With our exhibition "Horse Play" in full swing here at The Green Tree Gallery, we are now getting ready for the Borde Hill Horse Trials this weekend. Not only are we sponsoring a fence in the Trials, we are also sponsoring local rider, Alex Medlicott in her British Eventing debut.
15-year-old Alex is teamed with her six-year-old French thoroughbred bay gelding, Burlington Bavarde, known as Bertie. Bertie was brought over from Ireland, where he had been bred for racing, by Bryony Whittington, sister of England International rider, Francis.
According to Alex, Bertie wasn't cut out for racing. "He's too polite!" she says. "He prefers to follow...not what you need in a race horse!
"Bertie is kind, honest and brave," says Alex. "But definitely accident prone! We have nicknamed him Bubblewrap - because he needs to be wrapped in it!"
So if you're at the Horse Trials this coming weekend, be sure to give a big cheer for Alex and her "Bubblewrap" Bertie!
And do pop in and see us at the Gallery...we will be open 10.30-5.00 both Saturday and Sunday.