Theatre Royal still going strong

“Facebook message from Amanda Jones, who started Theatre Royal on his way:

Unbelievably chuffed to receive this message from Lila all the way from the US y’day. Lila’s recently taken over the ride on Vinnie (Theatre Royal) and sounds like she loves him just as much as we did. Can’t believe it’s over 10 years since we were starting with this wonderful boy. Massive hugs and kisses Vinnie!
Here’s what Lila had to say – “He is unbelievably amazing and by far the nicest horse I have ever sat on. He is so kind, so forgiving and so earnest! I have completed four Prelim events on him not placing lower than 3rd! I have even entered my first CIC* on him and even though he is 16 this year he is going strong! So sound and fit and a jump to die for! I actually ride and train with former three day rider Denny Emerson in Vermont. I literally have to pinch myself after every event because I can’t believe I’m riding such an amazing horse with the best brain ever! I’m so honored to be able to ride Vinnie and I can honestly say my life as a rider has changed completely after taking the ride over. I am absolutely in love with him and can’t wait to ride him every single day! Just wanted to let you know how well he’s doing! Here we are competing in Maryland last fall! Where we placed 2nd in Prelim!” Go Vinnie and Lila!”

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Theatre Royal Continues to Thrill

Once shortlisted for the US Olympic team with Leslie Law before injury ruled him out, Theatre Royal is still giving his connections a taste of the big time.

Here’s a lovely piece from Eventing Nation about competing in the Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy written by Lila Gendal:

Lila Gendal and Theatre Royal – aka Vinnie – owned by Gayle Davis,  placed 2nd in a big preliminary division at Loch Moy in Maryland, having previously placed 1st at Huntington, and 2nd at GMHA , both at preliminary, in their last two outings.

Go Vinnie!

Southway and Svennerstal head for Grand Finale of FEI Eventing Nations Cup in Boekolo

Ellen Svennerstal and Southway (by Carrick Diamond Lad) will be representing Sweden at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup in  Boekolo, Netherlands.

Ellen and her charming chestnut Southway ISH (Carrick Diamond Lad – Horace) have been competing at some serious events since they upgraded themselves to the three star level at Bramham International Horse Trials two years ago.

This year the combination finished 6th at the CIC3* Burnham Market, UK in April.

We wish the pair the best of luck!

Uskerty Diamond Lady helps Connors to Leading Rider Award

Congratulations to Francis Connors on winning the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League Championship leading rider award. We’re delighted that Hilda Anthony‘s mare Uskerty Diamond Lady (by Carrick Diamond Lad) was involved to help him achieve this victory, of the 98 points he scored to claim the title 66 points were earned whilst he was riding Uskerty Diamond Lady from only 10 starts of the 15 legs of the competition. She won 5 of the legs and was also 2nd twice, a great result for all involved!


Great weekend for CDL progeny

Last weekend was a good one for progeny of Carrick Diamond Lad. First, news came in of a success for Lowhill Log Off in the UK. Claire Matheson guided him to victory in the BE100 class at Dauntsey Park.

Then Andrew Nicholson placed 4th on Thornton Jones at the South of England Horse Trials (Intermediate M class).

And then to cap it all, Lowhill Ambassador won the 1.30m grand prix at Kernan’s!

Well done, old man 🙂

Not another one!!!

Not another one!

Yes, yet another son of Carrick Diamond Lad is now jumping Grand Prix.  The seven year old, Lowhill Glenard Lad, competed in his first international 1.35 grand prix on 26th June 2013 in Mullingar.

Photos show the typical care that CDL progeny take with their obstacles. They really try!