SOUTH WEST ARAB GROUP
In-Hand Showing demonstration,
and display sale of horses
By Sue Bundy
The in-hand showing seminar and display of sale horses on
the 26th march, received over 250 spectators with 21 horses
forward on the day.
Thankfully the day was sunny and the atmosphere was friendly.
It was so good to meet our friends who had been shut away
all winter, this was the start of the season, and we think
it went with a bang!
for the South West Arab Group by Sue Bundy, ably assisted
by husband John, the day couldn’t have flowed
any better with out DJ, Dave Whittard. He is a real star.
He is booked for the next event definitely.
Joanne Lowe on rules and regulations
started with an interesting talk from Joanne Lowe on rules
and regulations with regard to in-hand showing
Being an excellent speaker, she also put over the point
that show organisers should be treated with respect and courtesy,
something sadly lacking more and more today. We couldn’t
agree more Joanne.
Andrew Tonge on showing
Then Andrew Tonge came forwards, he completely
covered showing your horse from feeding, to the end animal
stood before you,
he also was quite brave, and answered many questions thrown
at him from the floor. Coping well, he carried on with two
lovely horses as his guinea pigs for the day, one being Pat
Hannays Mare, Woodlay Angelica who won last years Princess
Muna Saddle of Honour. She was displayed wearing her saddle
holds for one year; sadly she returns this at Malvern. Wayne
Walker, who is a talented handler, assisted Andrew with the
Pat Hannay & Woodlay Angelica
wake the crowds up a bit, the music became quite loud!
Dave played the Can Can…….and in trotted Magdalina,
with the athletic Caroline Reeves running in like a gazelle!
The crowds clapped and stamped their feet, the noise level
rose as this spectacular mare sailed down the long side of
the arena, her trade mark high tail carriage, and extreme
movement, moved all of us. Everyone appreciated this display
from this 19 year old mare, and we too appreciated Caroline
for going to the trouble of bringing her all the way from
Sussex just for us to see the perfect finished Arab in the
Reeves & Magdalina
those who missed the fun at the display: - See Magdalina
at Aachen click here )
to the tune of sex bomb, came Nick Arnold, he holds the
audience well, a born entertainer and more importantly
a knowledgeable man who was not afraid to share his knowledge
with the many questions and answers he coped with. He pointed
out some views from the judge’s angle, and everyone
enjoyed the chance to speak to him.
Patricia Lindsay very kindly gave a free covering to Equipunek,
one of her Pure Polish Stallions in our raffle, so she brought
him along to do a display, he was well received, and Patricia
gave a brilliant commentary while her stallion trotted out
to a some good disco music.
raffle was drawn next, and Dave Whittard again showed his
skills entertaing the crowds as he handed out the winning
tickets, the first prize being the free covering to Patricia’s
stallion. There were whoops of delight from a young girl
in the front row as she held her winning ticket.. I saw them
later being given a private showing of Equipunek. I never
found out who won the Belgian chocolates, they looked smashing.
Michael Harris gave the introduction to the start of the
sale horses, always a good speaker, he laid the way to our
first entry a very smart Crabbet mare who I understand was
sold on the day, as were four others. I have yet to get more
feed back as to how many were sold, but looking at the crowds
hanging around stables I think it was more than the four
I knew about.
have to mention the end of the day here. I had put out
over 200 chairs in the arena first thing in the morning,
I have to say by the afternoon, I was absolutely worn out,
when everyone left, the chairs loomed out at me. I knew they
had to be stacked away. A gallant ‘Team’, consisting
of, and organised by Bob Bates, included, John Howell, David
Holland and Wayne Walker, really made my day by stacking
and removing the said chairs. Thank you so much, you are
real gentlemen indeed.