By Hannah Hardy
For competitors, horse owners and enthusiasts alike, Bolesworth International is not an event to be missed. For Reaseheath it is no different and many students volunteered both as the arena party and behind the scenes to support the running of this world-class show.
As a Reaseheath undergraduate myself, I was given the amazing opportunity to gain experience by assisting the Bolesworth team; here are my top 3 moments!
- Meeting the Riders
Over the weekend we got the chance to work in Bolesworth’s Equine Learning Zone, interacting with some of the best in the industry.
A personal highlight was the meet and greet session with London 2012 Olympic riders Ben Maher and Scott Brash. People of all ages descended upon the Learning Zone as the riders talked about their horses, past experiences and future plans. Crowds of fans gathered outside of the tent for a signing and picture session with Scott Brash, and obviously, we didn’t want to miss out!
- Meeting the Public
In our mission to promote the events taking part in the Learning Zone, we were able to meet many of the public who were busy enjoying the show.
Despite the unfortunate weather conditions, spirits were high amongst everyone which encouraged the already elated atmosphere. Regardless of their equestrian background, this show seems to bring together horse enthusiasts from all over the world and, having had the opportunity to speak to a number of spectators, it was proving to be a highlight of their year.
- The Competition
From novelty classes to the Grand Prix CSI4*, the wide-range of classes at Bolesworth never failed to attract the crowd.
Regardless of who you are rooting for, everyone gets involved in cheering on the riders and congratulating the winners. Behind the scenes, winning riders are interviewed during a press conference with the media team.
We had the chance to shadow Press Officer Andrew Baldock during his interview with the winners of the Ashford Farm sponsored Grand Prix CSI2*. The winner, Theo Simpson (GBR), was thrilled with his victory with the 12-year-old chestnut mare, Touch of Chilli . It was great to see that the riders love competing at this show as much as we enjoy watching them.
Overall, Bolesworth 2016 was an amazing experience. If you have the opportunity to get involved, don’t miss it!