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BLOG: Third time lucky

Wes and Oaks Volta - Photo Trish Joyce

Wes and Oaks Volta.

 

By Trish Joyce

Team Joyce has been blogging with Equestrian Life for over 5 years now and boy has a lot happened in that time!

It was back then Wes was just starting to campaign LH King Arthur; we heard just this week that he is doing amazing things in Japan jumping tracks of 1.60m. Thank you to all our followers and readers -we appreciate all the kind comments on our Facebook page. Thank you for glancing at our Lals Haven web page, as it makes all the updating worthwhile and keeps me motivated to post all the Lals Haven / Team Joyce news. Do you remember when we started with ‘Watch Volta Grow’? 

Wes has his heart set on him; he is a 5 year old stallion named Oaks Volta sired by Vivant out of  Altes Van Beekveld who is sired by the famous Darco. We think Volta is showing some great potential. We took the chance and purchased him as a 6 month old foal, waiting the long road to see if what we bought works out or not. We even put everything out there for all to see and many did ‘watch him grow'.

We often reminisce, as I am sure many of you do, about the times when you stick your neck out taking that massive gamble and hoping it turns out positively. Well, it is still early days but so far Oaks Volta is definitely making us very happy with the long wait!

 

Oaks Volta as a foal - Photo Trish Joyce

Oaks Volta as a foal at 6 months.


Oaks Volta as a 5 year old with Wes sitting on him in the line up - Photo Trish Joyce

Oaks Volta as a 5 year old with Wes sitting on him in the line up.
 

Volta has ventured out to shows seven times, jumping courses up to 1.20m which was last weekend. Wes thought he did it well and had hoped to maybe try the Open 1.30m at our local showjumping show. On the Saturday he started in the Open 1.10m and placed a credible 3rd.

 

Oaks Volta standing at the truck after the first round - Trish Joyce

Oaks Volta standing at the truck after the first round.


Here is a great video clip I took of the whole process from the warm up to the first and second rounds, again putting it all out there showing you how Oaks Volta is really going.

 

 

We drove back in on Sunday and he had a go around the Open 1.20m and came away with 2 fences down. Wes said at both times when he wanted him to put the extra stride in Volta did not really come back therefore having the rails. The next class was the Open 1.30m.

“Let’s give him a run in that,” Wes said.

 

Wes and Oaks Volta jumping in the Open 1.20m - Photo Trish Joyce

Wes and Oaks Volta jumping in the Open 1.20m.

 

Was I surprised? Yes. Anyway, we warmed up first because were a late entry and in he went. Here is the video clip of that round so you can see for yourself how he went…

 

Wes and Oaks Volta jumping in the Open 1.30m - Photo Trish Joyce

Wes and Oaks Volta jumping in the Open 1.30m.

 

 

Again, 3rd place….

 

Oaks Volta & Wes with their ribbon & the judge Ellen Wilson - Photo Trish Joyce

Oaks Volta and Wes with their ribbon and the judge Ellen Wilson.


He will now have a little break from riding day in and day out; we have a few mares to put back in foal so Volta will only be doing stud duties for a few weeks with the odd little ride here and there. He certainly does not like to be left doing nothing - he loves to be busy. Wes and I are very pleased with our gamble so far. It is still early days and we are not thinking too far ahead of ourselves. But these outings make you feel good inside and excited about what’s ahead. Stay tuned for more updates on Oaks Volta.

Oh, here is a great video clip I think you will love taken of LH Velcro - an Oaks Volta foal just born. It is definitely one to watch with the sound up! Visit our website for more pictures and videos of our lovely crop of Oaks Volta foals.

 

 

 Photos: © Trish Joyce

 

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