As previously mentioned, eventing is for everyone. You get the families, the farmers, the teenagers, the dedicated riding fans (sometimes with flags on their faces), the newbie riders (normally found in jodphurs), the grandparents – fancying a good day out, and those who have seen the sunshine and have decided to make a day out of something jumping something, oh and the shoppers.
Saturday, after two days of quite a bit of sunshine with a few spells of rain on the Dressage, was threatening storms – this isn’t attractive to the less dedicated to the equestrian sport. Prayers were sent up and everything was crossed…
But Saturday came and so did the rain, it didn’t storm but it did rain. It rained from the beginning of the Cross Country to just about the end. The fans were still there, screaming and cheering as per, more members badges were bought, lots of animal shaped umbrellas were revealed and dogs who had warmer looking coats than their owners… but as always.. the atmosphere remained.
As the quantity of rain and the effect of the rain grew, so did the smiles, so did the laughter and so did the happiness and atmosphere. The equestrian sport is not for the wimpy or for those who hate the mud.
More mud = more smiles. Not forgetting all the comments about how mad we all are.
All the Cross Country went ahead, all of the fun was had and most of the show jumping went ahead.
The Saturday of Bramham was yet again a huge success and definitely a day where mud managed to get even where one didn’t realise mud could or would go!!
Yours mud bathingly,