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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
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.
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.
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 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 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.