A different period of history this time… WW1. We were invited to take part in a WW1 commemorative event in a local village where we portrayed the re-mount section. This is where the ladies re-trained horses ready to be sent out to the battlefront.
Along with a friend, we also attended a side saddle seminar this month where we looked at the teaching of a side saddle rider over jumps, before moving onto classrooms and discussion based topics. The seminar also included a talk by a side saddle saddler and the opportunity to examine some side saddle trees which was very interesting.
It’s that time of year again and the clipping has started, meaning Tilly is less hairy, whilst I’m left covered in hair! I love my new battery MasterClip clippers as they flew through Tilly’s thick coat. See image.
We attended Thame Show for the first time this month and were delighted to come away with a second and first place and reserve side saddle champion.
The following weekend was the Macmillan Charity Ride at Park Farm UK Chasers course near Stamford Hall, just outside of Rugby, in Northamptonshire. This is an annual event and along with the sponsored fun ride, they have a tombola of amazing prizes, including feed vouchers kindly donated by British Horse Feeds. The total raised so far this year is about £6000, which is an amazing amount. I rode round the 8 mile course side saddle, even popping a few jumps including the double as that was where the photographer was based. I also had a go at the Handy Pony and collected our goody bag for entering. It was a brilliant fun ride, and even the damp weather did not spoil our enjoyment.
The month ended with me completing another of my Wolf Run mud and water runs, before going out on hound exercise the next day with the Bloodhounds.