Sunday, 21 February 2010

Masterton A&P Show 2010

The sun shone on Masterton for the Annual A&P show this week and today was the turn of the Heavy Horses to strut their stuff. It was pretty hot down at the showgrounds and the flies were out in force - I have never known flies like it and the horses were NOT happy!

Meg started in the turnout class and came away with a pleasing 4th place. She had poo'd all down her legs when she entered the ring which was a bit of a shame and her feather is not particularly good this year (for some reason her spats have broken short) but she looked a picture and it was a big class so nice to be placed.

The mare class was her next class and this year she was again up against Taungatara Luscar's Joanna who, of course, being the drop dead gorgeous mare that she is, won. But, as I stood on the sidelines biting my lip, I was absolutely thrilled to see the judge award Meg second place. Meg, at three, still has a lot of growing and filling out to do so it is awesome for her to be placed so well against mares so much more mature than she is. That ribbon is probably our most rewarding to date!

Footed and walking were always going to be challenge and Meg was not placed but I was pleased with the way she walked out, when she was allowed (lots of horses in the class and some not quite as enthusiastic about going forward as our Meg meant that we would often get jammed up, forcing me to hold her back). Her feet are a great shape but quite small by comparison so this let her down in the footed class.

Meg was asked to stand by for the judging of the Championship class and was called in for re-inspection but not quite ready yet. I am more than happy to be beaten by Joanna and Hamish (Taungatara Supreme's Hamish) though and the judge commented very favorably on her. It was lovely to see Hamish out again - have not seen him for many years (since we took Debi to be bred to him). I'll always be incredibly sad that Deb lost her foal by him - I am sure it would have been an absolute cracker!

Also pleasing was to see Robbie's son, Lanarkshire Amos, do well in his classes. Again, a very young gelding up against much older horses but still able to hold his own. Awesome!

Here are a selection of photos from the day:

Meg - turnout 4th
Meg - Mare class trot
The gorgeous Joanna
Amos & Pippa

For more photos, please check out my facebook album: HERE

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