Evening Show - Commences 7 p.m.
The evening show will consist of demonstrations by the Paso Finos along with Icelandics, Arabians and Iberians. The bar and restaurant will be open during the event. Entrance is £5.00 which covers the whole day, including the lecture demos on osteopathy and aromatherapy for horses.
The Paso Fino Horse developed in Spain through the Barb, which produced the Spanish Jennet, and the Andalusian. Columbus transported the horses to what is now the Dominican Republic. Subsequent explorers took them to Puerto Rico, Colombia, Cuba, Panama and Mexico.
These stunning horses range in size from 13.2 hh to 15.2 hh and are in every colour. The Paso temperament is kind and gentle. The gait of the Paso Fino Horse is unique and for those of us with bad backs, bad knees, and many other problems caused by years of riding, the Paso is the ideal choice. There are many things you can do with the Paso Fino Horse; they are such good weight carriers and have superb stamina, so endurance is one of their many talents.
The Paso Fino Horse has an isochronal, 4-beat gait, which is totally natural. This is what makes these horses so amazing. As it is a natural gait, nothing of the movement is forced, making it a smoother gait. Not only do the Paso Finos gait, but some can also trot and canter, which shows the versatility of the breed.
The three speeds of the Paso Fino Gait are:
Slow - FINO - the movement of the legs is very fast, but the steps are short and rapid.
Moderate - PASO CORTO - With the speed of a working trot, this gait covers the ground more as the steps are larger than the Fino movement.
Fast - PASO LARGO - This is the speed of canter. There is further extension of the steps, which means they can cover more ground.
Founded in 1986, the Icelandic Horse Society of Great Britain exists to maintain the purity of the Icelandic horse, to promote interest in the breed, to protect the welfare of the breed, and to encourage Icelandic horse breeding and riding competitions.
The majority of members of the IHS are leisure riders, enjoying hacking and taking part in fun and social events. Many will have a go at a competition or two, or do a course now and again, but mostly they spend their time doing what Icelandics do best - riding out and having a good time with their horses.
The Icelandic is the original horse of the Vikings, taken to Iceland over a thousand years ago and pure bred ever since.
The Icelandic horse is usually 14.2hh, to 12hh,. He is rather stocky, with a deep chest, expressive head, supple, well-set neck and strong limbs. When ridden, he should give an impression of courage and power, with a proud expression. The mane and tail are thick and plentiful. In the summer the coat is fine and shiny, but in winter the horse grows a long, thick coat with three distinct layers.
Icelandics can be any colour - bay, brown, chestnut, grey, skewbald, palomino or dun. One much sought-after colour is silver dapple, in which the body of the horse is chocolate brown and the mane and tail are silvery white.
As well as the usual gaits Icelandics also have the four-beat running walk known as “TÖLT”. This can be performed at any speed and is incredibly comfortable for the rider. Some Icelandics possess a fifth gait, FLYING PACE, a two-beat lateral gait used for racing. Flying Pace makes great demands of both horse and rider, but is spectacular to watch and exhilarating to ride.
For more information please visit www.ihsgb.co.uk
This evening’s demonstration of the Arabian horse is provided by Legacy Stud, owned and operated by the Grant family who have been involved with the breed for 30 years. Their daughter, Fiona Grant-Chivers is a qualified judge of both in-hand and ridden Arabs.
Marcia has worked and trained at Turville Valley Stud for 10 1/2 years teaching many levels of people as well as trained many horses of different levels from breaking to Advanced level. She has been Freelance for the past 3 years with much success, with teaching people and their horses of many levels, also competing some of her clients horses, along with competing in Portugal at two of the biggest shows in the country with good success. Marcia also trains and competes in Working Equitation the European sport.
Marcia can be contacted at: Marcia1976@aol.com