Well the season started really well and then sadly had a dip around my favourite show Royal Windsor, coming home from there with a bag of blue ribbons instead of red! Dont really know why as the horses and ponies went beautifully as ever.
Thankfully we are now back on track with a hatrick of major wins for the fabulous hunter Major Moylaw, most recently being awarded the reserve supreme at the North of England summer show to the prolific Comberton Clancy (look out Jayne and Clancy - I am going to beat you somewhere)!
All three generations of the family are having a good run actually with Dad winning a super hunter championship on Gilly's Boy and Alice claiming the mountain & moorland working hunter pony championship with Tynymor Twm sion Catti (aka Shaun) at the Three Counties Show. Malvern is definitely Alice's lucky showground, getting two Royal International tickets there in March and now a HOYS one. We will be returning there in August for the National Pony Show with high hopes.
Until this year I had not been involved with the pony scene at such a high level since I rode in pony classes myself many moons ago. What a different world it is to the horses! The standard right down the line is absolutely superb and I find myself delighted with consistently being placed highly. That would not do in the hunter ranks - it is all about winning. Alice (age 10) is turning into a really super little rider, gaining high marks for her show, and her ring craft is improving all the time. If you think I sound like a proud mother then you're right, I am. Oscar and Ginger Boy are both having a great seaon and we will keep pulling out good performances in search of more HOYS tickets.
I have seen two exemplary displays of ride judge riding this year from Lizzy Murray and Kelsa Sears. I was lucky to win under both these judges but that is not why I write this. Anyone looking to become a ride judge watch these two ladies - they know exactly how to do it.
The four-year-olds have been frustrating to produce this year with several shows taking the classes off and several local shows being cancelled due to the non existant summer we are having. However, I started the season with four horses and they have all managed to get out and win. I am happy about that but would like to have been able to do a bit more with them really. The modern showground is not ideal for giving experience as we seem to have less and less space.
One of my favourite shows Great Yorkshire is fast appoaching so I am hoping to keep the luck with me.