Thursday we went to the Quorn Hunt fun ride at Blackhill Farm which is just down the road from us, it was very well supported with over 100 people out. I took Caroline Sheffield's Tex, Mum on Darcy and Cherise on George. Darcy took it all in her stride, George and Tex both thought it was quite exciting as we set off but their were so many horses and a lot that were a bit unruly which I think wound them up a bit but by the time we trotted round the first field they both felt like pros. All three jumped brilliantly and we all had a great time, so a big thank you to everyone who makes so much effort to organise these events.
By 6am the next morning Mum and I were on a plane to Ireland for our first trip to Goresbridge Sports Sales near Kilkenny. So many people have said that if you have the opportunity you must go and see it, this is one on their biggest sales of the year it is a seven day sale and there are over 200 horses being sold every day. On the friday it was horses aged 5 years and over, there was every sort of horse imaginable, it was certainly very interesting, we saw a few we liked but a lot were crossed off as with that many to choose from you can be very picky, some are to big/small, some have lots of lumps and bumps or don't move or jump well enough as you get to see them all being ridden and in the stables. Just near the end of the day when we had decided we would probably wait till the Saturday for the 4 year olds a few nice ones came through two in particular, the first went for a bit much but the second didn't reach her reserve and we were a bit slow bidding as this was our first time, but we managed to buy her outside which is fine as long as it still goes through the books, if you do it with out telling them you are banned from the sales for life! So we bought a lovely 5yr old grey Mare by Womanizer (Dutch) out of a mare by Rantis Diamond (ID/TB)called Rogey. She was transported over night and arrived on Saturday morning, she settled straight in, I gave her a quick sit on this morning and she seemed to have a brilliant attitude and gave me a great feel, then she went out and it was like she has always lived with us.