In the Saddle: Carrot cake for birthday boy

What a crazy time it has been these last few weeks with our horses. I absolutely love this time of the year. Summer is just around the corner and the competition season is well underway.

Saturday, 27th May 2017, 10:00 am
Updated Thursday, 8th June 2017, 2:30 pm

It was Sully's first ever birthday recently and what better way to celebrate than to take him out to a show. We went along to Milton Equestrian Centre where we did a few in-hand classes together. Since Sully is just a baby and still learning the ropes, I don't expect too much of him.

My main priority is that he travels safely to and back from the show. It's all a learning curve for him and about getting him out to see different places to gain experience. I really don't worry about how we do right now and we so far I've been the one with thSe youngest horse there - even in the youngstock classes.

Bearing in mind my youngster hasn't seen things such as mobile food vans with loud generators or huge parasols around the table and chairs I thought he did rather well.

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He was very full of himself but gradually settled in the Foreign Breeds class and Unusual Coloured classes.

The judge there was brilliant and told me I was very brave bringing out such a young baby horse.

I had brought my own support team and my friend Kirsty had surprised me coming over from Retford which was lovely and we all had a great morning. Sully was remarkable when a parasol smashed into the side of the ring next to him. He never batted an eyelid.

He came home with a second place and a third, qualifying for championships held later in the year across the UK.

Billie Lincoln was the talented photographer that day and I got a couple of beautiful photographs as mementos. I hope to see her again at future shows. In the meantime, well done to all my friends who were there too. I'm looking forward to our next time out.