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Cleveland Bays at Thame Show 31st July 2010

Report from our special correspondent, Jenny Dawson

The weather was warm and the sun was shining. The first Cleveland Bay classes to be included in the Oxfordshire County and Thame Show attracted just two horses, Jean Morgan’s mare Thomsonbrook England's Rose, and Rowena Scrimshaw’s 5 year old mare SainteLucie Celine Isolena.   Judge Emily Harbour stood in for her injured mother Sue, a casualty of large haylage bales.   The In hand class was watched by a lot of spectators, and with both horses well turned out they created a very favourable impression.   Jean’s Mare (aka Missy) won the class with Rowena’s a close second. Prizes were awarded and Jean whisked her mare away to saddle up and warm up for the Ridden section.   Unfortunately, Missy was the only contender as Celine is still at the early stages in ridden training.  A lovely showing and a ride by the Judge affirmed the Mares potential, I hope with many of the spectators impressed by the Mares temperament and stunning presentation.

       A Central Horse News reporter took details after the class with photos and a short report due in the September issue of the magazine.

       So all in all, a lovely show, lots to see. In terms of organisation, with the horsebox park being right by the rings and the circus and noisy ‘scary’ things being on the other side of the show, there was a lovely calm atmosphere to the horse rings. (Except the Trade Wagons rolling past just before the class!)   A Big thank you to the Organisers and stewards who kept things running smoothly.   Several other classes were not as well attended as the organisers would have liked, with the clash of both the Royal International at Hickstead and the New Forest show, there was a nice local feel to the show.

       I am determined to bring my Mare next year (As some of you know I have recently backed her and hope her to be a future star) along with many others commenting that they wouldn’t mind coming along to have a go at the class.    So, mark 30th July 2011 in your diary and let’s hope for a bumper lot of Clevelands at next year’s Thame Show!

Thame Show 2010