2019 – A Magical Beginning

Georgie Strang said “Yes!”

It’s an exciting season for Jesse and Georgie. Their  team is based at Jesse’s Woodland Farm Stables. They will both be competing horses at 5Star, with team horses stepping up to 4Star, plus a world class team of young horses making their mark this season.

Congratulations and Best Wishes Georgie & Jesse

Amsterdam & Cleveland’s Impressive 4* Debut

Delighted with Amsterdam’s 4* debut which saw him finish in the top 20, narrowly missing out on a rosette. He impressed everyone with his pleasure and pizazz in all five phases of the event. Here is is – bright as a button on the last day of his first 4* – at the final Ground Jury inspection before showjumping a superb round.

Cleveland gave Jesse a great feel over a very technical track, that saw almost half the competitors not make it through to the final phase. They were up on the time at the half way mark – the second water.  An excellent jump into the water when an unlucky catching of a bell-boot on their second stride ….and it was all over – from 1st place to wet boots.

Both Cleveland and Amsterdam arrived safely back to England, ready for their next campaign.



Luhmuhlen CCI**** stellar dressage

Cleveland and Amsterdam wowed the judges and crowd at their 4**** debut at the stunning German event in  Luhmuhlen. Both horses scored over 70%.

Cleveland was the star of the day scoring 79.66%, the highest mark of the competition, awarded to him from Christoph Hess the 5* German judge.


Houghton International 3* Nations Cup result

Amsterdam 2nd at  the Nations Cup Houghton International 3*Star event.

Diachello 2nd at his debut CCI 1*Star at Houghton International. Cleveland also a very impressive 3*Star run in preparation for his 4*Star debut at Luhmuhlen

I’m delighted with how all three of my beautiful horses performed in their first FEI International event for the season. Amsterdam was foot perfect through all three phases of the competition which is a pre-run for his 4*Star debut at Luhmuhlen in Germany in early June. I was delighted with his result in a highly competitive 3* Nations Cup competition.  The beautiful Diachello (below) also had an outstanding weekend.


This is the first event where I have pressed a few of his many talented buttons and he responded with pizazz.

Cleveland was having his first proper run since his stone bruise. He too showed his class with a solid 76% dressage and power jumping. He had a schooling outing in preparation for his debut 4* where I deliberately incurred time penalties in both his show jumping and cross-country.

Exciting additions to the team

It’s been a busy  season with new members joining the team.

Shadow Fearless JB (Tetley) looks like the perfect rocking horse with his distinctive grey dapples. Within four weeks of joining the team he has stepped up to his first Novice and won.

Diachello (Danny) is a classy boy, good looking, impeccably behaved. When he gains some fitness it’s going to be exciting times.

Badminton 2017 is Underway

Badminton 2017 is underway with Jesse and his New Zealand ex-racehorse Kaapachino accepted into the original 2017 Badminton start list of 85 athletes. Badminton is the world’s second largest sport event and is renowned for being the toughest 4Star cross-country. Eric Winter  Badminton’s 2017 newly appointed cross-country course designer and has built a cross-country course  creating a media storm, described  as the biggest and toughest Badminton course ever!

Jesse felt it was “the Badminton we have grown up knowing was in the UK”. “Now we are here and get a chance to ride it,” said the former Waikato rider. “This is why we move ourselves to the other side of the world to be amongst the best, to compete at the biggest, and to have a horse like Kappy to do it on is just a privilege.”

Erik Duvander interview-NZ Pathways to Success


Erik Duvander led the New Zealand Eventing High Performance program for ten years. In this time the New Zealand team won Olympic and World Games Medals ardour high performance squad has had consistent success at major international championships.

I was very fortunate to develop as a young rider under Erik’s leadership, and make the successful step to New Zealand’s senior high performance squad; a squad which New Zealand  based in the United Kingdom for optimum exposure to world class competition.

Erik was recently interviewed by New Zealand’s  CountryTV in a brilliant half hour discussion with Mark Leishman where Erik discussed his philosophies and the pathways to continued success for New Zealand eventing.


Amsterdam selected for NZ Nations Cup Team

Delighted with Amsterdam’s selection to represent New Zealand in the last of the 2016 Nations Cup series at Boekelo in the Netherlands.

This will be Amsterdam’s second CCI3* and for me the third time I will compete at Boekelo. I rode here last year with my dear old campaigner Kaapachino, where we were also part of the New Zealand team competing in the Nations Cup and also competing to secure New Zealand a team place at Rio, with a traveling reserve.

Two wins for the team….

Two very good days at the office on the 8-9th August with both Lord George and Fado claiming decisive wins at Homme House. Apart VD Hoefslag Z also jumped a double clear after a very good dressage to bring home a 5th prize.

On the Monday at Smiths Lawn – Windsor, May Ryloa backed up her top placing at her first CIC1* at Chilham in late July with a 3rd place in a highly competitive class.


‘I Spye’ Wins Major Young Event Horse Title

Thrilled to have my super horse I Spye win this prestigious Young Event Horse event.

From a field of 50 competitors I Spye won the Dubarry Young Event horse at the Gatcombe Festival of British Eventing.

I Spye joined my team as a four year old and from day one I have rated him as a horse with outstanding talent for the future. Very gratifying to have a panel of international judges agree.

Also very pleased for Sam, my New Zealand working pupil, who I allowed ride I Spye so I could compete Gigilo VK for my wonderful owner – Jane Bell. Giggle VK went into the final phase of judging in second place, one mark from I Spye, but sadly got pipped to 9th place for the final section of judging – a top 10 place still a credible result for Jane and her promising young horse.


This hugely popular competition has been integral to Burghley Horse Trials for nearly 30 years and is still acknowledged as the shop window to view potential ‘four star’ horses at an early age.
Open to four and five year olds, the aim of the Series is to encourage breeders and trainers to produce and present the type of young horse which will be considered to be the best material to make a world class three day event horse.
The judges look for an athletic, loose moving horse with a promising jumping technique and attitude which, with correct training and production, will develop physically and mentally into a strong three day eventer.
The winner is that with the highest overall marks from four sections:
I Dressage Out of 30
II Jumping – 1.05m for 5 year olds – Out of 40
III Conformation (12 marks) & Quality (8 marks) – Out of 40
IV Suitability & Potential – 1 – 10
Dressage: each horse performs a simple dressage test to demonstrate obedience, suppleness and, correct, elastic and regular gaits. Marks are not awarded for individual movements.
Jumping: follows immediately after the dressage. Judges are looking for a bold athletic horse with good technique.A horse should not necessarily be penalised for knocking down one fence (or even a four year old having one refusal), providing he learns from his mistake.However, a fall of horse or rider or three cumulative refusals will result in elimination.
Conformation and Quality: assessed in hand. The horses’ build and type should enable them to withstand the demands of the sport in terms of soundness, speed and stamina.
SuitabilityandPotential: the top ten highest scoring horses from sections I – III are invited to come into the Ring to be assessed on potential international quality. The horses are brought into line in the order that the judge sees their potential.Ten marks will be awarded to the horse that the judge selects first, 9 to the second, 8 to the third, etc down to 1 mark to the tenth horse.These marks are added to those from the previous 3 sections to establish the winner
One horse per 15 starters at today’s event will qualify for the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals which take place at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on Friday, 2 September.