In Training

(Lipizza Bannut French Champagne)

Gender: Mare
Year of Birth: 2012

Height: 14.2hh

Colour and Markings: Palomino with socks and a blaze

Breed: Welshie x Warmblood

Discipline: SANESA pony, mainly dressage

Exquisitely bred, Champagne came to us for further schooling and remedial fixing of her general anxiety and spookiness. As intelligent as she is opinionated and fiery as she is beautiful, she can be quite the handful, but has plenty of heart and try. She has the basics installed and we’re slowly working on getting her emotional state as wonderful as her physical looks.

2018 Q1 goals:


  • Early Feb: Pre-HOY – in-hand, show riding and show hack
  • Late Feb: HOY – in-hand, show riding and show hack. For both of these shows, my only goal is for her to have a good experience.
  • March: SANESA Q2, if, and only if, she coped well at HOY. At least dressage, probably prix caprilli and performance riding as well. If HOY was a bit dodgy, we’ll do a training show or something quiet.


  • Improve on her habit of throwing her head and running forward when scared.
  • Improve the consistency of her connection, particularly through transitions.
  • Improve her trot-canter transitions to the point where I can get the lead almost all the time without bucking.


(Once Upon a Time)

Gender: Mare

Year of Birth: 2004

Height: about 15.3hh

Colour and Markings: Dark bay with four socks and a star and trickle (awwww)

Breed: OTTB

Discipline: SANESA horse

Emmy came to us practically skeletal, but blossomed to shiny fatness in a matter of weeks. She had been at the yard for a while but only recently booked into training. Having had practically nothing done since her career at the track ended years ago, she’s being restarted from scratch.

Emmy is a hard-trying, genuine mare who is usually sensible but can – like almost all OTTBs – overthink things and get upset if she thinks she’s messing up. All ingredients that will serve to make her a trustworthy horse as she goes through her schooling.

2018 Q1 Goals:

Finish preliminary schooling:

  • confirm a united and balanced canter, with transitions and circles
  • hack alone and in company
  • introduction to small fence

Introduce to shows:

  • go to a show and have a good experience.


Gender: Mare

Year of Birth: 2011

Height: 16.0hh

Colour and Markings: Bright bay with a star and trickle

Breed: Thoroughbred

Discipline: SANESA horse

Savanna’s short but sketchy past may or may not include racing, but does include a close brush with the abbatoir and a violent boxing accident. Three years ago she ended up with her current owner, a teenager in my riding school. They both moved here in mid 2017. After seeing the horse run-out multiple times at every single fence in our first few lessons, not to mention dumping the poor teenager twice, the owners didn’t need much convincing to book her into training.

Far from the delinquent I was expecting, I found Savanna to be a sensible and intelligent mare with a knack for learning and no clue whatsoever about what exactly she was supposed to do about jumping over things. She has a definite opinion and can be loud and stubborn about it, but once she has been persuaded otherwise, tries hard and enjoys work. She will make a great partner for her teen in a few months.

2018 Q1 goals:

  • Confirm all the Prelim work, including the stretches, square halts, and the little lengthening.
  • Continue working on gymnastics to improve her carefulness to the point where poles down happen once in a blue moon. Prepare to start schooling over 70-80cm fences in the second quarter.
  • Jump at least two clear rounds at shows.


Gender: Gelding

Year of Birth: 2014

Height: 14.0 1/2hh

Colour and Markings: Grey with a star and trickle and two stockings

Breed: Arabian

Discipline: SANESA pony

Teddy arrived at our yard as a yearling (an overweight one). He was skittish, scared and had obviously been hurt in the past, but now has the priviledge of having a doting 10-year-old owner and his equally doting mom. After some initial shenanigans, Titan began to enjoy human contact and now trusts us. Just not fly spray – at all, ever.

A fairly hot little guy with balanced gaits, intelligence and not a lazy hair on his head, he is fairly anxious and easily triggered to run backwards. There is no malice in him, but he will have to be treated with great care through the backing process.

2018 Q1 Goals:

Finish backing:

  • introduce trot
  • introduce canter
  • introduce the big arena.

Start preliminary schooling:

  • introduce the figures
  • establish a united canter, including circles
  • introduce small, simple fences
  • hack alone and in company (he will be spooky; it doesn’t have to be perfect).