1977 – I was there…
Well just sneaking in towards the end of that great year. Red Rum had won the Grand National for the third time, the only horse ever to have done so and it was the first year that a female jockey took part. Both Charlie Chaplin and Elvis Presley sadly passed away, Elvis incidentally at one stage owned many horses on his ranch.
I arrived into the world with hair to suit the times that stuck up like the best of the punk rockers, into an ordinary family with absolute no connection to horses. In fact I was never really aware of horses, I do have a vague recollection of being sat on a hunter when I was very small and feeding carrots to a dark bay in the village. I also remember reading the The Silver Brumby novels (which is now described as a modern classic on Waterstones website), but apart from that it wasn’t until I was a teenager my interest in horses grew.
So what changed…
The change probably came from living on a farm, I think I thought it was kind of compulsory to have a pony, quite a few disasters with various unsuitable ponies and horses were to follow. I soon realised that I needed more knowledge and information on these unpredictable, noble, beautiful beasts so following many hours staring at a prospectus for a equestrian college in the school library, on leaving school I set off for pastures new to learn more about horses.
In between then and now, there have been many horses, numerous adventures and amazing memories. However I now reach a crossroads, the intended career in the equine world never really materialised, but it’s something I have never been able to fully let go of, so with my 40th year rapidly approaching I’m deliberating on whether to still try and pursue that elusive vocation or to keep it as a lifestyle shall we say, either way I have a lot of ideas whirring in my head of things I will like to achieve in the following year.
The Big Idea…
I’ve tossed around ideas and suggestions, flung them from side to side and come up with I think with a worthy challenge, to complete 40 amazing horsey experiences to celebrate my 40 years on planet earth.
So far they will possibly involve me studying for further horsey qualifcations, a long distance trial ride with a 40 theme (40 notable landmarks, hills, pubs even?? – that sounds like a really good idea just now!), some rides for charity as well, attempting to do some new equestrian sports, visiting and spectating at new horsey events (starting with my first trip to Olympia to celebrate a certain Birthday!! – so excited), reading and reviewing horsey books and films and generally immersing myself even further to the world of equine.
Here come the trickly bit many of these things I would love to achieve with my beloved mare, (known here as Khatresha) who has been my ally for nearly 20 years, but of course she is now getting on a bit and the big question is – how much more does she really want to do. Could I afford, have the time for another horse? I certainly could never replace her. I also have a young family to consider (who do have a pony of their own) so there is going to be a lot of time negotiation and organising; it’ll be fun to say the least.
Come enjoy the ride!
Therefore I hope you enjoy coming along with me for the ride, your suggestions of 40 wonderful things to do will be greatly appreciated it, you can let me know you’re thoughts by contacting me by email Marchoges Facebook Page, Twitter Marchoges Page and join in with my general love of all things equine. I will keep you up to date on here, with my lovely new name Marchoges, my posts will mostly be in English but occasionally I will delve into the langauge of my Homeland of Cymru/Wales, in any language I hope you find my stories entertaining. For now, Diolch am ddarllen a phob hwyl / thanks for reading and best wishes, Marchoges x.