It’s been a busy few months for BedKind specialist Eleanor Lyttle with tying the knot, travelling to the Royal Windsor Horse Show and welcoming a new pony to the family!
On a blustery day in April I got married to my fiancé Jamie. As you might have guessed, it was a love of horses that brought us together. Jamie came from an eventing and racing background, and I from a showing background. Despite our mutual love for horses it was a resounding ‘NO!’ from both Jamie and my mother, when I tabled the idea of having ponies attend the wedding along with Hetty (the pup). That being said, the animals did feature in the pre-wedding photoshoot, a good compromise I feel!
It was a wonderful day surrounded by family and friends, followed by a few days away before having to return to reality, both working at the Royal International Horse Show qualifier, Jamie course building and I judging! Our proper honeymoon will have to wait until the show season has finished in October!
The Royal Windsor Horse Show
This year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show was a typically wet affair, in fact, we ended up being towed onto the showground! Once parked up we got Dory ready for her class and began the long 20-minute walk to the ring. She looked great and behaved perfectly, enjoying every second in the ring. I really couldn’t have asked any more from her. Unfortunately, she didn’t place in the top six, but we knew it was a big ask for a yearling to compete against more established two and three-year-old Highland’s. Nevertheless, we had a lovely day out, even seeing Her Majesty The Queen who was watching one of her own Highland ponies competing.
Sadly, the week after Windsor Dory had a freak accident in her field, rolling too close to the perimeter fence and catching her hind leg. Tragically she was unable to be saved. We are missing Dory more and more each day, but we are resolute knowing we did the very best for her from day one.
Having worked so hard on Lily in recent months we finally decided that showing life really wasn’t for her. She loves to be out hacking but as soon as school came into the picture she became grumpy, failing to smile in the show ring, making it difficult to compete at a top level. We managed to find her a lovely home sitting on a 2,000-acre farm where she’ll be able to hack to her hearts content!
With Lily gone I’d been keeping my eyes peeled for a ridden pony to take her place, and thankfully it wasn’t long before we spotted a seven-year-old Welsh Section C advertised locally. We went along to try him, and he fit the bill perfectly, deal done. We picked Caerddaniel Saint James, or just James, the following week. He enjoyed a lot of hacking with his previous owner, and so far, he’s been good as gold, but he’s definitely worthy of the show ring!
James’ first love in life however is eating, and it’s not just food, it’s anything he can get his hoofs on! Since his arrival he’s already gained the nickname ‘porky pig’! When he went into his new stable he was clearly disappointed by the lack of an edible bed, but his mood soon changed when he lay down on BedKind for the first time. Now it’s impossible getting him out of bed!
In the coming months James and I will get to know one another whilst showing, dabbling in dressage and even a bit of jumping, that is if I’m feeling brave enough! After our first week together, we managed a dressage win with 73%, and after the second week we secured second place at the Rutland County, only narrowly missing out on the last Royal International Horse Show qualifying place! Aside from competing, James will also be used to nanny our young Connemara, Billy, on longer hacks and out cross-country schooling.
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