We entered Salazar into Royal Brisbane for 2014 and the planning and preparations started months ago and boy did the lad do us proud. Handlers Bridgette Young and Louise Cooper were dedicated and powered on despite little sleep and excitement that threatened to consume the pair of them with all the show attractions and tasks needed to be completed. Thanks to Rod for getting the gooseneck into the showgrounds and back the following day to collect us all, it was a nightmare of tight lanes and wall to wall people to navigate through – I’d have not managed that task myself so hats off to Rod for agreeing to be our driver for the event.
Organising all the gear needed to show a horse is just ridiculous, but transporting all of it to a busy showground is on a level by itself and again it was hands on to carry everything into the stall and set up. Of course the show washes done in the days before were not enough as his feather required another wash on arrival, but the girls were on to this and had him looking fabulous and fluffy in no time. Sunday morning dawned and it was hands on to plait up tail and mane, tack positioned and show threads donned for Louise to lead him through for the first class at 8.30am.
To our delight he took out first in the Stallion led class but was pipped by the cheeky filly Ingleside Melinda, awarded best Shire Exhibit for EKKA 2014, Robyn was elated and proud of her little 9 month olds effort. With Zar relaxing in the stable until the afternoon we had time to check out EKKA’s delights before heading back to prepare for the ridden event.
Salazar looked magnificent, Louise put him through his paces and was delighted to take out first place at her first Royal competition, a wonderful result for all the hard work Louise has put in to prepare.
So if all our plans fall into place we hope to attend Sydney Royal and Shire National in 2015. Agistment within 30 minutes of SIEC and Royal show grounds for a stallion, transport to and around Sydney and back are the big ticket details we need to secure before getting too excited… but we’ll give it a crack so that we can hang out with a stack of shire people and their beauties that we just don’t see often enough.
But now the BIG weekend is over I can say quietly… it is so good to be home.