Yesterday I had my first ever Open Day. I wasn’t really sure what to
expect but around 30 people turned up and I can honestly say, I enjoyed ever
minute of it!
The afternoon started off with Shaun and I doing a spotlight – starting
with riding with contact, showing a few simple changes, and then removing the
bridle – Shaun’s simple changes were just as nice and he felt so good, I jumped
the fence I had left out for later in the spotlight. Shaun felt amazing –
really responsive and calm. When the final song came on, we danced at liberty
to ‘Into the Groove’ by Madonna – he stuck to me like glue, showed off his
passage steps and jumped the skinny fence.
After introductions, Shaun and I gave a demo on being a Helpful Horse –
he was SO helpful – I could have hugged him. We showed basic handling issues
such as vet prep, stable manners as well as being a good ridden horse. To end
the session, I introduced Hugo and we did a quick spotlight – he was a little
unconfident to start with but got better and better as we went along.
During a tea break, where my mum had produced the most amazing array of
snacks, guests came to meet Shaun and Hugo in the arena – they were both
excellent with people around them. After the break, one of my clients, Janine
Falle, did a lovely and high energy spotlight with her gorgeous Andalusian
horse Golden. I hope people were suitably inspired.
Then it was time for Hugo’s moment to shine. We did a ‘Love Liberty’
demo and he was absolutely brilliant – he never felt like leaving me and was
completely connected. To finish, Shaun came back in and my boys did brilliantly
to show a duel liberty demo. I got on Shaun bareback and bridleless and, after
warming Hugo to the task, he came with me at liberty – a truly special moment
in front of so many people.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who came, to my mum for keeping
us fed and watered, Janine for her fabulous demo, to my arena helpers and to Anna
for being amazing as usual on music. And finally, to Shaun and Hugo for being
the perfect partners – I couldn’t have done it without them.