Royal Three Counties Show 2017


Last weekend I was at the Royal Three Counties show in Malvern. This was my third year of competing at Three Counties with Worcestershire Young Farmers and definitely my busiest!
After placing first in the Junior Photography & Junior Cookery at the Worcestershire Rally and placing second at the Junior Horse Stock Judging on pre-show competitions day, I was asked if I would like to carry all three competitions on at Three Counties. I have competed in Junior Cookery for Worcestershire for the last 2 years and it’s always a good day out so I said I would take them all on this year.
My photography entry, ‘Great Britain in Three Photographs’ had to be in on the Friday morning and luckily a friend was going to set up her afternoon tea so was able to take it down there for me. I packed all my stuff ready to take to Three Counties on the Friday evening and set off on Saturday morning ready to compete!
On my way to the show, I had a message from a friend saying that my Photography had come first, I was really pleased with this and it was a great start to the day.

My first competition on the day was the Horse Stock Judging, I ended up competing in the Intermediate category and I gave it a go. Stock Judging definitely isn’t one of my strongest competitions but I feel like I am improving! I didn’t place in this competition but I really enjoyed it and it was great to compete against members from different counties, everyone in YFC is always so lovely!

After this it was a quick dash back to the YFC tent to get ready for my cookery competition, it was a very hot day especially being in black trousers and a shirt and tie for stock judging! I made it to my other competition in time and even managed to get changed quickly. I was happy with how I cooked my dish and I felt it went quite well. I am really pleased that I managed to place second in the cookery!

Once my cookery was over, I had the rest of the day free to enjoy the show. I even saw Adam Henson in the YFC tent. We went over to the alpaca tent to watch them showing the alpacas - I spent this week at Simply Alpaca doing work experience (I will be writing this up in the next week or so) so I wanted to go and have a look at all the alpacas beforehand. It interesting to listen to the judge giving his reasons on the placings of the alpacas being shown, and it was lovely and cool in the tent so we stayed in there for a while… We went and looked in the pygmy goat tent too and one of the guys there told us that the goats love dried pasta as a treat! We will have to take some up for Will, Harry & Beattie and see how they get on with it. The goats at the show were lovely and they were very well behaved in the show ring!

The Three Counties Show was great this year and I’m really glad that I got to go again. Bring on next year!

Why I Love My Schoffel


A Schoffel gilet is the ultimate country piece, and I couldn’t live without mine! The Schoffel Lyndon is so durable and comfortable and I love to wear mine to the yard or out, as it can look really smart with a shirt - I love the Rydale shirts under a gilet.
However, it has come to a point where I will rarely leave the house without a Schoffel. It doubles as a handbag and usually has everything I need in it… When I’m at the yard it is my toolbelt and carries everything I need to lure the horses in or catch the goats. It can hold the scissors and bailing twine for fencing or a cornucopia of treats for dogs, horses and goats.
That’s what I love about good quality, purpose designed country clothing - it can be knocked about, chucked in the back of the car, washed over and over again and still look great.
A Schoffel is a perfect choice because it can be layered for warmth or worn as a lighter jacket, they are arguably the unofficial uniform of the countryside and it's easy to see why!

Schoffel Lyndon in Navy-
Claudio Ferrici Purse- (No Longer Available)
Personalised Multitool/Pocket Knife - (Bought in Las Vegas)
Shires Lead Rope-
Kadence Hoof Pick-
Banana Horse Bix and Meadow Herb Treats- (From my Pocket!)
Poly Sheep Halter- (Bought in Keddies, Alberta, Canada)
Bath and Body Works Hand Sanitizer- (Bought in America)
Polo Key Chain-
Old Navy Hair Bobble- (Bought in America)

A Yard Day in my Ariat Work Boots


Today we went up to the yard to do some jobs, I thought that I would wear my Ariat work boots seeing as it’s lovely and sunny (as I’m writing this I’m eating an ice lolly)!

We were having our main field harrowed today which meant a lot of moving the horses and goats into and out of the field all day. The boots were great because they are really comfortable and because they have a composite toe, it means that I didn’t have to worry about being stepped on by animals, which happens a lot on our yard…

The boots have really good ankle support which is essential in the field, especially when you have horses that churn up the ground and little goats that are always trying to trip you up! The goats are loving this sunny weather and Beattie is doing really well now, I can’t believe she has been with us for 5 months now! The boys are in the field with the two geldings and Beattie is in her own field with the mare and they are getting on really well.

I have had these boots for a couple of months now and I think that I’m going to get lots of use out of them as they are really comfortable. They are smart enough to wear to a show but also sturdy enough to wear on the yard or the farm, they are a perfect choice for this season…

If you want to order a pair, or just get a bit more information, they are available on the Ariat website and I will link them here.

* Disclaimer- This product has been sent to me from the manufacturer but all opinions are my own and are honest.

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