On Friday 18 March, I woke up at about 5.00am for a very big and exciting day. I was lucky enough to be able to take a day off school to go to a horse competition called a ‘Ribbon Day’ at the Clevedon Showgrounds. When I woke up I had a shower and got ready in my cream jodhpurs and my St Cuthbert’s Equestrian show top that is dark green and long sleeved. After I got ready I had my breakfast and set off for the amazing experience.
We drove to our parking spot and off loaded Rome onto the gravel ground. I brushed him again as he got dirty in the float, I also cleaned and oiled his hooves. I tacked up with the white St Cuthbert’s saddle blanket and my brown saddle. Once I finished tacking up, I leaped on and rode away to the dressage arena.
My class was Novice and there were approximately 25-30 people. We all lined up and the judge asked for my horse and my name and judged us on how our horses were brushed and looked. The judge did that to all of the people in my class and then called out 1st, 2nd, 3rd, I waited, crossing my fingers, and then I heard…
“Third Albertine Hand on Rome”
I couldn’t stop smiling as she put the shiny new ribbon around Rome’s neck. I had to ride back to my mum and hand in the ribbon. Our next class was jumping I had a feeling I would get a ribbon in this class. We were allowed to have a warm up on some crosses and oxers, so I took the opportunity to practice them. When I practiced I wasn’t going fast enough to the jump and fell off as Rome leaped a bit high. I jumped back on trying not to cry and then it was time for the real thing. We had to go individually into the arena to jump. When it was my turn I strode into the arena trying to impress the judge. I looked towards the course and went for it.I cantered towards the first jump and leaped over it perfectly and did the same for all.
I was so proud of myself. I got 2 ribbons for jumping. I thought to myself that I have never done a Ribbon Day before and I had received four ribbons. Once our last class was over I was laughing to myself as I loaded Rome back onto the float. I gave Rome a very big kiss and cuddle before I shut the door behind him. I slowly hopped into the car as my legs were very sore. The whole car ride back I was fast asleep. What a perfect way to end the best day of my life.
By Albertine Hand 8WLS