Gymkhana In The Rain

I set off from my house early yesterday morning, putting a fleece on as it was slightly windy but very sunny. I thought, the showers predicted for the afternoon would be just that, a shower.

Bailey and I walked to the stables, with a bottle of water at hand for the pup with his water bowl, and a bottle of lucasade for myself. Mum and sister were coming with lunch later so it was all good. I anticipated a fun day.

Once arriving, a mother of one of the girls helped me up the embankment to the benches and we sat watching them warm up the horses and parade for best turned out.

I guess I should give a little description of all the events that happened in our Gymkhana before going through the day’s events.

Best in Show

About appearance and how creative you have been with the horse’s appearance.

Dressage to Music A sequence of moves put to music.

Showing You walk, trot and canter and are judged on how well you and the horse work together. That is my belief, please correct me on any I am not completely right on.

Working Hunter

A course of jumps set up over a grass area and you are judged on how well you get the horse over the jumps.

Jockey Groom and dog I think this is just a funny game. You jump around a course while your apparent groom is running and having your dog jump over the jumps too.

Accumulator You have an allotted time to jump as many jumps in a course as possible. The more you jump successfully within the time, the more points you score.

Puissance You jump a jump and every successful jumper goes through to the next round in which the jump is highered. The last person to jump clear is the winner.

So Best in Show was first.

Then it was dressage pairs to music which was very cool. I’d attracted a little group of inquisitive girls who simply adored Bailey and were asking lots of questions about how I could do this and that being blind. It was fine with me, I’ve always maintained if people ask, I’ll answer as it helps to educate and get ride of stereotypes and prevent discrimination. Kids are great as they have no inhibitions of asking questions that adults would otherwise be afraid of asking.

Then the showing began, not all girls took part in all events. I believe they were allowed to do four classes maximum.

Once the showing was over, it was time to walk to the field where working hunter would be taking place. However, half way through showing, it started to pelt it down. Heavy shower, OK, we could deal with this. I did call mum before walking to the field and said it wouldn’t be a good idea to drag her and the nephews out as the rain didn’t seem to be stopping.

The field was starting to slip, as the ground was solid but the rain was coming down so was creating a slick surface. We got over to working hunter as they were putting up the fences. There were two groups participating and the rain kept on coming down.

One of the girls horses, as some were using their own horses, wouldn’t jump the jumps so my usual RI was running around with the horse. It was very entertaining to watch.

It was meant to be cross country after that but it was postponed due to the weather.

I was soaked but had got a hot dog from the barbecue so wasn’t too bothered mum wouldn’t be coming despite me earlier texting to ask her to bring my raincoat as they’d have the pushchairs with them. Then, I heard a voice and she handed my coat to me. I’ve never been so glad to see my dear Old mum. I stripped off my fleece and put my coat on. Thanked her and she went back to sit near the school with my sister and nephews.

Once working hunter was finished, we all traipsed back to the school to watch the Jockey, groom and dog competition . There The rain reappeared halfway through this competition. Mum announced before halfway through she was going home. I can’t say I was surprised and expected sister to go with her but she wanted to stay so I said I’d be staying to the end, sister wasn’t bothered and said she’d stay with me. So I made the decision to send Bailey home with mum. He was soaked and if my sister was staying, no point keeping him there in the rain.

So mum took the youngest nephew and Bailey home with her and sister, my older nephew and I remained to watch the rest.

I find Jockey, groom and dog so funny. The dogs are great fun to watch and it’s always a bit of a giggle.

It was accumulator next and they were split into two groups. Was a lot of fun to watch. I do like accumulator.

After accumulator was puissance, which was again split. Only the younger group were technically competing as the older girls can jump far too high. Even the younger girls were doing a great job and the jump got pretty high.

After this was games which was hilarious. In games each person rode there horse as fast as possible down the long ends of the school and back, then they had to jump off, get an apple out of a bucket of water with no hands, and lead their horses back down the school as fast as possible. First one wins.

The day went on forever, but it was flying by despite the rain and I had a lot of fun!

I went to see my RSO and say how much fun it had been when we had an interesting conversation. She said someone had been talking to her about me on Friday, I asked, oh, really? She said that they asked her if I was really blind, to which she responded I was. They then asked if she had a special horse for me that I ride and she bluntly responded that no, I ride anything and everything. I loved that attitude from her. It shows I am at the right riding school.

Once Gymkhana weekend is over, they always have a presentation night which is held on the last night of the weekend. So I went along to support everyone and had a good night. It was interesting chatting to some of the parents of the kids there who all just take it in their stride I ride there. It’s nice to not be a big deal any more. Love it! And we all had a good night and I even won on the raffle which is unheard of. Won a new pretty pink grooming kit and a body scrub. How fabulous! Loving the new grooming kit. Can’t wait to brush some horses. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to wednesday and my next ride.

Oh and here’s a little beauty for you. wanted to get more pics but was difficult. Shadow looking pretty

Thanks for reading guys, Marie

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  1. What a fab day and a cracking variety of events! I have never heard of it called a Puissance at a Gymkhana though, only ever a Chase Me Charlie (it’s an old hunting reference). The one’s at P yard were usually won at about 1m 30: impressive at they were pony-only comps (only 14.2hh and below).

    Glad to hear you enjoyed it so much despite the rain: what a gorgeous photo of Shadow too, but you knew that already πŸ˜‰

  2. Sounds amazing! The jockey, groom and dog sounds like the Horse and Hound that Sheryl and I did! πŸ˜€

  3. What a day! Shame it had to rain on your parade but it’s becoming normal this summer. Nice that you really belong there now too so you’re not the star attraction! Must be great to just go and enjoy yourself. Shadow looks a million dollars with his smart show browband. Blue really suits him. I have a question I always mean to ask you – can you tell you’re high up when you’re mounted? Strange question but the girl I used to teach had an incredible perception for how high up she was. Over to you πŸ™‚

    1. I can in a way yes. if there’s someone walking beside me, I can especially tell. And I feel higher up on Topaz than Harry say, but I have a terrible habit of misjudging when getting off Topaz especially, hence how I’ve landed on my bum a few times. But yes, walking by cars is a really good clue. I can hear where walls and cars are if there isn’t too much noise going on around. So if it’s a quiet hack or not a crazily busy road. Saturday out on Katie helped a great deal, we were dealing with traffic but not crazy amounts of it so I would move her out when we were near parked cars. Does that make sense? I don’t think it’s the same as the lady you taught perhaps.

  4. It does yes – and you’ve reminded me that she wasn’t great at getting off either! It seems to me you have a sort of sonar type thing going on – if that makes sense? So you can almost sense when things are near. It’s definitely similar – she was always great once she was up there. Thanks. Just call me nosey πŸ™‚

  5. That’s actually very fascinating. I understand what Lorraine means about the sonar thing, especially since you can feel when you’re near things like walls and it’s not the sound guiding you. It’s really interesting to hear how things are perceived when riding without sight. Thanks for that πŸ™‚ It sounds like an awesome day you had! We once had a Halloween competition at my previous RS. I did a little freestyle dressage test to All That Jazz. I’d dressed up as a devil and dressed the horse as an angel. It was pretty hilarious! I’m also like you at these things, want to stay till the end no matter how hungry cold or wet I am πŸ™‚

    1. They had dress up on the day before. Halloween they often dress the horses and kids up and go trick or treating. so much fun. Yeah, it really is like that. They call it echo location and some blind people use it instead of a dog or a cane. Guess that is what I do when I’m on the horse

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Gymkhana In The Rain

I set off from my house early yesterday morning, putting a fleece on as it was slightly windy but very sunny. I thought, the showers predicted for the afternoon would be just that, a shower.

Bailey and I walked to the stables, with a bottle of water at hand for the pup with his water bowl, and a bottle of lucasade for myself. Mum and sister were coming with lunch later so it was all good. I anticipated a fun day.

Once arriving, a mother of one of the girls helped me up the embankment to the benches and we sat watching them warm up the horses and parade for best turned out.

I guess I should give a little description of all the events that happened in our Gymkhana before going through the day’s events.

Best in Show

About appearance and how creative you have been with the horse’s appearance.

Dressage to Music A sequence of moves put to music.

Showing You walk, trot and canter and are judged on how well you and the horse work together. That is my belief, please correct me on any I am not completely right on.

Working Hunter

A course of jumps set up over a grass area and you are judged on how well you get the horse over the jumps.

Jockey Groom and dog I think this is just a funny game. You jump around a course while your apparent groom is running and having your dog jump over the jumps too.

Accumulator You have an allotted time to jump as many jumps in a course as possible. The more you jump successfully within the time, the more points you score.

Puissance You jump a jump and every successful jumper goes through to the next round in which the jump is highered. The last person to jump clear is the winner.

So Best in Show was first.

Then it was dressage pairs to music which was very cool. I’d attracted a little group of inquisitive girls who simply adored Bailey and were asking lots of questions about how I could do this and that being blind. It was fine with me, I’ve always maintained if people ask, I’ll answer as it helps to educate and get ride of stereotypes and prevent discrimination. Kids are great as they have no inhibitions of asking questions that adults would otherwise be afraid of asking.

Then the showing began, not all girls took part in all events. I believe they were allowed to do four classes maximum.

Once the showing was over, it was time to walk to the field where working hunter would be taking place. However, half way through showing, it started to pelt it down. Heavy shower, OK, we could deal with this. I did call mum before walking to the field and said it wouldn’t be a good idea to drag her and the nephews out as the rain didn’t seem to be stopping.

The field was starting to slip, as the ground was solid but the rain was coming down so was creating a slick surface. We got over to working hunter as they were putting up the fences. There were two groups participating and the rain kept on coming down.

One of the girls horses, as some were using their own horses, wouldn’t jump the jumps so my usual RI was running around with the horse. It was very entertaining to watch.

It was meant to be cross country after that but it was postponed due to the weather.

I was soaked but had got a hot dog from the barbecue so wasn’t too bothered mum wouldn’t be coming despite me earlier texting to ask her to bring my raincoat as they’d have the pushchairs with them. Then, I heard a voice and she handed my coat to me. I’ve never been so glad to see my dear Old mum. I stripped off my fleece and put my coat on. Thanked her and she went back to sit near the school with my sister and nephews.

Once working hunter was finished, we all traipsed back to the school to watch the Jockey, groom and dog competition . There The rain reappeared halfway through this competition. Mum announced before halfway through she was going home. I can’t say I was surprised and expected sister to go with her but she wanted to stay so I said I’d be staying to the end, sister wasn’t bothered and said she’d stay with me. So I made the decision to send Bailey home with mum. He was soaked and if my sister was staying, no point keeping him there in the rain.

So mum took the youngest nephew and Bailey home with her and sister, my older nephew and I remained to watch the rest.

I find Jockey, groom and dog so funny. The dogs are great fun to watch and it’s always a bit of a giggle.

It was accumulator next and they were split into two groups. Was a lot of fun to watch. I do like accumulator.

After accumulator was puissance, which was again split. Only the younger group were technically competing as the older girls can jump far too high. Even the younger girls were doing a great job and the jump got pretty high.

After this was games which was hilarious. In games each person rode there horse as fast as possible down the long ends of the school and back, then they had to jump off, get an apple out of a bucket of water with no hands, and lead their horses back down the school as fast as possible. First one wins.

The day went on forever, but it was flying by despite the rain and I had a lot of fun!

I went to see my RSO and say how much fun it had been when we had an interesting conversation. She said someone had been talking to her about me on Friday, I asked, oh, really? She said that they asked her if I was really blind, to which she responded I was. They then asked if she had a special horse for me that I ride and she bluntly responded that no, I ride anything and everything. I loved that attitude from her. It shows I am at the right riding school.

Once Gymkhana weekend is over, they always have a presentation night which is held on the last night of the weekend. So I went along to support everyone and had a good night. It was interesting chatting to some of the parents of the kids there who all just take it in their stride I ride there. It’s nice to not be a big deal any more. Love it! And we all had a good night and I even won on the raffle which is unheard of. Won a new pretty pink grooming kit and a body scrub. How fabulous! Loving the new grooming kit. Can’t wait to brush some horses. πŸ™‚

Looking forward to wednesday and my next ride.

Oh and here’s a little beauty for you. wanted to get more pics but was difficult. Shadow looking pretty

Thanks for reading guys, Marie