Championnat 2015 – Part 1
I think this is going to be three-parter. I’ll keep it as brief as I can!
Last year, the title of this post was ‘Championnat 2014’, like as if there might be a 2015… and, of course, there was. With all the work I’d done with Aero, and with the huge improvement in the quality of our Equifeel work, I was dying to go off to the French Championships to show him off!
Last year, it took us ten hours to drive from Provence to Lamotte-Beuvron, where Le Championnat takes place. This year, it took twelve. Why? I’m really not sure. Both trucks are elderly, and one of them was carrying Sisi (640kg of Friesan) so it really struggled on the hills of the Auvergne but still – twelve hours? Ugh.
We were staying in an old chateau.
It’s a truly unique place.
It’s run by the old couple who own it – they seem to do all the work themselves, from meet & greet to sweeping up the dust in the entrance hall.
Le Championnat is a big earner for them – there were horses and humans shoved into every corner.
They also host hunting parties during the shooting season. The decor reflects this. Have a look at the photos on my Facebook page!
We settled the horses, protecting them against the flies and the heat as best we could – temperatures were up to 38C (100F) over the first two days.
Once the horses were looked after, we all went to sleep for a while. In the afternoon, we went to the Parc Equestre. It was strange to see it empty.
The next day, Friday, we took it easy. I got up early to work with Aero before the heat and the flies got too bad, then we went shopping. In the afternoon, we went to the Parc Equestre to collect our souvenir bags. We were all winners already!
Oh yes, and I bought a hat.
We worked out our plan of attack for the following day. Our course walk was at 1.45pm… only then would we find out what was in store…