One more show to go and it was great to see our regular members as well as others who had just come for the day, turn out on what appeared to be the beginning of a damp day. Luckily our usual ‘breeze’ was not making itself known so the day wasn’t cold, and once the sun came out later in the day it was positively hot. The ground was a little softer than previously in the season after a small amount of rain during the week before.
Numbers overall were good and some classes were practically bursting to the seams. The lead reiners were out in force with a packed and very vocal games class and we had a very pleasing large entry for the child handler class. The judge, David Vessey, spoke to me after judging and said how very impressed he was with our child handlers. He went on to say he felt that several of the prize winners conducted themselves well enough to be competing at County level. I too have been impressed with the level of showmanship in our rings, not just the in hand classes but also the ridden classes, where members often show good ring craft which will stand them in good stead when they go on to compete elsewhere. It isn’t always easy to get to know what to do when you are new to it all, but so much can be learnt from simply observing and talking to people at the ringside.
Rider accidents are something that no one wants, but unfortunately where horses are concerned this is always a risk. We suffered our first serious tumble this season in the show jumping ring and had to get the ambulance out. We all wish Rowena a speedy recovery from her broken collar bone but what a way to get out of going back to school!! I would just like to say how amazed I was at how unfazed all the horses on the ground were when the ambulance arrived with its blue lights flashing.
I would like to thank all our judges on the day for their hard work, time and the feedback that they give. As ever, thanks to everyone who helped out either getting the show ready, helping on the day, or clearing away afterwards.
Our last show of the season is on September 18th. Details can be found on our website at – www.ripleyriders.org.uk.