The last time I remember showing, I was about 11 years old at Horsforth show and concorde was taking off from Leeds Bradford Airport in Yorkshire UK. Over 20 years later and I finally have the pony, the knowledge and the opportunity, so I take it to see what will happen.
2 days of bathing, grooming, planning and a beautifully made custom bitless bridle and halter piece from No Bits for Bobs, we entered the Welsh and Local Pony classes at Killorglin show. The fairground was well spaced, in great condition and organisation was super. We arrived early and got entered, added the finishing touches to Teddy and bumped in to some familiar faces at the ringside.
Our turn to perform! Sadly due to a mix up I landed myself in the part bred side of the class and without a leather bridle, bit or plait in sight we were placed 3rd, but the judge was very positive and helpful in explaining that the rules differ from the UK WCPS so we know for next time (to avoid the class, I would never bit Teddy again). In our Local Pony class Teddy was placed 1st out of 10 or more ponies (some stunning ones I might add!).
I am absolutely overjoyed for Teddy, I have never shown in-hand and I just watched those before me. When I began to run Teddy and I just connected and it felt great! I could hear ‘WOWs’ and a trustworthy source said he did super so I was pleasently surprised. I was amazed at the people coming up to compliment Teddy and it has certainly given us the confidence boost we need to get next season. Sowe look forward to being on the Welsh showing scene next Spring 🙂 Here are some photos from the day, captured by my supportive husband Mike.
We also look forward to being featured in a local newspaper The Kerryman who took our photo and details on the day.