You are reminded much more sharply of the change of season at our new property further south.. the fence lines of deciduous trees are changing all manner of beautiful colours and there is a distinct drop in temperature at night already! Clippers out.
However no complaints, our first summer at the new place has been awesome and the facilities are ready to come into their own over the wet winter months.
Our show season has been resonably quiet with a small, green team and being busy with the two places, however, still succesful. The horses all progressed throughout the season and jumped some great rounds. Next season is going to be quite alot more full on as we have oodles of youngsters coming of age for the competition arena at once! A lot of exciting horses to take out, we are looking forward to it!
This seasons foaling round too, was smaller than usual, however I think there are more than ever that we are obsessed with!! Some exciting new bloodlines for us with the arrival of our young colt Kingswood’s first progeny plus some more foals by the superb Long Spring stallions.
I had an awesome ‘holiday show’ at Horse of the year this year as I only took my little Possum! She was an absolute angel all week and loved every minute of her first HOY experience. She jumped perfectly without a single rail in her 1.20m class, 1.25m class and 1.25m champ class on the Saturday and was in the top 10 in two of them. She had only done her first 1.25m at Tauranga two weeks before (she placed 5th in that) so she had an awesome end to her season and I am so excited to be able to get back out into 1.30m plus classes next season. I am lucky to have such an amazing horse.
So all is well in the Weiti world and I will keep you updated on our activities this winter!
P.S we are looking for a working pupil this winter if anyone is interested.
Finally made it to the computer chair to write something. Everything is good at both propertys, In Auckland the foaling season has wrapped up, finishing with an absolute stunner in Watchamacallit/Claudia filly Weiti Zumba, tall blingy and fabulous.
The good times extend to the competition arena too, the showjumping horses are going very well and I am already excited to have some experiance back on the truck next season after seeing them come on well over the past few weeks. We have spent this week in Auckland as we had a competition at woodhill followed by the annual Weiti Show which was fabulous! and then another Auckland show at woodhill with Waitemata showjumpings Worldcup final show. Showjumping Waitemata proved their awesomeness by producing a seriously great competition, Ring one was stunning and the World Cup final was super, Katie and Springfield nailing down the only double clear in fantastic style. Our horses though not quite up the his standard (yet 😉 jumped well all weekend, Weiti Drama and Penny power making a step up in height without fault.
As I mentioned earlier the Weiti show was great! a super field of riders and a good time had by all!
Back down at Weiti Waikato the beautiful team of youngsters are coming on very well, all progressing quickly though they have had a break this past week they will be our focus for the next couple of weeks, Some being prepared to sell so keep your eyes out if you are looking for a lovely young horse.
The devalopment is ongoing at Weiti Waikato but the bulk is now done, the stable all up and running beautifully.
Exciting times at Weiti Auckland! Our very first two foals by our three year old colt Kingswood (Indoctro/Corland) have arived and they are both spectacular. We were unsure what to expect from him, he is an incredibly nice type himself with excelent breeding however they don’t always produce typey progeny! We are over the moon with the colt and filly we have so far and are very excited for the future.
First is Weiti Pogo a superb HUGE grey colt produced by darling Fat Gabby, Pogo is very tall, hadsome and substantial with a fantastic neck and head. Then this morning maiden filly Weiti Narnia had a much daintier but equaly as impressive piabald filly called Weiti Quickstep, petite and awesomely marked with an exquisite head like her dam.
So we are very pleased with our new boy (or man!) thus far, he has maintained his gorgeous manners in every thing we have done with him and we look forward to riding him away (he is lightly backed) once he has finished this seasons breeeding duties.
In other news we had an excellent show at woodhill sands last weekend with all the team jumping clears, looking forward to Pukete next weekend.
Clyde cross Julia has had a HUGE chunky and sweet natured roan filly by Handy Andy called Weiti Nee’s Up! (no K due to alphabetical order!) Another new addition to the Weiti mob Corland mare Lacey has had a fantastic chestnut roan filly to impressive young Longspring sire Lord Larino LS, should be a potent mix for jumping stardom, very pleased she’s a filly and a fun color too! Her name is Weiti Opera.
We are very busy at the moment, there is a large herd of youngsters waiting to be broken in and 4year olds that need to come in and further their education. We are working hard on these greenys, for me this is the best part of the job, I love breaking in a young horse, learning about his temperament and finding out what he’s good at. The older showjumpers are all in good form too, They are a bit hot at the competitions as they have been few and far between so far this season, however all are performing well. We jumped at Pukekohe last weekend and had a good show. Woodhill sands next weekend then Pukete at St Peters.
Recent sales include Handy Andy gelding Weiti Mr Universe, Gorgeous new season filly Weiti Minuet was sold at one week old and cool grey Ratamill Rodrigo was sold to free up some roundpen time for other breakers!
The Waikato farm is devaloping further, the horses are in their boxes now and the roof is on the washdown/kitchen/ tackroom barn, alot of cleaning up to do inside after the hundreds of birds and tens of possums that have been hiding out in their for the past few years! We have done our silage to feed the hungry hordes at both propertys and now all the weeds are rareing their little heads we are on major spraying rounds! so busy times but glad with progress.