Apologies for the write up being late, but it seems to have been a very hectic few weeks. Firstly it was the long trek up to BSPS Area 1a at Streatlam Park. The journey was worthwhile when Victoria and Firecrest C having their first outing of 2021 won the RIHS ISRT 158 class. Harriet Walsh-White and Littlebriars Horatio were 2nd in the RIHS Lead Rein of Hunter Type and Milly and Broadgrove Family Silver notched up their 2nd win on the trot and also stood Reserve Champion Novice Show Pony.
Back at home it was big congratulations to Justine, a member of our yard staff who has been long awaiting sitting her driving test due to Covid-19 but she finally got a date through and we are pleased to say she passed first time. Well Done Justine – no more walking!!
It was a quick turn around and off to Three Shires Spring Show at Arena UK and a day that turned out to be one Florrie will remember for quite sometime. Firstly she started with a win in the RIHS Part Bred class and then took the section Championship with Whiteleaze Debutante.
Meanwhile her team mates Grace and Scalacre Eclipse also won the RIHS 133 Show Hunter Pony class and Millie and Springwater Angus were 2nd in the RIHS M&M First ridden class even with a little spook at a very scary ring sign.
Then Florrie topped off her day by collecting her RIHS Show Pony ticket and take her 2nd Championship of the day. 2 tickets and 2 championships in one day doesn’t happen very often so we hope you and Ruby enjoyed it Florrie!!
It was a hectic week with the final preparation for the UK Ponies and Horses Ltd debut show at Onley Equestrian. The Board and Team worked endless hours in preparation to try to make the show as successful as possible.
Before we headed off for set up, we did squeeze in a show on Saturday, this time at BSPS Area 1b’s South Lakes Show and they were blessed by the most glorious weather. Florrie and Jackets Dynasty were having their first outing of the season in the RIHS 138 Show pony class which they won. Then we had 2 first riddens having another practice, unfortunately one was too slow and one too fast but as we all know First Ridden is a huge learning curve and as long as the children make a different mistake each week and learn from it, then thats all we can ask. Here’s to more practice!
We got back home and huge Thanks goes to Laura and Justine who were there literally running round in order to be able to offload and turn wagon around so we could head out to Onley for set up. We arrived at the show ground and were delighted with the rings and the going. Once all the jobs were done, we treated the Board and some friends to our infamous lorry lasagne night.
Even although we all had an early start it was actually a bit of a lie in compared to a normal show day. The weather was very kind to us the ground was fabulous and the competitors came onto the show ground smiling and we think just genuinely grateful to be back out showing. We had loads of positive feedback. Thank you to all those who took the time to either come to the commentary box, stop Board members on the show ground or post on social media to say that they had thoroughly enjoyed the show and the atmosphere we had created. We do appreciate your feedback and going out of your way to tell us.
Our Supreme’s were really well supported and due to the large entries some of them even ended up being evening Supremes so Thank You all who stayed to compete and support. The pictures below pay testament to the quality of exhibits forward.
Alongside thanking the competitors we would also like to acknowledge every single volunteer on the day, you all went out of your way to make competitors feel welcome and able to enjoy themselves. So Thank you to everyone from the course builder, ring stewards, judges, admin staff, sponsors and not forgetting Debbie in the office – for our first show you all did a great job and pulled together as such a strong team.
Lastly a heartfelt personal Thank You to our close friends (you know who you are) who really did go above and beyond what friends should have to do to support us in our ventures and make this show a success, we probably can’t ever really repay you but you know we are immensely grateful.