On the very wettest of days
"This place is a shit-ing shithole" - Overheard from a frustrated and rather wet trainer who proceeded to stamp through knee deep puddles, in a manner similar to a pissed off toddler!
On the long days
"The only thing I like about this place is that this is second time I've pressed E3 and it's given me two Yorkies" - Overheard from a desperately hungry and sugar starved boyfriend at a three day show in a very wet April.
On the eventing days
"She doesn't want to fall off, she doesn't want to waste an air canister" - Overheard in response to a rider desperately clinging on to their horse after taking a flyer at a fence and trying not to hit the deck.
On the bad days
Shouting "NO" to your horse, and then in a whisper "Why did you do it? We talked about this!" - Overheard in response to any silly behaviour which you really wish your horse wouldn't do in public!
On the hot days
"Water is good for you, why won't you drink for me!" - A regular comment overheard when your horse decides the water out of the container that came from home isn't the same as the stuff that it actually AT home.
On the showjumping days
From affiliated competitions where you overhear "This collecting ring is a bit scary..."
To the unaffiliated days where you overhear "I can't cope with the faffing in this collecting ring". The particularly appropriate response to this was, "I think you've done too much showjumping." - Guilty as charged on that one I'm afraid!
On nearly every show and training day
"Don't just sit there!" - Overheard from nearly every trainer. Words nearly every rider has had shouted at them at some point I'm sure, particularly when nerves get the better of you.
On days where the tack shop has a sale
Person 1 - "Do you really need more <insert any horsey item>?"
Person 2 - "Well no, but it's on sale!!" - Overheard on a regular basis, usually related to some superfluous item of tack. Most commonly when you're trying to buy rugs you don't really need!
On days when the pony classes are on
"She's ten and she's making that course look like sticks on the floor. Why the hell can't I do that?" - Overheard from depressed adults who realise these kids are always going smash us when it comes to guts and speed!
On days when the non horsey family come to watch
"I'm surprised, I thought everyone would be really stuffy and posh"
Oh the irony. Us equestrians are muddy, smelly, sweaty and dirty most of the time, that is apart from the few moments when we are in the ring and then we gleam.
On all days
Exclamations of love and delight followed up with loud wet sloppy kisses and lots of hugs. Words being shouted out or whispered softly by so many riders as they exit the ring or untack at the lorry. Despite all the heartache and disasters these wonderful animals are simply fabulous in every way.
As it says on the tin, this is a personal blog about the journey Archie and I are taking in discovering the world of eventing. Archie is a 6 year old Irish gelding, and I am a 26 year old horse addict. I didn’t grow up in a family with horses, and Archie was the first horse I ever owned, having loaned for over 20 years. I hope that we can show other riders who perhaps don’t feel that they can achieve their dreams, that anything is possible!