Our first visit to this show ground was five years ago, each year structural improvements have been made but this year I can honestly say the development has increased the premises to a higher standard.
The schedule offers many classes to suit the “spotted” horse, we have successfully competed Peyres Catori Cat and Princesse Pascale in earlier years but Reus doesn’t fit the criteria – No Spots.
Foreign and Rare Breeds in hand young stock.
Delighted to say we won.
We were unsuccessful in the evening under spot lights with loud music but we had a very enjoyable day.
Another great success for Emma Feltham’s mare Mischief Maker, back in the ring taking the Coloured class at Cadam. Winning the “Best Appaloosa” sponsored by Redheart Appaloosas.
Mischief Maker with Emma Feltham’s daughter Jordan.
Fantastic result and many congratulations to all involved.
There is something very special that I cannot explain about being in the ring with my mother. I know she is proud of me and I know she is apprehensive about leading the babies. My mother completes the task without question and gives it her all. I am very proud of her and am thankful for her dedication in supporting me.
Back in the ring at Hartpury, my mother and I stood side by side in the BApS In Hand Grade Championship.
Reus was awarded Champion Grade A and Evee Reserve Champion Grade A .
This Championship was not declared on the card and was very much a surprise and appreciated.
Thanks to The British Appaloosa Society for exceeding the possibilities of more awards.
This award has enhanced Redheart Appaloosas, giving us another opportunity of recognition for what we are trying to achieve.
Preserve, improve, promote and enhance The Appaloosa Breed, along with every one else who has a passion.
Arriving at Hartpury Equestrian Centre on the ‘right day’, was a good start.
Hevans EV Cattorrius & Hevans EV Pascalius were both warmed up, shown around and dressed over in time for our first class. The first thing I noticed was the amazing surface in the indoor arena, level and compact made running easier for the daisy cutter……
I will admit on this day both horses turned out exceptionally well, competing English style made a huge difference in their appearance.
Hevans EV Catorrius
As the day unfolded it was clear he was the Judges ‘type’, his manners better although he still insisted on proclaiming “I am a two-year old colt”! Words of wisdom from people with their own experiences, keep telling me “don’t give up, he will grow out of it…..” I find very encouraging and I appreciate any advice given.
Reus excelled himself winning the Best Conditioned, Most Colourful Other and second in the 2 & 3-year-old Colt’s class’s. Qualifying for the Championships he won Champion Young stock and was awarded the Audrey Callis Memorial Trophy. Winning the Champion Male he was awarded the Oslo Plate and he gained Reserve Champion in Most Colourful and Champion of Champions.
Winning the Supreme In Hand Championship made the day being awarded the Linda McCartney Trophy was very special for obvious reasons.
Hevans EV Pascalius
Evee was placed down the line in her first class and an honourable 3rd in Most Colourful Other.
In her defence she has never experienced so many horses in one place, it took a while for my mother to settle her.
Thanks to my mother, by the time I entered the ring with Evee for the Yearling Filly Class she was settled and “with me”.
Evee tracked up and completed her show without putting a foot wrong.
Standing beautifully before the Judges, she was awarded a well deserved and appreciated 1st place.
Another outstanding performance resulted in her first Champion award in the Female Championships.
This was certainly the right day for Redheart Appaloosas.
Friday 15th August.
There is a lot of preparation the night before a show. Finishing work I collected my girls from their “Kids Club”, got the horses in from their fields, worked Reus, bathed and plaited him. Frank came and worked Evee, I then bathed and plaited her. A few other jobs completed and all was good to go.
Saturday 16th August.
Fed horses at 5am, loaded and on road for 7am to Hartpury College / Equestrian Centre , it was only a short drive away which meant no pressure. Our arrival was like entering a ghost town.
Not sure how many people have done this but I can confirm I am now one person that has gone to a show a day early, better than a day late I guess. Thankfully the short journey home was most entertaining as my children thought it was hilarious funny, as I explained it was “a trial run”
Surprised to be un-loaded at home, the horses enjoyed a relaxing walk around the lanes.
“All dressed up and nowhere to go”
The worse thought;
I knew they would need bathing and plaiting the night before (again) the British Appaloosa Society National Breed Show ON Sunday 17th August 2014.
The ApHC UK National Supreme Champion sponsored by Redheart Appaloosas.
Delighted to announce the winner was Capitall Lola with Mrs Joan Sillitoe from Cumbria. Lola is a seven-year old mare out of Maybe by Mannog Moonriver standing at Monnog Appaloosas.
Lola didn’t go home with Joan that day, she went to her new home with Robinsong Appaloosas , good luck to them.
Joan Sillitoe with Capitall Lola
Keen to leave at 5am, I then realise it was too dark to turn Hevans EV Cateaster out into the field because she has night blindness. As soon as it was light enough Easter, Catori and PP were turned out and we loaded Hevans EV Pascalius and Hevans EV Catorrius into the lorry.
A straight run up the M5 to Warwickshire College, Moreton Morrell for the ApHC UK National Breed Show.
Frank very kindly warmed Reus up, he always needs to exert some energy.
Crystal ensured Evee had stretching her legs, had a good look around and was settled.
A fantastic day for Crystal and Evee, 2nd in the Yearling USA filly class, 4th in the FPD Halter female open and following in her mothers foot steps (PP) she won the UK Yearling filly class taking the APHC UK Nutland Carpet Salver. Crystal qualified for the ApHC UK young stock championship and was placed Reserve Champion. Absolutely delighted for Crystal and Evee, a promising second show and an exciting future for another potential brood mare at Redheart Appaloosa’s.
I have worked Reus hard over the last three weeks to enhance his performance at the shows. I believe this effort had paid off, he won the ApHC USA two year old colt class and the USA FPD Halter open male. He then went USA Grand Champion Stallion winning the USA bronze trophy.
In the UK class for two year old colts he took first place which qualified him for the UK Grand Champion Stallion which he won and was awarded the Tiptoe Stud Shield.
We also won the Spotless Salver in the non characteristic class.
However, he let him self down in the ApHC UK Supreme Championship, even though I believe we were in the running for Reserve (being asked for a repeat show), Reus clocked him self in the arena mirror and was very aroused by his reflection. I totally get that!
ApHC UK National Breed Show 2014
A well deserved day for the horses and a very enjoyable day had by all, topped off with a super picnic supplied by Frank. Just Brilliant.
More pictures updated on the horses pages.
We are all ready for the Appaloosa Club UK National Show tomorrow. Last years silver has been cleaned and engraved.
Looking at the 2013 winnings of Hevans EV Catorrius it was a pleasure to read the previous winners and wonderful to know Reus’s name is engraved along side some outstanding horses.
The Yearling Colt Trophy , The Male Champion, The Spotless Salver and The Yearling Colt Class winner. It seems so long ago, it feels like he’s been a big two year old forever.
The lorry has undergone a little improvement, the addition of an extended partition (full width and extended height, ceiling to floor). This has enabled a colt and a filly to travel together. I am confident (after a few trail runs) we can make the National Show in one trip.
I have great company tomorrow, Crystal is leading Heavans EV Pascalius, Frank is helping with Hevans EV Catorrius (I also heard he’s bringing a picnic – hope its not just the chocolate bar), my mother is meeting us there and will be supervising the children along side their father who is in charge of photography.
Lets see what the day brings us?
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