I can’t believe I haven’t written about my little superstar in the making mr ‘Silverset Swift Condor’ aka Archie!!!
It was over 2 weeks ago now that we went to our first show ‘Blakesley Agricultural Show’ for a couple of in hand youngstock classes. The intention was to take him to see things and get him accustomed to the show atmosphere.
We arrived early as we were to be on at about half 9 so husband went in search of Ring 1. After wandering around what felt like the whole field, he came back and said he’d found it…it was the main ring! You have to be f’inf kiddin!’ Now I know him want him to get used to shows but I didn’t really want main ring action on his first show!
He was a little excitable so husband walked him round and kept him calm even when there was a loose bull causing havoc around the horse boxes!!!!!
We headed down for class one ‘ In hand 1,2,3 year old to make a hunter or competition horse. The more horses that turned up the more I tried not to pass wind in case something else passed!! They looked amazing and the handlers looked like they had been doing it for years unlike me who, despite wearing all my own clothes, somehow managed to look like a 12 year old wearing my fathers clothes!
(Photo only on this blog given very few people will see it!!)
How did this happen? After seeing this I have since found a waistcoat and purchased a second hand showing hat in the hope I look like an adult!!
Anywho, Long story
short not too long, he was amazing. He behaved impeccably not once looking at the banners, tractors, flags, tents, everything else you expect to see at an agricultural show. Even when the tannoy came on he was one of two that didn’t even blink an eye. He had one moment when he was made to stand and wait whilst we trotted before being lined up and got a little jumpy and reared but within 20 seconds he was back with it!
We got pulled in 4th which I was super pleased with and then we did our individual show where he again was a legend. Back out to the group walk around to then be pulled in again for the prize giving in…second place!!! What the..!!! I couldn’t believe it and very nearly burst into tears! Thinking about it now, thank god I didn’t- what with how I was dressed they may have asked where my mummy was!!!
Onto class two which was for 1-3 year olds and 4+ (not sure why it didn’t just say ‘any age?!’) to make a sports horse. There were less in this which made me think that the majority in previous class must have been potential hunters. Anywho, he nailed it again, even better than last time and we got pulled into the final line in first place!!! 😵😵😵
Then on to the championship which was meant to be between 1st and 2nd from the two classes so obviously given the hunter in the first class beat me earlier, she won the championship and we got reserve champion.
Rosettes aside, I couldn’t be prouder of my not so little man. How he took everything in his stride and kept his cool and his manners was so impressive especially as he had never even been to a show before.
There was one slightly disappointing moment when a fellow competitors partner decided that he didn’t agree with the results in either class and complained to my father and husband not realising they were related to me, saying that Archie walked funny and the hunter winner had cow hocks and his horse was much better. To top that off he then walked into the ring and complained to the judge!! Who does that???? Have a moan back at the car/lorry but not to spectators and certainly not the judge who is still in the ring!! Apparently he also couldn’t believe that it would have been a first show for any of the horses who were placed! Haha up yours Mr!!
Some miserable sore loser wasn’t going to dampen my spirits though and Archie got back to the lorry for lots of fuss and a ‘stud muffin’ which I think he inhaled as it disappeared that quickly!
We will do one more show this year which is Winslow I think on bank holiday Monday and then he can go back to playing in the field!
Hopefully my next blog post will be about this weekend shenanigans at Twesledown and Winslow so stay tuned!
Until then, toodle pip 😘