So worth it! – Matthew Ainsworth

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Since our last blog, it feels like we traveled the length of the country going to shows, but it’s been so worth it!

After Devon, we went to the Royal Bath and West. This show had a new setup for the horse section. There was always a huge main ring, which was fantastic to ride the hunters in, which sadly doesn’t host the classes anymore. However, the new format worked really well, the stable field was a lot closer to the rings, and was a lot easier to get to and from, it was also really quiet and peaceful! On the whole we really liked the changes, and the rings were still excellent to ride in. We had a really successful show, Boston won his Four year old class, and Basil headed a really strong Small Hunter class to win and gain his RIHS ticket. Very good day!

Wentworth AKA basil at Bath & West

Wentworth AKA basil at Bath & West

Blue not red at Bath and west!

Blue not red at Bath and west!

From here we went to another West Country show, The Royal Cornwall. Wow did it rain. Then when we thought it couldn’t possibly rain anymore, it did! Everything was completely soaked, including us!

First up was Boston, in probably the worst hour of rain of the day! He soldiered on, and won his class! Next to go was Revelation II (Clive) this was his first HOYS qualifier of the season, he finished fifth in a really strong class, which we were really pleased with. Last but not least, Basil was in the HOYS Small Hunters. He went the best he’s gone this season, and won! We couldn’t believe it, for a five year old in his first season of open classes, he has outdone all of our expectations. The icing on the cake was that he went on to be overall Hunter Champion, beating some really lovely horses. We had some fantastic feedback from the judges and from fellow competitiors, we really couldn’t believe how well he had done! Not only that, he and Boston came home with some lovely silverware, which is always a bonus!

H&H and Show Journal 2017

Basil makes it into the Horse & Hound and The Showing Journal for his win at Royal Cornwall

Receiving his trophy for overall Ridden Hunter Champion

Receiving his trophy for overall Ridden Hunter Champion

After the quagmire that was Cornwall, our next show was our local, Royal Three Counties. The weather couldn’t have been any more different, it was absolutely baking hot. So much so that everyone watching the classes were hiding in the shade, and competitors were allowed to compete without their jackets on! We decided to give Basil a bit of a break after he had such a good run, and we just took Boston, again to compete in the four year old class. His owner Netty, hadn’t been able to get to Bath and West, or Cornwall, so hadn’t seen him in the ring since Shropshire, earlier in the season, but she was able to go here, so we took him. Very glad we did as he managed to win another class, and was reserve Novice Champion! Champagne to celebrate in the sun, was a lovely end to the day!

Boston at 3 Counties winning the four year old class

Boston at Three Counties winning the four year old class

(Photo courtesy of 1st Class Images)

At the end of June, we headed up to The Derby County show, with The Piano Man (Will), Columcillle Bouncer (Bouncer) and Clive. We had never been to this show before, and were slightly dismayed to find there was basically nowhere to ride in, and no lunging allowed on the showground! Not a great start, but never mind! It was a lovely setting for a show, in the grounds of a huge stately home with a big lake near the rings, although Will was a little scared of it, I think he thought we were going to make him go for a swim! He went in the Maxi Cob class, which he won, and then went on to be overall Cob Champion. Bouncer did his first Heavyweight Hunter class, which was a qualifier for RIHS next year, which he also won! He then went on to be reserve Hunter Champion.

Columcille Bouncer (top) and The Piano Man at Derby County

Columcille Bouncer (top) and The Piano Man at Derby County

Clive was competing in a new class, for him, Ladies Side Saddle. Nothing like throwing him in at the deep end, this was only his third time wearing a side saddle, and it was a HOYS qualifier! He went absolutely beautifully, and was pulled in third off the initial go round. The top three horses all gave really good rides, and he managed to go up to second. This was such a brilliant result for his first time “on the wonk” and we are really hopeful that he will be lucky enough to collect a HOYS ticket at some point this season!

Clive

Clive

After such a busy period I am pleased to say the horses are all still looking tip top on ReadyMash Extra, thanks Rowen Barbary!

I am just about to leave for Ireland, to do some judging, and hopefully see some hounds!

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