Our local Agricultural and Horticultural Show is held each year on the second Monday in October, and is an event not to be missed.
It is, in fact, the reason that our two granddaughters Emily and Sarah plan on visiting us at this time each year.
The "Led-in" Events
Much of their holiday is spent up at Silky Oaks Stables, where they prepare for two busy days of competition in the Horse Events.
This year Sarah teamed up with AhStyk Kit-Kat, a fine looking horse, if just a little fresh! Emily was able to graduate from old Possum to use Ginger, who is a little younger.
Saturday afternoon they had the "Led-in" classes, and both horses and kids scrubbed up well to look their best!
Monday was Show Day, with a busy day of Equitation events, giving the kids a chance to show off their riding skills. Sarah and Emily are at a bit of a disadvantage, not having had the opportunity to practise and form a working relationship with their hacks throughout the year. But that did not deter them and they did really well. Especially Em, who earned herself the sash for the "Best Junior Rider!"
The girls and their cousins decided to dress up as characters from The Wizard of Oz in the Fancy Dress section, with "Ding-a-ling" playing the part of Toto!!
For the littlies, and those not so keen on the real thing, the Old Merry-go-Round was pressed into service!!