The shows are back on and the Manorvale team is off and running.
Our first show after the EI lay-off was Henty A & P in February.
Feeling more than a little rusty, it was decided to have an easy day of it by taking just one horse - our yearling colt, Manorvale Royal Show (Manorvale Finale x Everon Park Tamiel).
On his first outing since the RP Foal Show back in May, a thoroughly excited "Earl" seemed keen to hand out free services to the passing showjumpers, but got his act together in the end to win Champion Led Arabian Derivative.
Two weeks later it was on to our local ag show, the Jerilderie Summer Fair.
A more composed M. Royal Show was champion arabian derivative, champion riding pony and supreme champion led exhibit under 14 hands.
The grand champion led exhibit of the show saw him up against his stablemate, Manorvale Keeper, who had taken out supreme led exhibit over 14 hands.
Victory went to Royal Show, capably shown by David Quayle.
In March the Manorvale team travelled south to the postponed Melbourne Royal Summer Horse Show Under UK judge Jillian Perkins, Manorvale Diamond Diva (Willowcroft Regal Emblem x Creswell Diamond Fantasy) was the winner of the 3yo Riding Pony filly class, Kolbeach Fleur (Fernleigh Fine Print x Helden Park Fantasia) was 3rd in the large height 2yo RP filly and Manorvale Royal Show was second in a quality line-up in the large height 1yo RP colt class.
Diva and Royal Show then backed up in the strongly supported Arabian Riding Pony events on the last day of the show.
Both ponies showed extremely well and were rewarded with the reserve champion mare or filly and stallion or colt, respectively.