Thursday, 23 August 2012

South Kilworth Riding Club Show Report!

After TWO years of waiting to go to the South Kilworth Riding Club show, I finally got to go!
Originally, it had been held 10 miles away from me in the village of Husbands Bosworth (we went to one show there in May 2010), but then in 2011, the venue was changed to the grounds of historic Stanford Hall.

I LOVE Stanford Hall and once when we visited the house (it is like a museum inside), I thought how wonderful it would be to ride across the vast grounds side saddle.

Well, on August 12, 2012, my wish was granted...

Walking towards the Hall where the warm up field was...


Me about to take off...


And off I go cantering in the fields like I own the place!



Hattie chilled out as usual...


A very dis-shelved me getting Hattie ready...


Takes it all in her stride...


Raining weather as usual!



Waiting for the Best Turned Out class to start. After trying a double bridle, which Hattie did not get on with (she doesn't like too much stuff in her mouth), I tried a Rugby Show Pelham which she went well in so decided to show in that. I figure if we are going to show at the Nationals, I best get used to using two reins.


We came third in Best Turned Out, yay!


Our next class was Style and Appearance where your turn out and riding/horse's way of going is judged. The judge also rode side saddle as well!


Doing our individual show for the judge...





There was quite a few in the class and we came 1st and even won a little silver plate!


The lovely grounds of Stanford Hall...


Our last class of the day was ridden Veteran ( horses aged 15 yrs+, Hattie is 16) where we all had to walk, trot and canter around together and then during our individual shows, also show a lengthening of the canter. I wasn't the only side saddle rider either, there was another lady named Barbara there as well. If I'd have known we could have worn top hats, I would have worn mine too!



Get that right shoulder back woman!



Better right shoulder back here...


Line up and waiting to do our individual shows...



Our victory lap, Barbara came 1st on her horse and Hattie and I came 2nd!


All the 1st and 2nd place winners in each class qualified for the Championship class at the end of the day, unfortunately, my yard owner (who generously brought us in his big horse lorry) had to leave early due to work commitments so we didn't get to stay for the Championships but there is another South Kilworth show in September so all being well, we'll get to go to that one.

3 comments:

  1. Well done Lei! Would love to see a photo of your ribbons & silver plate too!
    So what do you do in your individual show? Is it like a pattern that is posted or that the judge tells you?

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  2. Usually you have to do walk, trot and canter in a figure eight-ish pattern (however you want to do it, a figure 8 style pattern is the quickest and easiest). Sometimes they ask for an extension in the canter (they did this in the Veteran class) or a gallop along the long side of the ring. Then you finish by trotting straight up towards the judge, halt and salute (like in a dressage test.

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  3. At the Nationals in the big equitation championship classes, you have to do a set test which is pretty much like a dressage test.

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