We receive such wonderful feedback from people with (or without) ESB horses that we wanted to share some of their comments here. Hearing about their success and enjoyment makes it all worthwhile.

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“It is true what they say "went out to buy milk came back with a new horse", I was looking for a couple of young riders when I came across the lovely ESB horses and the temptation was too much!.  I decided to research the ESB horses further and examine the outstanding event horses that Vanessa has bred and those that we’d seen out competing at horse trials over the last 6 years. 

Vanessa has used her extensive knowledge to develop a performance breeding program that focuses on providing riders with elite young horses, whilst also giving them the appropriate amount of training and time to mature into their future discipline. 
Vanessa has committed financially and personally to this long process before they are ready for sale - dedication often not seen these days. She provides new owners with a full health and handling record so that you can purchase your young performance horse with confidence. 

ESB Golden Malt was unbacked when we purchased him, but Vanessa worked with us to ensure that he was suitable prospect for my daughter. His work ethic and temperament have proven too be amazing and true to what Vanessa told us at the time. It has obviously helped that he was handled well as a youngster and has experienced many different things before he arrived at the breaker. We are very excited for his future in our team with Grace McLean.” Leanne McLean, June 2020  
Grace McLean and ESB Golden Malt
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I just want to let you know that I'm totally thrilled with Darcy, it's like we have been together for years, he has taken everything in his stride this week like an absolute champ.

Thankyou for bringing us Darcy he has captured hearts all week all ready from saddle fitting to his first lesson tonight....what a delightfull horse xxx" - Bec & ESB Irish Dollar, June 2020
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Nicole Smith and ESB Golden Friend, living up to his name. 
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ESB Irish Accent (Sonny)
ESB Irish Yankee


ESB Golden Ayr (L) and ESB Irish Hike (R)

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ESB Golden Musician (Muz)

ESB Irish Heart (aka Melman): now owned by Lucy English SA "It's been an amazing year and a half since I got Melman (ESB IRISH HEART). He was such an amazing find by Megan Jones, I seriously can't get over how amazing it was because he was definitely the right choice for me, I feel like I see myself in him. I can't describe how happy it made me feel when I got him, he would definitely be something I would cherish forever. ESB Irish Heart has an amazing personality and can turn a frown upside down:) He is amazing to sit on and has brought my confidence up a real lot. I have been through many ups and downs with him but we have got through them very quickly as he makes it really easy to cooperate because he is experienced and loves to love. Melman's skills are just extraordinary as he is like no other horse and just wants to have fun! I'm sure he has many more extraordinary skills to be revealed and I'm really excited to see what they are. This horse truly defines my life. He is definitely passionate about trying new things and I'm sure he will fly not just him but us together."

Madison Gielen:

Hi Vanessa! Just wanted to shoot you a message and tell you that elfie and I are going super We came 2nd in our first prenovice at the NSW state eventing champs and 1st last weekend at Brigadoon in the junior prenovice! She finished over 12 penalties ahead of third (my other horse was second and she beat him by 8 penalties)! So grateful to have such a super mare Sorry about the watermark on the photo, I'm going to buy it but I was just desperate to send to you!! xx

Bree Petrowski:
"I have owned ESB Irish Power for about 9 months, and during this time we have come together as a team so much. He's a massive dude and within a week of having him we were ready careering around the paddock bareback. At our first competition he really showed the draught in him by not putting a foot wrong even when my nerves took over to earn us a second place in the dressage. Power and I have been to 9 different comps, and we have consistently placed top 5 in the dressage and top 10 overall.

Power's favourite phase is definitely cross country, and not a single photo taken has his ear back and he can just go and then keep on going. At our first straight dressage day, Power bought home 1st place and a champion.  Each week, with my two coaches help, we are getting stronger and stronger and we are just about to make the move up to EA95. I couldn't ask for a better horse and I thank Vanessa for giving me the opportunity to own such an amazing man and I know we'll be together for a long time."

ESB Irish Harmony (Max)

Ness..I don't know where to start! There is so much I could say about Gammy

"ESB Irish Gamble is the most amazing and forgiving horse I have ever ridden. He has the most amazing and laid back nature, but when you put jumps in front of him his ears prick up and he's on the job! At the same time, he doesn't get hot or strong. He has taken me from pony club grade 3 to EFA pre novice eventing, Novice dressage, training elementary, and EFA D grade show jumping, clearing 1.10m with ease. We travelled the country side eventing for the first few years of our partnership, before I decided that his heart was more in straight show jumping. We still do a bit of eventing but only at low level. Gamble's style over a jump is beautiful and I have had many comments and offers to buy him, but he's all mine!! Not going anywhere!
Gamble has taught me how to ride, and has been very forgiving when I haven't been riding well. He always lines up at the gate for a scratch when things haven't gone to plan.
There is so much I could say about this horse, but to sum it up he is talented, amazing calm temperament, beautiful and easy to do anything with. He is my star :) I just love him!"

"Hi Vanessa,
I want to say thank you for your help and time in helping me look for a horse. I have found one! 
I really, really liked Rumble. But, after many hours of thinking I decided he would be perfect in another year or so when he had been out and done a little bit more.  If I could buy two horses, he'd be standing out the back door too as my 'project.'  The horse I ended up buying has been out and done quite a bit. 
It was lovely to meet you and the ESB team. Many people have told me how they don't like 'horse hunting' and about all their bad experiences. I had the exact opposite experience - meeting nice people and horses. So, thank you once again and sorry I'm not joining the ESB Team. 
Hope to see you when we're out and about.
Best wishes,
PS. I'm really enjoying all the updates you are doing to the website and checking out all the photos. Even though I didn't end up with an ESB I can't help but be a sticky beak and click on the link when it comes through in my Facebook feed!! Yes, you can count me in any time as an ESB supporter!" 

ESB Irish Accent (Sonny) is owned by Jenna Higgins NZ

"Sonny's placed 3rd in the National Amateur Eventing Series. He did exceptionally well as through one thing or another he didn't make it to the events with double points on offer and he only had 8 starts in the season so I couldn't drop any scores ( only your 10 best scores could count)
He is just the best horse ever and I love him so much! I will definitely take a photo with his winnings for you then

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"Sonny (ESB Irish Accent) and jenna 2nd woodhill sands ht he's great love him to bits .have you got another sonny?" CHRISTINE HIGGINS NZ
"Dear Vanessa
Thank you very much for all your guidance and help over the past few years. Thank you for giving me Goldie and for letting Jacqui and I stay with you. Lots of love, Tiffany Sayers"
PS. A poem for you:
When I was eleven years old, you shared with me your heart of gold
You took me up to see your palace and you weren’t at all one bit callus
I told you that I needed a baby that would grow up into a fine lady
So you took me to your paddock of queens and told me they would all scrub up clean
Now I didn’t believe you, not one bit, especially after I saw what you did with that filly’s leg and your medical kit
With just a couple of years down the track and I have found my perfect hack
She once was a teenager much like myself, sitting in a paddock entertaining herself
But as you said she has scrubbed up well, Goldie is extremely well fed and probably ready to give me a taste of hell
Thank you for all your help to this date, it seems meeting you was more than fate
Many thanks Tiffany Sayers.