|For the up to date results of all of our riders and horses go to the Horses page and click onto the PERFORMANCE – FEI and BE link on each Horse's info. Both are the governing bodies of our sport and update very quickly, but it is worth looking on both sites as sometimes BE do not pick up the International even – and the FEI do not pick up the Nationals!|
|Most of the International events have their own websites which are usually not too difficult to find and often are putting up the scores as they go, sometimes with links to live TV.|
|Also on the FEI's website www.fei.org it can sometimes be possible to watch the events unfolding and find links to live TV footage.|
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|Team Bleekman in 2014
|2014 has seen two additions to Janou's rides - Granntevka Prince and Catch Up Quick – see Horses – they are two lovely horses and they are getting together well!|
|Spring 2014 has been pretty good ! Tattersalls was the icing on the cake with a brilliant win for Janou and Granntevka Prince in the Irish International Junior Championships (CCIJ*) where they finished on their dressage score more than 9 marks ahead of the rest. Prince Apollo gave Nui her first result in CCI2*, completing a fantastic double clear around a stiff course to finish on their dressage score in 13th place. Granntevka Prince also finished 3rd in the CIC* at Hambledon where Nui was also placed 7th with Granite Lady. Dasj and Caliari Kiko have been running well in BE Novice and will be contesting FEI events soon. Likewise Catch Up Quick has begun to form a good partnership with Nui and will be out at a 2* next.|
|Althea had a wonderful ride around a very difficult CCI3* with Ziomf , and has had good runs with both Anmarsch and Meepswood Conquestor as well in International 3* and 2* and National events.|
Althea has not had the best late summer and autumn with a few "hiccups". Ziomf gave her a brilliant ride at Gatcombe in the British Open Championships but they landed very steeply into the water and were unable to make the turn to the fence leaving the pond – sadly incurring 20 penalties. Together they ended the season with a happy run placing at Aldon in the OI.
Meepswood Conquestor was placed at Varsseveld in the CIC2* but fate stepped in and a nail bind caused lameness in a hind foot preventing Alfie presenting him in Boekelo for the first veterinary inspection ( ironically an almost identical fate as 2013... Arnie has only ever had these two hiccups in preparation for any event, perhaps it will be third time lucky for Boekelo ) - roll on next year for them!
Nui has had a fantastic CCI debut with Dasj and Caliari Kiko - both finished on their dressage scores in the CCI1* at Strezgom in the prize money; two real stars for the future! Catch up Quick jumped clear with Nui at both Nunney and Barbury CIC2*s and they went on to Renswoude for the Young Riders CCI2* National Championships finishing with the Silver Medal - a whisker behind the Gold.
Dasj though triumphed with Nui there in the Dutch National Junior CCI1* Championships taking the Gold Medal and giving Nui her second National title of the year! Prince placed for her in their first OI together at Aston and they went on to the Junior European Championships as members of the Dutch team. The Netherlands finished in 5th place, very near to the team medals, Prince we all felt was hardly marked in the dressage but finished on that score in 10th place - and best Dutch! A super performance.
Kiko was placed in both her first Intermediate runs at Aston and at Wellington (she was awesome at Wellington in horrible wet conditions - Prince Apollo also jumped clear there around the OI in steadily decreasing conditions) Kiko finished her year with lovely clears and qualifying results in both Varsseveld and Breda CIC2*s, a great year for her. Dasj was placed in the CIC1* at Varsseveld and selected for The World Championships for Young Horses in Le Lion d'Angers.
Catch up Quick gave Nui her first run at 3 star level - Breda CIC3*. An improving dressage, clear cross country and four faults in the show jumping saw them finishing in 15th place - some debut .
Nui and Dasj were awesome in Le Lion but Nui kicked herself for expensive time faults in the show jumping - clear in the time xc and with a good dressage it was expensive - dropping them from 9th place! Still they finished with a top 20 result showing real class. Nui has had an amazing 2014.
|The babies Auriella, Emerson, Persephone, Seraphin and Wester Aikemas Lebracht have all been going well and are steadily making their way towards BE Novice.|
|Team Bleekman in 2013|
|2013 started for us with a fabulous trip to Portugal for the Val Sabroso and Barroca d'Alva events.|
|Anmarsch finished 2nd in the at popular Val Sabrosa CIC* a whisker behind the winner; Prince Apollo and Billy's Lad were great and Alfie had happy rides in the CIC** with Ziomf and Arnie (Meepswood Conquestor). On towards Lisbon, and just a stones throw away from the city over the Vasco de Gama bridge to the amazing Barroca estate; home not only to the Horse Trials but also to the family Lupi and their famous bull-fighting men, horses – and bulls!|
|Sadly the first Barroca event was the scene of a tragic accident resulting in the death of Bruno Bouvier – one of our sport's best loved riders.The second Barroca event gave Alfie fabulous results with Anmarsch finishing 8th in the CCI** and Ziomf 11th in the CIC***|
|On March 6th Caliari Kiko jumped a double clear for a delighted Janou at Larkhill, and Granite Lady just rolled one pole in the show jumping but had a great clear across the country – very pleasing in their first Novice.|
|At Aldon Mar 15-17 Nui was pleased with Granite Lady and Caliari Kiko, both soon to go Novice. Scott Welsby had a great 6th place with Elizabeth England's Terrestial Queen..sadly Jennie Frewen and Catch up Quick didn't get to start as the final day cancelled from horrific weather.|
|On Mar 28 - 30 our 'permanent pupil' Jennie (based with us while studying at Exeter University) had a hugely successful CIC*** at Burnham Market on March 28/30 finishing with Catch Up Quick on a qualifying score on her planned route to Bramham CCI***.|
|March 31st. Howick was the next day and Nui had two great double clears with Caliari Kiko and Granite Lady in the BE 100 who will move up to Novice next time out.|
|Belton on April 13/14 was a brilliant event. Nui and Prince Apollo finished in 2nd place in their first Intermediate over a difficult course – they had a lovely dressage and adouble clear – not easy to achieve! Alfie was very pleased with Anmarsch who also went double clear in the CIC**|
|April 20 took us to Tweseldown where Alfie and Nui had a great day – Anmarsch won his Intermediate section by a comfortable margin and Prince Apollo carried on his good work with a 5th place in his.|
|At Bicton on April 27 Prince Apollo and Nui were 3rd in the Intermediate and Granite Lady and Caliari Kiko both gave her lovely rides around the Novice TCN.|
|Chatsworth - May 11/12 Both Meepswood Conquestor and Ziomf jumped double clears for a delighted Alfie in the CIC*** - and again Kiko and "Fudge" (Granite Lady) were super in the Novice.|
|On May 18 Dasj made her debut at Mount Ballan – double clear in the BE100 - with Janou looking really promising|
|May 20. Tweseldown was a brilliant day for us, Althea won her section of Intermediate very convincingly with Anmarsch by a good margin, and Janou and Prince Apollo were 5th in their section.|
|Pontispool, May 25/27. Nui had good rides with her horses, and Althea set off to Poland with "Arnie" and Ziomf for Strezgom for the CCI*** and CIC*** Nations Cup for Holland the following weekend.|
|Sadly May 31 - June 2 the European weather excelled itself – heavy rain fell almost non-stop in Poland and after Alfie and Arnie had jumped a great clear in yet another downpour around the CIC***, the Nations Cup (CIC***) was abandoned, the lovely grounds of the old palace at Strezgom were totally waterlogged – so poor Ziomf after a greatly improved dressage didn't get a run cross country! Arnie jumped well on the Sunday so has notched up another CCI*** completion.
|June 7 - 9 saw us nearer England where Janou and Alfie rode in Holland at the Dutch Championships at Renswoude, just outside the grounds of the pretty "Kasteel Renswoude". Ziomf did get to play in the CIC*** and finished in 7th place - Alfie was well pleased! Nui and "Archie" finished 4th in the Junior Championships and Alfie made it onto the medal podium with Bronze in the Young Rider Championships with Anmarsch – a diversion down the wrong track between fences xc cost them expensive time faults but yet again Anmarsch looked a real star.|
|June 14 took us to Nunney where Nui had good rides with Dasj and Fudge – again in the rain! Our new jockey to be based with us, Ann-Marie Vilk from Estonia had a lovely ride in the Novice – they are hoping to progress to CCI* soon with us.
|June 23 Treborough saw Auriella make her BE90 debut, as did Gerry Mills' Granntevka Dawn, with Kevin Cot who hails from France and is riding our "babies", both jumped clear (slowly) cross country and looked exciting!|
|Barbury Castle on July 5th saw Alfie have a super ride around the CIC*** with Ziomf, but a huge jump into the "Hippo Water" nearly tripped Ziomf up and they "by-passed the final element" – still they looked awesome.
|July 12 - 13 took Janou and Ann-Marii to the stunning Chateau de Bouzille deep in the lovely Loire region of France for the Melay CCI* where they achieved three qualifying results for the Junior European Champs – Ann-Marii finished 20th with Halijus, and Nui 21st and 22nd with Granite Lady and Caliari Kiko! All three looked awesome and we had a great time at a wonderful event in lovely France.
|Dasj was great at Dauntsey double clear BE100 on July 18 and moved up to Novice that weekend at West Buckland making a big enough course look very easy (double clear again) – she is a lovely horse! Kevin had a super event with Terrestial Queen with a 2nd for Mrs England in the BE110 looking great. Our new pupil from Holland, Bjiense Venderbosch with his super pony Keandro made their debut there in the 90, looking like a real combination for the future.
|Sat 27 July saw Alfie at Wilton for the Intermediate. A big track as usual caused plenty of hiccups, particularly when the weather broke just before the xc! Neither Alfie nor Anmarsch or Arnie (Meepswood Conquestor) seemed to notice and went really well, finishing 3rd and 5th respectively. A lorry full of drowned Bleekmans and Venderbosches trooped home happy!
|The babies went well at Launceston on Aug 3rd, and better at Homme House on the 7th where Bjiense had his last run before returning to Holland and had a super test for 32.5 and finished on that score for his first BE rosette in 8th. Kevin had a great ride with Granntevka Dawn who looked awesome across country, hopefully like her big brother! Ann-Marii and Halijus went well in the Novice – they have had good news, the Estonian Federation would like them to go to Jardy for the Junior Europeans!|
|Althea has had wonderful news. she has been selected to ride for Holland in the Senior European Championships in Malmo (Sweden) Aug 29 - Sept 1st with Ziomf and also at the test event for next year's World Champs in Haras du Pin Aug 16 - 18 with Anmarsch. We are all thrilled as are the Venderbosch family!|
|Ziomf has had her final run at Aston on Aug 8th and jumped a lovely double clear; but most pleasing deservedly scored a very respectable dressage mark only 4.5 marks behind the leader.|
|Althea set off to France for the test event at Haras du Pin with Anmarsch Aug 16 - 18. Le Pin National Stud hosts one of the oldest horse trials in Europe on a former Royal estate. The event nestles beneath the beautiful Chateau where the trot up is held in the glorious stables. After a pleasing dressage Alfie and Anmarsch infuriatingly had a silly "glance off" in the water which put paid to any possible placing – but he went well and jumped an amazing show jumping round on the last day.
|At the same time Janou and Ann-Marri were having their final run at Bicton – a great success! Prince Apollo placed 8th in the Open Intermediate, Halijus was 4th, Fudge was 7th and Kiko 10th in the Novice – a good day at the office!|
|Friday Aug 24th was great fun – Helen West organised a Jockeys versus Jumpers versus Eventers team relay knock out jumping competition; over twin courses jumped as a race. After four rounds the Eventers team of Tim Rogers, Lucy Loughton, Althea (Arnie) and Janou (Fudge ) were easy winners. Nui and Fudge were also the best individual round of the night – it was great fun on a damp and gloomy evening, much cheering and heckling from a very active audience!|
|The following day Nui went to Milton Keynes where Kiko was 3rd and Dasj 10th in the Novice.
|Malmo Europeans (Aug 29 - Sept 1) came next. What a change from usual venues – the competition base is all on the famous "Ribersborg" which sits between the city of Malmo and the Baltic sea. A surreal site! Ziomf did the best test of her life – trying all the way and really looking as if she could be a force to reckon with in that department in the future. Sadly though Alfie and Ziomf had a fall at the "Keyhole " fence – not a fence that usually would bother them but Ziomf appeared to just drop a front leg and twist badly – Alfie did her best to stay on board but they parted company - game over!|
|The Jardy Junior Europeans Championships were next (Sept 12 - 15 ) for Ann-Marri and Janou. Jardy is another "Haras National" less than a kilometre from the gates of Versailles just outside Paris – sadly we never found time for site seeing. Respectable dressage tests from Archie and Halijus. The cross country caused a huge amount of trouble and both girls jumped around clear. Nui and Archie went speedily over all the direct routes as pathfinder for the Dutch making it look easy, and though Halijus was taken more cautiously taking some long routes a clear round was a fantastic achievement for such a relatively inexperienced pair. A rail down each on the final day was ok – sadly the Dutch team (they only fielded three riders) had one elimination show jumping which put the team out. Nui was thrilled with Archie's performance although they were unplaced. Ann-Marri's parents travelled from Estonia to support her – and sadly it was time for her to return with them to their home.|
|Home (briefly!) and change horses to return to Holland for the Venderbosch family's wonderful Varsseveld International, always one of our favourite events. Alfie rode three in the CIC** - Arnie gave her a great ride, with a few time faults but she loved the way he went in preparation for Boekelo. Ziomf was back to her best and was placed (again final run pre Boekelo) but an unfortunate lack of positive riding from a very self-critical Althea with Anmarsch saw them dwindle out of the final water and run up 20 penalties – expensive as they were on a very competitive score. Janou had her two girls in the CIC* and unfortunately went swimming with Kiko in the first water, too bold going in – it is always a fence that catches a few – though this was the first time a Bleekman has managed a dip though! Nui had to change quickly and set off with Fudge who was in a good place after dressage and sj – they were brilliant only clocking up a couple of time faults to finish in 5th place in a seriously contested class won by Olympic/World and double European Champion Michel Young. Fudge and Nui were the best Dutch combination and best 6 year old – a result that earned them selection for the World Championships in Le Lion d'Angers.|
|Oct 10 - 13 saw us back to Holland for Boekelo, one of the most popular and crowd pulling events in the world. Ziomf and Arnie were entered but we discovered Arnie – with brilliant timing – was minutely sore on a front foot from a nail bind the day we were due to leave! We took him with us and although he was sound enough ridden to join in with team training trotting up on the hard, although improving daily was not good enough in time so he was sadly withdrawn. Ziomf was in the Nation's Cup team and produced another good test but a little subdued. Cross country day saw an extremely lacklustre Ziomf not going at all – Alfie pulled her up after no petrol in front of fence 8 and blood tests showed she was not 100% at all – poor Ziomf, a virus was making her feel rotten. Not a good end to Althea's year but still she has three super horses for 2014.|
|On to Le Lion Young Horse World Champs with Fudge and Nui for our last International of the year, Oct 17 - 20. Le Lion is another French event set in a beautiful Haras, in the Loire region, with a beautiful chateau as a centre piece. The main show ground is beside the race course on the banks of the river Mayenne with the small town of Le Lion the far side. Fudge coped with a huge atmosphere for a 6yr old performing a steady dressage and they went like stars over a difficult cross country for only a few time faults to pull up to 16th after the xc. Fudge trotted up super on the Sunday but in keeping with a lot of her contemporaries looked tired in the jumping, making mistakes towards the end of the course and dropped to 21st – still we were really pleased with her.|
|A quick visit to Aldon Oct 25th for Dasj and another impressive looking double clear just out of the money in the Novice – what a great 5 yr old she is!|
|Local jumping and schooling now with the next generation while our established horses get some well earned time off in the field pre 2014.|