Sunday, 9 June 2013

YAY! A Great Start To the 2013 Show Season!

I know I haven't been around all winter and most of spring but am here now! :)

I didn't have either of my side saddles all winter as they were at the saddler's getting tweaked. Hattie came down with that bump on her withers in January and I think it was caused by the panels on my off-side side saddle shifting due to weight change/settling down/whatever. The vet did say when she had it the first time two years ago, that she would be forever prone to them coming back in that area if anything in the tiniest rubbed her the wrong way there.

Anyway, the saddle shaved back some of the felt and pulled back the linen on my off-sider tightly so problem solved.

I sold my Whippy as I was no longer happy with it and neither was Hattie. In March, we went out for a hack and the saddle shot forward when we galloped along a grass verge and I came off on the concrete lane that runs alongside the galloping bit and landed on my knees!! The saddle was literally on her neck and when I tacked her up that morning, she was just not happy with it. It just did not fit her any more. To be honest, although it was a beautiful saddle, my hip did not feel comfortable in it so was not sad to see it go.

Luckily, I had my Mayhew back newly rebalanced and with all new straps, in time for the first show of the season so with that, we went to the Diamond Jubilee Burbage Riding Club show where we got three 1sts, a 4th and a 5th in our five classes. The 5th was in the Adult Equitation class as Hattie refused the jump the 1st time (it was 2'!!) but we got over it the 2nd time.

Frankly, I was surprised we even jumped it as the outdoor school at my yard had been closed all winter due to repairs and resurfacing and did not reopen until a week before our first show so we hadn't actually been able to school all winter!

Some Burbage Riding Club Jubilee Show photos...


Doing our individual show in the Style and Appearance class, we came 1st...


My friend Heather trying out a side saddle for the first time...



The next week after we went to the Diamond Equestrian Show where I decided to compete on my off-side side saddle as it had come back that week from the saddlers and my hip was not very happy having to compete all day the week before.

Hattie did really well that day and we came home with a 1st, three 2nds and a 3rd in our five classes as well as qualifying in all our classes for the Championships held in the winter. She went really well in my off-sider and my hip was happy too. I was also glad that I wore my lightweight habit as for once, it was actually warm in England!!

Hattie waiting for all the action to begin...


Waiting in the collection ring for our class to start...


Doing our individual show in the Style and Appearance class...


In the line up waiting to be placed, we came 1st in Style and Appearance!


There are more good photographs taken at the show at Peter James Photography as well. When I get paid, there are a couple I'd like to order!

The next weekend we were at the South Kilworth Riding Club show. I have to defend our trophies that we won last year in the Style and Appearance and Ridden Veteran classes. Hattie did not disappoint and we came home with a 2nd in Style and Appearance, a 1st in Best Turned Out and 3rd in Ridden Veteran as well as winning a little trophy and getting Reserve Champion in the Ridden Showing section at the end of the day!

The weather forecast grey skies and light rain so decided to wear my wool tweed habit but for once, the weather report was wrong in a GOOD way and I ended up baking in my habit.

Walking around at the start of Style and Appearance...


Our 1st place rosette in front of the the lovely Stamford Hall...


At the start of our show in the Ridden Veteran class...


Our individual show...



In the line up...


Hattie with her Reserve Champion rosette and her boyfriend Smokey, at the end of the day and waiting to go home...


More photos of the day can be seen on NJB Photography.

A week later we were off again to another Burbage Riding Club show but this time we only did two classes as I was getting a bit low on funds (right before pay day!!) and it was a HOT day.

I'm glad we only did two classes as Hattie was a right mare that day as the flies were bothering her due to the heat and she must have been a bit grumpy that day from being heavily in season and being apart from her boyfriend.

Despite the fact Hattie kept trying to get strong and run away (and buck!), she managed to hold it together for the two classes and we got a 2nd in Best Turned Out and a 1st in Style and Appearance before we called it quits and went home. I was kind of glad to go too as I was roasting in my tweed.

Hattie having an "episode" and getting strong in the warm-up ring. Definitely LEFT shoulder back here!


Pulling it together for our class- note my serious face...




She was starting to get a bit strong and "willful" here. It didn't help that there was a gelding calling to her in the trailer park!


Our well earned 1st place rosette and time to go home!


A week later, Hattie was back to her old sensible self and we went to the 2nd Diamond Equestrian show of the season where Hattie was brilliant and came home with an amazing FOUR 1st place rosettes and a 2nd place in the five classes we entered! I also chose the right habit to wear for once as it was a bit breezy and chilly that day but I was nice and warm.

Walking around in Best Turned Out...


1st place in the line up for Best Turned Out...


2nd place in In Hand Best Condition (it's hard doing the run up in an apron!)...


Style and Appearance...




A well deserved break after our long day of showing!


Hattie amazed at all the stuff we have to haul to shows...


 This weekend was the first weekend that we didn't have any shows to go to (well, there was some on but we just needed a rest for once!) but next Sunday we'll be back at it again!



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