Well Lily is definitely my 'Horse of the Year' but someone else is going to claim that title this weekend at Barstoc HOY - and in the process I'm receiving my initiation into the world of showing.
Mrs T is ringside on the grass arena watching a dance of exquisitely turned out creatures. As an eventer with no showy background, this is mesmerising. I am not even authorised to own horse makeup due to the likelihood of ending up with a horse that looks like a toddler who found mummy's lipstick. My last haphazard efforts at turning out Trooper for dressage at Wallaby Hill CCI included black hoof paint - apparently a woeful no-no with a grey horse with white feet: bugger. So this is huge.
I brought Trooper with me to keep me busy after shop hours and I like to think he's making everyone who didn't place feel better - because he's filthy. Like really really dirty (blame Summer in the nude). I actually think his tail might be brushing on the ground, which might be the only brushing its had lately. So even if you didn't get a ribbon, you definitely do not own the worst presented horse at Werribee this weekend!
Now I own a bay horse I can equip myself with a comprehensive showy kit ... I'm thinking quarter marking equipment, makeup and even white stuff for her one white sock. I also think Lily's tail is not quite world class so maybe there's call for a falsie. And its all here! But I'll call an expert before I start applying any of my loot...
Mrs Tutton x