Show Season 2005

Uploaded : 21 Oct 05

Well - it would be safe to say that 2005 exceeded all our hopes, dreams and expectations. The season kicked off for us - as always - with our local show DEVON COUNTY. Euphoria, the lightweight mare was Champion of her section and then her foal followed suit by winning a good class.

BATH & WEST followed and it was the turn of EVE'S WISH to fly the Langaller Flag. She duly won a good class and then stood Reserve Champion to her 3yr old son EVE n' MORE.

IRISH BREEZE represented Langaller at ROYAL CORNWALL and took the Small Hunter class in very good company. One of LOSTOCK HUNTSMAN'S children, who lives with us then took the Reserve Championship in the Coloured section - a pleasing result allround in Stephen's home county.

MIDLANS IN-HAND is always a popular show and we were understandably delighted when EUPHORIA swept the board and was Champion Hunter and Mare Supreme. Her foal by CATHERSTON DAZZLER won its class and the overall foal championship.

EVE'S WISH was the mare chosen to make the long journey to GREAT YORKSHIRE. This show has long been a target for Langaller and our first foray there was certainly memorable. She won the Lightweight mares, the Mare Championship and then the CUDDY SUPREME IN-HAND, finally qualifying for the elusive HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW. Her lovely grey, filly foal was 2nd in its class-one of the only times she was beaten all season! Strangely enough the journey home to Devon seemed much shorter!

Having qualified, her final outing prior to HOYS was to one of our favorite shows - NEW FOREST & HAMPSHIRE. yet again she won and was Champion - her foal won too!

EUPHORIA contested three One Day Agricultural Shows - taking all before her and standing SUPREME OF SHOW on 2 occassions and Reserve Supreme on the third.

THE NATIONAL HUNTER SHOW at Addington is always a target for us and after an amazing show last year we wondered if this year would be an anti-climax. FAR FROM IT!!! IRISH BREEZE was 2nd, her foal won and was Reserve Champion and EUPHORIA swept all before her to take the Overall in-Hand Championship and the coveted Cuddy ticket. Incredibly this meant we had 2 mares through to HOYS. This incredible achievement was tinged with a touch of regret - EVE N MORE - the prolific winning son of EVE'S WISH by PRINCE OF DARKNESS stood RESERVE in The Cuddy - having also achieved the same result the previous week at Bucks County. This lovely 3 yr old has had a fantastic season and it would have been a unique achievement to have mother and son through to Birmingham!

The penultimate show for the Langaller team was The BSHC&RH Champs - again at Addington. Here Stephen's Small riding Horse mare OPHICHUS was 2nd and her DAZZLER foal won its class!

So that was it - the outdoor season finished! It came and went in a flash! The horses did us proud. Their results were due in no small part to Stephen's production and hard work. Without his dedication and enthusiasm it would not have been possible!

Then began the task of getting organised for HOYS. Stephen worked incredibly hard on the mares to keep their coats looking good and put a bit more flesh on. It's difficult to keep the mares looking really well when their huge, greedy foals are still on them - with thirst more akin to the England Cricket Team!

Nigel & Lesley Wilmington kindly agreed to help us at Birmingham and did a fantastic job throughout. Another huge thank you must go to Wendy Gibson who took on the task of that all important, final preparation and had the mares absolutely gleaming!

EUPHORIA went like a dream and won a strong horse section and stood Reserve Supreme with EVE'S WISH
finishing in the ribbons too.