May Day Show 2014

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Our Bank Holiday Monday May Day Show enjoyed fine weather for the duration and a showground atmosphere that was busy, happy and friendly. Fifteen classes - Showjumping, Riding and In-Hand - gave everyone chances to be in the ring. From young riders just starting out on the lead rein to the senior show jumper. A great turnout of competitors and spectators included high on the day entries which kept our two Secretaries Carley-Ann and Sue very busy. And, with tasty refreshments available and Tony’s Tack stall to browse, there was sustenance and shopping as well as arena action.

Adam Heitman judging the Show Jumping reported very busy classes and noted the course built by Fiona Jones presented subtle challenges. As a result, clear rounds were an achievement and jump offs were exciting. The Teams class enjoyed added prestige with a new MJD Group trophy - in memory of their founder, Michael John Dole. This was won by Anna Denton with Nancy and Rosie Dennis riding Fidget, Wrenwood Silver Fox and Alfie respectively. Their team name ‘Twin Sandwich’ will be the first on the cup roll of winners!

Similarly, the Riding Classes saw good entries. In the Working Hunter section judge Alison Window reports more correct and better turnout. She was also pleased to see returning riders benefitting from her feedback last year. While some of the jumping was bold with horses in the arena for the first time this season, riders sat well. Alison now has some more points for competitors to consider. ‘Riders should make sure their skills on the ground are capable. Running up your horse well and correctly can mean the difference in placings. And – for the benefit of horse and rider – you would not keep your seat in the saddle for the duration of a day’s hunting across country. Use your gallop display to demonstrate your ability to ride in a balanced two-point position and your horse’s capability to cover ground. Practice at home to gain the confidence to ‘go for it’ in the ring.’

Judges Danelle Reynolds & Jennifer Burdett were delighted to see enthusiasm for the In Hand classes. ‘We were particularly pleased to notice the standard and enjoyment of younger competitors. And some were in the ring for their first time. In the Lead Rein and Young Handler classes, good knowledge as well as love and care of ponies was very clearly demonstrated. Handsome Gelding and Prettiest Mare were difficult to judge with a selection of nice types in each. And, of course, beauty is in the eye of the judge on these occasions. The more formal In Hand class had smaller entries but horses and handlers were well presented and capable.’

For the first time in Mount Mascal Stables history, this show was exclusively sponsored - by locally based haulage & logistics company MJD Group Ltd. Alison & John Window we delighted to welcome Mr Stephen Dole, Managing Director and his family to spend the day at the show – enjoying hospitality and taking part in prize presentations. Alison said ‘MJD Group’s very generous support made it possible for us to award unique MJD trophies and rosettes for winners, as well as commission a beautiful new feature fence – with a super MJD Group lorry shaped filler. And, we had an actual MJD Group lorry on the showground for the day. Quite a spectacle. We are most grateful to MJD Group for their support to our equestrian community.’

Finally, thank you to everyone involved in making the show a success and, again, to our generous sponsors MJD Group Ltd. We now look forward to the rest of our summer season events. For information visit or become a Facebook friend to keep in touch and get updates.

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