Monday, 6 July 2009

Eynsham Carnival

We had a lovely day on Saturday at Eynsham Carnival. We were there for a one day solo show so, as Eynsham is local to us and the show wasn't opening until midday, Rebecca, Ronan, Myself, Tinker and Alex set off bright and early in the morning - no overnight stays this time! Unfortunately, just as we arrived Ronan decided to releive himself whilst still on the lorry, and due to the angle we were parked on and the gallons he managed to produce (he must have been full to bursting!) all the stands, poles, tent, stakes, and stables were covered. There was also quite an impressive river flowing through into the hallway, under the lino and out onto the side steps - not very pleasant but very very funny! (And hooray for baby wipes!)

Having set everything up we were starting to wonder what was going on, it was getting on for midday and there was still nobody on the showground, when all of a sudden - the parade arrived! The place was instantly packed. The parade included an enormous fancy dress competition, floats decked out in crazy decorations, the Carnival Queen and her entourage, the sack race competitors (all slightly worse for wear!), and hundreds and hundreds of followers. It was a glorious sunny day and everybody seemed to have come out to enjoy the sunshine - finding a space big enough to warm the horses up turned out to be quite difficult, and we even had an audience for that! Both our shows went really well, with the huge crowds giving us lots of encouragement, which both Tinker and Ronan (and the rest of us of course!) absolutely love, it really makes all the difference!

We'd been looking forward to the Carnival as there were lots of other acts there that we knew but hadn't seen for a while, so it was really good to catch up with some old friends, as well as making new ones! Dingle Fingle and Paddy Pump Waters were there with their Clown Town Fire Watch, as well as the Sheep Show and K9 Dog Freestyle Displays. For a small show there was a lot going on! We managed to get a few photos of the day - just click here to have a look.

We've got this weekend off, but then the following weekend we'll be at the Chilterns Show for a two day duo. I'll let you know how we get on when we get back - unless we see you there!

Lots of love
Rosie xx


Helen said...

Hello Rosie, I love your blog and Ronan is adorable. I have three black Dales ponies who I am clicker training. They do all the lateral movements, and mirror me in Spanish Walk (a la Ronan!), walk to canter, etc. at liberty. I'm hoping to get to Piaffe, Passage and some High School stuff eventually. They also do some retrieving, etc.

Can I ask you a silly question? I am 52yo going on 12 and, although I have never tried vaulting I would love to try some doing some of the basics on mine. Do you think, if I got a vaulting roller, I could manage to learn how to do some basic stuff? I am very fit and healthy if not particually athletic!!!

Rosie said...

Hi Helen

It's never to late to learn! As long as you and your horse(s) trust one another anything is possible. The only problem you may encounter is getting hold of a suitable roller, but I'm sure I could help if necessary! The basics really are very basic and are usually picked up quickly - so good luck and I'd love to hear how you're getting on!

If you need any help or advice just let me know!

Helen said...

Thank you so much Rosie! I noticed today, on an old post of yours, that you used to be with the Devil's Horsemen. I am their number one fan and convinced I should have been one of them too in another life. Their base is quite near to me and I wondered if you were based near to them too? I would really love some basic vaulting lessons.

I hope you don't mind but I've put some links to your blog and website on my blog. I've also won a blogger award, which means I can award it to some other blogs too and I'm going to make yours top of my list, if that's OK with you.

Rosie said...

Hi Helen,

We're based in North Oxfordshire, about 40 miles away from Gerard's, so not too far away! If you'd ike to contact me about vaulting lesson you can email me at - I'm sure we could work something out!

As for links to the blog and website that's great - the more the merrier!