As another summer flies by and the Country Show season gets well underway, the Quadrille Team have been out and about, enthusiastically flying the RLRC flags.
On Sunday 25th June the team of 15 horses and riders and Riding Master, David Boyd, braved the scorching temperatures at Blaston Show to deliver their first official public performance of the year ‘Songs from the Movies’. Donned in co-ordinating tail jackets and glittery hat silks (kindly provided by team sponsor Woodlodge Silks) they sashayed down the centre line to a musical medley of popular movie soundtracks.
Despite a last minute substitution as showtime approached, due to a horse parting company with his shoes, the team, as professional as ever, shone, smiled and sweated (!) around the arena to the delight of a large audience, keen to participate in the comradery that was Mary & Bramble. A faultless performance from David cannot go without a mention either.
The team were also able to showcase their matching embroidered RLRC saddle cloths, generously provided by sponsor R & R Country... and there was cake and a generous donation of £500.
A few weeks of respite followed, giving the team time to reflect on their performance at Blaston, iron out a few technicalities and continue with their training in earnest.
Early July saw a return to Ashby Show, following an invitation from the organisers. Wagons rolled again on Sunday 9th, right into the main arena, to deliver another show stopping performance to their largest crowd yet. Leaving the arena waving their UK and Danish handheld flags high the crowd roared with applause, and high praise also followed from David himself – team spirits were high, and rightly so. As the thunder clouds rolled in and the rain fell, they left site just in time to miss the torrential downpour that followed, spirits were however, not dampened.
The team now look excitedly ahead to their first stay away performance at Hartpury College with All-Steps Formation Riding 4-5th August. Watch this space for updates to follow, we wish them every success and look forward to sharing a show report with you all afterwards.
The team continue to provide an all inclusive welcome to anyone wishing to come and experience quadrille and the next ‘Taster Session’ is Saturday 19th August, venue tbc. Please contact Anette Whitehouse for more information. You may even like it as much as we do!
We are delighted to have a few new regular quadders who seem to have been bitten by the bug and are regularly attending our training sessions. David is patiently working with them on the basics and so far so good, you may even be hearing about a few of them in our next update.
From 1.11.22 (the start of the Club’s financial year) to 30.6.23 - a period of 8 months, we have run 18 sessions with 271 attendances.
Please continue to follow on this page, where we can keep you updated with news from our shows and details of our forthcoming sessions.
That’s a wrap from us all for now.