OUTINGS AND EVENTS AWAY FROM THE FARM.
We purchased a horse float some years ago now and it has been useful for taking sick horses to the vet, picking up new horses and taking us all to various venues for entertainment. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy so we always look forward to outside events.
Racing At Waterlea Racetrack
These photos are from the late nineties when they held the first Family Fun Picnic Race Day. Private owners took their own horses to the track for a wild assortment of wacky races, including the Clydesdale Scamper, where, when the starter blew his whistle, some scampered and some parked up. Spindle and Clonbern were just waiting to go into the Birdcage for their first race. Clonbern has been plaited and primped and preened and is very excited to be back on the track.
The first year we took just three horses but as the years passed we took in a whole bunch, with lots of the Volunteers sharing horses over the day's races. Sparky and Clonbern were always very competitive. During that day Sparky managed to stamp on both Rod's and Karla's feet, black toe nails all round!
Waiting For The First Race
Clonbern And Spindle In The Birdcage At Waterlea Racetrack
Sparky And Clonbern Going Hell For Leather At Waterlea Racetrack
Wait For Me You Guys!
Gemini was tiny but very stocky, being Hackney pony, Clydesdale cross. Tina wanted a break from the next race and Rod hopped on for the Clydesdale Scamper. The steward gave him a handicap and made him start further back as he said he wasn't a proper Clyde. Gemini became rocket powered and tore off after the opposition. This was his first outing away from home and he was a very excited little horse, having spent the previous night at the track between Clonbern and Ellie. Rod got a lot of comments going down to the start about his horse shrinking in the wash!
Clonbern has always had front shoes on for being ridden but for the Race Day she always had all four shoes on. As soon as Rod put on her hind shoes - she KNEW she was going racing, and for the next couple of weeks she indulged herself and behaved like a thoroughly spoilt Race Horse, with bells on ! Pod, with Karen up, hadn't been back to her hometrack since she had left racing and she was on her toes from the second we all arrived there. Karen wasn't sure this was the same horse she was used to riding at home!
Are We Off Mum?
Heading Off To The Adult Riding Club For The Day. 1997
This is a big bend in the Taylor River which we trekked to on a very hot Sunday. Ellie is quite a big horse and she is in deep but little Syd has set off with gusto and literally swims rings round the other horses like a furry crocodile.
I Think My Feet Might Be Wet - In Fact Everything Except My Hat!
Heidi At The Woodbourne Christmas Party Sandy With Small Passengers
Each year at Christmas we were invited to take ponies to the Airforce base for the Airforce children to ride. Heidi, Sandy and Sergeant Pepper have all perfomed this task over the years.