Last Friday evening’s sociable meeting to plan for our derby show on Sunday 22 July was productive and enjoyable. Gathering first at Conways, John worked his way through a lengthy list of tasks and responsibilities until just about every detail of this major operation had been discussed and delegated. Jobs were delegated to members who weren’t present as well as those who were, so if you missed the meeting, you can probably expect a phone call.
The schedule will run in reverse order to normal, with the combined Open/Advanced Intermediate class getting things underway when the show starts at 1pm. They’ll be followed by the Intermediates and then the Intermediate & Above Speed Pairs class. Ground permitting, there’ll be 70cm clear round jumping over 6 or 8 of the fences in the main arena before the Primary class begins. The Advanced Primaries will take up the rear with the P&AP Pairs as the final class of the day.
Petra Kucklick is our dressage judge for the day so make the most of this opportunity to be assessed by one of the most constructively critical eyes in the flatwork world.
After hammering out the nuts and bolts of the show organisation, it was time to hop in the cars and visit the site. Wow!!! This Derby Show will be worth attending for the view alone! The field the Edwards family are providing for 2012 is a beautiful gently sloping mature pasture dotted with daisies, looking out over Aughnish island and on up the Swilly towards the distant Atlantic. There can hardly be a nicer Derby venue in Ireland this year.
Pictured below: Site visit to Hillsborough Farm.