Pitching up on Friday night we managed to set up the stand before heading out to a lovely restaurant with the fabulous Hi-Ho Silver Jewellery Team who had a stand at Cheltenham Races. Hi-Ho Silver has been touring the UK , European and US show circuit for a number of years now and is a very well established brand. Before embarking upon the show circuit myself I often bought beautiful bracelets and necklaces for myself and as presents from them. Many of my friends have their wildlife jewellery range. Saturday started very promptly and people flooded in from 9am, having already been queuing outside eager for the show. Many people stopped and inspected the trolley, intrigued to see a new product to the equestrian scene. Feeling the trolley across the show ground terrain they realised how lightweight, manoeuvrable and yet robust it was. Customers ranged from Scotland to Cornwall, Stud yards, Riding stables and liveries and those stabled at home. Ben Hobday’s appearance was fantastic and it showed exactly how huge the level of support for him was. Paul Tapner trained the Bristol Riding Team whilst I was on the Committee and I am so pleased his career is going from strength to strength. I spotted a mini-team-Tapner coat on his daughter, which was adorable.
I do hope you are, or will be, lucky enough to have visited Verona. It is a fabulous city, which bustles with locals who really enjoy life. There is never an empty cafe or bar. Intermingled with Â locals frantically conversing, eating and drinking in fantastic fashion is beautiful architecture. The Fiera is situated a few kilometres outside the city and draws most of Italy to its arena. Almost 60% of this show is dedicated to natural horsemanship, western riding, showing of Fresians, Paint horses, Arabas and much more. I watched an excellent Spanish riding competition also. There are demonstrations of incredible breeds and riding styles.