Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bramble Bay Open Sports Day

On Sunday 3 of us from Albany Creek Pony club went to the Bramble Bay Open Sports day. We took Rosie, Galaxy & Angel. It was Rosie's first time at such an event so I was a bit nervous, she had been to a couple of musters with no trouble at all, but this was larger scale with approx 60 -80 horses there.
The weather in the morning wasn't great & we hoped that the rain would hold off as we were all looking forward to going. Thankfully by the time (6.30am) we arrived at the paddock the clouds were clearing & we were now in for a hot humid day.
Rosie who had been clean the day before had mud all over the show, even with her rug on. So it took me a good half hour of brushing to get her respectable again.
Narelle from BBay club kindly cam down with their float & picked up Galaxy so my good friend Cath didn't have to make 2 trips with the float. Cath wasn't riding today she had offered to judge at the event seeing as she is an instructor & then in return we know that they will help us out at our next event. It's great, the small clubs working together.
Well we arrived safe & sound. For the first time Rosie hadn't pooed in the float but promptly dumped one when she was unloaded. Less mess in the float anyway. She was a bit excited to see all the other horses, but settled down pretty quickly.
We had about half an hour to register & saddle up, & have a gear check. We are now putting sports boots on her back & front plus bell boots on the back to protect her hoof from when she injured it about a month ago. With the sporting events there were a number that involved poles so we didn't want her to hurt herself again.

Here we are at gear check. That's Rosie & I on the right, the chestnut & I am dressed in navy blue with a black helmet.
After we had all been through gear checked we met up again to wait until we were told where to go. By now Rosie was as calm as could be, not worried at all by the other horses, makes it great to take her out.
Here's the 3 of us. From left to right. 
Rosie & I, Galaxy & Jen, Angel & Sarah
We all had a great day, I was wrapped to win 5 ribbons, 
Diamond Flag - 3rd
Half Hitch - 6th
Key Hole - 4th
Trail - 5th
Zig Zag bounce - 6th
Here's a pic of Rosie & I doing the half hitch.
Jen & Gal did really well, they have one of the most competitive age groups, 17 - 25 years, in the end she came 2nd overall for her age group.
A great day all round, we even managed to win a few prizes in the raffle.
Next weekend I am riding Galaxy at Redcliffe, We are doing 1 dressage test & 1 jumping round, I really dont expect to do well here because I have done limited dressage & jumping, plus Gal is not a dressage horse, but Rosie is not ready for jumping either. Cath is riding the big fellow Rocky, can't wait to watch them in action, he is such a beautiful jumper. 

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