Kelsey Rothery- Update

10th July 2018

May was a pretty quiet month horse wise for us, with the main aim being Taupo 3 day event. Our lead up was good, jumping two lovely clear showjumping rounds (see bottom pic) at a local practice day at St Peter’s School. I also received my new DB1 helmet from the gorgeous Dublin Black range and a surprise jacket in the mail from Dublin which was awesome!

Taupo was a bit of an anti-climax both weather and performance wise! It was a very wet and soppy Taupo (it seems to be either that or absolutely freezing!) Gaz was feeling very fit and well and suffered from a bout of “Taupo-itis” on dressage day and we didn’t have our usual smooth test, and we were down the leaderboard in an extremely competitive big championship class. On the positive side, I got to wear my new Dublin Tailored Jacket which I had some lovely comments about.

XC day (our favourite phase!) was a success and we flew around. He’s feeling very consolidated and really ready to tackle some 2* tracks in the spring-can’t wait! Also got to test the new helmet out and was pleased to note it didn’t move at all and felt very secure around the course.

Through a very wet and soggy trot up and the decision had been made to jump all classes on the sand for showjumping. I was very happy with how he jumped, we just had an unlucky rail but all in all I was pleased-I was still in the top half of the field finishing.  Not quite the end of the season we were hoping for with not coming home with a ribbon but I had a sound and happy horse at the end of the season which is really all you can ask for!

Gaz and I had a few weeks ‘working down’ with our babysitting duties at the track in full swing, he just loves it and thinks he’s pretty cool leading them out to work around and carting me round the track trying to go a lot faster than needed! He’s now enjoying a well earned holiday at my parents place, enjoying the sea view at Kawhia!

I, on the other hand have been keeping busy with training a racehorse of my own, a tricky but gorgeous grey Guillotine, who trialled last week for a 4th placing. Even better-I got to try out my Clyde boots that I’d been saving for a special occasion. They look really smart with a pair of jeans and are so practical-just like a pair of gumboots but looking 100% better!

Looking forward to a week away in Bali later this month where we won’t see hide nor hair of a horse or muddy paddocks!

I would like to say how grateful I am to Dublin NZ for their sponsorship over the last season, I am very spoilt and lucky to have such lovely gear to compete, train and work in. I’ve really enjoyed my ambassador role and showing people that the gear is both comfortable, practical and stylish! I really hope to continue our work together in the future-in the mean time I’m looking forward to attending conference in August and meeting the team and Lydia, the South Island Team Dublin member!

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