Top results amid a busy fortnight for Halliday and Chailey Stud

April 11th, 2013 10:51 AM | Comments Off on Top results amid a busy fortnight for Halliday and Chailey Stud

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks for Liz Halliday and Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre as the British Eventing season begins to take shape.

Following her CIC* victory at Barroca in Portugal at the start of last month, Liz returned to domestic action with a trip to Burnham Market International Horse Trials in Norfolk two weeks ago where no less than five representatives from Chailey Stud were competing.

Three of them – Benny (Benaughlin Little Hero), Oscar (Viscount Oscar) and Baloo (Darola Diamond) – performed well at Novice level by jumping clear in both the Show Jumping and Cross Country. Benny, who two weeks previously began his season with a BE100 section win at Aldon, performed an excellent Dressage test that ultimately saw him finish fifth and come out on top of the intra-stable battle. Baloo enjoyed his first outing of the 2013 campaign en route to 15th while, in another section, Oscar’s strong Cross Country run helped him finish seventh.

Fresh from his international victory in Portugal, Blackie (Fernhill by Night) was contesting the CIC** at Burnham Market and once again provided Liz with much encouragement thanks to a decent Dressage test and clear Show Jumping round. That left the pair fifth before the Cross Country but just when an excellent result appeared on the cards, the pair’s inexperience together at this level caused them to have an unfortunate run-out at the second part of a difficult combination early on. And although the rest of the round was much better, the run-out ended their chances of recording a top-10 finish.

Cooley (HHS Cooley) was running for the first time in Britain since his CCI** result in Portugal in March, and had to battle through freezing conditions and a blizzard during his Cross Country round. But he performed admirably despite the challenging weather by jumping clear around what was one of the tougher courses he has tackled to date.

With some strong results under her belt, Liz then made the short trip from her East Sussex base to the South of England Horse Trials last weekend where Benny and Baloo were joined by one of Chailey Stud’s newer residents, Ludo (Templar Coup Detat).

Contesting the Pre-Novice competition the pair enjoyed a strong Dressage test before perfect Show Jumping and Cross Country rounds helped cement fourth in section on their competition debut together. It was particularly pleasing for Liz after the owner had previously found the horse a challenge to ride. Hopefully Ludo will have gained some confidence before competing again with his normal jockey in the near future.

There were more top-10 results to be enjoyed in the Novice category as well thanks to Benny finishing fourth and Baloo eighth after both once again went clear in the Show Jumping and Cross Country phases.

Liz Halliday: “The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy but it looks like all of the horses have started their seasons with confidence, which is a big plus for the yard and the year ahead. On paper we’ve enjoyed plenty of good results but even when that hasn’t been the case there are still a lot of positives. Blackie once again showed his huge ability despite our inexperience together ultimately costing us a headline result, but I am confident that we will only get better as a partnership the more we compete. He along with Cooley and Benny will be going to Ballindenisk’s International event in Ireland at the end of this month where the pressure will be on again, but I’ve got a lot of faith in his ability. He’s going to be a super horse. Benny has also been awesome in scoring two top-fives over consecutive weekends, and Cooley is feeling back on form so all in all things are looking good.”

Liz’s British Eventing season continues at Poplar Park on April 27 after returning home from the Ballindenisk International the week before.

For more information about Chailey Stud Equestrian Centre, please contact Sam Kelly:  sam@equineeventsuk.com | +44 (0)7734 900327 | www.chailey-stud.co.uk

For more information on Liz Halliday, please visit www.lizhalliday.com.

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