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England Ride 2010 

Riding for England in Ireland was so much fun!

I have been so lucky to ride in the mounted games teams; HOYS 2009 with the Atherstone, Windsor 2010 and then our trip to Ireland, both with the England team.

Beautiful Breeze had to be left behind  due to the distance and a ferry crossing , but I was fortunate to ride  Goldie just days after her being part of the winning  team at HOYS with the Devon & Somerset the week before.  What a fantastic pony!

Punchestown, just outside Dublin, is the home of Irish National Hunt Racing and we were lucky enough to be given free entry into the Thursday meet when we arrived after a early morning Irish Sea crossing. (The breakfast was enormous!)

We were first there and joined by a variety of teams from across the UK for the International weekend of games. The international teams in one competition and a PPC games  competition for a number of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English teams.

We set up our POP UP tent which was for 2 maximum, but  four of us slept in it every night?middle of October and we had to have the door open to let out the heat! We had great fun, riding, laughing, playing, partying and more laughing. The serious stuff was the competition and we came in second to a really strong Irish team who had won at Windsor in May.

The weather was fantastic, not a drop of rain, we  had cooked breakfasts every morning and BBQ?s and evening meals which were absolutely brilliant. A quiz night in the bar - oh how impossible it is to answer the question when you can?t understand the  questioner! The accents provided us with more to laugh about coming ?third? has a knew meaning to us all!

Come the last day we all packed up and prepared for the long haul home. We would be travelling for 12 hours. The ponies would be on the lorries for all that time, how brilliant they are on the ferry. Several of us travelled together on the same early evening ferry from Dublin to Anglesey (4 Hours) and once again we laughed and cried  all the way across the sea. Our sad good byes took place on the car deck of the ferry and the end of a journey that began in March at Newark Show ground came to a close.

What can I say?  One of the most fantastic times of my life has been riding in the PPC mounted games. 

Thank you to everyone who has been involved .

Good luck to Will Crawley and the 2011 Team, and I hope you have as much fun and enjoyment as I have had .


Beth Palmer