Off to a flying start

SHB GB South West inaugural show April 2019Even hurricane weather forecast conditions proved no barrier for the launch of Sport Horse Breeding (GB) South West. The morning Clinics proved immensely popular delivered by showing supremo Jayne Ross, with many a top tip imparted. Awards galore – sashes and even Golden rosettes, Jayne was talent spotting for TSR during the clinics. Total Impact Equestrian Show & Sporthorse Kit brought along their exclusive range of show bridles for Hacks Cobs Riding Horses Hunters designed by Jayne, plus a range of products with some giveaway goodies to make your horse dazzle in the ring.

Quality youngstock In-hand competitors braced themselves, yet enjoyed the bright sunshine with horses’ coats gleaming. Later, hunters, sport horses, cobs and side saddle competitors, some having progressed from the Clinic, were forward for the ridden classes in the main ring.

‘Having got here safely, our job was to ensure people and horses had a good time. Indications from feedback filtering through is that they did have fun, which is great.’ Comments Yvette James, ‘Fabulous Bicton Arena is a relatively sheltered spot and we were holding flat classes on the surfaces, with no jumps to keep up in blustery conditions. Horses behaved impeccably despite the odd stray hat and billowing marquee causing just the occasional spook. We are encouraged by our kind sponsors, keen competitors and determined team to run more clinics and events in the region.’

‘We wish our competitors luck at up-coming County Shows for which the day today provided a good pre outing and practice run. We were especially glad to welcome newcomers to the ‘sport’ of showing. And we hope to see those who could and those who could not make it today, at our next event’’

Founder of the section Charles Upham made every effort to chat to as many people as possible, darting between rings and marquee “Who’d have thought when I came up with the idea that blowing the cob webs away and coming out for a spin at an early spring show ahead of the county show season would be literally that! …. Our aim to encourage and promote the abundance of equine talent in the South West and to embrace the enthusiasm of both amateur and professionals alike seems to be well received. Thank you most sincerely to everyone who has come and competed and the team of people who have helped make this happen. Sponsors and stewards, judges and behind the scenes helpers…. We are so glad to see people support the event and tell us this is what they want.” said Charles, who runs the Langaller Stud near Bovey Tracey. ‘One particular lady said she enjoyed herself more than expected….not at all what she had thought showing was about! So it’s nice to know we must be doing something right!’
‘You do not have to be a member to take part in our events and all are welcome, but we were glad to sign up new local ones, even from outside the Devon, Somerset, Dorset and Cornwall geographical region. And it’s becoming widely known that thanks to our lovely supporters with baking talent, we serve Delicious Cake!’

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The official photographer’s vehicle broke down en route, but a roving photographer was despatched and pictures are available to view and purchase on line with them at their site

SHB (GB) South West aims to run yard visits, conformation clinics and social events throughout the summer culminating in an awards dinner at the end of the season. Watch this space!