A fresh bag of doughnuts in hand, and aching feet, were not a good combination so we desperately needed somewhere to sit down for a while. I suggested we try for the main ring as the stands are often quieter later in the day and sure enough, we managed to find some good seats up at the back where we could rest our weary limbs and pig out on tasty food.
The Heavy Horse Turnout class was nearly finished, so we got some nice views of the teams as they trotted round the ring, chains and harnesses jingling.
It's not my favourite class as unless one horse is acting up, you can't really judge them as individuals and it can be a little boring.
All but one of the teams were Clydesdales, with one being made up of four of the gorgeous Canadian Belgians we'd seen back in the big stables earlier.
I much prefer Clydesdales in general, but you couldn't deny that they were a glorious sight; their coppery coats gleaming in the sun like new pennies.
The day was getting on, and we hadn't even had a chance to do some shopping yet, so we trudged off in search of the craft tents, in the hope of finding a bargain.
Fat chance as it turned out, no wonder the show made about £8 million from the trade stands this year, everything was bloody extortionate! 😄
One stand I do wish I'd lingered at longer though was this ceramic artist's. She made beautiful hand thrown pottery with a wildlife twist - check out the bunnies and bird stoppers on the jugs!
Tomás bought the most adorable little guinea pig sculpture from there that I wish I'd remembered to photograph as it was jut too cute!
I would have shown you a photo of an incredibly weird looking wooden table with what looked like twenty legs, but the man at the stall threw himself in front of my phone and angrily pointed at a sign I hadn't noticed that said photography was prohibited for 'copyright reasons' which seemed a bit excessive, but never mind.
If you could afford a footstool, these were incredible.
After that I was definitely footsore, and so we (well, at least I did, lol) limped back to the main ring, where to our delight we could see some jumping horses...but more of that in the last and final post!
Mini Major is up next!