December 13, 2009

Feilding A&P

Headed up on Saturday to Feilding A&P in absolutely awful weather. I was considering taking Shante for the led sporthorse classes, but with mud, rain and wind I found my enthusiasm all just ran away at the last minute! So I packed up Neo and Tilly (& Nick as photographer for the day) and headed to Feilding. Mum was bringing Alfie from Masterton too.
Neo had, of course, gotten entirely filthy overnight even though I had him locked up. I was very unimpressed about trying to wash him - he just wasn't getting any cleaner! Such a mudrat. So I did the best he could, and then after a few practise jumps he was covered in mud again anyway! I only entered one class on him, the 1m Table C (he's still not ESNZ registered for the bigger stuff) - but he absolutely blitzed around like a fireball and won it. What a good boy.
Alfie was having his first shot at the new 'riding horse' classes. I think they suit him a bit better than the pure showhack classes - but to be honest, there was a real variety of horses in there (and a very similar lineup to the pleasure classes).
Alfie was only in 2 classes - but picked up ribbons, and amazingly didn't get rained on very much at all! Lucky Alfie. He had no shoes on (needed to be done & farrier couldn't make it out in time, so Mum took them all off) and he was a bit wimpy on his toes, but other than that he went nicely.
Mum also had to ride Tilly for me while I ran around making late entries (as Neo wasn't entered beforehand). She was going to ride Tils in the first class for me, but I ended up making it back just in time, so Mum hopped off and went back to the truck to clean Alfie for his classes.
And I managed to have the worst weather of the day while riding Tilly in the pleasure ring. She went nicely (well, as nicely as they can go in those conditions - while trying to tuck their heads away from the driving rain and wind). She placed in all of her classes too, which was nice.
More rain - honestly, it was so awful! Eventually it dried up, and then the wind strengthened and I think I got blown dry.
Mum headed back to Masterton, while Nick & I stayed to watch Kit & Boyd (used to ride both of them) in some showjumping classes. After that (and some A&P show junkfood) Nick got a lift to Palmerston North to pick up his car which was having some work done, and I headed back home. I must have been really tired from the weather - as I only made it to Waikanae before I had to pull over and have a 10 minute nap in the sleeper cab before continuing on!

4 comments:

FeetNZ said...

How did our wee boy go? What classes did she do?
We still miss him!
You're going to have to register Neo; he's a star.

perfk said...

Kit did 1m-1.05m type classes and went really well! I think I saw a rail, but the ground conditions were pretty wet and slippery. He was behaving really well too :) Always nice to see :)

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