After 10 fantastic years I decided it was now or never and proposed to Sophie on boxing day. She accepted. Very exciting! I have left her to make all further plans and we will let everyone know when the big day will be.
26th December, 2016 – SOPHIE SAYS YES!
8th December 2016 – SEE BILLY (GV BILLY ELLIOT) AND OAKY (NAPOLEON) COMPETING LAST WEEK AT THE SYDNEY SPRING EVENTING CLASSIC
CLICK HERE to see Napoleon show jump
CLICK HERE to see GV Billy Elliot's dressage
CLICK HERE to see GV Billy Elliot show jump
24th November, 2016 – SYDNEY HORSE TRIALS
The Sydney Eventing Committee very kindly decided to run an event as a lead up to Wallaby Hill CCI. Unfortunately they were not blessed with favourable conditions. The weather was extremely hot and humid, and the ground was in very poor condition. It was firm and rutted and not condusive to running competitively.
In the 20 years that I have been competing at Sydney I have never not run a horse cross country. In fact, it is my favourite event as I know normally SIEC pride themselves on the ground preparation and this is also very important to me. Indeed it is very important for keeping horses sound.
After the dressage and show jumping my 2 horses were 1st and 2nd. Billy Elliot did a great test to be winning on a 34 and show jumped clear. Napoleon was super impressive in the dressage and was also clear show jumping. Despite being in prime position to win, I made the decision to withdraw both.
They will now have a well earned spell of 8 weeks before I make plans for next year.
Sophie had a successful event with Wild Duchess finishing double clear in the 1 star and Touch Heaven double clear in the pre novice. Both impressive young horses.
22nd November, 2016 – HORSE SHOPPING IN IRELAND
I have just returned from a quick trip to England and Ireland, in search of the next stars. I attended the Goresbridge Go For Gold Event Horse Sale and was under bidder on several lots. Ultimately I didn’t find anything in my price range to come home with. I did, however, travel up and down Ireland to private yards and have secured 2 absolutely fantastic 5 year olds that looked the real business. I will leave these with Oliver Townend to get through novice before bringing them home to Australia in July or August. Ultimately these horses will be sold in Australia and are part of the team that Oliver and I are putting together to market these well bred international eventers of the future. The business will be branded as my previous horse trading venture – Australian Event Horse Centre. We will be securing horses from all over the world and selling them in Australia. Feel free to contact Tim anytime on 0418 475 685 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss what you might be looking for. With the exchange rate currently in our favour, there are many great deals to be had. Let us do the work for you. All the horses will compete in Australia before being sold.
6th November, 2016 – ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
This was quite an unusual weekend. I was feeling quite buoyant about the chances of my 2 horses in the CIC***. Both were in sensational form and I felt peaking at the right time. I lent Napoleon to my friend Oliver Townend to ride. I was riding Billy who had bounced back well from his international travels. Everything started well enough in the dressage with Billy leading and Napoleon 2nd. It was from here that things started to go wrong. Oliver show jumped beautifully on Napoleon to land a clear round. I was next in the ring on Billy. Actually getting to the ring was quite a problem. In what is no question Australia’s biggest equestrian event with many international visiting stars and officials, this was not somewhere where you wanted to look like a goose. Unfortunately I ended up looking like a goose! Billy decided he did not want to play ball today and was very nappy and reluctant to go forward. Usually when you go into the show jumping arena you are worried about jumping a clear round and avoiding time penalties. Just getting through the start flags was almost impossible. Suffice to say, I retired and it wasn’t my greatest day at the office. Billy has this season been to 15 events and jumped 15 clear rounds. Pretty good stats. I would have traded that all for a clear round at Adelaide. Anyway….we move on! There was to be no cross country for Billy. Oliver and Napoleon were awesome across the country and went on to win the event. Very well deserved and all credit to horse and rider.
Hazel Shannon and Clifford won the 4 star in a very workman like manner, finishing on their dressage score. She is a disciple of Heath Ryan who is a former winner of Adelaide as well as being a mentor to many other eventing stars. Hazel and Clifford have dominated the season in NSW with the departure of the Olympic stars. Exciting times ahead for them.
26th October 2016 – ALL SYSTEMS GO TO ADELAIDE
Napoleon and GV Billy Elliot headed to Goulburn CIC***, only 5 days after getting out of quarantine. Quite amazing but both boys felt in good form. I never had any intention of going cross country but was most happy to have a little hit out with the dressage test and showjumping. Billy did a good test and was leading after dressage. Oaky was not far behind in 3rd. The eventual winner, Hazel Shannon, was sandwiched in between in 2nd. Billy jumped clear and super. Oaky was jumping unbelievably well until the 2nd last which was a small vertical at which I missed most catastrophically. I then went straight over his head. How embarrassing! I have made most silly mistakes in my long career but nothing that stupid. Anyway…….he is in really good shape and will be a great ride for Oliver next week in Adelaide.
Oliver has now landed in Australia and will be here for a few days prior to the trip to Adelaide. We are all going to a showjumping show on Saturday at SIEC which will be a good outing. The horses start their long trip on Monday morning.
Can’t wait to get to Australia’s best event……Adelaide!
25th October, 2016 – WINX IS A CHAMPION
If there was ever any doubt as to her champion qualities, they were dispelled on Saturday at Moonee Valley when Winx won The Group 1 Cox Plate by 8 lengths from the best field that Australia could muster. She has now won her last 13 starts in a row, of which 9 are Group 1s. Winx is now heading for a well deserved spell. We are very proud at Limitless Lodge to have played a part in the Winx story. She was broken in here, and did all of her pre training and spelling here, and we follow the great mare with huge support and admiration for her and the team at Chris Waller Racing, who have done a fantastic job.
Other winners for the weekend from Limitless Lodge were –
Invincibella (Chris Waller) at Randwick – spelled and pre trained
My Guiliano (Chris Waller) at Randwick – broken in, spelled and pre trained
Grand Marshal (Chris Waller) 1st, Who Shot Thebarman (Chris Waller) 2nd at Moonee Valley – These 2 warriors ran first and second in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and I wanted to make a special note of these two as they do everything together. They always spell together and they always work together in pre training and it was very fitting to see them so dominant in their lead up to the Melbourne Cup.
Sir Bacchus (Chris Waller) at Moonee Valley – spelled and pre trained
Smiling Charm (Michael Chang) at Sha Tin (HK) – broken in, spelled and pre trained
Jing Jing Win (David Hall) at Sha Tin (HK) – broken in, spelled and pre trained
14th October, 2016 – GV BILLY ELLIOT AND NAPOLEON SAFELY HOME AND HEADING TO ADELAIDE
After a busy summer season competing in Europe, my 2 best horses are home and heading towards the CIC*** at Adelaide. There is simply not enough time to get Billy fit and ready for the 4 star. 5 weeks in quarantine hasn’t been the ideal preparation but they were very fit as they went in. IRT did a great job as always in transporting my 2 special horses and I couldn’t be happier with their weight and condition as I prepare for Australia’s best event. They will both compete this weekend at Goulburn in the CIC***. They will just do the dressage and showjumping.
My good friend Oliver Townend is coming to Adelaide to announce our new business venture where we will be importing quality Irish event horses – young, super classy prospects though to 3 star horses. While he is here he will compete Napoleon at Adelaide. I hope he goes well but not too well and doesn’t beat me on Billy. Looking forward to Adelaide!
10th October, 2016 – WINX WINS THE CAULFIELD STAKES
Super star mare Winx won her 12th race in succession and 8th Group 1 in a row with a dominant display at Caulfield on Saturday. She now heads to The Cox Plate in great shape. Winx was broken in, spelled and pre trained at Limitless Lodge like most of Chris Waller’s yearlings.
Other winners from the farm this week of Spring racing at Caulfield and beyond have included –
Invisible (Casper Fownes) Sha Tin, HK. He was broken in, spelled and pre trained at the farm
Dixie Blossoms (Ron Quinton) Randwick. She was broken in and pre trained at the farm
Flying Artie (Mick Price) Caulfield. He was spelled, rehabilitated and pre trained at the farm
Kentucky Miss (Joe Pride) Warwick Farm. She was broken in and pre trained at the farm
In Times of War (Chris Waller) Warwick Farm. She was pre trained and spelled at the farm
Palladian (M, W and J Hawkes) Warwick Farm. He was broken in, spelled and pre trained at the farm
Euro Angel (M, W and J Hawkes) Caulfield. She was broken in, spelled and pre trained at the farm
19th September, 2016 – WINX WINS AGAIN
Super star mare Winx won her 11th race in succession, the Group 1 George Main Stakes at Randwick on Saturday in spectacular fashion. She is now on target to defend her Cox Plate crown in 5 weeks. We are very proud to have broken in, pre trained and spelled Winx. She could well turn out to be the best horse that we have had here and we follow her career with a very keen interest.
Other winners from the farm over the weekend were mostly for Chris Waller.
At Newcastle -
Earth (Waller) defeated Intueri (Hawkes). Both were broken in, pre trained and spelled at Limitless Lodge.
Brassy Belle scored a great win to shed her maiden status. She is another promising filly for Chris Waller. She was pre trained and spelled at Limitless Lodge.
At Randwick –
Foxplay (Waller) won the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes for 3yo fillies on Saturday. She was pre trained and spelled at the farm. We are most proud of this as she was a very difficult yearling. She had every trick in the book. She used to want to lie down as soon as you got on her. She did this regularly. She also used to turn around and bite your boot after you eventually got going to the track. Brendan Jordan deserves all the credit for this filly. It was his pet project and he did a great job. Nobody knows how to condition them better than Chris Waller and now she is well behaved we all saw on Saturday her fighting qualities harnessed in a positive way to squeeze through a gap and steal the win.
At Sha Tin (Hong Kong) –
Jing Jing Win won for trainer David Hall and jockey Zac Purton at his first race start. This was an incredible win as he was eased down and won by 4 lengths after starting a $1.50 favourite. Jing Jing Win was broken in, spelled, pre trained and prepared to race at Limitless Lodge for the Hong Kong Jockey Club. He topped the international sale in Hong Kong and it is great to see that he is living up to his potential. Many more wins in store for this fellow.
24th August, 2016 – GV BILLY ELLIOT SCRATCHED FROM MILL STREET INTERNATIONAL IN IRELAND
Billy ran last weekend at Bicton as a final blow out before Mill Street. Unfortunately he lost a shoe in the cross country warm up . He was reshod by the start and went great cross country. Double clear and felt perfect. Unfortunately on pulling up he was sore in the same foot. Clearly a close nail . Hot tubbed and poulticed for the last 4 days . He is no better. Very sadly leaving us with no option but to scratch.
The flag will by flown for my team by Napoleon.
The boys then start quarantine next week to return to Australia. They will head towards Adelaide,Sydney and Wallaby Hill to meet up with their stablemates.
15th August, 2016 – GV BILLY ELLIOT IN GREAT FORM
I am very proud to have nursed Billy back from injury to have toughed out a great season
eventing in England and Europe. Certainly it was disappointing to realise early on that our Olympic dream wasn't to be. I quickly moved on and plotted a path that will ultimately lead to Adelaide CCI ****. He has had 8 runs in Europe . He has always done a great dressage test and continues to do that. More importantly he has show jumped clear in 8 out of his 8 events. His cross country is his best phase and he feels fantastic. Most recently he ran 5th at Camphire CIC 3 star 2 weeks ago.Our final goal of this trip is the CIC 3 star at Mill Street , Ireland. It is widely regarded as one of the best events in world wide eventing with a fantastic purpose built venue designed by Mike Etherington Smith,just outside of Cork. It will be a high class field and a great target.He will then enter quarantine to return home and prepare for Adelaide CCI 4 star.I am looking forward to getting back to work at the farm in 3weeks.
15th August, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS - SPRING IS IN THE AIR
The Group 3 San Dominico Stakes always signals the start of the spring carnival in Sydney.
It is always exciting to see how last season's two year olds have progressed. This year the field included Capitalist, The Golden Slipper winner, first up . At Limitless Lodge we are proud to have broken in and pre trained 4 of the 6 runners . On Saturday, Star Turn won for Team Hawkes to beat Tango Fire for Gerald Ryan and Kentucky Miss for Joe Pride into third. These young stars were all broken in and prepared to race at the farm.
Further, all of the last 5 winners of the race have been broken in at Limitless Lodge.
Star Turn 2016 Hawkes
Japonisme 2015 Waller
Nostradamus 2014 Hawkes
Va Pensiero 2013 Coyle
Snitzerland 2012 Ryan
We are extremely proud of this and look forward to seeing all the spring stars about to step out.
Other winners produced from the farm on Saturday included Extensible (Snowden) and Dubaiinstyle(Waller).
11th July, 2016 – TIM COMPETING IN ENGLAND WITH GV BILLY ELLIOT
Watch this video to see what tim is doing in Europe -
4th July, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS
Another bumper Saturday with plenty of winners produced from the farm. These included 5 of the 9 winners at Rosehill and a trifecta and quinella.
Awoke Waller Rosehill break in, spell and pre train
Tucanchoo Hawkes Rosehill break in, spell and pre train
Suboric Ryan Rosehill break in, spell and pre train
Ninth Legion Hawkes Rosehill aquaciser
Pioneering Waller Rosehill spell and pre train
Longeron Hawkes Caulfield break in, spell and pre train
Republican Waller Newcastle spell and pre train
Tenorino Ryan Newcastle break in,spell and pre train
27th June, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS
The winners keep flowing for horses produced from the farm. It was another big day on Saturday.
Then winners were-
Celebrate Kembla Gerald Ryan Broken in, spell and pre train
Cellarman Brisbane Chris Waller Pre train and spell
Index Linked Brisbane Chris Waller Pre train,spell and rehabilitate
Tales Of Grimm Brisbane Chris Waller Pre train and spell
Elle Lou Randwick Chris Waller Pre train and spell
Mount Nebo Randwick Allan Denham Pre train
Three Sheets Randwick HKJC Broken in,spell and pre train
27th June, 2016 – UPDATE FROM TIM IN ENGLAND
Now the pressure has gone off re preparing for Rio, it has allowed me time to freshen up the horses and let me think about the perfect plan going forward.
They both ran well last weekend at Nunney. A great event in a beautiful setting. It was great to have Napoleon (Oaky) back in form. Clearly the treatment has helped as he seemed back to normal.
I then went to Hickstead to showjump. This was super fun and a lifelong dream. Billy jumped unbelievably well in the 1.3metre and was double clear and Oaky had a couple down in the jump off but was generally very good. We were lucky we went on the first day as it rained all week and the ground in the outside rings became terrible.
Indeed it is still raining now. Thank goodness Wimbledon centre court has a roof as there wouldn't be much play without it.
Anyway we don't come to England for the weather!
They both have a couple of minor national events coming up and then head to Aston Le Walls Advanced on July 22/23.
The Australian squad has been selected and there are no surprises. It will be interesting to see when the team is narrowed down to 5 and who will fly from Australia. I am certain Australia will have a strong team at Rio.
20th June, 2016 – HUGE WEEKEND OF WINNERS
Graduates of Limitless Lodge had a great weekend with winners everywhere. The highlight was 7 of the 9 winners at Rosehill having passed through the gates of the farm. A big thrill!
Longeron - Moonee Valley Hawkes Break in, pre train and spell
Firsthand - Moonee Valley Hawkes Break in, pre train and spell
Foxplay - Rosehill Waller Pre train
Foreign Prince - Rosehill Payne Pre train and spell
Dinghu Mountain - Rosehill Waller Break in, pre train and spell
Avonaco - Rosehill Waller Pre train, spell, rehabilitate on
Himalaya Dream - Rosehill Hawkes Pre train, spell and freshen up
Vassal - Rosehill Waller Pre train and spell
Elemenohpee - Rosehill Hawkes Break in, pre train and spell
Octavian Augustus - Rosehill Waller Pre train and spell
High Mist - Newcastle Waller Break in, pre train and spell
Who Said It's Easy- Gosford Ryan Break in, pre train and spell
14th June, 2016 – UPDATE FROM TIM IN ENGLAND
I have now been in England since mid April and the horses have had a few eventing runs and several jumping shows.
The original plan on coming to England and competing here and Europe was to force a way on to the Australian Olympic team with my top horse, GV Billy Elliot. After being travelling reserve for the Aussie team at the London Olympics I was determined to not be left behind again. Obviously it is a constant battle for Australian based riders like myself who know full well the best competition and best events are in Europe . We need to run a business. When we are away, our businesses suffer. My clients are incredibly loyal and my management team is fantastic but it is never the same when you are not there to give the feedback to owners and trainers from having ridden them yourself and seeing them daily. Full credit to Adam and his barn managers that the farm is going great and the winners keep flowing.
Billy had 2 quiet runs before leaving Sydney for England. He had been off since April last year. He was selected for the Australian team to go to New Zealand but then suffered a leg injury and had several months rehabilitating. Hence he needed to come out with a bang at the start of this year in Europe. He had 2 good double clears in England and then went to Saumur CCI ***, France in good form to challenge for a team spot. Unfortunately we received a 50 in the dressage. This was not going to be competitive and he was withdrawn. He was then selected on the Australian team for the Nations Cup at Houghton Hall CIC *** in Norfolk. He went great but again received a score that isn't good enough of 47. He then went super and jumped double clear and helped the team to the silver medal.
After that great run he pulled up sound but just went off his feed and ran a temp. Not very helpful as he needed to go to Tatersalls in Ireland but clearly couldn't travel as he needed treatment. In the meantime Paul Tapner went very well and won Tatersalls. The Australian team is looking stronger all the time. Both big CCI *** events have been won by Australians.
I am now in the position of facing up to the reality that my Rio Olympic dream is over. Billy is now fine and we move on. There are plenty of big events to win over here. With only one top horse you can't do everything. You need to pick realistic targets.
Billy's program looks like this
Friday June 17 Felbridge jumping show
Sunday June 19 Nunney Open Intermediate
Wednesday June 22 Hickstead jumping show
Saturday June 25 Farley Hall Advanced Intermediate
Then a little freshen up...
July 23 Aston Le Walls Advanced
July 30 Camphire ,Ireland CIC ***
August 14 Hartpury CIC ***
August 28 Mill Street CCI ***
Then in to quarantine a few days later.
Arrive back home first week of October..
First week of November Adelaide CIC*** or Adelaide CCI ****
In my opinion the Australian team is looking very competitive and I think it will be
Shane Rose CP Qualified
Sam Griffiths Paulank Brokough
Chris Burton Santano
I think these 3 are definites
There is plenty of competition for the remaining spot.
I think it will be a battle between Andrew Hoy, Paul Tapner, Stuart Tinney and Bill Levett
I think Andrew needs a good show at Luhmuhlen, Germany next week to secure his spot.
This is just my opinion. Interesting to see what happens in next few weeks
This time last year Napoleon was winning Melbourne CCI **. He then had several successful 3 star runs and then his form became very patchy. It has been the same over here. I just knew there had to be a physical problem. I have never had a horse lose form so completely. Oaky has been xrayed and found a significant problem. He has now been treated and will have a few easy days. Let's hope we have found the cause of his loss of form. He is as good a horse as I have had. I have had amazing offers for him. He will never be sold. We just need to get going. England is the best place for him right now so he can run in to form with regular events.
I will continue to keep you posted,
14th June, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS
We are very aware that we have big amounts of winners from our farm every week directly as a result of the trainers and owners that we work for. That in itself, makes us very proud. That the best trainers trust us with their best horses from breaking in to spelling and preparing to race and rehabilitating is very exciting for racing nuts like Tim and the team who follow the form everywhere. We know our horses well and look forward each week to looking at the acceptances and seeing who will be running. Our biggest supporters are of course Chris Waller, MW and J Hawkes, Gerald Ryan, Gerry Harvey, Spendthrift Farm and Vinery Stud. We appreciate these big players but equally enjoy our relationships with the small owners who can always pick up the phone to have a chat and find out the progress of their horses.
This weekend the winners were-
Euro Angel Flemington Hawkes break in, pre train and spell
Three Sheets Randwick HKJC break in, pre train and spell
Opinion Randwick Waller spell, pre train and rehabilitate
Tucanchoo Randwick Hawkes break in, pre train and spell
Tsaritsa Eagle Farm Waller break in, pre train and spell
Spill The Beans Eagle Farm Ryan pre train and spell
Awoke Newcastle Waller pre train and spell
6th June, 2016 – WINTER WEEKEND WINNERS
Out of the 9 races at Rosehill on Saturday , 4 were Limitless Lodge graduates . We are very proud to be dealing with these wonderful horses who are trusted to us by their loyal owners and trainers.
Ravi -broken in and pre trained for Kia Ora stud and trained by Peter Snowden
Marenostro- spelled, pre trained and aquaciser for Chris Waller
Foreign Prince – spelled, pre trained and aquaciser for Wilf Mula, Paul Whelan and trainer David Payne.
Grande Punto broken in and pre trained for John Thompson and trainer Allan Denham.
6th June, 2016 - LIMITLESS LODGE SURVIVES THE BIG RAIN
After huge amounts of rain and wild winds we are happy to report that the farm has emerged completely unscathed and is back to work as normal this morning.
6th June, 2016 - TIM AND BILLY PART OF SILVER MEDAL WINNING TEAM AT HOUGHTON HALL NATIONS CUP
Billy was in great form at the weekend. Houghton Hall is a beautiful venue in Norfolk just around the corner from Queen Elizabeth's summer residence at Sandringham. Indeed most of the junior royals were there watching in the beautiful park land. Despite a disappointing dressage score (huge judge discrepancy) Billy motored around the showjumping and cross country in great form. We just got pipped by the Germans in a nail biting finish to finish with the silver medal. The next Nations Cup is in Poland in late June.
Read more by clicking this link - http://www.equestrian.org.au/news/aussies-finish-second-houghton-hall-nations-cup
24th May, 2016 - BILLY ON AUSTRALIAN TEAM FOR NATION'S CUP AT HOUGHTON HALL
Very exciting news as Billy was selected to represent Australia this weekend in the Nation's Cup. My team mates are Andrew Hoy, Kevin McNab and Sam Griffiths . Can't wait!
Billy has had several near misses with selection. He was travelling reserve for the Olympic team at London and was selected on the last 2 Trans Tasman teams and been injured at the last minute. Fingers crossed for this weekend.
23rd May, 2016 - SAUMUR CCI ***
Chris Burton was completely dominant and thoroughly deserved to win Saumur. He is now in the enviable position of having a choice of horses for Rio Olympics.
My weekend did not go to plan. Billy did an ok test that didn't really excite the judges and got a 50. He was then withdrawn as that was not going to be competitive and every run is very important in this tactical game of selection. He will start this weekend on the CIC *** at Houghton Hall in Northern England. Napoleon did a good test and show jumped clear. He went in to the cross country less than 4 points from the lead. He was then incredibly disappointing across the country, stopping twice and then being pulled up. His plans are up in the air. He holds an entry in the 3 star at Houghton and the Advanced at Little Downham. I will just see how he trains this week before making any rash decisions. This horse has all the talent in the world.
23rd May, 2016 - WEEKEND WINNERS
The winners continued to flow freely for the graduates of Limitless Lodge on the weekend, highlighted by the Group 3 wins of Runway Star and Counterattack. The full list of winners is following-
Dance Of Heroes -spell, pre train and aquaciser for Chris Waller
Tsaritsa - break in, spell and pre train for Chris Waller
Marenostro - spell, pre train and aquaciser for Chris Waller
Le Cordon Bleu spell, pre train and aquaciser for M,W and J Hawkes
Runway Star -spell, pre train and aquaciser for Gerald Ryan and Vinery Stud syndicate
Espresso Shot - spell, pre train for Gerry Harvey
Suboric - break in, spell and pre train for Gerald Ryan and Stallion racing
Counterattack- break in, spell and pre train for Chris Waller
Palazzo Publico- spell, pre train and aquaciser for Gerry Harvey
My Darling- spelled and pre trained for John Size
1st May, 2016 - CHAUTAUQUA IS A STAR
Chautauqua won the Group One Chairman's Sprint in Hong Kong in absolutely devastating fashion. He dropped out to last after being snagged back and came down the centre of the track defying the on pace bias. He may well appear next at Royal Ascot to complete the sprint triple crown .
Chautauqua was broken in ,pre trained and prepared to race at the farm at home. He has always been a beautiful horse to do anything with and like everybody involved we are very proud of him.
Other winners from horses produced by Limitless Lodge that won this weekend were -
Supreme Profit - Danny Shum HK - broken in,spelled and pre trained
Amovatio - Chris Waller - spelled and pre trained
Swear - M,W and J Hawkes - broken in, spelled and pre trained
Spill The Beans- Gerald Ryan - spelled, pre trained and freshened up on the aquaciser.
30th April, 2016 - BILLY AND NAPOLEON HAVE A GREAT FIRST RUN IN ENGLAND
After several cancellations due to weather , my 2 horses finally got a start at Withington Open Intermediate. Both did a good test and jumped double clear. We next head to Australian dressage team training on Monday and show jumping team training the following Monday.Our next event is Aston Le Walls in ten days .
It is then the plan to head to Saumur CCI *** with Billy over the week May18-22. The other Australian riding there is Chris Burton on Santano ,which might be shaping up as his Olympic prospect. I then head the following week to Houghton Hall Nation's Cup to prove Billy's soundness . A long way from ideal but Olympic years force you to think very tactically .
As Billy was injured last season it is important to get his qualification done early before we even think of selection.
I am very happy with how he is going. He is managing to hold good condition and is in a very happy place. Now the sun is coming out, he is able to spend almost all day in the paddock and that suits him perfectly.
30th April, 2016 - TRAGIC NEWS FROM SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL HORSE TRIALS
Caitlyn Fischer was tragically killed whilst on the cross country in the CCI * at Sydney International. Caitlyn was living her dream of riding and competing against the big guns of Australian eventing. Her horse,Ralphie, is totally fine and will return to Caitlyn's family farm.
Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
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7th April, 2016 – NAPOLEON AND GV BILLY ELLIOT HAVE DEPARTED FOR ENGLAND
Sophie has flown with Billy and Oaky to England to prepare them for me to compete next weekend at Belton International Horse Trials and beyond in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. At this stage they will head towards Tattersalls CCI*** in June. I will keep you posted with our progress. Very exciting!
4th April 2016 – THE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The first day of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday produced fantastic racing under perfect clear skies. We were very proud that 3 graduates of Limitless Lodge were winners on the day. The highlight was ofcourse Winx, very closely followed by Chautauqua, who both won their Group Ones like the champions that they are. El Divino, who is the half brother to Winx, also won a Stakes race at only his second start. He is also a graduate of the farm. This Saturday will no doubt produce more fabulous racing.
14th MARCH, 2016 - IN MEMORY OF OLIVIA INGLIS
By now, everybody in the horse world knows of the tragic passing of Olivia Inglis at Scone Horse Trials on Sunday 6th March.
The funeral which was held at Randwick was a fantastic celebration of her life. There was a huge crowd of friends and family keen to support Charlotte, Arthur and the girls through this horrible grief.
Charlotte and Arthur, her mum and dad, spoke wonderfully about their darling daughter and it was great to hear the many stories, successes and fun times she had managed to pack into 17 years.
My most recent 2 memories of Olivia are of her being a regular at the NSW Squad clinics, supported by her mum. I know she was quite rightly very proud to have been selected on the squad. Secondly, I watched her show jump at Wallaby Hill last year and was very impressed. As soon as she came out I was keen to congratulate her on her very astute and beautiful riding. She said “thank you” and blushed the colour purple in shyness and modesty. She rode beautifully.
We will all be riding for Olivia.
22nd February, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS
The stand out highlight of the weekend was Chautauqua winning the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes for M, W and J Hawkes. Chautauqua swooped late to overhaul Terravista (Joe Pride) and Japonisme (Chris Waller) in a most exciting finish. All 3 are graduates of Limitless Lodge and all 3 are super stars. In actual fact 6 of the 7 runners were broken in and/or pre trained at Limitless Lodge.
Other winners for the weekend from Limitless Lodge were:
Press Statement - Group 2 Hobartville Stakes trained by Chris Waller
Religify trained by Chris Waller
All Cerise trained by Chris Waller
Strindberg trained by M, W and J Hawkes
Himalaya Dream trained by M, W and J Hawkes
22nd February, 2016 – SYDNEY EVENTING SUMMER CLASSIC
It was a mostly good start to the season for my team at Sydney this week. I managed to win 3 of the 4 classes entered, but I of course dwell on the one that I didn’t.
Following on from a fantastic National High Performance training camp I was confident that I could start the season in good form. Billy led the 3 star combined training comfortably after dressage and jumped a super clear round to defeat Stuart Tinney on Pluto Mio and a strong field. Napoleon had his first outing and won the dressage comfortably enough and remained there to win the 2 star. He felt fantastic cross country after a few blips at the end of last season.
On the weekend Billy won the Advanced Intermediate. He started on a dressage score of 37 and had a cruisy cross country to win comfortably. Napoleon was 3rd after the dressage in the 3 star but then managed to pick up a stop jumping into the first water. Very disappointing! We have started building a new cross country course at home today.
It was a great weekend with terrific courses and ground and fantastic facilities as always at Sydney.
1st February, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS
As the Autumn Carnival draws closer, all the good horses are now back in work and it is an exciting time. The cream always rises to the top. The best horses, best jockeys and best trainers invariably win all the big races. At Limitless Lodge we are very lucky to deal daily with these top horses and trainers. We get huge satisfaction from watching the exploits of the stars that we have broken in, spelled and pre trained.
This weekend the winners that came from Limitless Lodge were –
Onerous – Hawkes Broken in, spelled and pre trained
All Cerise – Waller Broken in, spelled and pre trained
Headwater – Hawkes Aquaciser, spelled and pre trained
Start Wondering – Waller Aquaciser, spelled and pre trained
Our Boy Malachi – Hawkes Aquaciser, spelled and pre trained
Who Else But You – O’Sullivan (HK) Broken in, spelled and pre trained
5th January, 2016 – 2015 EVENTING SEASON IN REVIEW
Throughout the course of the whole season I only evented 4 horses – GV Billy Elliot, Napoleon, Wild Duchess and Gorsehill Star. I did not travel to Europe this season and all my competition was on the east coast of Australia. I ended up 4th on the National Leader Board which I am very proud of, having such a small string and a disappointing end to my season. Billy started the year off in great shape running 2nd at Sydney Advanced and Equestriad CIC***. He was then selected on the Australian Team for the Trans Tasman in New Zealand. Unfortunately he suffered an injury and was unable to travel. Billy then returned at the end of the season to dressage and showjump only at several events in order to gain fitness and competition skills before returning to England early in 2016. He is in full work now and has been since the beginning of August. It is still my intention to get selected on the Australian Team at the Rio Olympics. Billy is the star of my team and is most certainly aware of this fact. Whatever Billy wants, Billy gets.
Napoleon has had a great year. He has had several wins at 2 star, most importantly at Melbourne CCI**. He then upgraded to 3 star and ran 2nd at Sydney in July. He then was off for several months with a stifle injury and returned to work at the end of the season. He was and is totally sound but we had lost the momentum and it is fair to say his last few events of 2015 were disappointing across country. He was still winning the dressage and jumping clear. He will join Billy on the plane to England in early March and is an outside chance of getting to Rio. Oaky is a gorgeous horse to do anything with but is very fresh after time off.
Gorsehill Star started the year off in fantastic shape with many placings at 2 and 3 star. He was a little bit in the shadow of Napoleon. He finished 3rd at Melbourne CCI** and 3rd at Sydney Advanced in July. Unfortunately he succumbed to injury and was off for the remainder of the season. He will return in 2016 and head towards Melbourne CCI***. Star is an unbelievable jumper but is a tricky character.
Wild Duchess is the newest member of my team. Unfortunately her year started as it finished – with injury. She is a very capable mare who we are yet to see the best of. She is back in full work and will head towards Melbourne CCI**. Diva is a proper Diva and a proper chestnut mare. Enough said!
This summary of the fortunes of my eventing team shows just why you should enjoy the successes as there are so many things that can go wrong in our game. These are 4 sound horses that have had problems this year with injuries. It is fair to say most of these injuries are as a result of the ground we run on. I love living in Australia, I love competing in Australia, it is where my business is, but it is very hard to produce horses to the required level on some of the ground we have to run on. If we are to get to the big events we have to run at the small events in preparation. This is where most of the injuries happen.
For me to get to Rio this year I need a lot of things to go right as 2015 has not gone to plan. I most certainly need to go well at the selection events but also all the major lead up events. I am behind the eight ball but it is not impossible. For me to do this successfully I need to be in Europe for the lead up to the Olympics. Luckily all of my trainers/owners who support me at Limitless Lodge are incredibly understanding and appreciate that I need to do this. I would be disappointed if my Olympic journey went only as far as travelling reserve as for the London Olympics 2012. I have a terrific team of staff who will do a great job in my absence. As with last time, I will make trips home regularly.
4th January, 2016 – WEEKEND WINNERS
There was plenty of racing over the New Year weekend and plenty of winners from Limitless Lodge.
Leading Horse trained by Peter Ho won at Sha Tin on January 1. Broken in, pre trained and spelled at the farm.
Miss Sydney trained by Gerald Ryan won at Randwick on January 1. Broken in, pre trained and spelled at the farm.
All Cerise trained by Chris Waller won at Randwick on January 1. Broken in, pre trained and spelled at the farm.
Vilanova trained by Chris Waller won the Tattersalls Cup at Randwick on January 1. Spelled, pre trained and on the aquaciser at the farm.
Open Book trained by Joe Pride won at Rosehill on January 2. Spelled, pre trained and on the aquaciser at the farm.
Loophole trained by Chris Waller won at Rosehill on January 2. Broken in, pre trained and spelled at the farm.