Team Ross – out on the road again!October 2, 2020 9:55 am
Posted in General, Jayne Ross, News
After the strangest of summers, it has been good to get back out to a couple of shows and catch up with friends that we haven’t seen for such a long time!
An excited “Team Ross” set off to Loraine Homer’s show at Dallas Burston on the 5th August. It was great to get our novices and new combinations out.
My husband, Alan’s horse, Bloomfield Greystones, started the day off winning the Novice MW/HW class and going Reserve Champion, making his owner very proud!
In the pony ring, the young riders were out with Alice Homer taking the Intermediate championship on Kay Campbell’s Casino, Ciara Mullen won the Intermediate Show Hunter on Sarah Harper’s Wall Street and Lydia Trice came 3rd on her Mother, Vicky, and sister, Imogen’s Ballinasmeeda in their first class together.
Zoe Tennant had a lovely spin in her first ride since HOYS, on King Boy, Polly Coles was 3rd in the HW with Debbie Harrod’s Bloomfield Aristocratic.
I was delighted with Hayley Hyde Andrews and Brian Edwards baby cob, Bombardier, who won the Novice Cob and took the Cob championship. Jill Marsden’s baby, Cashmere Aventus, was in the ring for the first time in 11 months and took 2nd in the Novice Riding Horse, whilst Imogen Trice took 3rd on Ballinasmeeda.
To finish the day, Dartan’s Valentine won the Novice Hack and Reserve Champion for Diane Stennett, whilst Bella Malim’s Ward Union won the Preliminary Novice WH with Olivia Minihane.
It was great to get the horses out and continue their education and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves at this fantastic venue.
Then came a shock to our systems! We had a 2am start to the National Showing Championship on Saturday, 15th August, held at the Arena UK in Lincolnshire. Now, while this is completely normal in the usual run of things, we are rather out of practice given recent circumstances.
We took 5 horses and again everyone had a great outing. It is invaluable to be able to get the horses into the ring and have some really useful feedback; some of them have only really been working at home so it’s a welcome change.
Debbie Harrod’s beautiful 4-year-old KBF Paved with Stars had his first outing and although being very green was extremely well behaved. He was 4th in the Hunter class but this was not so much about placing, more about experience and seeing how he coped. The Arena UK is an ideal venue because it is large, quiet and the going is good – perfect for his first ring experience.
I rode Alan’s horse, Bloomfield Greystones who won the Novice HW. Although he is a MW horse, he goes into the Novice HW as it is split into Smalls and LW or MW and HW together. He is an absolutely charming horse that Alan hacks out at home. That was then my rides over for the day.
We then had three owner ridden horses, the first of which was Harbourmaster owned by Charlotte Clark and her parents. It was Charlotte’s first time out with him in the Novice LW Hunter class and they had a lovely time with no pressure.
Polly Coles rode Bloomfield Aristocratic in the HW Hunter class and came second. It was a great outing for this big 5-year-old as he needs a bit more mileage on the clock. It’s very early days for Polly on Bloomfield Aristocratic as she has only sat on him a couple of times and is looking forward to cementing the partnership before next season
Finally, Zoe Tennant rode King Boy in the Small Hunter class. He is a 10-year-old horse who knows his job. Zoe has leased him for the season to give her more experience and to have a bit of fun on because she has bought a lovely young horse for next year.
A great time was had by all, with valuable experience for horses and riders alike and although it was an early start it was a thoroughly worthwhile day.
Both venues have really got their COVID-19 protective measures well organised, making us all feel safe and secure. It is amazing how quickly these things become the “norm”, but we must all ensure we are still on the ball and don’t let our guard down.
Next weekend is going to be no mean feat as we are out again, taking 14 horses to Dallas Burston – we are going to be very busy. As well as me riding there will be the girls from the yard and owners so it will take a big team to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day – we have 4 lorries and a lot of kit going.
We are trying to get as many horses out to shows while we can but as there are a limited number of shows we are making hay while the sun shines! As I always say with great teamwork and precision organisation, go a long way towards being successful.