Kilimanahan

Another successful day for Fernhill at Kilmanahan event this weekend. It was still an early start for us, despite the event being only twenty minutes from home as Frasers 3 star ride Fernhill Revelation was first to go. So we didn’t get the lie in we were hoping for!

Never mind,  Fernhill Revelation whose stable name is Warren jumped double clear in the O/CNC2 star to finish second with a final score 26.6 in this vey competitive class. Fraser picked up brownie points helping to build the showjumping track. It must have paid off because all his horses jumped so well.

Fernhill Casano, Frasers other 2 star ride, was also a very good boy. Being 7 years old it was only his send intermediate run and he was just out of the prizes over a few time penalties!

The two 6 year olds were double clear to make the day even better. The flashy grey Goose picked up a blue ribbon for second place with a 27 dressage and the sporty bay Dexter came 4th with a 32 dressage. Both on track for L’ion qualifications with a bit of luck! They are both really talented horses with big futures!

Emily was very pleased to be riding her faithful  Fernhill Crystal Clear, an 8 year old by Carrick diamond lad. This lovely horse is never far out of the prizes and never lets you down. He jumped double clear in the one star class flying over the Kilmanahan trakhaners, ditches and banks. He is ready for 2 star without doubt.

Her other ride Fernhill Razzmatazz  was just out of the prizes today, he is a lovely moving horse with a super jump by the thoroughbred stallion ghareeb. He has plenty of gears and is very capable of moving up the grades.

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Millstreet Welcome Tour

All credit to the Duggan family for once again providing us with some great facilities to produce our horses on the aptly named “Welcome Tour”. Two weeks quickly passed with so much to do and great hospitality.

Emily and Phillip loaded a bunch of horses of all grades and standards along with my faithful partner mayhem and off we set on a road trip to Co Cork!

Show Jumping, combined training and One day events filled our time and got some great mileage into our horses.

We won several of the jumping classes between us and Mayhem redeemed himself after being a wimp at the waterfall the first weekend by winning the O/CNC the final weekend.

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Bruce our four year old excels himself in the four year old classes.

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IMG_4214Mayhem  flies the water complex to win the class!

 

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Season Underway

Well the event season is well and truly underway now. With most of our string having had a run at one event or the other.

Tyrella was a good hunting ground for Emily who posted good results on home turf. Fernhill Razmataz, Fernhill Fair Enough, Kanny Diamond and Togar Kaleidascope were all placed in the CNC* and are set for their spring Three Day Event in Ballindenisk later this month.

Frasers bunch seem to be on target for a great season and his addition of the very talented mare Kilpartick Treasure he has some really special horses for this season.

Sea Nationwide a lovely 6 year old won a very competitive CNC* section in Millstreet the first weekend and another 6 year old Willows Dexter won the same class in Lisgarven the day before.

I won the O/CNC with Fernhill Mayhem on the second running of Millstreet after having some great results in the show jumping arena at the same venue.

Of course as all our horses are for sale the line up changes as the season goes on but it is always a good sign when we open with a few wins and good placings!

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Lots of News!

Its been a while since we posted an update of the activities at Fernhill. Lots of reasons for this but as the season is now underway its time we let you all know how things are going!

Lots of combined training and unaffiliated events have taken place over the last few weeks and we feel our horse are well prepared for the season ahead. The young ones have had a few outings to get rid of the spooks and spins and the older ones have all had the cobwebs blown away!

Kedrah was the first official outing and with just emily riding she had a busy day. Fraser was chief trainer and mostly did a good job apart from the xc course walk! Between both Fraser and Emily they managed to miss a fence which resulted in the first two horses being eliminated despite jumping super “clear” rounds. Fortunately the error was spotted before the last of Emilys rides was out on track and she redeemed herself by jumping a very impressive round on Kanny Diamond and placing 2nd. He did actually lead the dressage in this section but a cheap show jumping rail cost him the win. He is really established now at this level and a win is on the cards.

Today saw the first event at the long established venue of the Fell family Ballindenisk. It was a beautiful day weather wise and the place looked amazing. All our horses performed well over well presented tracks and super going.

Fernhill Revelation had his first outing of the season and was double clear in the Advanced section to finish 5th. He really looked like he justified his place on the Rio squad holding his own is a very competitive section with some seriously smart horse either side of him on the scoreboard.

A new horse to Fraser this season Willows Dexter impressed me when finishing 4th in the CNC* on his first attempt at this level having only done one Eventing Ireland event last year at Pre Novice level. He looks a seriously smart horse for the future, at just 6 years old there is lots of room for improvement.

Emily had a good day too finishing 3rd on Fernhill Razmataz in the CNC*, his stablemate Fernhill Fair Enough had a steady hack around the xc and finished full of running. The baby on the truck Fernhill Playboy a very smart youngster by Womaniser was double clear on his Eventing Ireland debut and looks to have a very bright future.

Well done to the Fell family and their tireless team on a great event that ran smoothly and finished without any mishaps.

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Physio in Fernhill

Suzanne Philoon

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Suzanne philoon came to stay with us for a weekend to demonstrate her unique abilities in horse massage. She is of Swedish origins but now based in the USA. She was born with a passion for horses so after an education in equine massage she began developing and over the past 24 years mastering  what she  calls “Equine Bodywork”.

This comprises;
Stress Point Therapy, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Manipulation together with stretches and ridden exercises and is geared to restore and maintain  resistance free movement in the horse, which in turn minimizes wear, tear and injury, and maximizes performance, not to mention produces a happier and more confident attitude in the horse.

It was great to have Suzanne with us for an entire weekend because she worked really hard on a lot of our horses. We would like them  to receive the best possible care and Suzanne spent up to 2 hours massaging every animal she worked on. She was able to pick out potential issues in their rid-ability relating to sore points or tensions in their muscles.  It was really interesting to ride after she had treated them.

One particular animal was quite grumpy in his stable, funny about his head  and tense in his neck while riding. She spent a lot of time working on his pole and loosing the tension in his neck and shoulders. He was easier to ride and everyday afterwards felt more relaxed. He now is able to drop his head to the floor and work in a long and low outline which he would not have found comfortable before. His attitude has changed and he is much happier  in his nature.

“Muscle knots (spasms) and tension are painful, sometimes extremely,
and dictate behavior and reactions, not to mention attitude and ability.   Bucking, rearing, bolting, head tossing, kicking out over or
after a fence, refusing, pulling rails, poor dressage movements whatever they be,… the list goes on.   All of this is directly attributable to muscle problems and pain.”

She believes that a horse which is not performing the way we want or expect is usually because of something physical holding them back. Wether it’s be after accident or injury, after being cast or pulling back when tied up, even slipping and falling in the field. There are millions of simple ways a horse may damaged his muscle without us even realising.

If you would like any advice or information on what exactly Suzanne she is happy to hear from you and will be back visiting us in February/March.

Her email is suzanne.philoon@gmail.com

 “All top performing horses should get this help regularly to maintain performance levels and to find and help muscular stress before its visible and progresses to inability and injury.
The horse always has a reason.   My work is geared to finding the reason and helping horse and rider to a harmonious and productive  partnership.”

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Happy Christmas!

We celebrated Christmas time in style this year with fine dining, wine and plenty of laughs. We all dressed up… And no, for a change not in our green Fernhill jackets!

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Fernhill residents

In keeping with the Fernhill colours and adding a bit of festive red we embraced the fun of Christmas by dressing up as Elves! We are all very hard workers at Fernhill and our social lives would not be at the top of our priorities so it was great to have an evening together as a team and enjoy ourselves! Dressed to the nines off we went into Kilkenny city centre, joined by our dressage trainers Sue Smallman and Doug Dobson. We went to a nice restaurant called Paris Texas which had a lovely Christmas menu, the food was delicious! We ate so much we just had to burn it off… Dancing in Matt the Millers of course!

Our Christmas party was not the same without Carol! Who has been jet setting across the world looking at horses. Her 5 week tour began just before the weather got too cold, and took her to Dubai and New Zealand. She is now horse spotting in Australia for the last stint of her trip! On Christmas day she will be having a BBQ on a sandy beach with the hot sun looking down on her. We are all really looking forward to seeing her back in the new year with a nice tan!

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Manley beach, Australia

It has been a very busy few weeks here at Fernhill! We have been competing all our horses in combined training classes at Ger O’brian’s ‘Raheen Na Gun’ equestrian centre which has one of the countries best all weather  arenas. This league ran for 6 weeks throughout November and into December and was brilliant for us to get all our horses, especially the younger ones schooled to riding in a dressage arena and jumping around a course of fences in a competition environment. It was also good for us as riders to tune up our arena craft! And gear up our horses for the coming eventing season. We had some very successful results with Fraser Duffy receiving 9s in dressage even on his greener rides!

The last six weeks as always has been hectic with Christmas shoppers! We had many visitors from all across the world, Italy, America, Norway, Sweden, China, England, Scotland etc. and of course plenty of our Irish neighbours! All looking to find a four legged, bushy tailed (perfectly pulled in this case) friend. Of course we have plenty to show them! Everyone was really pleased with the selection they saw. This was followed by so followed by a lot vetting and shipping. One by one they all set off for new homes across the world. We had our last to leave only a couple of days ago! Who should arrive in California just in time for Christmas!

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Last to leave before Christmas!

Their empty stables were quickly filled! Luckily there was plenty of horses out to grass waiting to take their spots! So we have a fresh batch of potential and proven Eventers to enjoy.

Happy Christmas everyone from the team at Fernhill.

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Sue and Joe enjoying the Christmas party

Fraser, Sue and Terry

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Ewa and Keane

Ewa and Keane

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Newest members of staff, Emily and Valentine

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PC Racewear

PC Racewear had a photo shoot for their new winter range in Fernhill today, Joules Lamb had a pretty impressive team of Models!! Do you recognise any of them??

Lots of giggles from all involved, really brought the place alive!

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Loved this red Gillet so much was seriously considering changing the Fernhill colours!!

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Les Etoiles De Pau

Best of luck this week at the 4 star event in Pau to Fernhill Quality Street with Kevin MeNab riding for Ruth Honey and Fernhill Rockstar with Austin O’Connor riding for Amy Crerar. Also to Fernhill Now or Never in the Two star ridden by Kevin McNab and owned by Kate Honey.

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The season ends

Well the 2014 season for us has come to a close and what a season it was!

The eventing world was Fernhill-tastic with our horses having great success all over the world, USA, Ireland, Great Britain, China, Canada, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Dubai, and Switzerland! Forgive me if I have missed your Nation!

Thank you to all the riders and owners of Fernhill Horses for giving us such pleasure in seeing your success and allowing us to share in your journeys.

We now move into our busiest time on the sales front and loo forward to welcoming you all back to buy your next superstar. We have probably the best selection ever of horses that have been competing and winning and some stunning 4 and 5 year olds with great potential. So drop us an e.mail with your requirements and when you can come to visit Fernhill and we will send you some details of your perfect partner!

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Camphire

What an amazing event Camphire has become over the few years since gaining International status.

Congratulations to everyone involved in organising this spectacle of our sport but especially Paul and Alan who work tirelessly to provide a week to remember every year.

Special congratulations to our great friend and long time client Elisabetta Mornazoni who took second place in the very competitive one star section. This followed a great month in Ireland for Elisabetta and many of her students during which they also supported some Irish National events and brought a bit of colour and fun to Fernhill for the summer!

Our own Cayenne did a rather laboured dressage test in the baking heat, yes it was 32 degrees on dressage day! He was wrecked for the show jumping and had an uncustomary two rails down, which was a real shame as these cost him the winning of the class after he stormed around the xc.

Warren was in the CIC three star, his first time out at this level and was a bit brave jumping the drop to skinny and ran passed it during an otherwise copy book round.

But the star of the show for us was Treburgett who has had an action packed time since his arrival in Fernhill just a month ago! He finished a very credible 6th place in his first International two star and really impressed Fraser on the cross country. He was straight and honest and really enjoyed the step up to this level.

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