The Horses - Cracks
Diamonit II - Stable name DD
Despite Lindsay's health challenges over the last two years DD has made remarkable progress.
His fluid athletic paces give away the quality of his breeding. By the prolific sire Diamond Hit his temperament belies the fact that he is a stallion and although now 12 years old he should have an excellent future. Lindsay hopes to compete him later this year.
Di Caprio - Stable name Legs
A further addtion to the competition horses, Legs is 10 years old and although working at Grand Prix in training, he has not made any competitions yet. Legs is a very sensitive horse by Depardieu, himself a son of De Niro. Although a very slight build of horse he is very tall at close to 18 hands. Despite his size he is light to ride and Lindsay copes with the size contradiction very well - she is five foot two - and is hoping to compete with him befor the summer is out.
All of Legs' outings at Pris St Georges and Intermediare I level have been succesful, approaching 68%, which was a promising start. However Legs as with the other horses has been on the back-burner for the last two years and the next few months will see him concentrate on training ahead of him competing soon.
DeVito - Stable name Danny
Danny has proved to be both saint and sinner in recent times. Although he has tried Lindsay's patience with his training he has also been able to allow her the chance when her treatment permitted to go to our closest local competition arena on a few occasions and give her reason to fight her illness.
The hard work is paying off as he is quite happily doing half passes, half pirouettes and a single flying change.
The Horses - Oldies
Senorita II - Stable name Senorita
A typical mare! Senorita a 10 year old Hanoverian is a half sister to Potomac and unusually for a dressage horse a great grand daughter of Nijinsky. Senorita was bought by Lindsay and Mike in Germany with the help of Holga Finken, unquestionably the most talented horse Lindsay has ever ridden. Senorita has competed at Small Tour level throughout 2009 having enjoyed several successful outings and began her Grand Prix career in 2010. She will be seeking to consolidate the Grand Prix movements with a view to improving her marks in 2011.
Señorita was so close to cracking 70% in Grand Prix for the first time in 2011, her very promising career was brought to a tragic and premature end in June 2011. She is much missed and will remain one of Lindsay's equine heroines alongside Pikanja.
Romario - Stable name The Hoodie
Romario, a Danish Warmblood by Robin, was bought in Germany as a 7 year old at medium level, and is blessed with an expansive trot and energetic walk.Romario competed to Intermediare I level and learned all the Grand Prix movements. Sadly he was struggling to carry out the advanced movements and found that level of work too stressful. So he now has an easier life - playing schoolmaster to a Junior in Germany!
Absolute - Stable name Jack
Lindsay bred Jack out of her former 3-Day Event mare Spindrift. He enjoyed a good career with Lindsay from his first outing in a mare and foal class at the Royal Berkshire Show, through every grade making it all the way to Small Tour competing both at National shows and also International shows. Jack is now doing a wonderful job as a schoolmaster for Gill Kelvin.
Having done his job as a schoolmaster, Jack has now returned home for his well-earned retirement. Having reached a grand old age and taught Mike the complete Prix St Georges test, sadly Jack passed away on Easter Sunday this year.
Apollo - Stable name Apollo
A one time ride of Anky Van Grunsven under the name Dutch Touch, Apollo was bought at the tender age of 16 from Japanese rider Mieko Yagi to provide Lindsay with a Grand Prix ride after the tragic loss of Tapster.
Apollo was a highly talented horse with a thoroughly nervous disposition in the arena. He was bought in 1999 and immediately got Lindsay back into the fray with a second place at Hickstead. His most promising year was that of 2001, which was badly disrupted by the Foot and Mouth outbreak, causing shows to be cancelled. He even travelled all the way to the Czech Republic for an International show for it to be cancelled due to the weather! Apollo won two Grand Prix in his last year as a competitive horse including his last ever Grand Prix. He spent his retirement as the much loved companion of a rescue donkey Amos.
Amos - Stable name Amos Donkey
The rescue donkey Amos came to Kintbury Park from the Ada Cole Memorial stables (now part of Redwings) and graduated from companion to Absolute to yard enforcer, making sure that the stallion Tapster was kept in line. Always a challenge at worming time, reducing Lindsay to a fit of giggles. Amos saw out his last days with Apollo in the paddock.
Donna Chiara - Stable name Chiara or DC and a few less polite names!
A daughter of the outstanding Donnerhall, DC was at times the most difficult horse. To steal a show jumping phrase she was not a “mugs companion”. DC came to Kintbury Park Farm as a medium horse and made it to Small Tour level. She had a fairly ordinary trot and an outstanding canter, so finding changes, pirouettes and canter zigzags a doddle. Despite the regular challenges she threw at Lindsay DC won at all levels including at Inter I at Premier League Shows.
Felicia - Stable name Gasbag
Gasbag was Lindsay’s first International ride and gained her stable name due to her whizzy disposition. Half Lipizzaner, Gasbag came to Lindsay as a young horse and progressed from Prelim to International Small Tour.
As well as her talents in the arena Gasbag was quite an escape artist managing not only to take clips off doors but to remove all of her winter rugs without undoing any of the straps!
Pikanja - Stable name Mausi
What can we say about Mausi – a typical mare yet talented and big hearted. Bought in 1993 as a medium horse Mausi went on to make a name for herself at Small Tour both at home and abroad, with wins and placings in places as diverse as Hickstead, Vienna and Warsaw. Although she went to many shows in her career her biggest moment came in Warsaw 1996 winning the Inter I Kur. Pikanja was retired in 1998 and enjoyed happy years in the paddock.
Tapster - Stable name Louis
Louis was previously ridden by Ferdi Eilberg and came to Lindsay as her first Grand Prix ride taking part in their first competitions in August 1995; they won their first Grand Prix together at Tatton Park in August 1995. Louis went on to take Lindsay into the winners’ enclosure on numerous occasions including International shows in Warsaw and Vienna in 1996. In 1997 Louis made his season’s bow at Ardingly and impressed the selectors sufficiently, that Lindsay was asked if she would like to go to the CDI Milan to see how she might get on as they considered their options for that years European Championships. Tragically that night Louis suffered a fatal aneurysm. The shock of his loss took some time to get over.
Chipati - Stable name Chips
Chips was bought in 2004 as Lindsay’s new Grand Prix horse. Arguably Chips was bred to be a show jumper being a grandson of the outstanding Holstein show jumper Capitol 1, however he took to dressage. Lindsay and Chips made their debut at the first Premier League Show in March 2004. Sadly shortly after this show Chips was found to be lame and has remained unsound ever since.