As expected Almond was a huge hit at HOYS!
Read on to hear all about his adventure…….
|Maria, Almond & Linzi|
Almond was the perfect candidate for representing The Moorland Mousie Trust and the Exmoor pony in the Interactive Feature Area at the world's most famous horse show. He is so kind, gentle and very friendly.
After a month or so of preparation at Linzi’s house, the day arrived for his trip.
On Tuesday 2nd October, Linzi and Maria were busily packing the trailer while Almond relaxed peacefully in his field, little knowing that in only a few hours time he would be on his travels up the M5. Like a star, he loaded well and off we went in terrible heavy rain storms.
Almond quickly settled and we were soon entering the chaos of the NEC car parks and the Horse of the Year Show behind the scenes. After filling in the paperwork and a quick vet inspection, Almond was unloaded and settled into a stable. Easy life for him! Maria, Linzi and Juliet still had to set up the stand, and were in for a late night!
Early the next morning, Linzi and Maria were keen to check that Almond was still relaxed and coping with the show environment. Well, you couldn’t have wanted better – a happy pony, pleased to see Linzi and Maria looking over the door.
After a quick tidy up, and a short leg stretch for Almond, it was time to introduce him to the inside of the NEC and the wonders of thousands of people with lots of shopping bags!! But no need to worry. He walked into the feature area as if he knew where he was going and that was the start of five days of meeting the public and showing them how wonderful Exmoor ponies can be.
He took part in the 'Think Like a Pony' demonstration, showing the keen intelligence of Exmoor ponies. He also enjoyed meeting lots of Exmoor pony owners and enthusiasts throughout the week.
A big hit with Almond was his next stable neighbour, a 4 year old Irish draught called Louis. Louis was quite a character and escaped at night on more than one occasion, keeping the night time security on their toes!! No doubt Almond was encouraging him all the time!
Before they knew it the weekend had arrived and Almond, Linzi and Maria were handing out stacks of leaflets and chatting to as many people as possible about the amazing, versatile qualities of Exmoor ponies.
By Sunday evening it was all over. The truck and trailer were packed and ready and everyone pleased to be heading home having had a fabulous time. Almond strolled into the trailer and back down the M5 they went.
Almond will no doubt be pleased to be home, but to have had that learning experience and to have made friends with so many people and ponies is something that will stay with him.
Will Almond be making an appearance at HOYS next year??? We will just have to wait and see!