THE BE VOLUNTEER – The volunteering adventure rolled on…

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!

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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.

IMG_6314Andy & 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 IMG_6317
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!

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