Strawberry and Gem, semi-retired work horses from Ballydehob and Borlin, kept Henry, Winnie and Daisy company at our small exhibition space near the pony show ring.
Together, they all made a great sight in their work harnesses, spreading calm and cool amongst the general hectic of show ponies. Many visitors were pleased to find a comfortable break in our little tent on one of the straw bales, being offered tea and flapjacks.
And then, it was time for Henry and Winnie with Daisy for their performance in the show ring. Unfortunately, the weather had turned to rather wet and breezy at around mid-day, and not many visitors were left to admire us all in the ring. Henry and Winnie were stars, pulling the harrow in a routine-like way, and Daisy had her first positive experience of a grand day out.
Overall, it was a successful first time back at the show - a positive start in raising awareness of work horses still being a reliable power source for every-day small farm operations.