PHOENIX HILL FARM PHOTO ALBUM
Welcome to Phoenix Hill's photo album. I'm Effie, I'm a recent member of the Phoenix Hill team and I'm still getting to grips with everything. I love my job and will be sharing photos and moments along the way.
I've been working at Phoenix Hill Farm for roughly just over a year now. My job is to groom, exercise and compete 13 horses and 2 ponies alongside my boss and his son. My boss goes by the name "sir" but his name is actually Jack Murphy. He's hostile and grumpy but he's very knowledgeable when it comes to horses and I have a huge amount of respect for him. His son, Callum Murphy, is a little friendlier than his father. I work mostly with Callum who trains me, challenges me and makes me work hard and I thrive on it. We get along well and although we can joke he's very serious when it comes to the horses and their needs but the feeling is mutual. I have a small caravan cabin at the farm next to the main barn which I live in after leaving my studies and family behind to move forward with my equine career. I'll be uploading snippets of my life at the farm in this album, hope you enjoy!
This is my horse and he's called RHZ Radisson, Razz for short but I rarely call him by his nickname. His name is too pretty to be shortened. He's my main riding horse, a black Hanoverian stallion. How I came to owning Radisson was quite a shock; I rode Radisson almost from day one when Callum realised he could trust me, I rode him six times a week, looked after him as I did with all the horses but for some reason I always spent that little extra time with the stallion. Callum noticed of course, he spied me sneaking him mint humbugs, sips of my chamomile tea, bites of my cookies and within six months Radisson's passport was in my hands, the horse was under my name and that was that. I couldn't thank Callum enough and I cried opening the present to find Radisson's passport inside wrapped in cheesy horse wrapping paper, tied up in a bow.
Since then we have competed in both dressage and show-jumping and he's excelled everybody's expectations. Sure, Callum, Jack and I all had high hopes for him but he's gone above and beyond how we thought he'd do. Radisson is the sweetest stallion you will meet, he's the first at the gate when you call, he's the one watching over the stable door when you're busy sweeping or doing barn chores, he's there nibbling at your pockets when you're trying to muck out his stall, he's the gentlest and calmest horse on the farm. He does have his quirks, he can be pretty sharp, he doesn't like men particularly, he can be aggressive with other horses (more dominant than aggressive though) but it's nothing unmanageable.
This is one of two Welsh Section A's at the farm and her name is Elessandra. She is quite the handful on the ground, mareish with a stroppy attitude to match, she is the ultimate witch pony. This mare can be a nightmare to catch from the field but for some reason she's rather taken to me, I mean she lets me catch her now, but she also has dropped the witch facade and gives me nuzzles from time to time. Need to watch out because a nuzzle can turn into a nip! Originally this mare was bought for Callum's niece but she never took interest so currently Elessandra is ridden by myself and competed in the inhand classes. Under saddle the mare is a completely different horse, she's level-headed, quick and super smart and I'd even go as far to say she's a joy to ride. It's almost like a switch flicks on in her head which means business, she listens to every command and is always anticipating the next.
Windstar HW. Another star at the farm, this guy is spunky and full of himself, he doesn't have a bad bone in his body though. Windstar just loves having fun and everything is just a huge game for him which means it's important to keep him occupied and interested otherwise he won't bother putting in any effort. He excels in the competition ring because there is so much going on which he needs and works best with but at home he can be pretty cheeky and stubborn. He loves to run and thinks best when he is moving which can be tough when all you want to do is walk on a long rein after a long day. Saying that though, this guy is a great listener and I often ride him tackless, he always comes back to you no matter what. Windstar is next to Radisson in the list of horses I ride and compete the most.
I hope you enjoyed reading the introduction to my album, be sure to stay tuned for more!