Paddy (Bush Twist) is a 10 year old 16.1hh brown Thoroughbred gelding (by Semi Twist (Semipalatinsk) from Tolga City). He ran his last race in July of 2007 at Prairie.
I have had him since January 2008 and was lucky that his trainers had done plenty of ground and grid work with him during his racing career. He already understood working to a contact.
I have done four show seasons with him (Blackall, Barcaldine, Hughenden, Winton, Cloncurry, Mt Isa, Charters Towers). His best performances are multiple Champion led thoroughbreds, Reserve Champion Gelding of the Show, Champion and Reserve Champion Lady riders, Champion Senior Dressage (unofficial) and Reserve Champion Hack.
He continues to be hard work (as are many race horses off the track) with most of the issues being the mental adjustment of relaxing in a competition environment. Also he's a "big" ride, with a very very powerful hind end, especially now that I've fed him up and worked him gymnastically. So, riding him, especially his canter has been a big learning curve for me.
We're both starting to work things out and starting to form a real partnership under the guidance of our amazing instructor Ron Paterson... god bless him!
At his last outing he scored 84% for his prelim and 72% for his novice. But he's still not coping in the hack ring.
Iffy (Glencoe If Only)
Iffy (Glencoe If Only) is a 5 year old bay Australian Stock Horse/Thoroughbred mare (by Glencoe Abstract (Abbey) from Glencoe Try Now (TB)). In the photo she was only 18 months old (I must take a new one).
She is from the renowned Glencoe Stockhorse stud and was started by Maryanne Gough. Iffy is my new Galloway hack at 14.3hh.
Iffy has done one show season and we started slowly with led classes (Blackall, Barcaldine, Hughenden) for Reserve Champion ASH and moved on to ridden classes (Winton, Cloncurry, Mt Isa) where she was Reserve Champion Galloway at her first ridden show.
She has started dressage and is working kindly (72% in the Novice at her last outing). She is a delight to ride and makes me smile almost every stride.
She is finally stronger and more forward and balanced so now we are working on keeping her up in front. I will work more on her laterals and the canter in coming months.