August was a busy month filled with lots of challenges and excitement! With all the hot weather and lack of rain many events in our area had been cancelled, due to the rock solid ground! In true countryside fashion many local shows continued to run without ridden classes!
One of the first shows planned for August was the Cattistock Countryside Show, however the ridden classes were cancelled. We went to the show and were still able to get our rosette fix with many unmounted equivalent classes taking place!
We gathered ourselves a team and were able to compete in an unmounted Boden Challenge which consisted of a long and strenuous assault course in the gruelling 30 degree midday heat in the main arena at the show!
After completing the course with a lot of noise and support from the crowds, we had an agricultural show favourite to earn our team more points; the wellie throw! Our team fought hard and managed to secure a 2nd place, even in the extreme heat! After this I was somehow roped into taking part in the tug of war team where our team also secured a 2nd place! It was an amazing day with lots of smiles and laughter!
Later on in the month we welcomed an old friend back to the yard in the form of a lovely little mare named Bridie! I was fortunate enough to take her to our local hunt supporters club show! We entered for both the riding club horse and the best turned out classes. She was beautifully behaved and pulled off a lovely individual show to win the riding club horse!
After a short break between classes and lots of delicious EquiGlo Minty Horse Treats, we were back in the ring for the best turned out class where we placed 2nd! It was such a lovely show and hopefully many more days out to come for Bridie the pocket rocket!
After the thrill of the show it was time for some serious revision for my Pony Club B test care exam! The manual of horsemanship fast became my night-time reading! As test day approached the stress built and Bridie was subjected to my bandaging practice, which she seemed to rather enjoy!
The day of the test arrived and my mother and I made the journey up to Warminster. Once there we were split into small groups and pairs to take the exam. There were many sections including feeding, tack fitting, shoeing, conformation, exercise routines and yard management.
Each section contained many questions and practical tasks including saddle fit and analysis of different feeds! After completing the test there was a tense wait for the results! I was delighted to hear I had passed and am now working towards taking my lungeing test and then, hopefully, on to the AH test!
With the ground conditions constantly improving we have lots of exciting things planned for September!