Calendar Girls…….

What a lovely surprise this morning on the Face Book media page  Appaloosa Calendar,  as I celebrate my birthday I also celebrate seven enjoyable years working at the Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP.

The photo below of my mares Princesse Pascale and Peyres Catori Cat take the 2015 Appaloosa Calendar month of July.

 

 

No surprise what close friends and family will be getting for Christmas. Both mares are the back bone to Redheart Appaloosas and mean so very much to me, their progeny seem to be stealing the limelight at present but today it is the Calendar Girls turn.

Another huge relief…..

  Awaiting the following cycle after her foal heat, Peyres Catori Cat was booked in at Three Counties Equine Hospital LLP for an Artificial Insemination (AI) package with the semen from RDF Ti Kha Atta Rain.

 

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     Peyres Catori Cat had her 1st pregnancy scan today,

    which proved to be positive!

 

 

                    Princesse Pascale also had a scan to  confirm a

                    heartbeat and healthy maintained pregnancy  !  

                                                                                                

 

 

 

 

As I look out across the field I see the mares happy and content, pregnant for 2015 and my two Kiss My Finest Heart fillies growing and enjoying life……ALL THE GIRLS

 

What a relief, very excited about the new arrivals out of Peyres Catori Cat & Princesse Pascale by RDF Ti Kha Atta Rain.

 

Great Friends…………

Last night Hevans EV Pascalius was prepared for her first show, she is an amazingly quiet yearling, bathed, clipped, dressed over and braided with out a care in the world! Because Hevans EV Catorrius was entered, this meant two trips with the lorry so Evee was booked a stable the night before. She loaded and travelled beautifully and settled in the main barn at the ApHC UK Midland Show at Summer House Equestrian Centre, Gloucester.

Evee was entered in ApHC USA Reg – fillies/mares and Main Reg – Fillies 3 years and under. She won both classes and was awarded a special for the best yearling. This was a wonderful introduction to her showing career, Evee wasn’t naughty but scared. The judge was very obliging, I was allowed to encourage and relax the filly before leaving the ring on a “good note”. Very much appreciated, all the work at home vanished into thin air, there was so much for her to observe and I was relieved when her head started to lower!

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Reus was entered in Best Condition & Turnout 3 years & under, ApHC USA Reg – colts / stallions / geldings and Main Reg – Colts 3 years and under. Again, taking first place qualified both horses into their own class Championships and Young Stock Championship.

 

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Qualifying a colt and a filly in the Young Stock Championship meant an extra pair of hands!

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My mother came to the rescue, as always!

Hevans EV Catorrius took the Championship with Hevans EV Pascalius as Reserve! 

History repeating itself, it was only a few years ago, my Mother and I stood with Princesse Pascale and Peyres Catori Cat, the Dam’s of these young stock!

Such a wonderful experience again to be stood in the ring with my mother!

 

 

During the morning, to my delight two very good friends Frank and Crystal who I work with turned up at the show! These two people have years of experience with horses and are more than capable of dealing with any situation……..Evee & Reus were taken from me in turn as one went in the ring, one came out etc…….Frank walked Evee around showing her the sights of the showing world and Crystal ensured Reus was kept occupied out of the way of the fillies!

Phew…….so very much appreciated and so glad to have such GREAT FRIENDS! Thank you both x

 

 

Stepping out……

 After a few days bonding in the confinement of a stable, it was time for Catori & Easter to stretch their legs and allow Catori time to graze. The purchase of a corral ensured no galloping but an area large enough for the mare and foal to be turned for a few hours.Easter's 1st day out 0

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Peyres Catori Cat & Hevans EV Cateaster, first day out!

After a few circuits of the corral, Catori took a deep sigh and put her head down to eat, which was a relief for Easter who was exhausted mentally and pysically by her mother’s actions….

Once Easter is strong enough they will be introduced to Princesse Pascale and Hevans EV Pascalius in the big field.

Mother Nature is wonderful……

The birth of my third Appaloosa!

After nights of foal watching, Peyres Catori Cat finally got down to it! At 8pm Catori was looking extremely uncomfortable just as my children were going to bed….What an excuse to stay up late!

By 9pm two brown feet, followed by a brown head appeared and within seconds a white body surprised us all!

Hevans EV Cateaster shortly after birth

Later we quietly walked to the stable to meet Easter, delighted to say it was a filly, just what I “ORDERED”.

After a thorough examination, “hand printing” session we ensured nursing was achieved before checking the placenta.

Easter's Placenta

Easter’s healthy, intact placenta.

HEVANS EV CATEASTER

Leaving them to bond and put the children to bed…..

She will have a family home for life and the best possible chance of a showing career before becoming a proven quality mother herself!

On this day we also celebrated the birth of Evee, she is one year’s old today!