Tønsberg Medieval festival

Tønsberg Medieval Festival was the first weekend of june. I haven’t posted about it before because I have been so slow.

This was Finorio and Unico’s first event as show horses. Finorio had the pleasure to come with me to judge at the Oslo Medieval Festival the weekend before, at the St. Hallvards tournament. In Oslo he had no demands, and were just present on the arena, in Tønsberg we were performing.

As expected Finorio was pretty tense and stressed in Oslo. Lots of people watching, jousters in armor, speakers, and so on. But he kept as cool as he could and the experience was at least one of learning for the both of us. Everything is training.

In Tønsberg Ellen and I were going to do a pas de deux with pretty horses and pretty dresses. What we did wasn’t as important so it was a very good learning possibility for both horses, being quite new to the scene. It was raining cats and dogs so the grass arena was very slippery, this made Finorio quite tense, especially on the first day. There were also the stress of noisy music, audience, umbrellas and so on. The first performance was neither good or bad, it was a learning experience, but the last one was very good. Both horses behaved very well, Finorio found some confidence and Unico showed off as ususal.

After the show lots of people came over to the horses and they just loved the attention, got given cookies and it was all in all a very good finish to the first show.

Here are some pictures from the event, all photos are © Matilde Brandt

Saddling up underneath the trees, away from the rain

 

Warming up in the arena

 

Pretty boy

 

Riding out, underneath the huge trees

 

Me and Ellen in our dresses

 

Detail from my dress

 

It’s important to have the right bling

 

The boys underneath the trees

 

Veil

 

Half-pass

 

Spanish walk

 

Dresses

 

Some of the scenery in Tønsberg

 

Do a little dance

 

After the show, surrounded by kids

 

Photoshoot

 

Finorio showing off his spanish walk

 

Finorio being Finorio, so happy with this horse!

Now we just have to keep practicing to get a horse that is more confident and less stressed in these situations.

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