Lots of new changes since my last update.
One day I'll write all about Honeybrook and maybe even show what the facilities look like. But for now, let me say a big thank you to @Gina for this lovely banner she made for me, and introduce some of Honeybrook's new residents
Wyvern 'N Widgeon
Kasper was a large investment we made some months ago; his rare dominant white pattern appealed to us, along with the fact he came from a well known eventing stud in Ireland. He spent his younger years being pampered and spoiled, and came to us just broken and ready to begin his training. He's a very sweet natured horse, he loves attention of all kinds and has his groom Chelsey wrapped around his hoof. She's forever putting extra chaff into his feed and turning him out first on sunny days.
Unfortunately all that pizazz the young stallion has doesn't mean he's confident. He's still finding his feet and his confidence, but we have big hopes for his future once he calms down.
Ten year old Watson is another Irish bred mount, a black-based gelding who sadly has swapped hands numerous times. Once a regular sight on the jumping circuit, about three years ago he went to a private home in Southern England and although we're not overly sure what happened, its become our conclusion that he was mistreated in some way. He was a pity buy more than anything, with his swollen legs and sensitive mouth full of cuts, and it took him a long time to settle in.
He definitely prefers to be out in the fields than cooped up in his stable, but over time he's become accustomed to the famous English rain making turnout impossible. His stable is usually full of boredom breaker toys and he's always hand-walked out to stop him getting stressed.
Garnet is a flashy four year old mare we bought on the recommendation of a previous trainer at Honeybrook, who had witnessed the mare's early stage training. Much taller and sturdier than most of our other horses, she's still a sweetheart and has the whole elegance thing down to perfection. She's a very sociable horse, whether it's the farm dogs straying into her stable or another horse in her field, she loves friendship of all kinds and panics when she's left alone.
She only arrived recently from her breeder's yard, and it'll be a while yet before we feel she's ready to start competing but she's one to watch for the future.
Daisy is one of those "been there, done that" sort of horses. Bred for competing, she was shown at Riding Club level as a yearling before advancing into show jumping and local one day events. She was owned by a somewhat nervous rider who often held Daisy back, and when Viia heard through that famous old grapevine that Daisy was going to be sold soon, she was able to purchase the bay mare privately. Before Viia went on her maternity leave they had made a lot of progress together, completing their first show together and returning home with a red rosette. Daisy's now enjoying the summer in the fields, enjoying the odd light hack around the nearby village with her groom and will come back into work over winter ready for next show season with Viia.
Believe me, there's lots more horses to introduce but I figured doing them in smaller groups would be easier for everyone.
As always, thanks for reading!