We have had a fabulous few days away at Hickstead. Loughnatousa Venture, Igor and Cookie all jumped superbly. It was Aimee’s first Hickstead and both her and Cookie surpassed expectations and jumped fantastic double clears the 1 metre classes. Igor jumped classy and confident rounds in the 1.20 metre classes. Loughnatousa Venture jumped his socks off in the main ring in his 1.40 metre classes. And to top it off, we had beautiful weather and caught up with friends.
Jack won the 1.30m and a bottle of bubbly, which, after the tragic news this weekend of our wonderful U18 pupil, Iona Sclater’s accident, we will one day open and remember how lucky we were to have had the privilege of knowing and coaching her. Our thoughts are with Iona’s family.
A message from Sharon:
More dates for John Ledingham this autumn, details coming soon. Please see the link in the ‘Whats on‘ section.
Fabulous lessons today with Charlie Hutton, Winston stepped up his training for his upcoming PSG debut. The clinic was particularly well attended and we’ve had great feedback.
Charlie will be returning on 12th September, to book please see the link in the ‘Whats on‘ section.
4th July 2019
Sharon had a great day today with Peter Horobin, owner and creator of Stride Free saddles, she took 4 horses to have saddles fitted.
These are saddles designed with very different trees, less invasive, rounder and more flexible, they are fully adjustable, flocked and have a headplate that can be changed unlimited amount of times. So, this means your one saddle should stay with you for life!!!!!
Sharon and the team have been quite astounded by the difference they have made in just a few months whilst trialing them. Have a read about the saddles, they are an innovative and inspired design, and have been making a significant change to Sharon and the horses.
28th June 2019
We took homebred Kevin to his first show today, British Dressage at Anvil.
He was impeccably behaved and won his class with 69%! This definitely is his forte.
27th June 2019
Jasper aka Tankers Town, who was clipped beautifully today, has fallen in love with broodmare Amber, he thinks he’s a stallion!!!!
For 25 years old, he looks and feels great. All credit to the team and sponsors for this.
26th June 2019
25th June 2019
Woke this morning to fabulous news that our Lux Z mare-Poppy (Double Whammy), has had a beautiful colt foal by the increasingly popular stallion Chacoon Blue. We think he’s rather beautiful!
24th June 2019
Last week Sharon made the heartbreaking decision to have her wonderful horse Veyga (Boo) PTS , he was a yard favorite and a beautiful horse to have around. We tried relentlessly for 18 months to bring him back from an injury sustained from a fall in the water at Hartpury in 2017. Sadly he continued to struggled to stay sound coming back in to work and it was felt by Rossdales that he wouldn’t return to soundness let alone competitive work.
In his career he superseded all expectations, an unbelievably competitive and diligent horse, who thrived on work and competing, he had no bad phase , super paces and exceptionally careful jump, he was at the beginning of his serious career and together him and Sharon had big hopes. He was a rare gem and a real loss.
22nd June 2019
Hickstead continued……Lily and Dan – jumped the metres well – saw more water trays and related distances and dog legs than they will in the rest of their year eventing, and Igor jumped fabulously in the Novice Derby……what fabulous mileage for them.
22nd June 2019
Fantastic few days away at Hickstead, always a great week, full of education for all the horses. Sharon’s main goal was to jump Loghnatousa Venture in the main ring, he jumped a super clear in the 1.30m on Wednesday and took a credible 8th place, qualifying him for his first time in the International ring- box ticked.
Roll on September when Jack jumps the 1.40’s in the International ring and the others take another step up.
16th June 2019
Igor at his first BE event today- Sharon is keeping it easy at the lower levels whilst he gains mileage. Better test (scoring 29) today, then a super D/C for 6th place.
Pleasing improvements all ready, watch this space!
15th June 2019
Wonderful afternoon at Easton College with dressage diva Winston, Sharon was absolutely delighted with him after winning his first advanced test by quite some margin , with 67%!!
Another advanced at this score and we are up to his seasons goal of PSG.
13th June 2019
We are now hiring our Superb Martin Collins Ecotrack Outdoor (65 x 35) and indoor (45 x 25) Schools.
£25 per person per hour (plus £5 for each extra horse)
Full set of jumps and dressage boards available.
11th June 2019
Love this photo of Loughnatousa Venture (Jack) jumping at Codham today – Looking very tidy around the 1.35m track.
9th June 2019
New boy Igor’s first day out eventing today! Seriously impressed with Aston Le walls, the unaffiliated was as good as their BE event, so it was well worth the trip and supporting .
We were just there to get some mileage, but he actually finished 3rd!
Good test , SJ was definitely too small for him, but XC he was fantastic and grew in confidence the more we went along. Lovely horse with a big future.
The day was completed by Sharon seeing niece Aimee enjoying her new horse ‘Cookie’, a beautifully tidy mare, first event and looking to be a great partnership already!
5th June 2019
Superb lessons today with John Ledingham. Always a pleasure and lots learnt .
Jack jumped superbly after a few small tweaks, Lily continues to learn the ropes and had a change of bit , Igor is relaxing every time out now.
We are lucky to have John coming again to ours but this time for 2 days in July – the 16 & 17th July – please let me know if you are interested and link to book will be up soon. Group lessons of all levels. 1 & 1/2 hour sessions . Fantastic surface and stabling available.
2nd June 2019
Our beautiful Woodwalk Fear Bui (Dan) today.
His 2nd ever event – super dressage test, vastly improved from Keysoe. Still very green SJ and XC, but has an unbelievably genuine attitude! Looking forwards to his future as a delight to produce. Finished 11th.
29th May 2019
Jack (Loughnatousa Venture) jumped superbly today at the Suffolk Show – 2nd in his warm up Foxhunter class and then a lovely round in the 1.40 Grand ring.
24th May 2019
It’s been a busy couple of days at Houghton Hall for Sharon and the team.
Jumping today with Dan , who was D/C in his 95. Then Jack , D/C Foxhunter and 1.30m. Both jumped particularly well, and the outing has hopefully settled Jack ready for a busy Suffolk Show next week.
Lily was yesterday- in the renowned controversial BYEH 5 yr old class. She was 9th overall, scored good jumping and conformation marks , but disappointing dressage and ‘event potential ‘ marks.
We still believe she is a truly wonderful mare, she has fabulous paces, a scopey jump and has a great attitude to life. She behaved impeccably all day and it was an excellent experience for her.
22nd May 2019
Due to our fast developing training centre we now have a couple of opportunities available for ambitious team members to join us on our exciting journey .
We have a unique set up in Suffolk – world class facilities and a team of up and coming competition horses .
The roles have such a variety of opportunities- from yard manager to administration in the office . We have a team of staff who have an excellent culture of supporting one another. We are looking for team members who love to make a difference, open to change and new ideas and have fun in doing so! Lots going on so the days are always bright!
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14th May 2019
We took a lorry load to Codham BS today, Kiltubrid Quality cheered us up after the sad loss of Ambers foal by winning the BN , Dan jumped a D/C and came 3rd, new boy Igor seriously impressed and showed his class and Jack jumped the 1.30m & 1.40m and jumped fantastically around a very big track.
So all in all we made a very bad day into a rather good one.
14th May 2019
Hard day today- Our wonderful mare Amber had a beautiful filly foal 2 days ago, who sadly was PTS today, despite experts Clements Equine and Rossdales battling to save her.
17th May 2019
Lily (Kiltubrid Quality) today at Rockingham BYEH . Her first time jumping on grass and in a buzzy environment. Sharon was seriously impressed with her and she finished 11th in a big class.
Houghton next week for Lily’s next BYEH class.
6th May 2019
Today was Dan’s (Woodwalk Fear Bui’s) first ever BE competition! He was beautifully relaxed for his dressage, had a very green SJ round but a fantastically bold XC round. Sharon was absolutely delighted with his attitude and composure today and said “It’s not quite Badminton……but it’s great to back out eventing!”
1st May 2019
Superb lessons today with top trainer John Ledingham. His first clinic here, and hoping the first of many ! Lily jumped very well around a technical course . Jack jumped superbly around a big track , getting ready for his summer targets – Suffolk and Norfolk county shows plus Hickstead Derby meeting.
13th April 2019
Youngsters Kevin, Lily and Dan had their 2nd cross country schooling outing of their careers this weekend. All three behaved impeccably. Homebred Kevin, (pictured above) looking particularly classy.
11th April 2019
Dan and Aimee, Jack and Sharon; making the most of the school Easter holidays and saying a quick hello to the foals (Victor and Valour). Socialisation starts early here at Darshams Farm!
9th April 2019
Youngsters Dan and Lilly jumped superbly today at Codham Park. Jack joined them for the outing and racked up another classy, double clear, in the 1.30m, landing himself 2nd place.
4th April 2019
Winston was a Superstar at the Advanced Medium Winter Championships today. ‘The weather was revolting, we had freezing cold rain, but despite this he preformed impeccably. His first part of the test was absolutely superb, scoring mostly 7’s and 8’s. Unfortunately he added an extra change on the canter serpentine and we never really regained the same composure and focus. Lots of positives though and we are looking forward to our next outing.’
28th March 2019
Amanda and Aimee Pomfret’s Starholme Lulu went off to her new home today, we wish her new family all the best for the future.
Tuesday 26th March
Youngsters Dan and Lily went to Anvil Park Stud today and had their first competitive outing. Both jumping double clears in the clear round and British Novice, showing a great attitude. Jack went along as well and showed them how it’s done; he didn’t disappoint and won his Foxhunter class. A good day at the office!
Thursday 21st March
Youngsters Dan, Lily and Kevin had their first outing of their career today. Our resident groom Alice also came along with her horse Henry for a pre-season XC practice. All horses behaved impeccably. Lily stood out to be the ‘star of the day’ showing a really professional attitude and love for her future Eventing career.
On the journey home, Sharon described Lily as “one to watch, an exciting future prospect”.