International outings provide further progress for Halliday and Chailey Stud

October 3rd, 2013 8:57 AM | Comments Off on International outings provide further progress for Halliday and Chailey Stud
September brought with it a busy month of Eventing for professional dual sportswoman Liz Halliday, whose schedule took in no less than three different International competitions across Europe.
halliday_studThe events culminated in Ireland last week (18-22 September) where the British-based Californian was competing at Ballindenisk with three of the Chailey Stud stable’s brightest prospects: Blackie (Fernhill by Night), Cooley (HHS Cooley) and Alcy (Alcyon). And all three impressed once again.
Despite this being his first CIC*** completion, and coming hot on the heels of a difficult run at Blenheim International Horse Trials, Cooley proved the pick of the trio by finishing well in the top 10 thanks to what Liz described as the ‘Dressage test of his life’. A clear Cross Country run and clear Show Jumping round would complete an excellent all-round performance that ultimately rewarded the pair with seventh place.
Blackie would finish strongly and just five places further back in 12th, while Alcy continued to make progress by finishing 15th in the CCI** competition.
A fortnight earlier the latter two horses travelled to the Netherlands for the Breda Outdoor Brabant International Horse Trials (September 4-8). This would be Halliday’s first opportunity to test Alcy at CIC** level, and she did not disappoint en route to finishing 20th overall following a good all around performance and a particularly impressive Cross Country round.
Blackie was entered in the CIC***, his first attempt at that level, but following on from an impressive double clear and 8th place finish in the Advanced class at the Wellington Horse Trials a couple of weeks previous, Liz felt confident that he was up for the challenge. Despite a difficult start in the Dressage which put the pair a bit further down the order then desired, the 10-year-old recovered well to post a clear Show Jumping round and a Cross Country run brimming with potential.
Another horse showing huge improvement has been young Chailey Stud newcomer Chaco (Cooley Ground Control) who went double clear on a Dressage score of 29 on his way to a maiden BE100 victory at the Wellington Horse Trials. This mature and composed performance was closely followed by another encouraging result at Firle Place International Horse Trials (August 31–September 1) where he placed ninth in a competitive 5-Year-Old class, and at the South of England Horse Trials (Sept 28th) where another double clear helped secure 8th place in a large BE100 class.
Liz Halliday: “I can’t recall a busier Eventing season for me personally, nor one that has been so encouraging. Blackie and Cooley have really stepped up and are now looking increasingly comfortable at International three-star level. In fact, Blackie and I will be travelling to Boekelo in the Netherlands next week for the CCI***, which will be another step up for him, but the way he’s been performing over the last month or so means that we’ll hopefully be in for a good weekend. Fingers crossed!”
Cooley and Alcy are next in action on Monday at Little Downham in the Advanced class, after which Liz will make a dash home to head off with Blackie that night for the trip to Military Boekelo, which takes place on October 10-13.

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