HOLME GROVE GOLDCARD - 2nd in THS
Novice Championships, South Africa
Subject: From Prelim to
2nd in the T.H.S. Novice Champs in just 4 Outings
E-mail received from John, Sue and
Helen Olsson 8th April 2003
News as promised but first a big thank you for your kind and warm hospitality
on our recent visit. It was great to finally meet you all face to face.
On arrival back in South Africa Helen had organised a transfer service direct
from Johannesburg International to the T.H.S. Showgrounds for the final of the
T.H.S. Novice Championships.Goldcard's ride time was 10.42 - we arrived
Approximately 60 horses entered this years T.H.S. Novice Champs. They were
divided into 2 pools of 30 for the first qualifier and the top 15 from each
pool went through to the second qualifying round the following week. The top
15 horses from this second qualifier went through to the final the following
day - Sunday 6th April 2003.
Yet again Goldcard was a star and considering only his 4th time out and after
only 4 months of active work did us all proud!!!
VENUE DATE TEST SCORE POSITION JUDGES
THS 30/03/03 Novice 4 76.96%
1st A pleasure to judge
THS 30/03/03 Novice 6 68.80%
3rd A super horse with lovely paces
THS 05/04/03 Novice 8 72.08% Judge C 2nd A
horse with exceptionally free paces and lots of cadence
B Balanced active test
THS 06/04/03 Novice 8 77.50% Judge C 2nd
Wonderful stallion well ridden
B Active expressive test
the final the judge at C had Goldcard in overall first place in the
competition and he was finally beaten by the last horse to go - a well
established imported stallion from Germany that has been under saddle for 4
years so all in all we were very pleased with his performance. He continues to
draw attention at every show because of his temperament and we have had many
enquiries about our breading plans from him in the future.
Pictures to follow shortly.
The Olsson clan & Goldcard