On Saturday 30th August we decided to make the journey down to Bridgewater Somerset to attend the British Miniature Horse Society (BMHS) Show. With a section for shetland ponies, I’m sure it will become popular in the future. The venue was good and the organizers were welcoming.
As usual, we endured the early start, although as the day progressed it became clear that there was no need to rush, we could have spent an extra hour in bed! Our judge Mrs Cozen-Cook unfortunately had a breakdown on the motorway which set the start time back by one hour. Ah well, more time for croissants and tea in the lorry.
First to go was Snelsmore Jasper who had an unlucky second place. Snelsmore Madonna followed and upped her game, achieving one better by winning the mare class. Snelsmore Oasis was next and performed well but on this occasion could only gain a third place rosette.
Oasis then had to sit back and watch as it was the turn off her little brother, Snelsmore Pinocchio, to have his first show experience. With an unsure exit from the lorry, it didn’t take long for his confidence to grow and let every to know he had arrived in the collecting ring; the shy little 28” boy suddenly became a big man, thinking he could take on all the black standard ponies in one go. With still plenty to say for himself, he entered the ring to show off his skills and although a little naughty, his presence and personality shone through and earned him his first red rosette.
Finally having given Snelsmore Quick Silver some more time to mature, we felt the time was right for him to come back to the show ring. His experience as a foal was obvious and he was better behaved than his mate Pinocchio; thank goodness! I think two naughty boys would have been too much for everybody. He went on to show that you don’t need to be loud to get a first place and I was delighted to see our patience with him had paid off.
As the age classes had come to the end, all that was left for us was the championships. Madonna took to the stage first and was chosen as the judge’s Reserve Senior Champion while little Pinocchio transformed his first red rosette into his first Reserve Junior Championship. What a day for the little boy with a loud voice!
On the way home we couldn’t stop smiling about Pinocchio’s first outing, A small boy with a big attitude; he must have been so exhausted by the end of the day but he definitely enjoyed himself and I’m sure he will be back for some more in the future.