Sunday is the last day and we were entered in two classes. First of all, we did the team relay for our Area, jumping the bigger jumps than we had the day before. With lots of encouragement from team mates, we all got around safely. We got a lovely plate trophy and case of wine for our Area.
My last class, was another fun class known as the Champagne Challenge. The winner is the person who has the most water left in their glass, after we have all walked, trotted and cantered around the arena. Last year we got second, this year we only went and won it! We have a lovely Champagne bucket trophy
, a bottle and glasses to drink it with.
The following Tuesday, was grade test day. We took our Grades 1 and 2 Side Saddle riding, and Horse Care and Saddlery tests, and I’m delighted to say that we passed. Tilly was also lent to a foreign rider to do her higher level riding tests and jumps on, then in the afternoon, I was a guinea pig rider for a lady taking her instructor exams.
It’s been a very busy month for side saddle as we also attended the HOPE Show
at Onley, where we came second in the Side Saddle Equitation, first in Best Side Saddle Horse/Pony and reserve Side Saddle Champion, qualifying us for the Best of the Best Show in the evening.
The month ended with a very busy bank holiday weekend. The Saturday found us side saddle at Leicester County Show
, where we took part in a side saddle demo in the main ring in the morning then a side saddle equitation class in the afternoon. In a very large and high quality class, we found ourselves in third place.
As soon as our class was finished we then headed off to Claydon House in Buckinghamshire for the Sealed Knots’ biggest English Civil War display
and Battle of the year on the Sunday and Monday. Considering it was a year since Tilly had done one of the big battle re-enactments, I was a little worried about how she would behave on the battlefield, but she was absolutely fantastic. So much so, that we ended up carrying our regiments cornet (flag) on the second day.
We were also able to collect our A3 print
of the amazing Cavalry Charge with Tilly in the middle. I also took the opportunity to buy some of the cards with the same print on the front.
Photos by Emma Gann Photography