I always love watching the warmup ring for the jumping classes often more than the classes themselves as you can get a much better view for the most part!
The majority of those warming up were ponies, for the Mountain and Moorland Working Hunter Pony class in the ring next door but there were a few horses in there too.
This lovely grey had some faded 'bloody shoulder' markings on both sides!
The rest were mostly welshies.
This little chestnut sabino Sec A caught my eye and I later learned his name was Blackertor Burlington Bertie.
Love those dapples!
I just loved that disconnected sock!
He was super cute...
...and couldn't half jump!
There were some lovely Sec Ds too.
This guy had the typical 'welsh cob trot' down to a T.
I really liked this heavily dappled buckskin.
This bay caught my eye as well with that very clear dorsal stripe - I didn't see any other indications of dun so its probably just countershading but I thought it was a bit different!
I don't know whether it was the colouring, or the way it carried itself, but this Sec D made me think of a old style baroque horse!
I'm not sure if this was a Dales or a Fell, but it was beautiful whatever it was!
This pony had a bit of a spook at something, but just look at all that shading!
This beautiful smutty palomino had fantastic paces and a flawless jump.
Old favourite Laithehill Savannah made an appearance again - that neck and colour is so distinctive!
Suddenly a pony we hadn't noticed before came into view and wow, was he something!
At first I thought he was a Fell or Dales, like the black hairy beastie from earlier, but I overheard someone refer to him as a Highland, and you know, although its unusual for a Highland to have quite that much feather, its not unheard of! Whatever he was, he was gorgeous, and we were utterly transfixed.
EDIT: I've been informed he is a Fell, called Murthwaite Iceman.
He had a bit of a spook when one of the ponies put in a sudden stop before the jump and chucked their rider off.
|You can see the poor unfortunate kid on the left there!|
When ridden he was a very snorty and spirited creature to behold, throwing in the odd little excitable buck, and when he got closer...
...we realised they'd tucked his super long forelock into his noseband!
Next post will be the Working Hunter class itself!