May Bank Hoiday Weekend

A typical English Bank Holiday, cold, grey, wet and miserable, so we had to rely on more than the weather to enjoy it.

Saturday was not so good, we did very little other than watch Wasps get beaten in the semi final of the Amlin Challenge Cup by the Cardiff Blues. It’s bad enough getting knocked out, but getting knocked out by the Welsh is really hard to swallow, and this happened one week after Wasps were pretty much eliminated from the championship play offs by Bath.

Sunday was a good day, all be it very cold and grey, we went to watch my nephew, William competing in the junior classes of the Atherstone Pony Club One Day Event. William did pretty well, This is him on Ellie who is an amazingly steady and prommising mare, she had an excellent day especially considering that she only turned five years old last week.

A one day event is made up of the same elements as a three day event except all three disciplines, The Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country all take place on the same day.

The dressage is great to watch, but not the most exciting thing to photograph.








This is followed by the Show Jumping









and finally the Cross Country








Today the three classes of the senior event were held and I spent the day fence judging on the Cross Country course. A very cold and miserable day with rain that turned into hail on several occasions, very low temperatures and a biting wind. I don’t know why I am complaining as I spent most of the day in my car overlooking a fence but when I did venture out it was really unpleasant. The good thing was knowing that there was a beef casserole bubbling away in the slow cooker for when I got home.

So dispite the weather it was a full and busy long weekend and we have another one to look forward to at the end of the month.