Arriving Thursday mid-day, Shagrir had a midly swollen leg from a minor surface cut sustained just prior to leaving so the decision was to over-react and treat the leg and therefore with drawing him from entering the ride.
Peter Toft to the rescue - Toft Endurance offered Steve one of their up and coming super stars to ride along with me and Azaylia in the one star event, the Arab cross Appaloose Rupert TE. Rupert is a well built grey gelding with forward moving attitude.
Friend Nicole Cameron arrived to stay for a few days and help us strap - lovely catching up with Nic and fabulous to have her on hand to assist us...still recovering from her broken shoulder she was a massive help during the weekend. Thanks Nic! Mid ride Friday night also seen the arrival of Ashley Ross and Carmel Trevorrow also to assist strap. Azaylia is sired by Ashley's stallion, Turingal Park Nijinksi who we used to own. Ash also has a gelding we bred, sired by Shades of Shagrir, so she was interested to see these 2 horses we had brought down.
The ride was great, and we were both successful in completing - Azaylia had terrific recoveries which is really encouraging, I think she's gonig to be every bit as good as her older half brother Navarone and then some.
We were able to bring home something very special - our mare Tractor (aka Agecroft Sahara). Tractor had been with Toft's to visit Sadaqa with the hope of another special foal; but she had other plans and visited not Sadaqa but Sh'Tann! Terrific to have her home, she looks fabulous and looking forward to having her PTIF today.
|Pioneer Park Azaylia pre-ride|