really well. So there are lots of positives!’
Character building weather at Aston le Walls
The rain kept falling all day at Aston, but that didn’t seem to dampen the performances. Both Uppercourt Cooley and A Cooley Takeover picked up lower placing in their respective Novice sections. Rinwood Cooley also enjoyed an outing, jumping a lovely double clear in the Open Intermediate, trying out some new air brakes that seemed to work!
A Cooley Takeover (pictured right) continued his fantastic run of form at Chilham by finishing a solid 3rd in the Novice around what is always a hilly and challenging course.
Uppercourt Cooley jumped a super double clear in the Novice Regional Final to finish 6th, again, continuing his consistent form.
A Cooley Takeover pulls it out the bag again at Hambleden
A Cooley Takeover is quickly proving to be super consistent and yet again did a lovely test, breaking the 30 barrier, and jumping a great double clear picking up 7th place.
‘He is only little but is such fun to ride and seems to have a great aptitude for competing, I’m really looking forward to what the rest of the season holds for him’
Rinwood Cooley did a great test to put him in the top 10 after dressage. Unfortunately a split in the corner of his mouth made him a little challenging to ride in the jumping phases. He jumped a beautiful round show jumping, but xc picked up an annoying 20 penalties where he was being fussy in the mouth rather than focusing on what he had to jump. So healing the mouth and re-aligning the brakes is in order before his next run.
A Cooley Takeover (pictured right) was the star of the show at South of England, contesting his first Novice. He lead the dressage and jumped an immaculate steady double clear, picking up his first BE point!
Uppercourt Cooley and Rinwood Cooley both also produced great dressage tests and jumped brilliantly, just adding time faults for steady rounds to their final scores.
Outstanding behaviour on a very wintery day at Munstead
Uppercourt Cooley and A Cooley Takeover had quite a testing outing for their first event of the year. It was a very cold blustery day! They were both very, very good.
A Cooley Takeover, aka Sprout, jumped superbly in the BE100plus and finished on his dressage score for 6th. Uppercourt Cooley did a lovely test scoring 26, jumped beautifully and was given a very annoying 20 penalties xc for spooking before a fence.
‘My argument was that we were about 10 strides away from the fence and he didn’t step backwards, but sadly it was the fence judges word against mine’
Rinwood Cooley blew out the cobwebs at Poplar
Rinwood Cooley loved to be out for the first time of 2015. He was so pleased he even added a few extra flying changes that weren’t required in his dressage test! Jumping well meant he still picked up a minor placing.
A winter of hunting, show jumping, dressage and enjoying training on the Equine Pathway
Having enjoyed a well earned break, the horses have also had some fun over the winter months.
Uppercourt Cooley and homebred Bright Spark (pictured below) enjoyed a couple of days out hunting, which they loved! It was a great experience for the 4yr old Bright Spark to learn where her feet are and she took to the hedges like a duck to water.
Rinwood Cooley and Emily were able to use the benefits of being on the Equine Pathway with some winter training.
‘It was lovely to be able to training with Tracie Robinson on the flat, she really knows how to get the best out of the horses and has given us lots to work on to up our game.’