It was the Diamond horse Show this past Sunday and although it had been forecast heavy rain all day for Sunday, the day before the show, the forecast changed and said that it would be sunny in the morning and rainy in the afternoon. With that hope, I set off at 7am, leading Hattie the seven miles to the show.
We had nice weather walking there and my husband met us at the show with my tack and show clothes to get changed. Well, at 9:30 on the dot, the heavens opened up and stayed open!
Hattie and I only ended up doing two classes as I wanted to get home before the weather got worse (which it did in the afternoon when we were safely home after our long seven mile walk back!) so did Best Turned Out, which we got 2nd place in against 5 other people (got beat by the cutest chestnut show pony) and Best Condition in which we got 1st against pretty much the same 5 people, lol.
I don't think I'll be buying any show photographs as it was a blah day and I forgot to fold down my stupid shirt collar after my husband tied my tie. I was still in the middle of tacking up when they called the Best Turned Out class early so had to get dressed REAL quick while trying to girth up a horse side saddle who normally hates being girthed up at the best of times!
I can't believe I forgot to fold down my collar though, I look a right idiot! The judge didn't say anything about it though and I missed out on 1st place as I don't plait Hattie's tail but instead use a tail rake on it to neaten it as she hates having her tailed pulled or anything doing to it. Turns out that the judge used to ride side saddle herself!
The judge inspecting our tack for cleanliness and me with my dorky collar in the heavy rain and wind...
Hope the weather is better for our dressage next Sunday!!
Jeannie Whited, the best darn side saddle collector/historian/rider/general side saddle all-knowing-goddess, sent me a picture that she has in her VAST collection of a side saddle surcingle used for circus work and shows the Bedinis at the NY Hippodrome.
She says about the photo,"I would put this at between 1905-1915. Barnum & Bailey paid their passage over from England in 12/1903, and after that they also worked for Hagenbeck-Wallace and Sells-Floto."
Here is a close up of the surcingle although with the pommels on the verge of being crushed by the horse, it's not wonder that not many of these side saddle surcingles survive due to the abuse they were put through!!
The fuller, uncropped version of this photo will be published in Jeannie's 2012 side saddle calender which should be available towards the end of the year (let me know Jeannie when you get a publication date!).