My First Horse show

Having a fascination with horses from such a young age and being unable to do much about it makes me feel like I have a lot of catching up to do. Yesterday, my mum, Bailey and I went along to a horse Show at Rochdale Riding club’s ground which is about 15 minutes drive away from us. My dad dropped us and we met my mum’s friend whom’s daughter has a beautiful horse. She was showing him in two classes but before she did I got to pet him and chat a little to her and her mum. I quickly realised that I couldn’t imagine many other places I’d rather be than out doors at a horse event with my pup at my side. It’s funny, many horse owners also seem to be dog owners too. I guess that’s why horse and hound is such a popular magazine subscription here in the UK. It poured for a little while so Bailey and I took shelter in the trailer; another first for me yesterday, being inside a horse trailer. I know for most this is probably no big deal but to have dreamed of such things for years and suddenly those things becoming reality is a nice feeling. We walked down to the practice ring where the horses warm up and chatted a little about cost of upkeep. I knew horses cost but was pleasantly surprised about some of the costs they can incur. I didn’t really have an idea about any cost, just assumed it was a lot of money but it seems if you find the right food provider and hay dealer with a good stable that doesn’t cost through the nose, your day to day are pretty reasonable. Now, vets and farriers are another issue I don’t doubt. We watched the first of the classes the young lady we know was competing in and only waited a short while to watch the second. The sun had appeared by this point and mum and I said goodbye to our friends and then watched a little bit of the show jumping. Mum used to show jump with her horse as a youngster and I love watching show jumping on TV so it was an awesome experience to stand ringside and hear the hooves and the commentator’s announcements of scoring, which I understand perfectly on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Even with the rain, my first experience at a horse show only confirmed to me that I want to be a real part of the equestrian world and hope nothing will hold me back from achieving those dreams too. Thanks for reading, Marie


I am 29 and feel like I have more blogs than I care to think about. That's where Life without sight has come into it. I finally have grown up and stepped into the hosting world. Lets see how this goes :)

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  1. You’ve brought back some memories! I still remember watching girls sitting on ponies at the ring side. My only ambition was to be able to do that!

    I never considered I’d make a career out of it nor write about it. As my friend always says “There’s nothing you can’t do” It might not be the best English grammar but he has a point.

    I look forward to next year when it’s you and your horse going to your first show. Olympics here we come?!


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