My Horsey Days of 2012

Over the last year or so I have taken quite a few photographs of horses and pony’s and of course the people who dare ride them. In particular, I was introduced to the guys of EDRC (Epworth and District Riding Club) By Kath, Nikki and Julie I thought it was something different to photograph and went along mainly to support my wife Julie and her loverboy Lightening.

I have to admit, for someone who loves first and foremost my motorbikes ( loud manly things) I was surprised to find I actually liked watching the events. Pretty soon I saw the special Dressage eventing and realised it to be a beautiful thing to watch, quietly hoping the guys didn’t put a foot wrong as they traversed the square and criss crossing the markers in a secret sequence, from trot to walk to shimi then onto tip toe. Honest! You have to see it to belive it. Did you get as wrapped up in it as I did when the Olympics was on down there in Greenwich?

The Gymkana games are soooo much fun to watch even if some of the osses get a but confused and go running off round the field as a particular grey kept doing much to my amusement recently It not just for fearless little girlies on giddy pony’s, Oh no, some elegant haughty looking horses found Gymkana right up their street much to the surprise of Mrs Bumble Bee for example! Some comical looking black and white “hairy mary’s” hurried their way round the poles like nobody’s business, urging them on sat ladies who should know better at their age as they whooped and laughed having the time of their lives with their best pals! 

The X-Country event is the most exciting event for the most fearless of fearless riders especially the pairs competition.  If I fell of my motorbike just once I would lay there and say bugger it! But to see youngsters getting dumped on the floor THEN get back on the same lunatic horse to attempt the same jump again, Then burst into tears because the judges have to disqualify them. The poor lasses are so distraught at not having the chance to carry on. Now THATS Hard Core in my book.

This past 18 months I have spent a couple of Saturdays with Julie Kath and Nikki mainly with the Epworth and District Riding Club EDRC. The club consists mostly of ladies with a sparse sprinkling of chaps. I also attended The Burton Hunter Trial in Lincolnshire, to us that have no idea this is racing around the countryside on a set course leaping over sturdy fences made from logs, tyres and the occasional plastic pole, galloping up hill and down dale, through woods and over meadows. Great to see and you can actually get up close as they go round…Just dont get in the way! I also had a day with Julie in Clumber Park, they had a  couple of courses of varying length and difficulty which meant there was something for everyone.

Look with me at these photographs from the last year or so. The first is a black and white photo from the Clumber Park hack.

 I don’t know who these guys are but thought it made a nice photograph, all that’s missing is the green tights and the Sherrif of Nottingham‘s men on their heels. 

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 Next shows a Dressage event at the Epworth Showground, it had been raining every day the previous week, thankfully The ground had dried out enough.

 A X-Country pair thunder through the “Horse Shoe” during the X-Country competition earlier this summer.

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The next four photos were taken at The Burton Hunter Trial near Scampton in Linc’s…

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Above are a group are from Simms Hill and the Epworth Showground including the large “Fully armoured and ready to jump anything” photo above…

 

 

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A collection of Dressage..Gymkana…X-Country training and a cold windy day!

Hey photoman take my photo! I look pretty cool paddling like this dont you think?

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More fun at Simms Hill.

Ive lost my mother!

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Slow down its only a practice!!!

 

 

 

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I think thats just about it from EDRC for 2012. Some horses and Ponys have moved on like Chance and Blue and new guys are joining the fun like the young grey from Ireland. The poles have been gathered and locked away safe until next year. I cant wait for Spring 2013 to come already because the roads are getting bad now for me and motorbike with mud, grease and frosty conditions,  In fact I had a “bit of a moment” a few days ago near Snaith, farmers were transporting turnips from one field to the next the road was covered in mud and a bend with a bridge was coming up. So yes bring on Spring!

 

I often pass this little man on the way to an EDRC event. He lives just down the road from Simms Hill, near the five lane mini roundabout on the left going towards Hatfield.

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Winter is on its way now so its time for extra coats and extra carrots. Life goes a bit quieter for most of us. At our house the daily routine with Lightening Barney and Rio go on with training, rideouts, poopa scooping, new shoes and eating carrots, lots of them.

 

 

 

 

 

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Barney and Blue having fun running around in last years snows. I wonder if it will be as deep this winter? Oh well we will just have to wait and see. I will see you all again in the new year, bye for now!

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