NORC Annual Show 2013



Show Report by Sue Gibb Chairperson NORC

What a great day for our 30th Annual Show. The sun was shining, the balloons and bunting were flying, and so were we!

Mr. Smith and family came to the rescue at short notice had offering us their field and what a lovely field it was.

Having the secretary's tent and refreshments in the middle of the field with the lovely old oak trees to give us and the horses some shelter, gave the show a feeling of days gone by. You could feel part of the show and see what was going on.

The day started early, the lorry park filing fast with our Peter otherwise known as Diddy rushing around to pack everyone in, he did say later in the day, his life would be much easier if we all took hamsters there would have been plenty of room!

Ring 1 ran very smoothly all day with husband Ian doing the commentary, his assistant Mel timing and falling in love with every pony and horse that went in to jump. Steward Stacey and team work hard all day long.

Ring 2 we had 11 showing classes, judged by Mrs. Jane Brabyn in the morning, she has been a judge for the NORC show encouraging the youngsters for many years now. Member Marissa thoroughly enjoyed her day being a steward.

Ring 3 Sasha Melia, judged our two Arab classes, followed by Gary Keane who is one of our long suffering NORC judges was assisted by Louisa. Then Mrs. Wingfield Digby took over with the next four classes with steward Vicki doing a grand job.

After finding that our final judge could not attend, Mr. Fielding came to the rescue to judge the last 3 classes. He left in the middle of Sunday lunch with visiting family to help us out of a tricky situation. Thank you Mr. Fielding.

Ring 4 started with the clear round organised by Lynda and family, they were very busy. In the afternoon Jacky and her team organised the fun jumping classes, including the geriatric jumping or shall we say those that have been there and done it!

Towards the end of the day when we were trying to clear up we had a lot of Mums that decided they wanted that important rosette for their offspring, so off they all went again with much shouting, banter, laughing and applauding until they achieved the clear round and all went home with their clear round rosette.

The Dressage Arena in area five ran like clockwork, 39 tests in all with steward Bronwyn in charge and Alison Ireland and Claire Forsythe doing a splendid job judging.

Throughout the day Barbara and Vicky were kept busy in the Secretary's tents not able to lift their heads from taking entries and giving out information.

The first aid lady was the only one seemed to have a quiet day with only 2 wasp stings and a headache to treat.

All in all it was a great day thanks to all our lovely members and friends that helped the day before and on the day, competitors, judges and sponsors that made this show the best ever. We could not have done it without all of you.

We finished the day 6pm early and all helpers tucked in to Fiona's mum's 30th celebration cake and a beer.

To top the week, I have had my first grandchild arrive, a little early, he already has been offered his first pony, won a "special rosette" and his parents have both got their first!!!