The British weather plays an important part in the thought process when organising any outdoor event in Britain, ignore it at your peril and it can turn any event into a logistic nightmare.
Britain has experienced fearsome down poors during May and June, which has effected one or two of our major showjumping events.
One of the most crucial times for wet weather to hit is during build up and attempting to get trade stand and horse boxes on sight can be a logistic nightmare.
In May Royal Windsor took a wise decision to cancel the first day of the show in an effort to save not only the show ground but most importantly the car parks.
One month later Bolesworth International was hit with similar wet weather – on this occasion they managed to get everyone on sight and to run on the first day. A difficult decision at the time, however Thursday was such an important day for this 3 year old event, ticket sales were high due to a fabulous dressage line up which included London 2012 Gold medallists Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Laura Tomlinson.
It proved the right decision and a packed audience in the new Equine Learning Zone for #RoadToRio session and two fabulous dressage competitions in a packed International Arena proved a huge success. The audience revelled in the glitz and glamour that this amazing arena at Bolesworth added to British Dressage and the rare opportunity to watch Carl Hester and his Olympic contender Nip Tuck was appreciated.
Even though the car parks were closed to the public until 5pm on the Friday the crowds still managed to come on foot and once again a packed International Arena enjoyed the Puissance on Friday evening and danced the night away to Re Take That.
Sunshine during the summer would be very much appreciated – but we Brits can rise to the occasion no matter what the weather throws at us!