SPURRED on by the tremendous success of the Cornwall Trec Quadrille team, coach Verity Perry is preparing a plan of action for this year's challenge.
On their first attempt, the Cornwall Trec team clinched a coveted ticket to the finals held at the London International Horse Show, Olympia, and it's this taste of the big time which has ignited the 2013 challenge.
"We're holding a 'try out' day on March 3 for anyone interested in getting involved in this year's challenge," said Verity. "We're extremely keen to have a go at qualifying again and with more experience under our belts we know how important it is to tick all the boxes in preparing for the competition. Our 'try out' day is open to all and will take place in my indoor school at Rosevidney. It's great fun and anyone wishing to become involved will receive a warm welcome."
A fundraising campaign is already underway and Cornwall Trec extend their gratitude to their loyal sponsors, Hardwood Flooring Cornwall; Kenwyn Vets; Eric Roberts Contractors; Regent Court Vets; Westcountry Books; M Boden; Regent Court Veterinary Practice; Hungry Hector Dog Treats; Protexin Veterinary; Lisa Frain, Daveys Livestock Transport; Tulip Ltd and Micheal Bowden, Hayle Saddlery; Premier Heathcare Solutions and Rosevidney Livery and Competition Yard.
Verity's impressive competition record speaks for itself and her exciting future with the talented stallion Sandro Sun has been recognised by Victoria Thorne of Cornish Saddlery, Helston, who is sponsoring the Rosevidney-based rider.
The announcement of this new signing has coincided with the launch of Cornish Saddlery's new branch at Blackwater, near Truro.
"I'm very proud to be sponsoring Verity and Sandro Sun and look forward to seeing them out competing under our name," said Victoria. "I'm also very excited about the opening of our new shop in Blackwater. I extend a warm welcome to everyone and hope people will pop in and check out our extensive range of products."
Victoria has supplied and fitted Sandro Sun with a brand-new Bates saddle as part of the sponsorship deal.
"The beauty of having a Bates saddle is that it can be changed to fit Sandro Sun as he muscles up and changes either with work or with maturity," said Verity. "I find this really reassuring to know that Sandro Sun will always be comfortable and I don't have to worry about having to buy, refit or sell unsuitable saddles in the future. Vicky is a qualified saddle fitter for Bates so I know that Sandro Sun is in very safe hands."
The five-year-old stallion, who is jointly owned by Verity and the late Val Croft's husband Tony, is making a big impression on the dressage scene accumulating over 80 British Dressage points with scores of up to 75%.
The son of Sunny Boy, carries the prolific bloodlines of Sandro Hit and Donerhall, passing top quality to his progeny with his first foal gaining a high first premium at the Futurity Evaluations this season.
Verity and her team at Rosevidney have enjoyed a superb season.
The British Riding Club National championships at Lincoln proved the perfect platform for Verity with her home-bred mare Armani where the highly regarded partnership lifted the Senior Medium National title in strong company.
"I was delighted with Armani," said Verity who represented Cornwall Trec at the championships. "She really loves her work and generally gives you ten times the energy requirements you ask for!"
Sandro Sun is standing out as a young stallion with a big future, recognised at the Sports Horse Breeding (GB) final grading inspection held at Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire.
"He passed with flying colours realising Val's dream of being a graded proven stallion," said Verity. "And his first foal born to her mare Brownscombe Olivia, a colt named Sandro's Valentino, gained a high first premium at the Bailey's Futurity Evaluations at Tall Trees Arena."
Sandro Sun has already made an appearance on the national stage representing Cornwall Trec Riding Club at the British Riding Clubs Dressage to Music National Championships at Aintree.
Keeping Rosevidney's success in the family, Verity's husband Scott also enjoyed a super season winning at the Restricted Area Festival at medium level riding his own gelding 'Tis Not Otto.
This well matched partnership were rewarded with the honour of being selected to ride for the South West of England in the Home International championships at Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire.
"I couldn't wish for a better string of horses or back up team," said Verity. "Hannah Macey my head girl at Rosevidney rode our own Ronnie Cob at Olympia which brought a tremendous end to a tremendous year for us all."
AN impressive number of stallions representing all disciplines will be on display at Cornwall's Stallion Showcase, being held at Rosevidney Livery Stables, near Penzance on Saturday March 16.
This exciting new initiative will provide a unique platform for breeders to view the cream of the county's sires at one venue.
"We already have over 20 stallions booked in," said organiser Verity Perry. "There's been an amazing response from breeders and stallion owners. We have some tremendous horse and pony stallions standing in Cornwall and it's wonderful to have them coming together under one roof and a warm welcome will be on offer to all."
A preview of the event will feature in this column on March 7. For further details call Verity Perry on 07825719566 or 01736 740224.