We were having one of those family chats that involve a discussion about our showing memories.
This led us to when my daughters, Daisy and Flossie took part in classes at our local agricultural show, the Walls Show. In 2005, to be precise.
Daisy did various riding and in-hand classes with Iacs, her trusty Icelandic steed.
The judge was Bjørn Roar Larsen who was visiting from Norway.
Of course, he loved Iacs (and Daisy).
The pair of them walked off with a variety of red rosettes from each class.
But when it came to the Overall Championship, however, Daisy and Iacs were Reserve. She turned the wrong way with Iacs in hand. A silly mistake but it happens to us all.
Anyway, this was the first proper time we met Bjørn Roar Larsen and after the classes were over, we let him ride Iacs in the carpark for fun.
The rest, as we say, is history.
Meanwhile, in the Shetland pony ring, Flossie was having her own success as Junior Handler (under 13) leading Fivla. I would love to say she wiped the floor with the opposition but actually she was the only one in the class. But, as we told her, they didn’t have to place her or give her the trophy, which is almost bigger than she is.
Note: the pigtails. They were a fashion statement but apparently “not by choice”, according to Flossie.
We still have both showing tweed jackets and they fit both Flossie and Daisy now. I bought large and sewed the cuffs up to make them shorter! Thirteen years later, they are worn at shows!
going strong and Daisy rides him almost every day. He is 23 yo.