Carolyn Lieutenant’s life has always revolved around producing horses and helping to get them to the highest level possible, and Victory Salute, aka Sam, had produced some fantastic results internationally. However, his demise with laminitis soon after his return to Australia from Europe did not stop Carolyn planning for the future. The chance of competing at the London 2012 Olympics was gone, but the thought of finding another horse to follow in Sam’s footprints was foremost in Carolyn’s mind.
Carolyn continued helping with the campaign of Good as Gold towards Grand Prix with Brett Parbery and, when Brett was away, with David MacKinnon who would ride the horse and compete quite successfully. Good as Gold’s nature was a little hot and spooky, which sometimes made it difficult to show the best form that he could in competition.
Carolyn kept up her judging and was doing so at a young event horse competition when she met Malcolm MacRae and Mark Kiddle, who were scribing for her at the competition. She made very good friends with both of them and they asked if they could have lessons with her as they were based in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands. At this stage, Carolyn was still in Sydney, but agreed to go down to help them at their agistment property when she went down to see Good as Gold, or Will, as he was known. Carolyn was very impressed with Mark’s attitude towards his riding, his empathy and feel. And as she knew so well, it was important to have a good horse to produce a good rider.
The friendship grew and Carolyn became a mentor and a great help to both Mark’s and Mal’s riding and forward thinking. They were extremely respectful of Carolyn, her talent and her expertise. And as a mentor, Carolyn was very fond of them as well. The partnership continued to grow and Carolyn, realising it would be good to have another horse towards FEI, found a very nice horse by Wolkenstein, who was a son of Weltmeyer, that was ridden by Jayden Brown. This chestnut gelding, Waitano, was very expressive and as honest as the day is long. Mark competed Waitano, aka Teddy, at Prix St Georges, winning his first outing, then continuing on in 2012 to the Dressage With The Stars competition, where he again won the Prix St Georges.
With Carolyn’s eyes on the ground and Mark’s empathetic riding, this team soon produced some good scores and created a partnership for Mark with Carolyn and Waitano to go to Grand Prix. He’s now 20 years old and still competing. Malcolm MacRae was able to ride this horse in his first ever Grand Prix in what was probably a highlight of his riding career! The horse also carried Malcolm to riding class wins at Grand National and Horse of the Year shows. Waitano was a beautiful horse and many riders enjoyed a sit on him. Carolyn, Mark and Mal all enjoyed the journey that he produced for them.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
Given Mark’s keenness and attitude towards riding Grand Prix, which he successfully did on Waitano, Carolyn thought it time to go overseas and look for a good young horse. Carolyn was always one for travelling interstate in Australia to horse competitions and shows to judge or give judging clinics, but she also loved her overseas trips. Mark and Mal were also very keen travelling companions with Carolyn on several overseas trips in Holland and England. Carolyn was not a great lover of attending Olympic Games, but has always attended World Championships and WEGs. In 2014, she and her long-time friend, Jen Howlett, went to WEG in France. It was a very enjoyable trip, especially the town on the channel coast where they stayed.
Carolyn loved England, especially Devon and Cornwall, so after France she and Jen hired a car and proceeded to travel wherever their hearts took them. They ended up in North Cornwall hotel, and by chance got a booking to the Rick Stein restaurant in nearby Padstow. The people they sat next to lived in the Cotswolds and, after a long conversation, invited Carolyn and Jen to stay with them.
Each day their hosts left for work, simply saying to Carolyn and Jen, ‘When you go out, just lock up and put the keys in the wellies at the front door!’ Carolyn says she and Jen had the most amazing few days visiting gardens in the area . Carolyn’s life, as always, was full of adventure, and she and Jen just went wherever they pleased and had an absolute ball; being great foodies and restaurant-goers, they certainly made the most of their time in Devon, Cornwall and the Cotswolds.