Yorkshire Times
A Voice of the North
Hannah Russell
Features Writer
11:00 PM 21st June 2017

Alfie's Experience At Bolesworth International Horse Show

Last week Alfie and I packed our bags and headed to Bolesworth International Horse Show, which is located in Cheshire.

We set off on Wednesday night to arrive ready for the Thursday. It was quite a long drive, just over 3 hours so Alfie was very tired when we finally got there, but he was on his best behaviour and got to stay in a luxury stable and he soon made himself quite at home.

The reason we travelled to Bolesworth International Horse Show was through Brooke, the charity which helps improve the lives of working donkeys, horses, mules and their owners all over the world. I always think it's great to help out charities when you can and hopefully we achieved that last week.

It was an early start on the Thursday morning! 6:00am I went to get Alfie out of his stable to be groomed, which he wasn't too pleased about as he loves his late lie ins! But after I started grooming him he soon got a spring in his step and was ready for the long day ahead.

We arrived at the Horse show around 8:30am and met Maz and Sandra who work for Brookes. Alfie got to meet lots of horses in the morning and he kept making lots of noise. I think he wanted to play with some of the dressage horses.

At around 9:00am we walked through the event to the Brooke's stand and Alfie swished his head and pranced as he walked through the crowds of people. He loves showing off so he appeared to be in his element.

At 10:30am and once Alfie had settled down the schools began to arrive. Our job for the day was to give school talks to students telling them about who we are, what we do and why we were there with Brooke! It was fantastic to meet so many students and see them engage with Alfie and ask lots of questions! By 2:00pm my voice was beginning to go and Alfie was starting to yawn!

After the school talks we took some images with Brooke and Alfie even got filmed with a local news channel for Bolesworth, which was funny as he seemed to love the camera! We even got to meet show jumping star Jessica Menzoa.

At 3:00pm I loaded Alfie back into the horse box; he was really tired and slept all the way home back to the Yorkshire Dales.

It was an amazing experience to be a part of and I'm so proud of how Alfie behaved. He was a Little Star.