After many unnecessary and ridiculous delays with Wyong Council, approval has been granted for us to build our dream farm, 2 minutes back towards Wyong from the main Limitless Lodge. We are yet to come up with an appropriate name but will do shortly. This farm will have 66 stables in 3 barns, 2 walkers and an aquaciser. The track is 1150m in circumference with 2 good straight gallops and a teriffic surface with very good drainage. The farm has already been fenced with several spelling paddocks and many day turn out paddocks for the gallopers.
November 5th –NEW RACING STABLES FINALLY APPROVED!
November 4th –BART CUMMINGS WINS HIS 12TH MELBOURNE CUP WITH VIEWED
With one of the outsiders of the field, the Cups King has produced one of his most incredible performances to date. Viewed, who ran on Saturday and ran last in the Mackinnon Stakes was hardly considered a chance by anyone today. With the Irish Coolmore raiders setting a lightning fast tempo the result was always going to come down to the best stayer and the fittest horse. Viewed was one of only two horses to have won over 2 miles previously and there would be no fitter horse than one prepared by Bart Cummings. He prevailed by the barest possible margin from one of the international raiders, Bauer, ridden by Corey Brown for Luca Cumani.
November 1st –TIM HAS 3 EXCITING NEW HORSES FOR THE 2009 EVENTING SEASON
Having had quite a lean year, Tim headed to Europe in late July to replenish his team with a view to the London Olympics in 2012. We were very fortunate to find 3 exciting young intermediate horses. They will all arrive over summer and with a period for acclimatisation, should be ready to compete by February 2009. These horses will combine with Grand Armee and Sun Tzu to hopefully form a really good team.
October 29th - HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB PRE EXPORT QUARANTINE COMMENCES
14 horses today safely went into quarantine at Mangrove Mountain, prior to their departure for the Hong Kong International Sale on November 18th. This trip is looked forward to by all the staff and is a good end of season getaway. We will take 8 staff and be away until December 15th. It is hoped, that in these troubled financial times that the sale is as successful as it has been for the last 5 years. This year the club has purchased their best and most expensive bunch of horses with 4 each by Redoute's Choice and Encosta De Lago.
October 28th - MILITARY ROAD HAS BEEN SOLD TO SOUTH AUSTRALIA!
One of the stable favourites has been sold to Belinda Lindh in Adelaide as a school master eventer and showjumper. We wish Belinda and her husband Mark every success with this lovely horse.
October 26th - WALLABY HILL'S INAUGRAL EVENT IS A GREAT SUCCESS
The private venture of popular Southern Highlands based eventing rider Alex Townsend and her husband was the venue for a new competition on the NSW calendar. For their first event they ran a Hunter Trials (ie eventing with no dressage). The numbers were small and the course was tough in all grades, but none the less this venue will hopefully host many good horse trials into the future. The winner of the highest class of the day, 1*, was that grand old campaigner, True Blue Toozac, ridden by Kate Remond. Seal The Deal, ridden by Tim was 2nd and Stuart Tinney was 3rd on Orchard Hill.
October 26th - PAU CCI**** IS WON BY BETTINA HOY AND RINGWOOD COCKATOO
The final 4**** event of the European eventing season has been run and won by Bettina Hoy and Ringwood Cockatoo for Germany. Bettina led the dressage and was able to fend off all challengers. The highest placed Australian rider was her husband Andrew riding Moonfleet who finished 6th after a disappointing show jumping round with five rails hitting the deck. I am sure 2008 is a year the Hoys won't remember with much fondness so this is some consolation for one of the best eventing operations in the world.
October 19th - GOULBURN CIC*** IS WON BY CHRIS BURTON AND NEWSPRINT
NSW's premier one day event took place with a very large, strong field in the CIC*** class. As always Neil Kennedy produced a terrific track that leaves riders feeling very confident heading towards Adelaide CCI****. The ground was quite firm and it was very hot but still produced a terrific competition. Chris Burton, who has been the leading rider for the last 3 seasons in NSW showed all his class on his top horse, Newsprint, to record a very dominant win. Sam Lyle also had a good weekend finishing 2nd and 3rd in the CIC***. Chris's good form carried over to the CIC** where he won with the impressive young horse, Walk The Line.
7th September – TZU RETURNS FROM SURGERY
Sun Tzu has returned from surgery at Randwick Equine Centre where he received a skin graft on his damaged near hind leg and appears to be progressing well. At this stage he is still on box rest but will progress to a paddock shortly and we envisage him commencing work in November, ready to start competition in early 2009.
5th September –LIMITLESS LODGE HAS A GREAT TEAM OF STAFF
We have long had a fine bunch of staff but we have recently had a few inclusions to really propel us to the next level of care for all of our horses and our clients' horses. Our staff are a very multi cultural bunch and come from Australia , India, England, Jamaica, Poland and Sweden. In future updates we will be dedicating a section to introducing our staff and having interviews with them.
4th September –MATT RYAN TO RIDE FOR ENGLAND
In a major scandal, following his non-selection for the Australian team at Beijing Olympics, 2008, Matt has gone to print on his website and slammed Australia's team, selectors, events and basically everything Australian. To view this blog in full go to; http://www.mattryan.co.uk/news.htm. Matt has been a very successful member of the Australian 3DE team starting with his double Gold at Barcelona in 1992 and most recently a team Gold at Sydney in 2000. This would be very sad for Matt and all Australians but I think he may have already made up his mind. Stay posted!
2nd September –TIM'S NEW TRUCK ON THE ROAD
Following the sale of his previous truck to WA in December, Tim commissioned Rivenlee Pty Ltd at Gosford to build his new truck. The result is spectacular! Peter Jakin and his great team could not have done a better job. We have a 2008 Hino, dual axle, 6 horse body with a very large pop out living area. We will post photos shortly and give you the tour. I can not recommend Rivenlee highly enough for every thing they have thought of and fussed over. The first event was at Camden and everything went like a dream. Certainly, everybody who we have been borrowing trucks and floats off recently will be pleased to see us on the road.
1st September – NEW RACING STABLES DELAY WITH DA AT WYONG COUNCIL
Our new 30 acre property 2 minutes away from the main barn at Limitless Lodge is becoming very slow going due to Wyong Council's planners and engineers procrastination and endless delays. This is all not helped by a particularly difficult neighbour who it seems is trying to complain about everything, all of the time! The final result, and I honestly don't know when that will be (hopefully early 2009) will be spectacular. Most of the fencing and the track is already completed. Left to build is the stables (3 blocks of 22 stables each), 2 horse walkers and an 8 horse aquacizer.
12th August–AUSTRALIAN EVENTING TEAM WINS SILVER MEDAL AT BEIJING OLYMPICS
Australia's eventing team put up a terrific all around performance to just get beaten by a dynamic German team. Australia's highest placed individual was Megan Jones on Kirby Park Irish Jester (4th), followed closely by Clayton Fredericks and Ben Along Time and Sonja Johnson on Ringwood Jaguar in the top ten. Just outside the top ten was Clayton's wife Lucinda on the dressage leader, Headley Brittania and local boy, Shane Rose and All Luck who had the misfortune of a bad dressage test (completely uncharacteristic!) and the fastest time of the day on the cross country. The individual Gold was won by German Heinrich Romeike (a true amateur who is a dentist by day) and Marius (an absolute machine)..
10 January - EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION OF AUSTRALIA (NSW) ANNOUNCES NEW COMPETITION CALANDER
Last weekend saw the first competition to be held in the purple zone in the aftermath of the EI crisis. This was held at Sydney Showjumping Club and attracted good numbers and a good day was had by all. As will be the case with all competitions in the purple zone in the foreseeable future, all entries were taken prior to the day and health certificates and microchipping was essential. This weekend coming, January 12/13, sees a very local (200 metres) showjumping competition being held at Jeremy Inglis's Wyong Creek property. Entries are expected to be enormous and the weather is promising to be perfect.
The eventing season is due to kick off with Quirindi in the first week of February, quickly followed by Camden the next weekend and the Sydney Eventing double header two weeks later. We intend to have a full truck load of horses at all the early season events including Grand Armee, Coney Island and Military Road. One horse that will be commencing his eventing career shortly is Sun Tzu, a city winning son of General Nediym, owned by Sydney's leading real estate agent, John McGrath. He has shown allot of promise and we eagerly anticipate his debut.
09 January–HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB ANNOUNCES MARCH 15 AS DATE FOR THE HKJC INTERNATIONAL SALE
Finally, after much changing of mind and changing of plans we can plan on the sale, originally intended for December 10 2007, to go ahead. At this sale we will be selling 15 high class 2 year olds after breezing up 7 days prior. These horses were all purchased at Magic Millions Premier Sale and The Australian Inglis Easter Sale. Further to these 15 horses will be 12 horses that will be subscription griffins and raffled on the same day as the sale.
All of these horses have been rigorously tested, vet examined and well prepared for 12 months. EI, despite never affecting any horses at Limitless Lodge, meant Hong Kong were very reluctant to accept horses from Australia. The horses from New Zealand, England and America sold exceptionally well in the December sale, averaging upward of $AUS650, 000. We can only hope that the second time around the buyers are just as keen.
We have been very fortunate in that the last 2 drafts we have taken on behalf of the HKJC have gone on to be very handy horses with 85% having won races in Hong Kong already. This is a massive project and will take about 12 staff and 7 weeks away from the farm. First of all they will quarantine at home, then William Inglis in Sydney and then 3 weeks at Sandown Racecourse, prior to 4 weeks in Hong Kong. My team always look forward to Hong Kong as it is a fun trip, and I hope this year it is as successful as it has been the last 2 years.
08 January–DPI ANNOUNCE MOVEMENT OF HORSES TO VICTORIA AND QUEENSLAND BY PERMIT
After many months of not being able to move anywhere, finally with quarantine and blood testing previously infected horses are able to move. It is interesting that it is considered better to have had the virus than to be vaccinated from the DPI's point of view. Furthermore the DPI have also announced that from January 14 any movement of any horse is going to require a Traveling Horse Statement and DPI recognition. This is going to be considerably time consuming and tiresome.
On any given day we can have up to 25 horses move, so the paperwork for this will take longer than the time we usually spend riding! Crazy!! This is supposedly to prove to the rest of NSW and Australia that the crisis is lessening and we can start to break down the barriers, since there have been no new infections anywhere since December 24. One can only guess as to when normality will return, if ever! It seems for now we must live with microchipping, health statements and vaccinations.
05 January–TIM'S TRUCK IS SOLD TO PERTH
Clients of Tim's, Sue and Mark Warren, bought Tim's 2003 Hino horse truck for their daughter, Sophie. Sophie is a spectacularly successful young rider from WA with very supportive parents, a good team of horses and now, a great truck