The volunteering adventure rolled on to Belton International Horse Trials this weekend – a real milestone in the early spring calendar – the first three star, a chance to see the big boys come out to play, prep runs for Badders, a first chance to impress the new boss ahead of the Europeans later this season – there was quite a air of excitement in the air!
Another crazy early alarm call, but with all the above to look forward to, I hopped out of bed, flask filled and on the road.
Belton is another successful event hosted by Stuart & Anna Buntine, and once again their hospitality was awesome. Briefed and bacon roll in hand we headed out to our home for the day – the Elvin & Co Sheep feeders.
Andy & myself were joined this week by Venetia & Mike, fellow Bede volunteers, whom we hadn’t met properly before today – we all got on like a house on fire, and much chatting was undertaken. Volunteering really is a fab way to meet great like-minded people.
What a difference a year makes, last year we were defrosting our fences after early morning snowfall and this year it was more like ‘pass the sun-cream’ – a key reason why you pack the car for literally any weather! Clearly I didn’t use enough sun-cream as the following morning I was sporting a lovely red nose!
The sun shone and the competition was amazing – what could be better than sitting in the sunshine, being bought regular offerings of tea & cake and watching Olympians fly by?!
I love my volunteering, it really is the best way to spend a weekend. If you haven’t given it a go yet, what are you waiting for?
After the competition had ended, to let the huge crowd of spectators make their way home, we retired
back to the officials tent, where the organisers had left a magnificent chocolate cake unattended – I mean don’t they know their fence judges??? needless to say very little was left when we left the tent!
A nine out of ten for that cake.
Next week the wagon rolls onto Weston Park, see you there!