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Best regards, Joanne and team from Quality NZ Horses.

New addition to team QNZH ........

Thursday, December 03, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
Missy's new baby girl !!!!We have just had our 3rd and last foal for the spring season. 
Missy ( Miss Inca ) had a lovely bay filly by Charlton Javelin.  
She is already turning grey which is great.  
This is Missy's first foal and she is a very protective mother indeed.
Has inherited Missy's huge generous eye and her ' big ears ' !!!!!!!

Hendrix 's off to USA.

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
"Hendrix "off to USA !!!Hendrix the  lovely 2* eventer we sourced   for our very good client Alfonso Gomez , flew out 30th November  on his way to his new home at "Gold Chip Stable's "  in Texas with Mike Huber.  " Jimmy "  has been schooling and competing dressage successfully with Nicoli Fife in last 6 weeks and was looking superb as you can see from this picture taken day of departure.

Good luck Jimmy and Alfonso !!!!!

Adelaide CCI****..12-15th November 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman

NZer's Clarke Johnstone, Blair Richardson and Jenna Mahoney had a successful week in Adelaide  with their  relatively inexperienced horses who had never completed a 4* event .    They were up  against some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world, including 2 successful Olympic combinations   and  they managed to  place in the top 10 at a very challenging Adelaide CCI****.

 “They are absolutely thrilled, and we are really excited about the future of eventing with horses and riders like these,” said Erik Duvander, Eventing Team Coach.
Clarke riding Orient Express moved from 9th to 6th after a stylish SJ ing round .
Jenna Mahoney and Santos  finished 8th and  Blair Richardson  with Spend Up ( they are  based in Australia ) 9th.
Sadly, Heelan Tompkins and her Olympic mount Sugoi was not quite right in the dressage  and Clarke and his wonderful campainger, Oakley Vision had a problem at an earlier fence in the xc , which was subsequently removed after causing alot of trouble.
It was reported temperatures were in the high 30 degrees, making the event  very testing in such heat. The xc course was shortened to try and accomodate the extreme weather conditions.
Half the feild were eliminated or retired in the xc.
Full results can be found here .

Happenings in Cambridge .........

Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
Late night riding the statue in CB..!!!Every year on the first Tuesday of November , one of the worlds biggest and most famous races is held, the Melbourne Cup in Australia.   Cambridge ( NZ ) being home of many of the past winners  of the great race, loves to get in the spirit  and  this  year  a big  "occasion"  was organised and many people involved in  the horsey scene   ( eventing , SJing, racing , polo .....) were out and about that afternoon and playing long into the night.   Picture attached speaks for itself, one of the main organisers Elizabeth Charleston  and SJ rider Lucy Olphert could not resist having a ride on the landmark bronze statue in the Cambridge town square.    Say no more............!!!

October news roundup ....

Sunday, November 01, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
The 1st of November today and what brilliant weather.  The sun is beating down and out comes the sunblock and summer is not even here yet !!!

We had our 3rd and last foal for the season  2 days ago.  A beautiful dark bay  filly that is  turning grey.  Her 
 " first time " mum Missy  ( Miss Inca  ) is out of   Inca , same dam as our stallion  Grasshopper.   
Missy is by Le Roux ( Silent Hunter / Roulette) .
This  little fillys sire  is Charlton Javelin,  who was a  Grand Prix SJer here in NZ.    So she is superbly bred to jump.

"Over Zealous" and Catherine Cameron The 6 horses we sold in October through Jason Lu , our agent in Taiwan are settled   in quarantine.
We would like to thank the ex owners for presenting their horses  well and being so co-operative and professional .

Congratulations to  these  sellers .......
Catherine Cameron and her Over Zealous ( schoolmaster ) and Kahurangi Jerry ( 4 yo paint owned by Sally Miller ).
Kim Berry and her cute 4 yo Dino , green young TB
Nick Brooks and Benson  5 yo  Training TB eventer
Nick Downs and Rockafella,  7 yo TB eventer
Richard Evans and 9 yo Northern Magic , TB eventer

This was an exciting sale for Richard Evans  as the funds from the sale have helped finance a trip to the  USA  so he can attend an Advanced Farriers  course over there in 2010.  Good luck and all the best Richard  !!!!

Good news from Australia....

Friday, October 30, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman

Bijou strutting his stuff !!We  just heard from Bijou's new owner Amanda Young  in Australia and she is  very excited , having won  their first 1*  by  10 marks  and the smart  dressage score 67%.
Although Bijou  (  Willy to his fan club ) was a successful 3* eventer in NZ ,  Amanda had  not  ridden at this  level for over 5  years so this was a great thrill for her.
Not only did they win a fancy  "blue ribbon"., there was also a smart rug ( at least 3 sizes  too big for the little fellow ) , a service fee to a  stallion, supplements, and a nice headcollar .

What fun......... !!!

Happy clients NJ, USA............

Thursday, October 29, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
Questy at  3*, Heather Gillette We have  wonderful reports from Heather Gillette  about  her two  NZ  boys   sourced through QNZH.  This is a particularly satisfying story as Heather  and her  generous owner Kathy McDermott from New Jersey  .........felt confident enough to proceed and buy   having only  seen video of  the horses.

Heather was introduced to QNZH  via Lori Smith , a wonderful working pupil we had  4   years ago, and is now working and riding for Heather .
Heather initially  purchased Charlton Scribe , a talented young eventer  bred and produced by Nicoli Fife, Charlton Stud   .   He was going super  in his competitions in USA  and  tragically  died from colic during an operation.
A couple of months later , Heather  contacted us again and said she was so thrilled with Scribe , could we  help her find a replacement . 

G Star showing his good form !!Our Questionare ( Questy  ) has  recently competed in  two  3*'s  with Heather , her first at this level  for a long time and  he was a legend.    Heather said the jumps were huge and they just kept coming at her but Questy knew his job and was brilliant.
Questy was previously  ridden to great success at 3* level  here in NZ   by Bryce Newman and bred by Lady Anna Weir,  well known breeder of many successful eventers in NZ .
He is by Westminster ,   renowned TB sire of many   eventers .

G Star ( Gerry ) has been placed in all his events to date and  is getting alot of admiring comments .    He has outstanding form over a fence and is really enjoying his new life  of luxury .  He is a full TB but looks and moves like a warmblood.
Jerry was campaigned to One* level by Sarah Tyler and previous to that , SJed to 1.20m by Julie Hart .

Taupo Horse Trials ....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
The  Taupo Horse Trials were  held  last weekend , 17-18th October .
350 horses were  competing and emphasis was on the CIC*** class  - riders were  campaigning for selection of  the Trans Tasman Team , heading to   Adelaide CCI*** beg of November.
This  team will be announced any day so watch this space !!!
Winner "Rhomale" + Bryce NewmanThe CIC*** was cleaned up by Clarke Johnstone , showing his class  winning with  his great campaigner Oakley Vision  and 2nd on his younger mount Orient Express .  
Heelan Tompkins  was 3rd on her Olympic mount Sugoi .
The CIC** class was won by Lizzie Browne on her talented  young horse Push Play.
The 3 Novice classes were won by Danni Loader on Waitangi Spy Sweeper,  Jess Woods and Too Predictable and Bryce Newman on Rhomale.
QNZH's are delighted to see Rhomale win with such ease as we sourced this stunning horse for Bryce off the track here in Cambridge barely  9 mnths ago.
Also a big congratulations to Nathalie Emson and her lovely horse Master Manoeuvre,  a well deserved 4th in Novice. Another one of our finds and it is great to see Nathalie looking so polished and confident now she has moved up a level.
There were also several divisions of Pre Novice and Training classes.

It is a shame the xc caused so many problems.  Just about every rider we spoke to on the Saturday made a comment , about how tough a test it was ( in particular the Novice class ) .    Maybe the riders need to address this issue in a more appropriate, correct  manner in future. And maybe the powers that  be should listen .
It just seems unnecessary to frighten  horses ( i.e. at  fence 2 in xc  )  beginning of the season.
It certainly does not do the sport  here in NZ any favours !!!

For full results of the event, click here .

New addition arrived .....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
Ma's foal only 12 hours old .This morning we went to  visit the  latest  addition to our  team,  at Seaton Park  .  
This is where all our mares foal under 24 hour   professional supervision.
We  are very happy ( and lucky ) to have  the most  devine liver chestnut colt, with 3  white socks ......... and  "YES "  he is already showing grey around the muzzle , so definitely will be grey.
He has very long  legs almost as long as his mother  "Ma's"......  she is 16.1 hh  .
He is by our stallion Grasshopper .

Click here to see the  video of  our new  foal.

Latest update and news ....

Monday, October 05, 2009 - Joanne Bridgman
Taiwan clients out and about !!!Well , it was great to see the Brits take  the double Gold medals at the European Eventing Champs last week.   It  was special for  Kristina Cook on her world class  thorougbred " Miners Frolic " to clean up the individuals.  The event was  certainly  a great test ,  notably  3 of the German team were eliminated xc and the superbly performed  Flint Curtis   had the misfortune to  have  a couple of run offs xc .   Lets fact it,  this result  is extremelly refreshing  with  the xc  having such an important influence on the final results at the higher levels of eventing as it should  be  !!!
 
Last week was a busy one for QNZH's.    We spent several days dodging the rain thanks to the superb indoor  facility at Little Valley  Farm,  showing our clients from Taiwan some nice horses .   It was a great success and the 6 horses they chose  will be heading into quarantine on the 25th October. 

Fllooded paddocks at our farm.The competition season here in NZ is well under way now.  Everyone is hyped up and got their team on track and all the horses have their summer coats through  and looking sleek.  As always , we are  out and about "scanning " for super horses for our clients.

The only 'negative '  here right now the the dreadful cold snap that has hit us in last few days.  It is like the middle of winter and there is water everywhere .... check out the pic !!!
 Winter rugs are out in force again , very confusing for the poor horses having just had a super sunny spell  prior to this.