|Anne and Boysie looking stunning in the Countryside Challenge.|
|Trying and failing to get my right foot into the left stirrup...|
|This is a move I always have to think about carefully before including, because it always makes me black out! :)|
|Like this, except there's nowhere near enough underwater...|
Helen and I marched in together. I'd lent her my show jacket so that we both looked smart and broadly as if we might be something to do with the RAF! I even had my spare crutches with me which are blue so they match (even if they are blue with penguin print). Our marching in music was the Battle of Britain March, which is a good stirring tune. We marched in, bowed and saluted to the judges, then marched over to the barrel. At this point there was a long pause whilst the lady found my music for the routine, which then started in the middle of the piece, leading to another pause whilst it was put back to the beginning. I felt a bit of a wally standing there grinning inanely whilst waiting for the rumble of aircraft engines which heralds the beginning of 'Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines' so I was relieved when it actually started properly! Helen bunked me up very smoothly and we were away.
I mounted to knees, then went straight into prince seat. The 'waving my arms around part' here was one which I used a few times - look strong and manly and muscley for 'magnificent men' then pretend to be an aeroplane for 'their flying machines'. Unimaginative but effective! I hopped up to a needle ('impress all the ladies')...
...and then into a Y-stand ('and steal all the scenes').
After this there was a brief instrumental which gave me time to get my right foot in a loop and hook my right leg over the left handle so that I could lie back for 'fly upside down', then lift my left leg for 'with their feet in the air'. Next I came up to a sideways prince seat then down into the splits, before feigning astonishment and concern at the antics of 'those young men and the chances they take'!
Finally I stood with feet in handles (easiest way to balance!), did a bit more magnificent arm-waving and aeroplane arm-waving then, after pointing 'up-tiddly-up up' I jumped 'down-tiddly-down down'!
|Getting changed in a stable - like Jesus. Kind of...|
|I didn't even have this little madam to cuddle this year either :(|
|Horse care for beginners.|
|I am happy, just...worried as well...|
|Deep in thought on my makeshift vaulting horse...|
|Olivia collecting her rosette from Sam Orde, Chairman of RDA|
|The 'I wasn't expecting THAT!' face on being given two pretty rosettes.|