Dory spent most of the winter exploring the paddock annoying my other ponies, Lily and Billy, whilst also coming to terms with the fact that Hetty, the dog, loves to lick her on the nose and steal carrots from her feed bowl!
Dory’s now attended two shows, first throwing her in the deep end just a week after picking her up and most recently last month! So far, she’s behaved like a total pro winning her class at both events. But what do the next few months have in store?
So, what happened last month?
I had a spontaneous moment of madness deciding to take Dory, who currently resembles a small woolly mammoth, to her second show. With help from my sister, Jess, we carefully loaded her into the horsebox and made the hour or so journey to Onley Grounds Equestrian Complex.
Dory travelled well and arrived a happy, calm pony. Our first hurdle arose during unloading having parked between two enormous lake like puddles. Dory slowly edged her way down the ramp, only to moonwalk straight back in at the sight of water! With some gentle persuasion, and a lot of pushing from Jess, she jumped the puddles, and we made our way into the arena for our class.
Dory behaved beautifully; paying no attention to the loud speakers, or the ridden ponies in the next ring, she won her first class. We then entered the In-Hand Championship against older, more mature ponies. To my surprise, Dory was called forward as reserve champion, beaten only by a lovely seven-year-old Connemara pony.
What might Spring have in store for Dory?
I now have a big decision to make – should I enter The Royal Windsor Horse Show? With entries closing at the end of March I need to decide very soon! I’ve got all sorts of questions going around in my head; will Dory have a Summer coat by mid-May, will she suddenly have a growth spurt and look awful, can she cope with the potentially overwhelming atmosphere of the Royal Windsor, and can I even have the day off work?
For now, it’s back to hiding carrots from Hetty, and pestering the other pair!
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