It was a tonic to get out to the first leg of the NWRC spring league at the welcoming Deane’s Equestrian, near Bruckless. A lot of competitors had a relatively long drive in some truly horrendous weather conditions. Taking a semi-high roof, long wheel base transit with a 510 trailer attached through Barnes Mor gap was an interesting experience! Safe to say the drive was worth it, with plenty of folk out to support the event and a good atmosphere all day. Our own representation was plagued by bad luck, with Francis getting knocked out of action on Thursday evening and Suzanne’s Jack pulling a shoe in the warm-up arena and trotting up lame as a result. To be fair it was a wonder the shoe was all he pulled considering the stumble he took, and Suzanne was happy enough to survive unscathed to fight another day. This left just Rachel and the ever-exuberant Merlin to fly the black and amber flag. They did their best, God bless their cotton socks, but one pole down was enough to knock them out of the jump-off won by Marie Molloy on her gorgeous connemara Dunard Melody. Mark Ward gave Marie a run for her money but the tight confines of the indoor arena didn’t suit his Wild Child. We can look forward now to the next leg in a fortnight’s time. Maybe we’ll get some more riders out and about??