Today I got to be an honorary child and join in with the children’s gymkhana games.
We had a big group of children and kept swapping ponies. That meant that not only did I get to ride a lot of different ponies – which doesn’t happen often for me these days – but my own ponies got ridden by many different riders. The children were arguing over who got to ride them – I hadn’t realised they were quite so popular!
It was a fantastic education for them – it isn’t often that they get ridden by anybody else, let alone so many within the space of a couple of hours. Plus, naturally a gymkana involves a great many scary things like flags but they both just took them all in their stride. I was so proud of them!
Cookster in particular did very well in the bucket elimination round – especially as he has not done it before. We got down to three buckets before we were knocked out and came second in the older group.
I also helped out with the younger children which for a gymkhana means lots of running up and down leading ponies. I haven’t run so far in ages!
This was also the first time in years that I have taken part in gymkana games with other people away from home. I had so much fun!