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It’s been a while coming but finally we’ve got the new website up and running. To complement the new site we will be adding a sophisticated online shopping cart so you be able to buy all the great items that we are currently displaying on this site through a secure ecommerce portal!


Last year finished well with the horses competing solidly and everyone moving up the grades. We’ve had a busy breeding season and some beautiful foals on the ground. We’ve also started breaking in the first of the Salute youngsters and they’re going great guns.


2012 sees How High join in the support for Nat Blundell in her quest to get to the London Olympics. Nat has joined Team How High and is looking fantastic in some new gear. Good luck Nat!


First competition for us looks like being Albury so we hope to have a good first outing and a catch with all the people we haven’t seen since Adelaide.


We’ll be updating the site regularly from now on please keep an eye out for some great specials and stories along the way.


Hope everyone has a great start to the season,


The How High Team.

Update June 2012


We have been abit slack again and are still working on the shopping cart it is a huge job when James and I have a lot of other things to do as well! We have also been breaking-in the nine 3yo’s we have and they are looking very nice!



Our first event was Albury and all the horses just poked around as it was the first outing for them all in since last year so it was really just to get us and them back into the swing of things! It was a successful event though for the part of the team with Inga one of our students winning her junior class and Phil taking part in the bareback show jumping on the Saturday night!










Next up was Canberra where the ‘How High’ team had a great weekend. James stepped McGuire back up to 1* and was really happy with him as he is only a 6 yo he still is taking him slowly X/C but he is looking so promising to go all the way.


Phil rode Ringo in the Pre-Novice and placed, Max came in the top 10 in the 1*, and Elvis was 5th in the Intro.


I had Flash back out for his first run and he WON - yay!  He can be very naughty sometimes but kept his head together for 72% in his dressage and was clear x/c and showjumping.


Inga had Jimmy Diamond back for his first event and he placed 4th even with some time penalties x/c, as he had only just come back into work after a busy breeding season and Inga also won her first Intro on Tidy!


So all in all a good weekend other then the fact we got the truck bogged and had to get towed out = prize money all gone!









Our next outing was Camden and Phil completed his first 2** on Max so was very excited to be in a Top Hat and Tails - a couple of little things so no placing but Phil and Max showed that they are ready for this level. Phil also had Ringo in the PN and he was great and is now looking like he is happy with Jumping into water and realises that he is not going to have to jump into the Ocean! He actually jumped in both waters very well and looked to be one of the most confident we saw go through - so fingers crossed!


McGuire was in the 1* and James had not had the best lead up as he had hurt his back and had been away for work for the week before and unfortunately his favourite mare lost her foal. So not super prepared as he arrived to meet us on the Saturday morning 15 minutes before his test and the windy conditions made McGuire a little distracted for the dressage. However they had a cracking round X/C and McGuire looked great.


I unfortunately was back down on intro horses, as Flash decided to give himself an over reach and also got a little splint! Very annoying as I felt like he was just ready to go and be competitive and was hoping to do another one or two 1*’s and then take him 2* - horses!! Anyway I rode Miller a young horse we bred and broke-in that is owned by some great clients and he came 6th I think. We also swapped Elvis in Flash’s place (not 1*) in the intro! Elvis is now owned by Inga, but Phil will ride him for this year to get him more experienced. Well I had 3 rides on Elvis and thought we will be right and I will give him a jump on Thursday as I had never jumped him, even over a cross rail! That didn’t happen as our week at home was a disaster so my first ever jump on Elvis was in the cross country warm up on Saturday anyway around we went and we placed 5th!













A week latter and off to Berrima! That came around very quickly! Flash still not 100% so Miller swapped back in for another run. James and McGuire in the 1*, Phil back on Elvis in the prelim, Ringo doing his first 1* and Charlotte (our first Jimmy Diamond) having a first outing around the intro!


James and I were only riding one horse each as we had two of our students - Ella and Chesca doing their first ever event, so we wanted to make sure we were around to help them. It worked out pretty well as Miller had his dressage at 9.00 and then jumped at 10.00 so I was finished before the girls even started! I had been helping the girls too much and started doing parts of their test - so an error of course had us in 6th place after dressage!


The Highland Horses looked good in the 1* - McGuire was 3rd after dressage, Ringo was 5th and Fletch (ridden by Rose Read) was in 4th place. By the time the 1* jumping started it was very wet and not riding, I was more nervous warming the boys up. Particularly when Phil and Ringo decided to slip over on their side after a warm up jump right in front of me! In they went and Ringo had a rail which after what had just happened and the fact he had no studs in was a great effort in his first 1* and McGuire jumped a super clear round to finish in 2nd place!


Charlotte the Jimmy Diamond baby, is owned by a young student Mateila and Phil was riding her to get her some more experience and make sure she will be ready for Mateila in another few outings. Well she was 4th after dressage and was super, she then pulled a shoe so was slipping around abit in the jumping, which made it abit tricky for her but she is going to be a little jumping machine once she knows what she is doing!


The event was then called off which was the only thing that could have been done given the amount of water, but we all stayed at Rose’s place on Saturday night and had a great night with a bunch of great people!

Another Update June 2012!!!


Rielly goes to Canberra jump club!!! Bec has finally finished her EA Level 1 Coaching and started on her Level 2. James has his Intro EA Coaching and only has a couple of  things to finish for his Level 1!

Update March 2014!


Watch this space................ We have been so so so slack!! So much to update where do I start?


I will try and get something up in the next couple of weeks that summarises a year and a half!  First things first, sorting the actual website out abit...... Next catch up on some news!


We do have a facebook page now though as well so have been doing some updates on there! How High Equestrian and Talisman Sport Horses (not sure how to add a link on here to it?)