A challenging 75cm
corner with interesting approach lines. A rainbow flax peeking
A new 65cm hanging
log at the top of the apricot orchard, in full spring bloom.
A sturdy 75cm skinny (2.4m).
This is a heavy, solid jump and once the rails are painted black
will be a fun, bumblebee-type jump.
A beautifully inviting log as you enter the Homestead area, just saying "Jump Me!"
An imposing 85cm
jump for the more experienced, but still confidence-building.
Rolltop 70cm nice and wide, solid jump, encouraging
for young horses.
A 2-sided, 4-level jump (65, 75, 85, 100). The other side is called the Lumberjack.
This jump, in four different heights, should be popular with all riders.
Another perspective of the Lumberjack, showing its
4 different heights.
This is the area to be put into a showjumping arena (opening
A look down the main fairway of the Haybarn paddock,.
During the winter the water jump has filled naturally,
giving us a preview of it's finished size.
Baby Hanging Log
Just a wee 50cm jump for warming-up.
Reverse side of Sharks Tooth
With the look of a paling fence, this is still a 75cm jump,
but looks bigger from this side.
A 55-cm jump - small but very pretty!
The black culvert is made of very thick, high-density plastic.
An inviting jump for intermediate riders. Has a 50cm-deep ditch immediately in front of the log. The highest point of the jump is 80cm from ground level
and it is 1 metre wide.
07-June 2009 -
Similar to Over-the Ditch (it is over the same ditch!), the difference being this is a lower jump (60cm). Has a 50cm-deep ditch. Jump width 70cm.
A family of hanging logs, portable so they can be set in
ascending combinations or individually (65, 75, 85 cm)
Once completed, this will be a beautiful bridle path.
Sherwood - clear the track!
A bit of work to do here - we are waiting on a small digger
to sort this lot out.
Half Moon Jump
Allowing a variety of approaches and exits from uphill or
downhill. 70cm. We plan to put a trench in front eventually
to make this a Normandy bank.
This area in Over-The-Moon is a natural basin which fills with a foot of water during winter. We dug through 2 metres of clay to get to a layer of shingle, then filled the hole with river stones. Now the area is free-draining.
May-09: Here we are pulling out the old Red Delicious trees and smoothing over the holes. This will become a training area for show jumping.
Half Moon Jump Construction
Marco digs the holes for the posts for the half-rounds for the backfill for the topsoil for the half-moon-shaped bank jump in Over-The-Moon paddock.
The Wood Box
Debra & Mike put the finishing touches to the Wood Box jump.
Debra's brain works overtime on how to use these wonderful
18-April 2009 - this has a slip-rail which can be set to 65,
75 or 85cm, or left off entirely for ditch training.
The ditch is filled with shells.
19-April 2009: a full 95cm trakehner for a challenging jump uphill or
Training Bank Landscaped
Here you can see the landscaped area uphill, to flatten the slope of the landing area.
The grass is just starting to grow. We have put 6 inches of crusher dust on the downhill landing area.
Farm Gate Jump
85cm high farm gate
Sharks Tooth Jump
Mike has just towed the new
Sharks Tooth jump (75cm) into position. Can be easily repositioned as it is
An old axle arrives (courtesy of a Trademe deal) - the foundation for an eye-catching jump.
The Canyon Run
Looking through the canyon south to north. In
the middle we filled in a 3-metre deep hole, about 5 metres
Smaller Bank Jump
Excavation done - now for the timber work.
Tall Pine, Short Dog
One of the Sherwood pines ready for milling, which apparently meets with Dr. Watson's approval (short in stature, big in heart).
New Canyon Ramp
Looking down the new ramp into the Canyon from the Homestead
Sherwood track opens up
A bit of mess to clean up after
a few large pines were felled at the start of the Sherwood track.
The training bank
One of the last jobs is going to be trimming of the trees
focusing on horse and rider safety..
Just waiting for the compactor to level the landing
The First Jump!
This is a bank jump in the Over-the-Moon paddock. Three heights - 65 (closest to camera), 75 and 85cm. Next step - backfilling.
Looking down from the Homestead to the Tabletop, and further down the ramp into Sherwood.
The Homestead was where the previous owner planned to
build a house. Instead it is going to be a great training ground,
complete with water jump.
We need a path through those trees! Get the chainsaw ready....
Debra sees a gorse jump when everyone else sees a noxious weed.
Looking up the slope from the Canyon.
The Work Horse
The grunty machine doing all the tree pulling and ramp building
The Portable Mill
The pine trees from Sherwood are milled into useful jump-building material.
Debra discusses downhill jump design
Can you see a Water Jump?
We are in the process of gathering pool liner, crusher dust, sand, water line, ballcock, water-wheel feature, solar-panel, water pump....
Cleaning up the rubbish
It's amazing how much rubbish has accumulated in this neglected property over the years
Almost ready for an easy canter
A row of stumps after the chainsaws and Fergy have done their thing
The Fergy goes to work
Mike on the Massey Ferguson piling up the cuttings from the apricot trees
The first paddock ("Over-the-Moon") is an
old, neglected apricot orchard.
Another shot of the state of the property when we took over.
The Canyon 2005
Looking over the Canyon towards the Homestead. What a jungle.
This photo was taken shortly after we purchased the
property in 2005. We had just had fence posts driven.
Haybarn Paddock 2005
Braeburn apple trees swamped by grass and weeds. Our solution - put up fences, install stock watering and put in some cows.
What to do? What to do? The trees are probably too far gone, the pasture is non-existent, no fencing, no stock water, no power.