The Stud continues to run as an agistment, training and small breeding facility under the guidance of Ali, and now joined by her daughter Robbie.
Robbie began riding at 4 gaining confidence on a reliable little grey Shetland. At 7 she moved on to a super little 11.2 hh pony, Caringa Trinity with whom she had fun and success in everything from showing to show jumping. Next was Myall Glen Talisman on whom she had her first real taste of the pony dressage ring. Then came a time when she rode a variety of ponies and galloways, until along came Robali Irish Cream, nickname Louie.
Louie was given to Ali as payment for an agistment debt, and she gave him to Robbie to prepare for sale. However as the two began to form a partnership it became obvious that this little horse had a lot of talent, initially for junior eventing. Then, starting lessons with Miguel Tavora, Robbie got the dressage bug! Their results over the next few years were extra-ordinary.
Galston Interschool Dressage Championships - Champion Yr 7 in 2002; Champion Yr 8 in 2003
Canberra Classic Dressage Championships - Junior Champion Under 14 2003
NSW State YR Championships - 2004 Elementary Champion
National Young Rider Championships, Werribee 2005 - Medium Champion
NSW State Open Dressage Championships, Taree 2005 -4th Overall at Medium level
CDI-Y PSG Tour competing with success in 2006, 2007
Robbie has also been awarded
NSW State Scholarship Winner
NSW State Dressage Squad
NSW State Young Rider of the Year
National Youth Development Squad
Aware that Robali Irish Creams retirement was approaching and that Robbie was outgrowing him, a search began for a new, potential FEI mount .In July, 2007 Robbie went to Germany with Jenny Carroll on a Young Rider Trip, a wonderful learning experience. She then spent time at various different studs, finishing up working with Susanne Miesner for a few months and returning late that year.
In January 2008 with the assistance of her sponsors, Nick Kroopin and Regina Brandt of Horsewerks, Robbie acquired Razzamattaz, an imported Hanoverian gelding by Rotspon. from Dr Kerry Mack at Mayfield Farm. His results at Elementary/Medium level are very exciting.
In June 2008, Nick and Regina also purchased Viviano, a gelding by Warkant 2008 and his results to date are very promising with scores up to 68% at Advanced level. He is now competing PSG/Inter 1 and in the FEI Young Rider Tour.
In late 2008, Robbie was selected to represent Australia at the Australian Youth Olympics and in January, she was a Silver Medallist at the Australian Youth Olympics 2009.
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