Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Jubilee weekend fun......

Very busy weekend. Only just recovering from it now......

 Started off on Saturday morning riding the horses down to Tanya's for a day of horse stuff with a bunch of kids. Got them all sorted and on various horses and ponies and did a little showjumping competition. it was warming up a bit as the morning went on, and Polo for one didn't want to play ball, tried his usual running out tricks. Fina was a bit naughty with her unfamiliar rider, Lydia, too. But the others got on with it, even Maverick after some initial titting about at the brightly coloured jumps........

The big girls, Elodie on Peter and Aurelie on Solium, did very well.....
Then we had a break for lunch and in the afternoon tackled the Equifun course, built under the trees for a bit of shade.

There were a few tricky things in there. Everyone was fine with the lasso, pick up a hoop, ride one handed round a cone without knocking the ball down, put the hoop back.

Then on to the labyrinthe, which is a bigger version of the s bend for TREC
Then the serpent, three poles raised on one side, you can jump them or weave round them if you dont want to jump
The slalom, exactly the same as for TREC
the locomotive, 3 different sized logs, so you can jump the bigger ones or step over the smallest
Then that casse-tete, a few of them clipped the hoops, every faute gets you 20 seconds added to your time
The mat de cocagne, pick up the rope, ride round the cone, put it back without dropping it, a couple of them had trouble with that too.....
and the last one was the portes, 4 sets of cones with balls on top, each closer together than the last, easy enough at walk but some of them got cocky and tried to canter it, tennis balls were flying everywhere.....

Chucked in the bridge we'd made for last year's TREC too


Elodie won with Peter, Aurelie and Solium came second, Lydia and Chester were third, Hollie & Polo fourth, Jane and Ocarina 5th and Ali came last, mainly because Mav sent balls and hoops flying when he was dancing about and not cooperating, poor Ali did much better with him during the practise!

After that, we moved a few horses around, took some home, then went to the restaurant where Gary had made us some great curries. Had a massive thunderstorm in the night so all the kids abandoned their tents and ended up in the house......

Then on Sunday we had a Jubilee party, was meant to be a street party but the weather meant we had to move it indoors. Gave the girlies their rosettes:
Had a great meal, everyone had brought something along.......had to go out half way through and help load Peter into the trailer as he was playing the others up, but apart from that everything went smoothly!



2 comments:

Martine said...

Looks like a great weekend.
I'm still not sure what the Caisse Tete is besides a head-wrecker!

Helen Barnes said...

Sorry Martine, I forgot to get any video! Basically you have 12 - 14 hoops on the ground a metre apart and you have to walk through them without touching any! Add some flappy flags in for good measure, and that the horses are not allowed to put a foot inside any of the hoops and it becomes a bit tricky.......!

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