On 7th July 2019, we returned to the fabulous Tismans House by kind permission of Stephie and David Trafford for our annual Open Show.
Our judge for the day was Mike King and our ring steward once again was Will Leslie. The slightly damp morning started with the Pleasure, Novice Horse and Exercise Vehicles classes. The good number of entries forward were all of a very high standard.
Topping the Pleasure class with 7 entries forward was Sue Vella with her lovely coloured horse Ardnacoille Lady who performed the required tasks perfectly. The Novice horse class had 5 entries forward with Josie Randall taking the red rosette with her Welsh palomino pony Leyeswick Farvie’s Boy.
The Exercise class was won by Gemma Moody driving her hackney pony Baldaris Hanky Tankgirl who also took the Morning Championship with Jose Randall Reserve.
Hope Nebbeling driving Stylegate, The Pinnacle took the Osborne 4-wheel Exercise Vehicle Qualifier and Jamie Kelvey driving Ammeg Angharah the 2-wheel qualifier.
During the lunch break for our judge and stewards the mini Concours Drive took place. Competitors left the far end of the lorry park for a lovely drive down the tree lined driveway to Tismans House. Our judge Stephie Trafford along with her guest had a difficult task to award first place for a Non-Traditional vehicle and a Traditional vehicle. The winners were Lara Heath driving Beros Jack The Lad and Stephen Tubb driving Bertie Independence Warror.
The afternoon kicked off with the Mountain & Moorland class with 4 entries forward. The winner was Nikki Anderson driving her own Ammeg Angharah. The 2 Welsh Osborne Qualifiers were awarded to Josie Randall and Natalie Wilson driving Margaret. The final classes were the World & Rare Breeds class and the Open Private driving, these were won by Sue Nebbeling with her hackney pony Luddington Wirlwind and Stephen Tubb with Bertie Independence Warror.
Stephen Tubb was our Afternoon Champion and Nikki Anderson was Reserve.
This years show once again included the ever popular Trec drive organised by Caroline Court which was well supported with 9 entries. Competitors completed an off-road drive around Tismans Farm which was timed at a steady Trec pace. On their return each competitor was required to complete 4 tasks to their best ability. The final task needed the Backstepper to be quite nimble and limbo under a jump!
The Trec winners were Helen Bridges in the ‘unders’ and Jeanne Taylor in the ‘overs’ section.
Thanks to all those that made the day a success, including the guinea fowl shepardess.