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Did You Miss Chester Farm on Country Calendar Live? View Now On
Demand! - July 2017
If you missed watching the episode on Chester
Farm on Country Calendar live on TV, you can still watch it online
On Demand via your smart phone or computer by following this link
and downloading the app:
to Country Calendar website by
clicking on this link
(you will then need to scroll down the page to see our Episode #23
called "Horse Talk").
would like to say a HUGE THANKYOU to TVNZ, Hyundai Country Calendar,
director Richard Langston, camera man Steve Fisher, sound man Kevin
Hill, our families, friends and everyone else for who helped support
and take part in the amazing experience of being on this iconic
Kiwi show. We were very happy with the way the programme was put
together and have been blown away by the overwhelming positive response
and feedback we have received afterwards. It
was a real privledge to be able to share our farm and lifestyle,
horse training ideas and the stunning Maratoto Valley with the rest
of NZ! Thankyou!!
Country Calendar Screening Date Set for 23rd July 2017
We have now been given the screening date for our exciting
little piece of TV time: Sunday 23rd July at 7pm on TVNZ1, the iconic
Country Calendar will be featuring Chester Farm and showcasing the
beautiful Maratoto Valley! We don't get given any sneak previews
of the show before it goes to air so it will be just as exciting
/ daunting for us to watch it as anyone! Make sure you tune in to
see what we get up to here on the farm and spot any of your friends
and family who attended the lessons, camp and jumping competition
News! Chester Farm coming soon on Country Calendar!
TVNZ1, Sunday 23rd July at 7pm.
Country Calendar Comes To Chester Farm! - March 2017
While our everyday news
is shared on the Chester Farm Facebook page these days, there is
occasionally some news that is just too exciting to miss sharing
here on our website with our non-Facebook users too!
scenes while long-reining a young horse through the overflowing
Country Calendar came to Chester Farm in the middle of March 2017
and spent an amazing 5 days here filming our life with horses on
the farm - WOW!!!! Such an exciting (and a bit overwhelming / scary!)
experience, we feel so proud and honoured to have been given this
opportunity to be involved on this iconic Kiwi TV show. It was a
jam packed 5 days involving our daily life and routines on the farm,
as well as a riding clinic and camp, Contact CARE therapy, the Paddock
Groomer invention and a showjumping competition.
with Rochelle and "Mikey" on the arena while the film
crew look on.
The Country Calendar crew were all fantastic to work with and helped
us feel more comfortable in front of the cameras as the days went
by. The weather gods were also on our side and we all enjoyed 5
days of magnificent sunshine to help show off the farm and the beautiful
Maratoto Valley at it's finest.
The film crew
Kevin, Steve and Richard from Country Calendar, with Greg and Diana
from Chester Farm.
Here are a few more photos from behind the scenes during filming.
Horses getting up close and personal with the film crew, while Diana
gets interviewed in front of the camera.
No Chester Farm
camp is complete without a fun river swim! Good fun after lessons
on a hot day.
Greg chats about
the group lessons, Diana and Pat judge the Showjumping competition.
Steve and Richard
discuss best angles and scenery above the Derby paddock.
Dates of TV viewing are yet to be confirmed but we have been informed
it will probably air on TVNZ Country Calendar in August 2017. Thankyou
so much to TVNZ and Country Calendar, as well as the fantastic group
of people and horses who came and took part during the week.
Keep an eye on the Country Calendar website and Facebook pages and
stay tuned here for more details!!!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY! We hope you and your horses have all been
making the most of the summer weather up and down the country, as
well as spending any holiday time with family and friends. Yes we
are still alive, it has been a hectic finish to 2013 and a super
busy start to 2014 - but that seems to just be the way we roll around
here, especially at this time of year!!
We have been
busy breaking in some lovely horses over the last few months, many
well bred warmbloods coming into work for the first time under saddle
and progressing well. It is neat to see owners and horses learning
to form a bond together in both groundwork and ridden, gaining new
skills to help them go home with both the tools and the confidence
to progress with success once they go home together.
been out and about with our own horses on the competition circuit
- Greg having some excellent consistent results jumping Grand Prix
level 1.45m with warmblood stallion Vollrath Chagall including a
superb win at Woodhill Sands in the 1* Grand Prix on December 1st
following an exciting class and jump-off. This is Charlie's 2nd
Grand Prix win and included a flash cover to add to his extensive
Diana's two Hanoverian/TB mares, the full sisters Astek Gianni and
Astek Gymbya, have been out to several shows this season too and
jumping very well, Diana loving being back at the competitions this
year. Gianni has made a return to the showjumping ring after several
years competing solely in showhunter and really thriving on the
new challenge! Younger sister, the flashy chestnut Gymbya has been
greatly impressing out and about, making her competition debut this
year. With wins and placings from almost every class entered to
date, she is currently leading the Waitemata Low Hunter series on
25 points, final show of series on 1st and 2nd Feb.
We've had some fantastic riding clinics and camps here over the
last few months, heaps of new faces arriving to see what Chester
Farm is all about and going home with awesome
progress, good memories and many new friends made.
Due to demand, we have just scheduled another 2 day clinic on the
15th and 16th February - see Events page
for further details and booking form.
And last but not least, through February we also have our summer
Twilight Jumping series set to commence again on the 4th Feb and
run for the following 3 Tuesday evenings, with the final prizegiving
on the 25th Feb. Judged showjumping classes from 60cms to 1m, as
well as a fun Mini Hunter Derby course available. More awesome prizes
will be up for grabs to the Top 10 showjumping series winners so
we look forward to seeing good turnouts at these nights - although
these evenings are alot of work to organise and run, we see this
as a great way to give something back to the community and provide
a friendly yet professional competition series for local riders
of all ages to take part in and enjoy. So we'll see you here on
the 4th! Download the info flyer on our Events
While we will
endeavour to continue to place reasonably regular news updates here
on our website through this busy season, if you are interested in
keeping up with latest news and events from Chester Farm, we suggest
you LIKE and follow our Facebook page - www.Facebook.com/ChesterFarm
/ October 2013
If there is no
rest for the wicked, then we must have really bad this winter!!!
Lots of things are going on at the farm these days with very few
moments spare to sit down and reflect on it all.
Horses in training
have been making the usual good steady progress in their work, in
amongst the occasional day off due to some very turbulent storms
that have passed over us recently. We had 2 trees down after very
strong winds in one storm, but no damage or injury anywhere else
which is always a great relief. On good days horses have been enjoying
some lovely hacks out down the road, in the river and up the bush
tracks... it's always such a pretty time of year as the trees start
to sprout new leaves again.
Two 4 year old
mares go for a ride at Chester Farm during their breaking in and
early training under saddle. Oct 2013
us run two riding clinics due to early spring demand from riders
keen to get into it again after winter. Greg held a Showhunter clinic
31st August and 1st September which was a nice small friendly clinic
to start the season off. Those riders who had taken part in our
showhunter clinics late Autumn and continued their training throughout
the winter really showed some good improvement, and the riders new
to showhunter went home with a great understanding of the sport
and appreciation of just how difficult it really is to acheive that
Diana ran an Adults Confidence Booster Clinic 7th and 8th September
which was well received by a group of keen horse owners and riders
looking for help and not sure where to go next with their young
horses, problem horses or adults looking to gain more skills and
confidence for general everyday horse riding and handling. A couple
of problem horses on the clinic made enormous improvements over
the weekend, again reiterating the fact that most problems under
saddle need to be first addressed and fixed via groundwork before
starting work on the horses back. Diana thrives of the challenge
of working with these horses and loves seeing adults improve and
enjoy what horses can offer us. Her calm, approachable demeanour
mixed with practical advice and simple methods saw everyone learning
alot and going home with renewed confidence and many new skills
and exercises both groundwork and ridden to put into practise over
the coming months.
Our Spring Into
Action 3 day clinic and camp held October 4th - 6th was full and
busy, with lessons running from 7.30am till 6.30pm and involving
a wide range of ages, skills and levels. From the cheeky group of
young riders all proudly accomplishing riding a full jumping course
over lots of newly painted walls and fillers, to young horses and
inexperienced horse/rider combinations working on their groundwork
and flatwork skills, through to competitive showjumpers looking
to hone in on their techniques and ringcraft for the coming competition
season. It was a great 3 days with excellent weather throughout
and people attending from all over including Taupo, Tokoroa, Whitianga,
Whangarei and Hamilton.
With the first
of our Spring Twilight Jumping series nights starting on Tuesday
8th October, we offered for any clinic attendees to stay on for
the extra nights and put their clinic learnings into practise in
a competition setting. A great crowd of people turned up with 22
riders attending the first jumping night including many locals and
others from further afield making the effort to come along, join
in the fun and see if they could get their names on the board for
the series points prizes. We again have some fantastic prizes up
for grabs to the Top 10 Showjumping series winners including polar
fleece cover, leather halters, rope halters, 3 bags of horse feed,
lesson discount vouchers and more. Our thanks to Farmlands Paeroa
(Brian McMillan) and Riverside Equestrian (Diane Mumford) for their
generous donations and support of this local series.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page for latest series results and photos
from the Twilight Series - www.Facebook.com/ChesterFarm
July / August
As I write this
we have spent the last few days wearing t-shirts while working the
horses and about a week ago I was surprised to see the first green
leaf sprouting on one of the willow trees in the horse paddocks.
Now the willows are a definite shade of lime green as sweet new
leaves appear allover. The later season poplars on the farm have
only just lost the last of their 2012 summer leaves, meanwhile the
earlier variety poplar trees are covered in buds and showing some
bright green leaves sprouting already now too. How exciting to think
that spring really is coming early this year! The farm certainly
has amazing grass growth on it for this time of year, the young
dairy heifers are looking great and haven't needed any of their
usual supplementary feed this winter.
horsey front, we have had a very busy winter with a full house
right through, mostly young horses for breaking in but also
some older horses here for further mileage, jump schooling
and bringing back into work for their owners. A couple of
repeat visitors returned for training while their lucky owners
headed off on their annual winter holidays overseas. This
is a great option for owners who are keen to have their horses
up and going in the early spring ready for the coming season
but due to going on holidays, work committments and short
daylight hours, struggle to put any regular work into their
have some very nice youngsters in work that are being offered
for sale by their owners at the moment, quality horses with
good movement and coming along very well in their work under
saddle. Contact us for more info.
Molly heads out down the road for a ride with
Left: 3yo Warmblood
colt Halo in the river. Right: Astek Galavera explores the local
fords on the longreins.
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