Horsham and District Riding Club Open Horse Show took place in scorching sunshine at Eastlands Farm, Plummers Plain, Near Horsham this month.
It could not have been more of a contrast to last year when it was cancelled due to dreadful weather.
The good weather certainly helped attract a good crowd, but this is a show with a growing reputation for good facilities, being well organised, and with a wide variety of classes with something for everyone, so it is always a major attraction.
There were some of the best side saddle riders in the country competing in the equitation class and nearly 30 in the walk and trot dressage – many with young horses or doing their first ever show.
There were 60 other classes of dressage, showjumping and showing in seven different rings so plenty to choose from for the budding professionals to the grassroots riders.
The club thanked new Sponsors Equi-Star Horse Boxes as well as the club’s many long standing ones including Powells of Coolham, Mr & Mrs Greenwood and Bodle Bros. and also the many judges.
The ride judges rode more than 50 horses each in the heat, one ride judge who found herself jumping a fence on a naughty horse when it was not required, but still managed to laugh about it, and there were those who were complimentary about the standard of horses presented before them, which made their decisions so difficult.
Thanks particularly went to the team of HDRC volunteers who helped make the show happen, and the many competitors supported the event, and making it such a successful day.
Also LRG Photography, who covered the show.
Words by Maxine Gayler