Royal occasion for Cornish mother and son
DI WILSON of Outer Priddacombe Farm, Bolventor, will enjoy a unique insight behind the scenes of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant being held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle this week.
This is a major event marking The Queen's Diamond Jubilee in the presence of Her Majesty and the former World champion reining Appaloosa stallion Joe Glow, who has been in the care of Di and her son Dan for the past three years has been invited to play a central role in the celebrations.
"We're absolutely thrilled to be involved in such a high profile event," said Di who is proud to stand Joyce Nutland's 18 year-old 14.2hh black spotted blanket stallion at the family's Tober Appaloosas.
Joe Glow will join 550 horses and more than 1000 dancers, musicians, and performers from around the world selected to represented different countries in a nightly performance to pay tribute to 60 spectacular years of The Queen's reign.
Di said: "We received a telephone call from Major Wallace asking if we would travel Joe to Windsor to represent the American continent at the event.
"His section of the show will consist of Native Americans, cowboys and the authentic Macfarlane Stagecoach in a representation of the American West of the mid 1800s. He'll be one of the Appaloosas and Paints ridden by the Native Americans and we're hoping Joe will be partnered by one of just two Chiefs wearing full headdress."
Joe is no stranger to the limelight having been part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations ridden by Amanda Moore in a reining display for All The Queen's Horses. This renowned stallion is the former World, Canadian and American Appaloosa reining champion.
"Joe is totally genuine," said Di. "He's equally at home riding across the moor moving cattle and sheep or taking centre stage in such a high profile event. The pageant is being televised on the Saturday night and we're just delighted to be part of it.
"Dan and I are living on site in special temporary accommodation at Windsor and will be at the heart of everything happening behind the scenes. Of course we'll have a chance to watch the show each evening which I'm sure will be an emotional experience for us both."
Dan's reputation as a natural horseman is equally impressive. For several years he has worked with and utilised the training techniques pioneered by Monty Roberts, the Californian Horse Whisperer.
"The Army have asked Dan to give a demonstration and display in aid of Help the Heroes in Buckinghamshire and this coincides with one of the days we're at Windsor," said Di.
"It will be an exciting week and we're both looking forward to the whole experience."
On Sunday May 13, Joe Glow will be part of the special performance in front of HM The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
BRITISH Showjumping has officially recognised the skills of local course-builder Clive Phillips promoting the designer to Median level.
Clive of Par, near St Austell, enjoyed his own successful showjumping career before utilising his experience and knowledge in the art of course-building and it's his understanding of the sport which has stood him in good stead.
There are four categories of accredited course-building starting at Assistant level and rising through the ranks to Associate, Median and the highest level of Advanced.
Clive has come under the close scrutiny of Jon Doney, who is not only officiating at the 2012 Olympics but holds the distinction of being the world's only Double O (Level 4) show jumping course designer and judge.
"Jon assessed my courses at several shows including Royal Cornwall where I was given the chance to design the Area Trial," explained Clive.
"I was also given the chance to build many of the prestigious classes and qualifiers at the Wales & West showground."
Clive continues to sharpen his skills under the mentorship of top designer Steve Williams, who is in charge of the courses at the Royal Cornwall Show.
"I began my career locally with Zoe Gwennap and was fortunate to continue under Steve's wing," said Clive who combines his course-building career with running his stud business standing his own stallions More Expense and Update.
"Steve has helped me further my horizons and build at top shows out of the county. I'm keen to maintain my local roots enjoy being lead designer for Liskeard Show and I'm also assisting Steve at Royal Cornwall and have been booked for Helston Flora Day Show and the Cornish Showjumping Club."
Clive welcomes contact from show organisers who should call him on 07792134769.
ENTRIES are open for the North Cornwall Hunt Branch of the Pony Club One Day Event being held at Lanhydrock on Sunday June 17.
The bumper schedule offers pony club and open classes for all levels ranging from 80m BE Pre-intro to BE Pre-novice level which runs over the one metre fences.
The closing date is Friday June 8 and entries are being accepted on first come first served basis to Ms S Chapman St Winnow Barton Lostwithiel PL22 0LF.
Visit North Cornwall's branch of the main pony club website for more details.
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