On Saturday, 1st June, we decided to give something back to the local community and also used this as a fabulous opportunity to show off our beautiful yard, horses and staff to our local community and neighbours!
The fundraiser was in aid of a replacement church roof of St Peter and St Clare in Fenny Compton, after theirs was stolen. I think it’s more than fair to say that we delivered! We’ve raised over a whopping £1600! I must add that Toshy, our resident Shetland alone raised £82! Well done Lauren for spending literally the entire day with Toshy and the children to achieve this incredible result!
The day kicked off with Hayley, taking on a bit of dressage to music with Alice Rocher’s Dassett Supreme, or Elvis to us! We felt we just had to choose a classic Elvis song for Hayley and Elvis to show off too and the crowd, were very impressed with their moves! Hayley definitely turned heads dressed in full international dressage gear of top hat and tail coat with Elvis plaited up looking handsome! We then turned around into our show jumping arena where the fabulous Dassett Legacy and Dassett Rockstar were warming up to show everyone a bit of the show jumping discipline! Dassett Rockstar is one of our younger horses being produced at Dassett HQ and is still very green in all disciplines, but is proving very capable and worthy and has proven so in his most recent event at Rockingham, making him definitely one to keep an eye on! We decided that using younger horses as a comparison to older horses would show the public what we begin with to what we ultimately achieve. Dassett Legacy and Craig definitely caused some wows in the crowd with his impressive scope, flying over some seriously big jumps! As I washed him off afterwards I had many people come to pat him and say how magnificent he looked!
After these displays Kate gave everybody a detailed yard tour, explaining what each area of the yard is used for and why we do it, as well as another comparison of an older and a younger horse, without tack, to show what we also aim to achieve in weight and muscle development.
After a few, and maybe it was more than a few…tea and cakes (made by staff, DE friends and friends of Fenny Compton Church). We moved onto the cross country field with Hayley, piloting Dassett Decoy, Amelia on Boleybawn Dassett Cruise and Craig on Dassett Supreme to show the public the final discipline in our sport! All horses once again educated the crowd in age difference and fitness levels as well as looking all around impressive in our very well cared for cross country field!
Overall, we all had a thoroughly fab day for all the family and would like to thank each and every person who helped and attended. However, it couldn’t have ended any better without Mama Roch’s infamous BBQ spread, with the whole team enjoying a well earned rest overlooking the horses in the fields happily grazing away!
Everyone left Dassett Eventing feeling a little bit fuller and having enjoyed some fantastic eventing demonstrations.