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August-September, 2012

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Trip to England

We arrived home from England just in time for our grandsonís Wedding.  Peterís son Adam was married to Danielle Darcy on Saturday 22nd September 2012 and what a wonderful wedding it was a beautiful sunny spring day, and the joining of two soul mates.

Our trip to England was a great success, catching up with old friends, visiting the Para Olympics, attending a variety of horse events and hunting around antique shops in quaint villages.

 We stayed with the Marfleets, Freddy, Amanda and Kate in their lovely Georgian home in Kent, early parts of the house date back to the 1400ís, They are very gracious and generous hosts who welcome many visitors from Australia.

Kate is very busy with tertiary education at Cirencester and has given up Showing which has prompted Amanda to turn to another type of competition Trekking using Kateís very successful show horse, Valentino.

The Trek competition is run over 2 days, the first involves map reading where the riders have to find their way around 20 kilometres or more of a set course across local fields and tracks.  There are check points, some hidden, and on strict times constraints to reach each section.  The second day the contestants have to negotiate a course of natural obstacles for points and on time.

One Trek we attended was on the ancient fields where Richard III fought the last significant battle of the War of The Roses.

Amanda had only done 4 Treks and at the last one before we left she won and qualified for the National Competition so her competitive spirit is alive and well.  It seems that show riders can excel in any horse sport, as so many of our past and present Olympians started out in Pony Club and the Showring

Amandaís son James was married last year and this year was second son Tomís turn. He married his long time sweetheart Nicky Robertson at a wonderful venue in the Cotswolds near Cirencester.  The two families spent the week-end in a splendid Georgian House which was a great idea for the two families to get to know each other.  At right is the wedding party - Bridesmaid, Kate Marfleet, and her Tom (L) & James with Bride, Nicky.

Things were much the same in the Marfleet estate Ė the lovely English garden, charming centuries old house, with horses, sheep, dogs (Amanda breeds Labradoodles), llamas (at right in her kitchen!!) and now has a Peppa Pig Ė a miniature pig that she leads around.

 

 

 

 


Keir - It was great to catch up with Kier Ferrie who has been in England for almost 3 years now.  She misses her riding very much and I think in the next couple of years we will see her back home again.
Pictured at left is Bruce with Kier. 


Para Olympics
Our trip, as usual, involved lots of horse activities, one of the highlights of our trip was attending the Para Olympics Dressage on a few occasions.  This was a moving experience both from the determination and courage of the athletes and the patience and kindness of those wonderful horses.  The standard of performance was very high.  It was a pleasure to see Hannah Dodd (pictured at right) ride and to chat to her later where she remembered her times with us at Three Day Schools when she was young.

English Shows
At Addington, which is a particularly beautiful  venue, we attended the British Championships Finals.  There were some excellent horses in the Small and Large Hack Classes very like the type of Hack seen in our showings.

Burghley with Clay Fredericks
I have always wanted to attend Burghley Three Day Event and was able to do so this trip.  It is enormous place with extensive gardens and woodland.  Clayton and Lucinda Fredericks were competing there and we caught Claytonís Dressage phase on a new chestnut gelding.  During lunch with Clay (left) we caught up on his future plans.  He is going to coach in the USA and was establishing a training yard there as well as his one in England.  Clay has not changed one bit since he used to travel to Royal Shows with us in his teens.

 


It is certainly good to be home,
Maureen Walker

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