Tuesday, June 03, 2008

The show must go on

The Horsemart show season has now started in earnest, when four members of our merry band set off for the Royal Bath & West at the end of last week. The lucky quartet selected for the adventure were business manager Sarah W, marketing manager Sam P, and sales execs Tim and Georgie.

As is the way when HM attends a show, camping was the accommodation de jour, and tents were duly unravelled and erected with aplomb (or not). It was Georgie's first show excursion as she's one of the newest additions to the HM team - none the wiser, she packed extensively, including a pair of fluffy slippers that probably didn't see daylight.

The team were optimistic and looking forward to a fun weekend meeting visitors to the show. But thoughts of boasting a healthy, sun-kissed complexion to pasty colleagues left in the office were soon scuppered, when the heavens opened.

True to form, the British weather was as unpredictable as ever, as Shepton Mallett and much of the surrounding area was hit by torrential rain and a flash flood on the Thursday night. The dramatic weather was the stuff of headline news on TV and national radio. The team's tents floated gently in four inches of water, so dejected and rather soggy, they abandoned ship and headed to the homes of various family members who luckily live in the area.

Determined not to be beaten and with a substantial breakfast inside them, they returned to the show on Friday morning. They were rewarded by a glimpse of sunshine and a steady stream of visitors, who had also refused to bow down to the grey skies and mud worthy of a Glastonbury Festival mudslide.

The rest of the weekend went without a hitch, and by the final day they felt that the show had been a great success. Fun was had by both the HM team and the spectators, and the weather, although damp, hadn't dampened anyone's spirits.

If you fancy popping along to see us at a show, we're out and about all season - next stop, South of England at Ardingly in West Sussex, from this Thursday, 5th June, to Saturday 7th June. Come and say hi and you can take advantage of some great show offers. We're also running a free prize draw - 3rd prize is £250 worth of Tayberry clothing, 2nd prize is rubber matting and Aquamax bedding worth £345, and 1st prize is a terrific field shelter from Stable Designs worth a massive £1,675! This is a competition not to be missed, so make sure you come and visit the stand so you can enter!

See you soon!