We had a practice session at RDA where the three of us and Chris went in the outdoor arena and Gillian did her best to explain what was likely to happen and what we would be required to do. Suffice to say we had a lot to learn about showing etiquette!
|Presumably not this attire though.|
It was a tiny bit stressful getting down there because I hadn't really banked on them running early, and had gone to watch Chris do his showjumping. However, we still had some warming up time before the event started properly. The showing class was a qualifier for the SEIB Search for a Star final in September so it was pretty popular, meaning it had been split into three sections. I was in the second section with Olivia. There was one pretty naughty horse in the class that Olivia and I both had to circle away from - he was winding Rolo up and I was having enough trouble keeping a nice trot as it was!
|You can tell by the face I'm pulling!|
|The giddy grin of relief!|
|With Gillian (navy top) and Katy (red top)|
|Chatting to the judges|
After our little show we had another quick chat with the judges, before returning to the line up and waiting for the decisions. I was very pleased when we were called forward to go towards the final judging. There were three others chosen from my group - a beautiful roan pony, an amazingly cute little Welsh pony with a tiny but brilliant rider, and another coloured horse.
|Chatting to the judges at the line-up after the first round. They were so friendly!|
|Posing for a photo before heading back in.|
|Boysie asking Rolo if he did good.|
|Another one with Eleanor :)|
We were also given a round plaque thing which I'm sure would make more sense to me if I'd done this kind of thing before...
|With Lottie Dronfield from RDA National.|
|A hug from Helen for me, a pat from my mum for Rolo, and generally just a rather happy scene!|