Arena UK

2nd Time at Arena UK

Saturday 25th June we left home about 10.00am to take the 50 minute journey from our home in a little village called Tugby on the Leicestershire|Rutland border, to Arena UK.   I had looked on their website to see if there were any events on their calendar and as there weren't I decided to go up to build that morning for the show on the Sunday, but when we got there the place was packed with horse boxes and lots of little ponies running about with kids in their best show jackets, with Mums and Dads smartly dressed ready for the lead rein competition.  It was the BSPS Summer Show which didn't come up on the calendar on the Arena UK website as it was being run by the BSPS committee.  So rather than make a double journey we decided to stay and have a bite to eat.

By late lunchtime the weather had deteriorated and there was some very soggy people about.  By the time it was our time to build and the wings and poles had been delivered into the arena, the rain had stopped and it was quite pleasant but unfortunately half way through completing the build the rain came down like stair rods so I sent Caroline off to get a waterproof coat from the car, I said that I was OK as I didn't think I had any more waterproof gear and by the time I realised I was soaked through to the skin.  Eventually we finished the build and headed back to Uppingham for Hannah's birthday (Caroline's daughter).

The next morning we were up bright and early and heading back up the A1 to Allington.  There were only 2 ponies in the 40cm class, both with the same rider and the same little girl in the 2nd class but after that the other classes were very well attended with about 80 competitors in each class and the day went very well.  

When you are starting out like me on the course building trail, it helps to get a leg up along the way so I would like to thank Tracey Strangeways for putting me forward for this show and Lauren Humphries for allowing me to build up at Arena UK.  Thank you






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