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My British Open experience

Ok everyone I am sorry if this turns into a novel but it probably will.

So on Friday the 9th of April my Dad and I went to the British Open at about 11am. The first thing we did was going to visit all the shops and I have to say it was great I bought a good lot of stuff in total over the whole weekend visit in Birmingham. At the show I bought a new jacket that is warm but breathable so I can wear it in the summer too I then bought jean jodhpers the best of both worlds I say great jean material but no seams in the wrong places for riding in an english saddle lol I also bought a tag to attach to Dreamer's headcollar with her name on it and my dad bought one for his foal Dude. My dad also bought wellies with fur in them for the winter months and when its cold and mucky outside.

After we went around most of the shops we headed to the Parelli zone. I was really looking forward to this but my dad was a bit wary about going because he didn't really believe in it at all but by the end of it he was hooked on it. We saw different Parelli instructors from 1* instructors to 3* instructors and I got my picture taken with some of them it was great. There was a mini called Eddy, Phoinex the half Arabian and much more. They introduced all the principles of Parelli to anyone who didn't know much about it or who didn't really know if it was for their horses or not. One thing I was very impressed with was the fact that Robert Whitaker took his horse Rooney to Parelli 3* instructor James Roberts for help and Robert Whitaker is now a Parelli student himself. Who says people that do Parelli aren't at the top of their sport ehh? Rooney had problems with things being moved above his head and even putting rossettes on his head made him have a fit. By the time the Demonstration was over James was putting a tarp over Rooney's back and he was fine with it. There was also four or five savvy spotlights which were brilliantly done and they all showed off their great partnerships and rapport with their horses. After my dad saw all of this he signed me up on the day for the savvy club and there was a special offer at the show that if you were in the savvy club you could get the starter kit of the carrot stick, savvy string, 12 foot rope, and a halter in any size for forty nine pound it was great so we got it now I have all the necessary equipment for starting off in the Parelli program

We then went to watch jumping in the main ring and saw the Accumulater only a couple of people got maximum points along with a good time as well it was brill to watch they were all very very fast and great jumpers. There was also scurry driving a speed round the H factor which was basically an X factor or American Idol for horse people it was great to watch there was four finalists gladiator women on their horses, a quadrille team, knights, and a stunt show and then the audience voted on who was the best and who would go on to perform at the Horse of the Year show. Last of all was the puissance and OMG was it class it went up to 7ft tall there was only 4 rounds there can be up to five but only one person cleared the 4th round so they didn't go any higher there was 11 people to start with and in round 4 there was only 5 of them left three British, one Irish and one I think was Belgian.

It was the greatest experience of my life so far and I am lucky to have gone. Just thought I would share it with all of you.
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It sounds like you had a great time and I'm really impressed that your dad is interested and willing to learn new things. Its so nice you can share your love of horses with him. Its even better when he signs you up in the Savvy club


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Thanks Maureen Yep 20 dollars a month gets me discounts and dvds and magazines every couple of months its great already started my little Dreamer with Parelli which reminds me I need to update her thread lol
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