Halloween Fancy Dress and Gymkhana

Even through it was a beautiful warm, sunny day at Greatham Equestrian Centre the yard had a spooky and super natural feel! It was Halloween and 18 children and teenagers arrived early in the morning to transform themselves and their horses/ponies into Halloween monsters!

We had devils, zombies, skeletons, witches and spiders. We even had a Princess? The horses were draped in black robes and red capes. Marley, Cuso and Puzzle were spray-painted. Wispa had black bats painted on his hindquarters. Sean was turned into a zombie with a backcombed spikey mane and fake blood everywhere; Rupert made a great pumpkin and Foxy wore a blue wig!

Julie and Jody (Debbie’s sister and niece who were visiting from their competition yard in France) were invited to judge the Fancy Dress Competition. It was split into 2 classes, the 11 year olds and under and over 11’s. The two classes paraded around the school. Julie and Jody had a tough job on their hands as everyone had made such a huge effort. Everyone looked FANTASTICLY SCARY!

Fancy Dress Results

Class 1 – 11 years and under

1st Caitlin on Cuso

2nd Issie on Sean

3rd Jasmine on Minnie

4th Katie on Rupert

5th Tilly on Puzzle

6th Sienna on Guinness

Class 2 – Over 11’s

1st April on Onyx

2nd Jennifer on Dinky

3rd Elise on Marley

4th Hattie on Bubbles

5th Bella on Wispa

6th Emily on Apache

7th Sasha on Foxy

Best in competition – Caitlin riding Cuso.

All competitors were given a rosette. Caitlin and April were presented with a large tin of retro sweets for winning their classes. And after much deliberation the overall winners, Caitlin and Cuso, were presented with a winners trophy.

After the Halloween Fancy Dress had been judged the gymkhana games started. We had four groups, starting with the youngest in group one and with the teenagers in group four. The races included Witches Walk and Terrifying Trot Race, Rat Race, Maggot in the Cup Race, Pumpkin Race, Ride and Run for your Life and Pumpkin Elimination.

Gymkhana Results

Group 1

1st Mary-Jane on Mattie

2nd Francessa on Alfie

3rd Darci on Guinniess

4th Katie on Rupert

5th Georgia on Tiny

Group 2

1st Caitlin on Mattie

2nd Issie on Wispa

3rd Tilly on Onyx

4th Sienna on Guinness

5th Emily on Apache

Group 3

1st Lara on Apache

2nd Jasmine on Dinky

3rd Elise on Puzzle

4th Jennifer on Mattie

5th Emse on Rupert

Group 4

1st Bella on Wispa

2nd Sasha on Puzzle

3rd Hattie on Sean

4th April on Onyx


The horses and ponies were returned to their normal appearance after having fake blood and spray-paint washed off. They were turned out for a well-deserved rest.

Everyone had a super day. I know some of the girls are already making plans for Halloween 2015………!

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