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Charlotte Smith’s Showing Blog| grading, ripped jeans & late night bathing

May 24, 2016

Clocking up the miles

Well, were only just starting the season and already we’ve travelled a 400mile round trip to a show, arrived back on the yard at 11.30pm from a show, 3 days showing over the bank holiday weekend amongst having the most amount of horses on the yard we ever have, and a few disaster panic moments in between!

Grading for ‘Dizzy Rascal’

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Our first aim for this season was to get the 5 yo Traditional cob Stallion graded with BSPA. Luckily the 3.30am alarm clock and 350mile drive paid off and ‘Dizzy Rascal’ is now a graded stallion which means we can aim to qualify him for the Royal International. His first show was a practice run for RI qualifiers, but saw him winning his class, standing section champion,which put him through to his first evening performance, where he behaved impeccably,took it all in his stride to stand reserve supreme champion!

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The dogs had a go in the ‘best lorry dog’ during the evening performance!

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Bank holiday antics

We had a great Bank holiday weekend. Most people spend their bank holiday relaxing, we went showing everyday! We had a lot of laughs over the weekend with sat nav errors, ripped jeans, late nights bathing ponies, and …….. The young horses are improving every time out, and although we have had a couple of ‘bridesmaid moments’ and just missed qualifying for the Royal international by one place, it is important to remember that it is still a great achievement for the young horses to be standing in the top if the line up as they move into open classes. As long they continue to improve each time out- I’m happy!

The Novice Welsh section C, Charlie, won and qualified for her Novice championships so she has achieved her goal for the season. The weekend finished with a mini surprise party for my mum which comprised of a take away for 10 people as cooking is not one of my skills!!

Besides, I had a lot of people to thank for their help all weekend, at home on the yard and at the shows, and what better way than with Thai takeaway and Prosecco! I’m very grateful to have such great people help and support me.

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Menai Chardonnay ‘Charlie’.


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Blessington Blue, 2nd in his first RI qualifier.

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Everyone was exhausted… Including the dogs- it’s a hard life being a lorry dog!

Back on the yard, when we’re there! We have some lovely horses in for breaking, a few youngsters in for handling and basic education, along with all the show horses to work and at some point I may get round to taking my own horse to some dressage! And I even had time for a visit from my gorgeous goddaughter!

Next week we are off to Royal Windsor Horse Show with 3 horses. This is one of my favourite shows to ride at, so fingers crossed the weather stays this nice until then!

That’s it for now, we’re just arriving at Shropshire county show ground with 3 horses ready for another busy day tomorrow….. Results next time! We are looking forward to June when

We are expecting two new baby 4 legged animals to join us!

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