Moonvale reaches for the Stars
Picture: Moonvale ridden by Michelle Williamson at Goring Horse Trials, where they won their section.
Sarah found Moonvale (Luna) as a 4yo. She had been out of training about 9 months and had been bought by the mother of one of the lads who worked at the stables she was at having had a brief career on the flat running twice at Doncaster.
Looking for a project, Sarah saw the advert and liked the look of her so went to see her, struck by her lovely generous attitude and good active movement she bought her there and then, subject to vetting.
“When i got her home she settled straight away but I kept finding her in different fields. Thinking I had a real jumper on my hands I got quite excited. Then I saw her shimmy through the (electric) fence so realised she was just clever!”
Luna spent the rest of her 4yo year like any 4yo just hacking and light schooling. She was a very quick learner so after introducing a few cross poles and taking her to her first dressage competition, where she came 2nd, she had earned the winter off.
As a 5yo Luna’s training cracked on with the jumping. Happily she proved to have both enthusiasm and ability in that department with the help of Michelle Williamson, the more she did, the more enthusiastic she got!
Sarah says “I have had an enormous amount of fun with her and feel very lucky to have found her. We have been doing British Dressage and have managed to join a couple of the RoR Cara Haywood clinics which I have really enjoyed. As a child I never got to pony club camp but last year did the next best thing and went to the ROR South West autumn camp. I loved every minute of it and so did Luna, in fact I did get told the horse is not supposed to be having more fun than the rider!
Luna has been so rewarding to work with. Like most TB’s she is happiest when she has a routine and an occupied brain. She can bust a few moves but is one of the kindest and most genuine horses I have had. The support we get from the RoR is fantastic and incredible value for money.”
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