Newsletter February 2012

So we have nearly made it through winter without Littleton being turned into a winter wonderland, it may still happen this weekend but we are so nearly there and out the other side of cold fingers and icy troughs. We all let our hair down at the weekend at the hunt ball which was well supported and organised by many of team Littleton. A record number of 615 guests was an amazing feat but for me that is the last big blow out before the serious stuff begins. It means we are nearly at the start of the season! Lots to report on though, there is no such thing as a ‘quiet’ season around here. The end of 2011 saw some changes in faces on the yard, please see the team sheet below but safe to say I am delighted with the team we have in place at the moment and they are a pleasure to work with every day and do a fantastic job with the horses. The new year then got off to a bang with the exciting news that Matt and I are now engaged. After nine and a bit years of pondering and procrastination (his words, not mine!) we are heading towards the land of the grown ups! Watch this space for a date but it is looking like June 2013. In regards to the horses they are all going well and having had some easy time at the end of the season they have all been quietly working away on what they need the most and getting out to lots of various dressage and jumping parties. Most of the string remains the same as last year, Daisy Crazy is not ready to hang up her shoes yet, the youngsters Belofte and Boleybawn Ambassador are growing up and feeling fabulous and I am delighted that I will get to do more with Cove Water this year and have picked up a new ride on the exciting Deards Gold Rush. We also have some lovely horses in to sell at the moment, they are all ready for new homes so please spread the word if you know of anyone looking, I have included some details below. Other good news is that I have recently become supported by Voltaire Saddles, my new saddles arrive in the next couple of weeks and I am super excited. They are a French based company with great experience and I have been blown away by the product and the knowledge and service that are being offered, a package that is depressingly hard to find in the saddlery industry! We have also had a change in feed supplier on the yard and I am delighted to be working with Balanced horse feeds who have the horses looking in great condition for this time of year. I am also excited to continue to work with Find Wine and Maple Arenas and Dogcam sport will now be supporting my Equispy venture. For anyone that has missed it please have a look at www.equispy.com and check out the helmet cam footage of me going xc. The website has over 50,000 hits in its first nine months last year so hopefully this year will be bigger and better! For any of you locals who come to Littleton often, do keep an eye on upcoming events and things going on. In the next month alone we have a Fit To Ride lecture Demo with Jon Pitts and William Kennedy, a hunt meet and many clinic with top trainers including ‘XC the safe way’ with Lucinda Green. Also the next exciting project for LMEQ is the installation of an equine hydrotherapy spa, this should be in action by the beginning of March so please bear it in mind if you have a horse rehabilitating or would like to use it coinciding with a trip to the gallops or xc? I am going to have some very pampered ponies! Looking forward to eventing and all that the season brings, hopefully see you all there!

Kate

TEAM SHEET 2012
Daisy Crazy ; 16.1 15yo grey mare AKA ‘Crazy’. The yard Queen Bee and the boss! Aiming Express Eventing and 3* Owner; Matthew Tarrant, Kate and Peter Lukas Thamar; 16.1 12yo bay mare AKA ‘Dancer’; Like sweets and coffee! Aiming Intermediate Owner; Sarah Wotton, Matthew Tarrant, Kate and Peter Lukas. ProActive; 16.2 grey gelding AKA ‘Cedric’. Lives up to his name! Aiming Intermediate Owner; Sebastian Madden & Kate Lukas

Boleybawn Ambassador ; 17hh 6yo bay gelding AKA ‘Finn’. The yard gent. Aiming 6yo champs. Owner; Dolly Madden, Matthew Tarrant and Kate Lukas

Belofte; 17hh 6yo bay gelding AKA ‘Lofty’. Pretty boy and he knows it. Aiming 6yo champs Owner; Lynne Clarke and Kate Lukas

Vottie H; 16.1 10yo grey mare AKA’ Vottie’. The pink princess. Aiming CCI* Owner; Caroline Leng

Harvey Byrne; 17.1 9yo bay gelding AKA ‘Harvey’; The gentle giant. Aiming CCI* Owner; Dolly Madden

Cove Water; 17hh 7yo bay gelding AKA ‘Covey’. Like to think he’s the man! Aiming CCI* Owner; Lynne Underhill

Deards Gold Rush; 16.3 9yo chestnut mare AKA ‘Tilly’. A proper tomboy! Aiming CCI** Owner; Alicia Carr

The Girls Lottie ‘The Smiler’ Clay; Head Girl Caroline ‘I was just wondering?’ Steranka; Rider Hannah ‘amazballs’ Scott; Travelling Groom Becca ‘ boozer’ Gould; Top groom

The Hounds Yogi – the bearfather Ru – the princess Dizzy – the perfect one Rascal – the special one

Matthew ‘Chef D’Equipe’ Tarrant. Driver, entertainer, videographer extraordinaire! Often to be found in a high vis vest on the tractor in the middle of the night. Just watch out for thunderface otherwise you’re golden.

Horses For Sale
CHARMEUR Z
16.2 5yo grey gelding by C’est Lui Z/Kannan Superb mover and jumper with great brain. Classy horse to excel in any sphere £14,000

EXPO
16hh 8yo bay gelding KWPN Nabab De Reve/Darco Quality little horse with good paces and scopey jump. Ready to event. Top Jnr/YR prospect. £9000

ICARUS
16hh 4yo black gelding by Chatman/Nonstop Smart youngster with good paces and jump. Unbelievably bold and easy to do. XC schooled and sj well. YH contender. £7500

GEERT
16hh 5yo bay gelding KWPN Very flashy on the flat with excellent paces. Easy and bold to jump, green but very trainable. £6500

SIRABESE
16.2 13yo black mare KWPN by Goodtimes. Super schoolmaster, easy to do in every way. Qualified novice regionals BD and competed BS to 1.15. Very bold and unflappable. Will be a lot of fun in any discipline. £10,000ono

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