It’s been a while coming but finally we’ve got the new website up and running. To
complement the new site we will be adding a sophisticated online shopping cart so
you be able to buy all the great items that we are currently displaying on this site
through a secure ecommerce portal!
Last year finished well with the horses competing solidly and everyone moving up
the grades. We’ve had a busy breeding season and some beautiful foals on the ground.
We’ve also started breaking in the first of the Salute youngsters and they’re going
2012 sees How High join in the support for Nat Blundell in her quest to get to the
London Olympics. Nat has joined Team How High and is looking fantastic in some new
gear. Good luck Nat!
First competition for us looks like being Albury so we hope to have a good first
outing and a catch with all the people we haven’t seen since Adelaide.
We’ll be updating the site regularly from now on please keep an eye out for some
great specials and stories along the way.
Hope everyone has a great start to the season,
The How High Team.
Update June 2012
We have been abit slack again and are still working on the shopping cart it is a
huge job when James and I have a lot of other things to do as well! We have also
been breaking-in the nine 3yo’s we have and they are looking very nice!
Our first event was Albury and all the horses just poked around as it was the first
outing for them all in since last year so it was really just to get us and them back
into the swing of things! It was a successful event though for the part of the team
with Inga one of our students winning her junior class and Phil taking part in the
bareback show jumping on the Saturday night!
Next up was Canberra where the ‘How High’ team had a great weekend. James stepped
McGuire back up to 1* and was really happy with him as he is only a 6 yo he still
is taking him slowly X/C but he is looking so promising to go all the way.
Phil rode Ringo in the Pre-Novice and placed, Max came in the top 10 in the 1*, and
Elvis was 5th in the Intro.
I had Flash back out for his first run and he WON - yay! He can be very naughty
sometimes but kept his head together for 72% in his dressage and was clear x/c and
Inga had Jimmy Diamond back for his first event and he placed 4th even with some
time penalties x/c, as he had only just come back into work after a busy breeding
season and Inga also won her first Intro on Tidy!
So all in all a good weekend other then the fact we got the truck bogged and had
to get towed out = prize money all gone!
Our next outing was Camden and Phil completed his first 2** on Max so was very excited
to be in a Top Hat and Tails - a couple of little things so no placing but Phil and
Max showed that they are ready for this level. Phil also had Ringo in the PN and
he was great and is now looking like he is happy with Jumping into water and realises
that he is not going to have to jump into the Ocean! He actually jumped in both waters
very well and looked to be one of the most confident we saw go through - so fingers
McGuire was in the 1* and James had not had the best lead up as he had hurt his back
and had been away for work for the week before and unfortunately his favourite mare
lost her foal. So not super prepared as he arrived to meet us on the Saturday morning
15 minutes before his test and the windy conditions made McGuire a little distracted
for the dressage. However they had a cracking round X/C and McGuire looked great.
I unfortunately was back down on intro horses, as Flash decided to give himself an
over reach and also got a little splint! Very annoying as I felt like he was just
ready to go and be competitive and was hoping to do another one or two 1*’s and then
take him 2* - horses!! Anyway I rode Miller a young horse we bred and broke-in that
is owned by some great clients and he came 6th I think. We also swapped Elvis in
Flash’s place (not 1*) in the intro! Elvis is now owned by Inga, but Phil will ride
him for this year to get him more experienced. Well I had 3 rides on Elvis and thought
we will be right and I will give him a jump on Thursday as I had never jumped him,
even over a cross rail! That didn’t happen as our week at home was a disaster so
my first ever jump on Elvis was in the cross country warm up on Saturday anyway around
we went and we placed 5th!
A week latter and off to Berrima! That came around very quickly! Flash still not
100% so Miller swapped back in for another run. James and McGuire in the 1*, Phil
back on Elvis in the prelim, Ringo doing his first 1* and Charlotte (our first Jimmy
Diamond) having a first outing around the intro!
James and I were only riding one horse each as we had two of our students - Ella
and Chesca doing their first ever event, so we wanted to make sure we were around
to help them. It worked out pretty well as Miller had his dressage at 9.00 and then
jumped at 10.00 so I was finished before the girls even started! I had been helping
the girls too much and started doing parts of their test - so an error of course
had us in 6th place after dressage!
The Highland Horses looked good in the 1* - McGuire was 3rd after dressage, Ringo
was 5th and Fletch (ridden by Rose Read) was in 4th place. By the time the 1* jumping
started it was very wet and not riding, I was more nervous warming the boys up. Particularly
when Phil and Ringo decided to slip over on their side after a warm up jump right
in front of me! In they went and Ringo had a rail which after what had just happened
and the fact he had no studs in was a great effort in his first 1* and McGuire jumped
a super clear round to finish in 2nd place!
Charlotte the Jimmy Diamond baby, is owned by a young student Mateila and Phil was
riding her to get her some more experience and make sure she will be ready for Mateila
in another few outings. Well she was 4th after dressage and was super, she then pulled
a shoe so was slipping around abit in the jumping, which made it abit tricky for
her but she is going to be a little jumping machine once she knows what she is doing!
The event was then called off which was the only thing that could have been done
given the amount of water, but we all stayed at Rose’s place on Saturday night and
had a great night with a bunch of great people!
Another Update June 2012!!!
Rielly goes to Canberra jump club!!! Bec has finally finished her EA Level 1 Coaching
and started on her Level 2. James has his Intro EA Coaching and only has a couple
of things to finish for his Level 1!