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Trish and LH Lily Puss after their success in the TTT Dressage - Photo Trish Joyce

Trish and LH Lily Puss after their success in the TTT Dressage.


By Trish Joyce

Team Joyce went separate ways for out latest outing. Wes and Tiffany drove to Dandenong Agricultural Show with Oaks Volta and LH Johnny for some showjumping, while Sarah and I went to the HRCAV TTT Dressage competition (11-13th of November) held at Gladysdale with LH Albert and LH Lily Puss. Will our wishes come true?

Well, as it turns out it could not have gotten any better...

There are many things to tell but I will try to be brief and to the point. This weekend’s results proved to be one Team Joyce will re visit for many years to come when having those family get togethers reminiscing back in the day. We do that a lot; bring out old photos and videos to recap 'back when'.

Team Joyce getting ready to leave Saturday morning (pic 1) - Photo Trish Joyce

Team Joyce getting ready to leave Saturday morning at 5am.

We all met at the stable block early Saturday morning loaded Oaks Volta and LH Johnny on the truck for the hours’ drive to Dandenong. LH Albert and LH Lily Puss were on the float leaving for the 2 hour trek across the hills. Sarah was volunteering at 9.00am, riding her first test at 3.15pm - so the middle of the day gave us so much quality time to walk, chat, plait up and enter the Bingo card prize. Each volunteer was given a delicious bag of goodies to keep you motivated and awake, this was really a lovely idea.


Sarah volunteering at TTT - Photo Trish Joyce

Sarah volunteering at TTT.


Bag of goodies (pic 3) - Photo Trish Joyce

A bag of goodies to fuel a day of volunteering.


I was so fortunate to catch up with my Auntie Julie who worked in the office for the duration of the show. This was so nice because we do not see each other very often as I live so far away but we both love horses and she rides to but for this weekend she was volunteering. To enter the Bingo card competition you had to walk to all the stalls and ask for the card to be stamped to try win the Polymaster horse hay hard feeder. On the way over we asked eachother will our wishes come true? Could we win that feeder?


Trish and Aunty Julie at TTT - Photo Trish Joyce

Trish and Aunty Julie at TTT.


Trade stands at TTT - Photo Trish Joyce

One of the trade stands at TTT.

We had no expectations of results, but hoped we could ride nice tests!


Plaiting Albi and Lil at TTT - Photo Trish Joyce

A plaiting selfie.

Sarah completed her two tests with ease and LH Albert behaved like a real gentlemen. We did not see any other combination in Level 1 with a snaffle bit; that’s not to say there was not another, because we did not see everyone. Most had double bridles.

Pic of the arena at TTT - Photo Trish Joyce

The arenas looked a picture.


Sarah and Albi waiting ringside - Photo Trish Joyce

Sarah and Albi waiting ring side.

Then I went on Lil Star and she put her best hoof forward - although I did make an error of course in the second test but finished fine. That dreaded toot makes you jump at the time, but I just started again. It was 5.45pm when I hopped off only to see a text from a lady saying I had won the Bingo raffle and could I collect the Polymaster feed bin.

Sarah and I had a dance around the float excited that we had won this fabulous prize. 


Lil eating hay, tired at the end of the day - Photo Trish Joyce

Lily so tired with her eyes shut while eating her hay.


The final results were posted about 6.30pm and to our amazement LH Lily Puss had placed 3rd and 1st to take out the TTT HRCAV Level 4 Jackpot. Speechless, I could not say a word. Sarah just hugged me and we said wow – just wow!

Then results from the Level 1 appeared a bit later and Sarah and Albert placed 2nd and 4th to place 3rd overall in the TTT HRCAV Level 1 which was a massive feat to say the least. Again we danced and hugged each other. Presentations were made and then we loaded the Lals Haven winners and drove out at 7.30pm arriving home at 11pm - after stopping at Macca’s for a wrap of course.

It was my lucky day - we all have them and they make us feel so grand. Even today - weeks later - I still smile and think back…..Lil and I are doing lots of trail riding, a little bit of very small showjumping and cannot wait for our next dressage outing!

Happy riding to you all!



Sarah and LH Albert at the TTT Dressage, representing Wagga Wagga ARC - Photo Trish Joyce

Sarah and LH Albert at the TTT Dressage, representing Wagga Wagga ARC.


If you wish to see how Wes and Tiffany went at Dandenong Ag show with LH Johhny & Oaks Volta, please click here.

Photos: © Trish Joyce




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