Holme Grove Devinci (aka Vinnie), Chestnut gelding by Holme Park Krug  out of Holme Grove Donauwoge born 2002 owned by Joanne Jones

Holme Grove Devinci has success with the Trakehners UK 2012 - Awarded the Senior Training Bursary of 500 as well as winning the Loose Jumping Championship, Riding Horse Championship and 2nd Reserve Supreme at the Annual Grading and Show on 1st and 2nd September 2012

 

From: Joanne Jones
Sent: 23 September 2012 18:01
To: Susan Attew;
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci - BE100 Regional Finals

Hi Susan,

Holme Grove Devinci does it again!!! another solid performance at BE100 in the regional final to what i believe (but awaiting confirmation) has qualified us for the Grassroots 2013!!!

We went to 'Bricky' for the Regional Final i haven't competed here before but had been made aware of the event by other friends whom had. The schedule describes the xc effort as the max you will find at the level in terms of length, height, spreads and 'black flag' or direct route options and, on walking the course on Friday in full preperation for Saturday I realised why!!  the xc was set across 6 undulating fields with a see of challenging obsticles -direct routes included jumping over log drop into water, a massive wide open ditch with palisade and brush behind it -this was particularily wide and scary!, steps up to acute angled mini 5bar gate, corner at number 21 -expect loss of accuracy and concentration as near end, and angled 'airy' uprights with 2strides else big circle. Well, i was quite shocked!!! even number 2 and 3 were max spread and nearing if not max height..   I realised you needed to be exactly in mindset from the off as this was a tough track..

I knew that i would need to do all of the direct routes to place in a regional and so i put time into working out take offs and angles etc -The dressage for the regional was very aptly in a 20x60 arena on grass and being used to the 20x40 arena i made sure i practised remembering there were now 5 longside letters and much shallower corners!!! 

I was quite nervous/excited in preparations on Sat morning but all went well and Vinnie warmed up beautifully ready to perform his test. He was very well behaved, soft, and 'flashy' with lots of elevation in his graceful movement .....the dressage scores went up and we realized we had come in 1st in the section with a score of 28 -how exciting ..we couldn't believe it -and, at the regionals too ...grrreaaat start!! the next scores were 30 and 31.5 with and opening to 33.5 so, it was close and with -sj next so 'in the balance' Vinnie loves sj phase but, can get over-excited and with this event having the showjump on grass it really doesn't help this as it seems to ride faster causes 'hollow' jump so, i have again been practicing single angled uprights on loops at home on grass to slow things and take the edge off of him!! ..i needed to save any excitement for xc as it would be really tough. On approach to the first sj Vinnie felt great springy 'easy' canter with no rushing 'great!' -we had one of our best rounds and were very unlucky to have 1 pole -the last fence down...the books blame the rider for first and last fence and i have to admit jumping a planks sj clean 1 before home had made me think 'yes' only 1 left and we have 1 pole in hand before xc' -really annoying but, scores in after sj and we were still in first place....wow wee..... but, i then had the sinking thought of the masses of xc to go and the direct routes i just had to take...nervously i changed tack and went to the warmup...on a steep slope this made Vinnie really excited -onlookers remarked how beautifully he moved and how handsome he was aww bless him. 

Vinnie was so focussed when jumping the practise fences i just knew he would do his best for me.....into the start box....i entered early at the 20secs count -i always wait till 10 ahh i had got a bit overwhelmed and Vinnie took charge a few playful rears to get us down to 10secs and his signature punching rear start of the line ...we were away......woo hoo eyes streaming....Vinnie on fire locking onto the first fence head and neck stretched out ears pricked firmly forwards ....flying in the air ....second fence ....third...... done -easy peasy we were away and on fire......1st 'real' test was the massive open ditch on a downhill and 'off camber' slope at fence no 6 i took a few tugs...setup, Vinnie looked into the huge ditch and leapt in amusement into the air, big, backlash kick out behind (i'm thinking just so as not catch his legs in the scary ditch lol) it was such a leap i had to slip reins....with me then holding the buckle Vinnie thought 'yes,' flat out gallop it is then shes dropped contact and charged towards the 'bounce' steps up to the gate no's 7/8 -i got my reins back again and let him have fun -i sat their as he just playfully leapt up these without second thought and then locked onto the side of the gate and flew it at acute angle ... he landed and i gave him big pats -amazing brave boy...onto next horrid trakeher fence -suspended log with decent ditch and no infill so very 'airy' ...difficult to see groundline so i took a few tugs (half-halts!) setup, bit of a scrabble over but clear!! yippee....offset box combination -'perfectly done' the jump over log drop into water ...easy...and, Vinnie was very clever he sat neatly back and popped in very comfortably and no big splash onto us x  we charged  through the water to the second water pond and then out and over a range of fences including ditches ...we were now awaiting the upright double and corner as big tests....no 18/19 the offset double of uprights...this went very well Vnnie came back 'set-up' and jumped them 'text book' with 2 strides between (as opposed to circling between them) ....more big pats....we then had a big spread of logs under tree canopy ...Vinnie was amazing here...with the light to dark i couldn't see a stride and put him on what is best described as a 'miss' stride ...Ben (who trains us sj and has advanced evented) says when this happens -which, it does to everyone at some point, you have to just sit their and use your voice and/or jam legs on don't flap hands -let them work it out without interference' as the horse has to learn how to get itself out of trouble...Vinnie went from nothing -he launched across it clearing its width with ease and so again landed to massive pats and a 'thankyou' .....after this 'fright' was the 'corner' fence -i hoped it hadn't put him off and being back in the light i made sure i found a distance and stride away from the fence...perfect!!! phew!! no problems or worry at all ...that was the last big test done ...yipppeeeee    ...push on now over the last few to the line.....yipppeee clear!!!xxx  i was elated -amazing!!! ..we picked up a few time penalties and this dropped us to 3rd -estatic with this result and filled with even more confidence for the future  xxx

Vinnie is now gong to have a few days off to eat grass, carrotts, and chill out...he has already today chased me along the fenceline though to be ridden today...bless him xxx

I again have some amazing pics -a friend came along and managed to get some from dressage sj and the upright rails xc so i will scan and email them as soon as i recieve them!xx 

Love,

Jo and 'Marvellous' Vinnie     

xxxxxxxxxx    

From: Joanne Jones
Sent: 19 September 2012 13:06
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Re: BRC National Champs!

Thanks so much xx

Vinnie is on fire, and in his element at the moment :-) xx he is such a pleasure to own and ride -he just gives his all, all of the time...he is just the most wonderful horse of a lifetime xx

We have the first of 2 British eventing regional Finals on Saturday -and I can't wait to compete!!! -We need to place in top 20% to get through to the Badminton Grassroots and i know we are really capable and 'on form' to do it so, it's just keeping focussed now!!!  The dressage test for the regional is actually in 20 x 60 (on grass) which i never see -its always 20x40 so it adds to the excitement and training!! -i have also been told that the warm-up at Bricky is very hilly/undulating and so, i have deliberately placed my arena on an odd slope in our field to practise the test -to which it isn't all that bad even on slope so i think if i seeing the 'worst' at the moment it should still hopefully be really good!xx  

My 2nd regional (if don't get through this Saturday) is the following weekend so, i will know pretty soon if we will get their!! my plans further to the grassroots is to go up to Novice level anyway as, Vinnie has coped and settled into Pre-novice now and is more than ready and capable to take the next step  -theres more to come from us however the above work's out!!!xxx

Beaming smiles,

Jo    :-)       xxxxxxxxxxxxx     
 

On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 6:47 AM, Susan Attew  wrote:

Wow once again many congratulations Jo, absolutely brilliant news!  What an amazing boy Vinnie is :-)

So proud of you both

Love
Susan x

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On 18 Sep 2012, at 22:38, "Joanne Jones"  wrote:

> Hi Susan, Sandra, Marion,
>
> We are back from the British riding Clubs national champs held at Lincolnshire show ground -what a fantastic weekend -over 1600 horses competed over the 2 days in both showjumping and dressage!!
>
> Vinnie and me competed in the open senior section in Novice 34
>
> We stayed overnight Friday to be ready to compete on Saturday with our time being 9.45am, I spent a while warming up as the event is very busy -although there is a lot of space there is also such alot going on and i wanted to give Vinnie the best chance to settle in and do well.
>
> I watched other tests and horses warming up and the standard of competiton was very high. last year, I qualified to ride at Prelim level which, had been a 'restricted' 'to less than 49 BD points' comp but, this year having qualified to compete at Novice level the competition becomes un-restricted and in so populated with pure Dressage riders -explaining the very high standards!!
>
> We headed off to our arena to complete the test -Vinnie was very focused and obedient and it felt like a good test without any hiccups..a bonus was that the comp is on grass to which, I ride on grass all the time eventing and training and so Vinnie has great balance for all the 'moves' even when its slippy etc!!
>
> After a few hours watching the scoreboard my result came in and we had achieved 73.6% which was a fantastic result especially given the average was 65% or below. I then keenly awaited the rest of the results to come in and eventually they were all in and we had placed into 3rd -brilliant x, this gained us a place in the mounted prize giving to be held later that day!!  exstatic xx....
>
> Vinnie earn't yet another wll deserved 'sack' of carrotts (which he loves) ...good job he is already orange... he has earn't (and enjoyed eating) rather a few of these 'sacks' lately!!!xxx .....  :-)
>
> I have 2 lovely photos on order which I will scan and email once I recieve them    -more smiles!!! :-)
>
> xx Jo xx

 

From: Joanne Jones
Sent: 09 September 2012 18:41
To: Susan Attew; Sandra Wilkes
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci WINS BE100!!!!!

Hi Susan,

You will be pleased to hear that wonderful Vinnie won his BE100 section at West Wilts yesterday!!! we are absolutely over the moon!!!xx

Vinnie was 1st after dressage on 24 penalties..the competitior in 2nd after dressage scored 26, and then the field were 30, 31.5 +++, so, i had 2 sj rails 'in hand' to stay 'up there' ...

I managed to go to West Wilts the day before competing to walk the cross country and was a little nervous about it as, there were a few 'end of season' obsticles and technical lines to keep to direct routes and make the (what seemed) impossible time when i looked at the scoreboard!!. The showjumping was proving disastrous on Friday and this was for all classes and across sections (the same sj course was used for all of the classes BE80 to InterNovice) and so to find the same track in play for Sat i knew  would make for an interesting days competition  ...the sj track consisted of lots of 'dog leg' turns and utilised clever lines such as a max height (1.05) and 'square' oxer with 6 strides to a 1 strided double of uprights and i saw countless combinations take all 3 ...(i was lucky enough to get to walk this track and so had managed to plan my lines and 'walk' the strides and so i felt better about these trick lines, I warmed Vinnie up with the thought to focus on the most difficult lines and to keep in a good rhythm as the fences always seem to come thick and fast ..I was unlucky to have the first SJ down...i think it might have been nerves so i re-focused and pushed on...1 more SJ fell -this was a cleverly placed oxer off another dog-leg and it was angled to the collecting arena...lack of concentration mean't we just touched this with a little hesitation in the take-off so, i completed with 8 penalties to add to the dressage..i checked the scoreboard -as i wanted to see where we were now placed on the board as to what fate had dealt the others in order to know how to ride the xc wit mind at what placings would be at stake!!. The 26 had 4 poles and all the 30 + had at least 1 so to effect if i could go clear xc within reasonable time i could win...oh my god...wow, i thought and the pressure was back on i must stay focussed and get this win i have been working and knocking on the door of in my last few events   -Vinnie is a fantastic XC horse ..he is an absolute pleasure to ride across country for he is enthusiastic, agile, fast, and most of all genuine so, i knew if i rode well we could do it....

A max height roll top one stride before the water was our first test and as at number 4 had caught alot of combinations, the next test was number 6/7 these fences had been marked as seperate obsticles but, that were set up that if you jumped both fences on an acute angle with 2 strides between them you could jump them as a combination -saving precious time....there was one more combo later in the course which, if these were fine it should also work but, with the risk of run-out or refusal meaning you totally lose any placing its a hard call but, to win i knew i had to try with my score at 32 and the next closest score having finished on 34.5 it would be tight so, i planned to setup well for direct routes to limit any error i.e -no off-stride flyers at these!!with this in mind we set-off in our now 'Vinnie signature' punch off back legs and launch out of the start box........we made it around!! we went clear!!! woo hooo we did however incurr 1.6 time penalties as my 'setting up' had wasted us time but, had kept us clear so, we completed on 33.6 so were 1st!!!   ...i had to pinch myself!! confirmed on the scoreboard as the winner i was absolutely estatic ........woooohooooooo,...magnificent Vinnie!!xx  

Our next BE event is our 1st of 2 regional qualifiers for the Badminton Grassroots Champs......bring it on!!!xxxx

xxxxxxxxJo and Super horse Vinnie!!xxxxxx   

From: Joanne Jones
Date: 20 August 2012 00:00:24 GMT+01:00
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Another BE top 10 for Holme Grove Devinci!!

Hi Susan,

Vinnie's done it again! he hasn't evented for a few months now owing to cancellations and the birth of Fern but, we competed at Solihull BE100 on Saturday and he was fantastic -as usual xx

We had an excellent dressage test -it felt calm and focussed such that i could just sit and guide as Vinnie was enjoying 'showing off' his elevated and floating paces -he scored 28, this mark was good enough for a joint 3rd spot very closely behind a 27 and 27.5, and with 4th spot also very close on 30, the scores then opened up to 32++ giving us (in top 4 after dressage) 1 sj pole 'in hand'. I also considered that with the time for the xc being notoriously tight to achieve here (simply because the xc course is relatively flat and so rather than 'fitness/hillwork' -actual acceleration and speed counts) i knew that the small differences in our top 4 could soon be 'made up' or 'lost' too so, an exciting day would unfold!!.

The showjumping was a cleverly 'setup' to catch us, I watched several horses to learn the course which, was proving a tough track to jump clear, I didn't get to walk the striding but, there was a 1 and 2 strided combination which looked to ride very tight with another 'related' 'triple rail' spread to planks on a 'long' 4 strides to which most were taking the planks off so, with this in mind i warmed up. I managed the triple rail and planks only to mess up the short strided double and took 2 rails :-( I was upset because i had noted this 'trick' but, in fairness i'm sure most of the people that i had watched and then took rail/s had too!! so, its another one of those 'check ups' for us riders for the future!!! -i checked the score board and it transpired that both the no 1 and no 2 after dressage had not enjoyed their sj rounds such that one withdrew from xc and the other retired on it so, i refocused and thought of my time saving lines for the xc!!

I haven't xc'd for a few months, so, earlier in the week i went to a local xc and had 'a play', xc is another of Vinnie's 'trump' cards he is ultra genuine, bold, and scopey he absolutely loves to gallop and so the local xc was a great way to just give him a taste before the BE.

He was amazing XC -the course proved itself with very few achieving the optimum time and also alot of falls notably at a corner fence which then had 2 big falls which stopped the comp for sometime ....this mean't i got to the XC warmup to find 25 already on the list waiting to start ....ahhhh, it was boiling hot/muggy and it mean't an extra 45mins wait....i should've checked before re-tacking up for xc but, never mind, i thought about all of the lines and angles i should take and the time soon passed -i was in the start box and away in a 'gymkhana' launch into gallop off the line and into the first fence, perfect jump, fantastic fealing like flying! ......i got to the 'bogey' corner number 10 ...it was painted 'gloss' brown and the bright sunshine mixed with shadows across the angle of it meant a deceptive 'take-off' i realised why the problems were here...Vinnie took off, came down clipping the back of it and lost his leading 'landing leg' ahhh i felt us plummet downwards, i fell forwards over his neck but, he got the other leg out just before we hit the floor, i sighted the next fence which got my head up -it was an open ditch paliscade which when i course walked was only 5 strides away from the corner and so by this point only 3 of which were left ahhhh sheer adrenalin pushed me back into the saddle and with Vinnie also sighting the fence we both sprang back into action and Viinie just bravely flew it with me hanging on with one stirrup!!! -it was great -its what its about sometimes ..a bit akin to hunting!!!  the fence judges and camera man at these fences clapped me away and when i got through to the finish line the commentator said Jo Jones and Holme Grove Devinci sponsored by.... superglue!!! -well done to them!! and we got a clap/cheer over the line he, he, he,!!  -we made the time and went clear wooo hooo!! so, we climbed back up the board and placed into 6th overall so, i was very pleased and fantastic Vinnie earn't 6 more fp's, he now has 49 very 'well deserved' points!!   ...another horse would've happily ducked out of the ditch fence especially after a bit of a fright, but not magnificent Vinnie xxx     

xxxxJo

Sadly, no helmet cam's were for hire this time ;-(...it would of made an exciting playback.....typical!!

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From: Joanne Jones
Date: 22 July 2012 23:22:01 GMT+01:00
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Vinnie and Fern!!

Hi Susan,

I hope that liz's wedding was fantastic!x

Fern went to the BEF futurity and gained a high first premium 8.77 we are so very pleased x..she still had the shaved shoulder and the vet thought she may have run into the fence!!...luckily no nasty 'lame' surprises unfolded from this but, vets mark was lower as was noted her front feet/lower legs are very slightly 'pigeon toed' so, i have to get some remedial farriery to help/try to correct this, she did however 'wow' with her movement scoring 9's so i am thrilled!! 

Vinnie is just a huge star and has (today) sealed us another trip to the Britsh Riding Clubs championships at Lincoln in September!! woo hoooo....we won our 'Team' arena test with 71.25% (Novice 34) and the second member of my team won their arena for the team, followed by our third and fourth members coming 4th and 6th in their arenas!!!

Another ggreeeat horsey weekend x

xx Jo xx

HOLME TRAKEHNER OPEN DAY - 15th July 2012 - Vinnie and Jo did a wonderful display at our Open Day.

 

From: jo.yuki
Sent: 22 April 2012 00:18
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci qualifies for another BE100 Regional Final!!

Hi Susan,

I knew you would be pleased to hear that Vinnie was amazing yet again today and we came 2nd at the BE100 @ Solihull!!!   

We were rather unlucky with the the weather as we managed to time all 3 phases in the middle of heavy rain...Vinnie coped fantastically well and still managed a 29.5 dressage (in the driving rain) to which i was really impressed with him for as, it was pretty miserable and he just got on with it!!  we were a joint 5th after dr but with only 1 sj pole seperating top 10 i knew the pressure was on all for clear rounds 

Solihull have now built an outdoor sj arena so, at least the footing was superb for this phase but then its quite spooky and colourful so its still in the balance -the 2 horses i followed were not very lucky and had lots of poles and the 2nd was eliminated and so when Vinnie achieved one of the elusive clear rounds it was even more special for us 

Knowing we would still be in the top 6 was really exciting but i knew i still had xc to go and that could change the board drastically so, with the ever deteriorating  ground conditions i checked the xc warmup on foot and opted to change studs for some meatier versions as the ground was by then becoming boggy and very slippery in places and i wanted to ensure we kept our grip etc to give us the best chance!!

We headed out to the warmup and yet another downpour enveloped us and i was really pleased to have changed the studs -the downpour continued and so we also xc'd in driving rain..which, was fine once we got going as Vinnie again excelled himself with agility and enthusiasm so it was actually great, exhilerating fun for us both lol -we completed with a fantastic double clear with just 1.2 time penalties to add (incurred as the ground was not only 'holding/boggy' in places but i made a conscious effort to steady him more than usual for the combinations and also take wider turns/angles in an attempt to gain fresh ground and avoid slipping) 

When we checked the score board we realised we had come 2nd -wow- fantastic!!  xxx 14 more fp points (we now have 37) ..and i can't believe it.....we have also gained another qualifying result for the regionals with this placing so, i've got the back up i wanted to get to those Grassroots champs -it is seeming ever likely we really will make it their, and i am so excited at the prospect of it i can't wait for the regionals now!

xxx Jo and Vinnie xxx  

 

From: "jo.yuki e-mail"
Date: 16 April 2012 13:10:33 GMT+01:00
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

I had to email and update you as to Vinnie and my progress as i was sooo pleased with him (as always) we completed our second BE 100 for this season on Saturday at 'Ascott-under-wychwood' near Stow. 

We had a nightmare journey their as our Shogun broke down and we then waited on the side of the very busy A40 for 1.5hrs to be resued to which the local garage limped our shogun home and we borrowed their tow truck to get to the event!!! 

I rang the secretary as soon as we broke down and they said they would do their best to still fit us in, i had left with 2hrs allowance and so we in actuality by changing ready to ride in the trailer and cutting a few corners like hoof polish once we got their we completed our Dressage phase at 2.16pm instead of 2.12pm which was a pretty astonishing turnaround under pressure. My dressage score hadn't come in before my showjumping but as I had studied the board before changing to showjump tack/dress I knew where my mark needed to be to stay in contention which i calculated at 32 or below....as i rounded the corner to the first showjump fence they announced me and then my 'outstanding' dressage score of 24.5 penalties and I realised on that i would be somewhere at the top of the board...i was esctatic but then also nervous with lots of jumps to keep up to hold on to this opportunity of an amazing placing....just 1 showjump fell...yipppeee i thought i'm in with an amazing shot at a top placing. I checked the board and we were indeed number 1 after the dressage in, (as always) a strongly contended section of 40 -wow!  with 1 sj down i had some very close scores and if i could take all the direct routes on the xc make the time and stay clear i would at worst end up 6th.......The xc warmup was utterly packed and Vinnie enjoyed the other horses racing around him such that he felt raring to go and i knew he would be great -i got my number down and started within 15mins -which was fantastic.

Vinnie was outstanding!xxx totally focused, extremely light, quick, balanced, as well as agile -we took all the direct routes, cut corners, jumped at angles (even across the bigger obsticles) i was laughing on some of the landings at times because he just absolutely balloooned the obsticles and it felt like flying -he kept his ears pricked throughout and on every landing he was gone like lighting towards the next fence -he seems to just 'know the job' now and i find that fantastic...needless to say we completed the course clear and within the time!!!

We placed 3rd and now have our 1st BE100 qualifying result for the Badminton Grassroots Regional Finals (Aug-Oct) and we might just get through to the BE100 Grassroots champs!!!  xxxxxxxxxx

xxx Jo and Vinnie xxx     

From: jo.yuki e-mail
Sent: 27 February 2012 13:10
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

I havent been in touch for a while but its been a little quiet lately on the competition front -owing to the bit of snow my riding club area team event was postponed but that is now this weekend so i can't wait!!

I did BD last Weds and completed a winter regional qualifier -my first stage in trying to get to the Novice regionals..one of our many goals for this year! -this test was one of the harder Novices (Novice 37) and so i have had to train rein back and give/retake across diagonals leading to counter canter etc and it has taken time for me to perfect them!!  i also used N27 as a warmup for this test to get him going well ..i went a little wrong in the first test (N27) and came 2nd scoring 69.9 only .2 behind the leader and then had a great come back in Novice 38 to win with 68.21% gaining me my first of the two needed qualifying wins with over 65% so, really ecstatic!!  i still havent got any up to date pictures which is a shame as we now have the custom swung 4 row diamante browband and 2inch patent crank cavesson..Vinny looks amazing in them!

I also went to BSJA and completed a nice 'pretty' (not fast!) double clear British Novice and repeated again with just 1 pole down in the discoveries (on a ticket)

I went unafilliated showjumping yesterday and came 3rd in the 3'6" open and i now can't wait for Aldon International BE which we are booked into for the 17th March in the BE100...we have high hopes!!

Best wishes,

Jo

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From: jo.yuki e-mail
Sent: 23 January 2012 07:03
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

I hope you had a really nice holiday and all is well at the stud on your return!

Vinnie is going amazing as ever and has enjoyed xc schooling at lyneham heath and lots of riding club dressage training -to which we have been selected for the area teams at Novice level -the competiton for this is the 12th Feb and we can't wait!! ...we have recieved amazing accolade for all that have judged us and i keep being pestered now to concentrate him on pure dressage...well, until i joined team showjumping training and he was again an absolute star jumping every showjump they could pull out...alot of the other horses were stopping/running out and Vinnie just breezed over them all!!...our first BE will be pre-novice at Aldon international...my dressage is now also very good so i am really enthused to do well!!x  

Thanks,

Jo

 

From: jo.yuki
Sent: 18 September 2011 23:24
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Vinnie

Hi Susan,

We are just back from the British riding club national champs, and guess what....we won our arena!!! we have an amazing sash/rosette and some Naf vouchers!!! 

Vinnie was so well behaved and he just loved all the atmosphere he likes showing off and being in amongst lots of activity!! my riding club are so pleased for us too -they all adore Vinnie he's making quite a name for himself xx

I am so chuffed its fantastic -my other horse Star (part bred trak) and i had an amazing list of achievements for amateurs and i didn't think i could find an equal partner to her but, Vinnie is that equal he just keeps on giving and simply loves all that we do -he loves all the going out and about and is just so happy all of the time which is great!!

Take care,

Jo

From: jo.yuki
Sent: 13 September 2011 12:46
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

I haven't been in touch for a while and thought i would send some more pics and updates!

Vinny has completed 4 BE90's with me now and has also been placed 4th so, we have moved up  a level to BE100 and he is doing really well -hopefully we'll get some top 10's at this level soon -i have 3 more BE100's planned before the end of the season. We have been mainly competing at showjumping to brush up on the forearm technique and it is paying off -see pics!! 

We are off to the riding club national dressage championships being held at Lincoln this Friday (we are stabling overnight and competing on Saturday) so i'll let you know how we do their

Best Regards,

Jo

From: jo.yuki e-mail
Sent: 28 July 2011 12:47
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Re: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

I like to keep you updated -he's an amazing horse with a wonderful temperament and absolutely bags of character...very intelligent, kind and adoring!! i am saving hard as i would love another of his brothers or sisters to bring on a little behind him ..xx 

Finally, the pics from the Badminton dressage comp have arrived! see attached -courtesy of Goldeneye photography

Best Regards,

Jo


photos by Goldeneye Photograhy

From: "jo.yuki e-mail"
Date: 21 July 2011 12:59:51 GMT+01:00
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Re: Holme Grove Devinci

Thanks Susan.

Vinny and me went to dressage competition held on the Badminton estate yesterday -we were asked in as last minute standins for another riding club member whose horse wasn't sound -so we were only asked on Monday eve to compete yesterday!  so we competed in a team of three riders and our team came 4th!! Vinny and i achieved the highest score out of our team and so we qualified for an individual championship -which was another test so i had to learn it in 20mins and then ride it without having practised it which doesn't come too easily for me!  -their were 2 arena judges for this test positioned at A and E and it was held in the most beautiful grass 'turreted' and 'panelled' white arena with lots of flower baskets etc so it was a little daunting too but, Vinny was amazing and he enjoyed every minute of the limelight -one judge placed us 2nd (these judges were the Duke and Duchess of Beaufort!!) but the other judge placed us 12th and so we ended up eighth to which we are very pleased especially considering we had no practise and it was rather a high end dressage competition -apparently, this competition is hugely popular owing to its location and also large prize money -it also runs a 4/5yr old future young dressage horse championship to which there were some amazing stallions etc competing and i watched some of them perform too. I have ordered some beautiful photos of Vinny which should arrive next week and i will forward them -he looks amazing -my first dressage pics with him!! 

Jo xx

From: jo.yuki e-mail
Sent: 04 July 2011 12:52
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Re: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

We competed in the riding club area, outdoor, dressage team on Sunday and Vinny and Me came 1st in our arena with 74%!!! -we are over the moon! the other members of my team came 4th,7th, and 12th in their arenas and our team then came 3rd overall -so, me and Vinny came home with 2 more rosettes!!....the team just missed qualification for the riding club championships at Lincoln showground which was a real shame (only 1st/2nd qualify) and sadly there is no individual championship. We are back to British eventing again now and our next comp is the 16th July so i'll let you know how we get along

I am so pleased he is so lovely and i adore him...i think he knows it too!!

Its brilliant as we can do so much together ..i have alot of riding aspirations and i think we can achieve a lot more  wts!!xx

Attached are 2 pics from last week at the area horse trials xx

Best Regards,

Jo

photos are courtesy of 'Michael Martin' and i did purchase them so its fine to add them to the web!

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From: jo.yuki
Sent: 28 June 2011 12:58
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

We completed our riding club area horse trials team at Swalcliffe BE course on Saturday. We were one of 18 teams of 4 riders competing and our team finished 11th. Vinny was an absolute star we finished individually 3rd out of all the riders completing on our dressage score of 29.1 double clear sj/xc in the time. I am very chuffed indeed and he has made a name for himself within my riding club and also the other clubs too!!. We are competing in a novice dressage team of 4 riders for riding club area trials again this Sunday so hopefully we can continue to shine!!

Thanks -i will forward pics when i receive them!

Jo 

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From: jo.yuki
Sent: 17 June 2011 13:00
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Re: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

Yes, we are becoming a real little team with a real bond -i adore him xx -he loves one to one and grooming/fussing/treating!! -and he now lives to work he's straight to the gate ready to come in everytime i arrive -when i first got him home with me he would acknowledge me after i called him but would not come over -i'd have to walk over to wherever he was and catch him so i believe he is really happy with me xx

You are welcome to publish the photos and i did purchase them from ultimate images so fine for copyright 

I am really looking forward to our next comp which is riding club horse trials teams and then back to BE mid July with plans for upgrading to BE100 end of Aug then possibly heading to Aldon international for their 3 day BE100 in October

I would love another of your horses -i have started to save up and my other horse Star is now back in foal to Grafenstolz -(we lost this years foal in its birth in April -our first attempt foaling with her (her second) but we tried it owing to her being injured last season eventing :-( -it was too big and got stuck but i also adore Grafenstolz and my other horse is also trakenher by Fleetwater opposition but i bought her as a horse to bring on and exceeding all aspirations eventing to BE100 and qualifying for both BE90/100 Grassroots champs -she is amazing too xx

Jo

photos Ultimate Images 2011
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From: jo.yuki
Sent: 16 June 2011 23:47
To: Susan Attew
Subject: Holme Grove Devinci

Hi Susan,

Vinny is settling in with me brilliantly we completed our first BE finishing at approx midway in class! we have now just completed our second intro (two days ago) and had improved alot finishing in 12th place...-top ten finishes are to come very soon! pls see the attached pics of us at the BE in the showjumping and xc !!

Thanks alot,

Jo