What a brilliant day I had yesterday at Kent County Show which was celebrating 100 years of existence. My youngest daughter and I were on volunteering duty for The British Horse Society who had a stand in the equine village.
There was fabulous classical dressage to music on display from White Horse Equestrian (see photo of Hero who was magnificent and beautifully ridden) and educational natural horsemanship from Wayne Bushnell. Thought provoking. Traditional showing classes abounded with qualifiers and some beautiful therapy mini ponies and even a real unicorn.........
I'm hopeful we can do something next year with some of our Kent riders (following our November workshop) and would love to have a presence at County Shows across the country as our coaches develop their strength in their regions.
The show is buzzy and exciting with plenty of non-equestrian activities and displays so it's quite a big ask for a horse or pony to cope with all that. The logistics of getting in and out are also a challenge so also a consideration for anyone transporting horses. But what a show it was! I have been going intermittently since I was 18 months old my Grandma reminded me at the weekend.
We watched a little bit of showjumping in the Astor Ring before heading home with the water jump causing lots of ooohs and aahhhs from the Grandstand.
Roll on 2024!