Our usual early morning began with Bisto, Al and Mystique at the Bradbourne equine beauty parlour. Toby was having his hair done at home by Gilly.

Al had stepped in last minute after we very sadly lost Polly and then Finn had to withdraw because of a sunburnt muzzle. Prior to the competition, Katherine, our Polly rider, had had just two rides on Al, and Charlotte and Samantha had come on a Sunday to sit on him once.

Evelyn was on tail plaiting, while Jenna, Kate and Nikki tended to manes. Others were getting the lorry and trailer ready and finally getting horses booted and bandaged, ready to travel.

As always one of the first groups to arrive after a reasonable journey, we got Kate on Bisto and Nikki on Al to warm them up and make sure they were going to behave beautifully, which they both did.

We mounted our first riders, Libby and Katherine, and soon were off to Arena 1. Ponies and riders were well behaved and rode very good tests, both at Hickstead for the first time.

From there on, it was the usual whirlwind of dismounting, mounting, warming up and off to different arenas. Beth rode Toby in a first test for both and did very well in a large class.

Charlotte rode Al, as did Samantha, and Harry rode Bisto in Harry’s first appearance at Hickstead. Isobel rode a Grade III test on Lady, a horse she rides on weekends, while Jacky came to Hickstead with Mystique this year, a horse belonging to Madeleine Kasch and loaned to Jacky.

We were very proud of all of our horses and riders, and Jacky, Isobel and Charlotte have qualified for the National Championships at Hartpury on July 14.

An enormous thank you to everyone for their help before and on the day and to all of our riders, horses and ponies.

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