Well what a fantastic day we all had yesterday :-D The Berkshire Horse Agility Competition Day was a resounding success, with entries in 6 classes: Starter, Liberty, Open, Long Reining, Pairs and Equagility! The venue was fabulous, the weather was lovely and lots of happy, smiling faces on both humans and horses :-) Congratulations to all who took part, everyone was a winner :-)
The new IHAC course is out for May and the Flower Arch has made a re-appearance. Since the ponies are prone to believing that anything I put out must be for them....
This was a new obstacle for me last year: I didn't want to use plants that the ponies would like to eat and, obviously, I also didn't want to use anything that could harm them. In the end, I decided to try using rocket (spicy salad leaf) thinking that they wouldn't like the taste but that it equally wouldn't harm them. Of course, Fat Pony had to try it.... but, I thought to myself, "well, he won't try it more than once, surely"....... Suffice to say, the Arch ended up rather bare, so it was lucky that no actual points were awarded or taken away for amount of flowers on the arch!
This year, I've decided to use plastic flowers!
I started Horse Agility as a way of making groundwork more fun. It was something I could do with my semi-retired old boy and his small, cheeky, pony companion. What amazed me was how much it improved the ponies' general confidence in the process. I compete at Advanced 1 star level on line and at liberty.