Tinney Eventing Update - June 2024

Stuart Tinney rides Viennese at Melbourne International 3 Day Event 2023 | An Eventful Life
Stuart and Viennese at Melbourne 3DE 2023

Organising a trip to the UK with and for Gemma has taken up our spare time in recent months, but now it is very quiet! Sadly, we have been hit with some 'horsey' misadventures plus a 'tweak' with Stuart's back all at once.

We had planned on taking Viennese to Melbourne International 3 Day Event to compete in the CCI4*L, hopefully getting an Olympic qualifier, but 'Vinnie' in his robustness twisted his fetlock in the paddock. It is nothing serious, but certainly some time is needed for it to heal, so no Melbourne 3DE for us this year.

This will be the first Melbourne we have missed for decades! This event has just great memories and results for us in the past so we will be sad not to attend. Our younger horses are not ready this year, but with some luck we will be there with three next year!

Some of you that follow us on Insta and FB would have noticed that Gemma’s horse PHS Hilton has made his trip to the UK. The expertise of Equine International Airfreight can never be faulted as 'Hilly' arrived safely and in fabulous health.

A shout out and thanks EQUILUME Cashel light mask, which 'Hilly' comfortably wore for six weeks prior to his trip - the claims from EQUILUME are just on point! We feel that his summer coat and muscle retention truly stayed on arrival in England whilst we were hitting Autumn here in Australia.

Gemma is based with Australian International Eventing rider Sammi Birch in Cirencester, England. Gemma will stay and compete for two years (mum hopes!!) and will bring back the experience of eventing from the UK when she returns home.

Our lovely mare 'Fernhill Aisling Star' which was bought for Gemma by Tim Game and ourselves, will stay here and consolidate her career in eventing, she is only six years old so as much as she wants to give us her best, we must remember she is still very young.

Stuart has been busy getting his fitness back after his withdrawal at Equestriad due to a back injury. He’s had lots of physio and exercise to get him fit again and will spend time show-jumping the team in the next few months. And of course, there are the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to watch from July 27th – 29th.

It’s nearly three years since the Tokyo Olympics for us - such fond memories, despite the late curved ball which saw us withdraw Leporis from the team the night prior to competition beginning.

The Tinney Eventing calendar for June/July:

JUNE: Showjumping with Catfish, Caruso and Aisling Star

JUNE 7th Gemma riding Hilton in the 'Open Novice' at Nunney International (Somerset UK)

JULY: 6th & 7th at Tamworth International Eventing CCN - Catfish, Caruso and Aisling Star and Stuart is Course Designer.

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