I enjoyed a great day judging at Tockwith Show ROR Hickstead Qualifier with co-judge Vicky Fahey on 3rd August. Thank you to Leanne Gillespie for being a great steward once again this year!
I also enjoyed competing at Osmotherley Show with Talisker Bow Bells. He won the inhand large breeds open class and took reserve champion Mountain and Moorland inhand of the show to a lovely Welsh B. He also scooped a qualification for the North East Breeders Championship at NPS 4 on 25th August.
I have given championship shows a miss this year and treated myself to a holiday to Turkey instead! I haven't had a holiday since 2006 and so I am very excited for some sun, sand and relaxation!
I had a fabulous day judging at Search 4 a Star, Houghton Hall on 10th August with David Bartram and Richard Ramsey. I rode some lovely horses and it was so exciting to watch riders gain their dream HOYS tickets. It was also lovely to watch a racehorse to riding horse class for the first time this season and a huge well done to both Liverpool and Jo Mason, and Purple Moon and Chantal Wooten for gaining their places at HOYS! I can't believe how quickly the season is flying by and that there is only Burghley left for the racehorses - a huge good luck to all who managed to gain a place at Burghley! I will look forward to next season's Search 4 a Star judging appointments - such a valuable and enjoyable showing series to be a small part of...
I have also used my summer holidays to catch up with friends, including breeder Jackie Barr, who has some beautiful horses and ponies for sale - please contact me for more details on a 2year old 12.2hh sp, 3 year old 12.2hh sp, small hack unbroken 6yr or yearling coloured traditional filly to make 14.2hh. All are lovely animals!!
On 25th August I took Talisker Bow Bells to NPS 4. He won his 2-3 year old Highland class; however we were very disappointed to have missed the Northern Breeders Championship which he qualified for at Osmotherley Show. We popped back to the horsebox for ten minutes thinking we had at least an hour before our class and in that time it was announced that the class was changing rings and times from the timetable and so we were totally unaware that the class had changed when we returned back to the ring side! I was delighted that Gemma Stanford won and took the championship with her beautiful Highland stallion though. Well done, Gemma! Bow will now enjoy the rest of the year in the field and will be broken and ridden away next summer as a four year old.