Weaning time again - how quickly it seems to come around. All done in the quietest and calmest way possible, no bother this year thank goodness! Our little girl, Saint Malo x Ogarina, is ready to go to her new home.
Team Ravendale made the trip down to Stoneleigh for the British National Dressage Championships. RS Mylo and Kate Johnson gained 66.44% in the Stretch & Flex Open Elementary Championship class. A big day for Mylo, the sheer number of horses in the warm up arena was rather surprising for him but apart from an unfortunate big clap and cheer from the arena next door, he kept his concentration. The marks were close in the main apart from the first two horses, so all in all, we were pleased with his performance and next time he'll be a more experienced horse for it.
Finally some sunshine and harvest can get underway!
RS Mylo and Kate Johnson qualify for the Dressage Championships after scoring 68.23% at Frys Regional Championships - fantastic news.
Our Saint Malo x Zizitop colt foal, Sharp Dressed Man (so named from the title of a Zizitop song and his flash good looks!) gains a score of 8.3 for a First Premium at the Arena UK BEF series. He was rather more interested in looking at the flowers than showing off to the judges on this occasion, which didn't help his score but a learning experience all the same.
RS Mylo and Kate Johnson win two Medium classes at Sheepgate with scores of 66.9% and 67.06% on only his second time out at this level, plus some lovely comments from the judges too. Le Docteur and Vanessa Worthington score 65.17% to take a second in a Medium class and we can reflect on a successful day.
We were lucky enough to be hosting a DRESSAGE CLINIC with Elke Funk-Hess, highly qualified German Trainer who has also ridden Internationally herself, here at the Stud on June 17th, 18th and 19th. She really brings a concentration and focus to your training, equipping you with the tools to improve your riding and your horses way of going.
Ravendale Stud had another successful foray over the river to Port Royal yesterday (15/7/13). Le Docteur and Vanessa won the Elementary qualifier with 71.43% and were 2nd in the Medium qualifier. Kate Johnson and RS Mylo won their Elementary non Qualifier and were second in Mylo's first ever Medium! Great work team!
Angel (Argument/ Feinerstern x Trapper) has produced a black filly by Saint Malo, she is so similar to her full brother of last year, they will make an amazing Pas de deux pair!
Our boy R.S. Raphael and Vanessa won both the National and International British Young Dressage Horse classes at Sheepgate . He has now qualified for both the Championship Finals at Hickstead and Stoneleigh - very exciting!
R.S. Maradonner (Meodc x Donnerschlag x Watussi/ Chrysanthemum) was third in the 5yr old Potential International Young Dressage Horse qualifier at Sheepgate on 1st June. Full sister to Elite mare Merinka and Elite Candidate mare, Medonna we have high hopes for her.
Jannah's Prospect (3 yr old filly by Medoc) has already had a fantastic season. She started with champion in-hand at NCPA Cheshire (Southview), then Champion and reserve at North Staffordshire Showing Society (Barleyfields), Champion Horse at Amateur Showing (Keysoe)and Champion in-hand and Reserve Supreme at Midarc Winter Champs (Netley Hall).
A bay filly was born (Saint Malo x Zeoiliet/ Wolfgang/ Romaan) last night and mother and baby both doing very well. This little girl is so cute and promises to be very talented at jumping AND dressage, if her pedigree has anything to do with it!
Will Spring never come?! Foals in rugs, this weather is very depressing.
Congratulations to Sunrise Farm Othello and Mike Hutchinson after achieving a personal best of 73.33% to win the Novice 28 at Epworth EC, 3rd March. Mike describes him in the Horse and Hound report as "a saint of a horse". He trains the Medoc gelding with Becky Moody and Jo Graham.
Maximilian VIII by Medoc and Amelia Bowring secured a ticket to the Tri Zone Airlite Star final at Horseworld, Bristol. Owned by Kevin Snape, Amelia has taken on the ride after the horse was turned away for two years, Kevin's daughter having moved from home. Good luck in the finals!
A lovely strong colt foal has arrived (Saint Malo x Sir Sinclair/ Jazz x Aram). He looks like he will have the gorgeous liver chestnut and white markings like the eye catching and talented Belissimo M, let's hope he shares more than the looks!
Marjorie's Mine, a 4 year old dark brown mare by Medoc out of Tucky Too, won first time out at Aintree, she will be contesting Riding Horse classes this year.
Vanessa and Le Docteur, by Utta Graf's beautiful dressage stallion Le Noir, made it two wins (Feb 1st) at Sheepgate in the Elementary classes. With 8's and 9's and lots of compliments from the judges - a really good day for Ravendale Stud!
Great day (Feb 1st) for R.S. Monaco (aka Mr Big - Medoc x Flemmingh/ Jazz) as he won both his Prelim classes on his first ever outing at Sheepgate, with rider Kate Johnson yesterday. Some lovely comments from the judges and 7's & 8's. Well done!
Medonna (Medoc x Donnerleska - Donnerschlag x Waleska) a full sister to Elite Merinka, has part qualified as an Elite mare herself with the British Hanoverian Horse Society.
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