BHS Members and visitors who braved the high winds, spent an enjoyable and very informative evening at Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre learning 'what the show judge is looking for'.
We were very lucky to have Anne and Alwyn Varley, fresh from judging at the South African Horse of the Year Show to give a lecture demonstration concentrating on how to show your horse. Topics covered included turn out, what tack to wear, what to wear yourself (and what not to wear!) right down to how short to cut your horse’s tail.
A big thank you to the five riders (pictured right), owners and connections who brought along their horses for us to scrutinise. The wide variety was perfect to illustrate points made by Anne and Alwyn.
Polly Clark rode section B Thistledown Copperlustre, Jake Fowles rode hunter Bournston Charlton, Sarah Hallam rode her coloured worker type Dot Dash, Harriet Lawson rode her own traditional cob Just Bill and Emma Gage her own, versatile worker Hooley. The horses (and pony) behaved impeccably, and were beautifully turned out.
Pictured left are Anne and Alwyn Varley with Jake Fowles on Bournston Charlton.
All the horses performed an individual show and then then stripped off tack for Anne and Alwyn to demonstrate how to stand up, trot up and present for the conformation stage of a show class.
Emma and Hooley did a great demonstration of how a working hunter should jump, first doing the round of rustic fences ‘show jumper’ style and then in the forward flowing style preferred by working hunter judges.
After taking a wide variety of questions from the audience, Alwyn asked the audience to vote for the horses on their performance on the night to find an overall ‘champion’.
The winner was unanimously Just Bill the traditional cob, who had not put a foot wrong all night.
Thank you to Anne and Alwyn for coming and giving us the benefit of their knowledge and experience.