The History of Horsemanship Showcase – The Horsemanship Event of The Year</span

Horsemanship Showcase - The Horsemanship Event of the Year

Ever since I was a child, horses fascinated and excited me, The Black Stallion movie triggered it and it never left, my big sister had a journey with fate, that led her to own her very own horse, Layla, a chestnut Arab, she was the first horse in our family, with some help from my Grandmother and my sister Zaiga, I was gifted my first pony, his name was Solly, he was the most perfect pony to spend time with and that is just what I did, we were best friends.

Of course horses remained in my life from that moment on, I won’t bore you with the stories, or certainly not with out a cup of tea or a glass of wine in our hands 🙂

Let’s fast forward to around 2011, by now I had been teaching Horsemanship for a couple of years and I dreamt of an event, when I say I dreamt of it, I mean just that…

I dreamt of it, like no other show I had been to, horses and people were happy, there was freedom, it was a little Christmassy, there was fun, but still educational, in my mind then, all the solutions under one roof.. whilst putting the horse first. It was progressive,, in mindset, from grand prix with no restraints, to walking a mile or ten in our horses footsteps for the rest of our time together, that part does not matter.

Of course the dream included a lot of fairy lights and shopping, but not with the restraints and stress that I had seen as a child, with the horse, just one big gang having fun with horses, whilst learning and sharing ideas, respecting each other. I thought long and hard about how this looked.

A few year’s later I shared this idea with my friend over a takeaway, she had invited me over to plan how to create something different together, so when I shared it she was a bit dismissive, I remember her words, she said ‘yeah yeah, that can come later, as she laughed and said we have a way to go first – well we certainly did! In the end we made it happen together, one year at a time.

No, I didn’t mention to Nicole that I had literally dreamt it and if she reads this, I know right now she will be laughing out loud!

Horsemanship Showcase – The Horsemanship Event of The Year is not ‘my’ event, it’s ‘our event’ it’s for EVERYONE, going in the same direction, the direction of the horse, together.

Every one of us that has been a part of it in anyway at any point over the year’s, from buying a ticket, to helping untangle fairy lights, to working all hours or all year, to the trainers preparing and presenting, inspiring, to the families at home holding the fort. Together we are united by a passion for the horse, it’s the horse that we have to thank for bringing us all together.

We have put together a collection of highlights and memories over the years – we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Larisa xx

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