Sunday, 10 April 2011

The Chipping Sodbury National! Gee up, neigh and all that!!!

''And they're under starter's orders and they're almost off!!''

The runners and riders for this fabulous event, all lined up at 7.30am, yesterday,

jockeying for positions, eager to get going!

At the front was 'Sal's Snippets' ...

Mr Snippets had whipped her well and truly so hard , as he raced like crazy

from Newton Abbot, to gain pole position!

But only just...

Because just behind them, came 'The Washerwoman', baring her teeth and

carrying a much heavier load, I hasten to add!

Jockey Jack was finding it hard to control her as they entered the stalls

and pulled alongside Old Snippets!

And then came that fabulous filly from the Bath stables, ' Mrs Cowboys '...LOL..

Her rider, Old Man Custard gnashed his teeth as he tried to control her

outbursts of excitement!

Oh, but you should have seen his swanky silks, yesterday!

Very fetching, luvvy! ;-)

Whoa man! ;-)

Sadly, it has to be said that it was not advisable to put a bet on

another young filly, 'Lucy Bloom' as she was feeling decidedly 'out of sorts' .

However, she managed to survive til the end ...just!

All bets on her were suspended but a pain killing injection

helped her endure!

Close behind that motley bunch, was the three year old,

'This 'n That'

Her jockey was definitely bursting with pride after his fantastic win

at Totnes , recently in the, ' Nostalgic Mix Stakes'.

A good bet, I'd say!

And then came, 'Hen's Teeth'!

Galloping up, to greet her old friends, she looked fresh and ready

for the long race! Her jockey was in splendid form,laughing and chuckling

whilst 'Hen's Teeth' whinnied with delight!

Now then...

Not to be confused with 'Hen's Teeth' was...

'Hen House'.

Two hens in a race eh?!!

Her jockey sported a very vintage attire and he was holding a colourful

crocheted whip ; so he looked the part today!

And he had his stable lad with him!

But, I do think it was awfully unkind to make his filly wear blinkers!

Apparently, she likes to stray too much at these events so he keeps her on

a tight rein , if he can!!

LOL! ;-)

(I can hardly contain myself whilst I am writing this!!)

Another runner was, 'Donna Flower' .

Champing at the bit, a well groomed runner,

she trotted around , daintily ; she could hardly contain herself either !

She soooo loves these get togethers, as does her mum,

who always accompanies her to these meetings,

to make sure that she gets a good start.

And then there was their mate, 'Woo'.

'Woo' had galloped a very long way , from east to west, in order to take part!

With her sleek, silky, purple mane, she looked simply stunning

and not at all tired out!!

Lining up behind them, was the agile 'Shabby Chick' from South Devon.

She's had plenty of experience, cantering around Newton Abbot

racecourse, early on many a Sunday morning!!

And here's where it gets interesting!!

Shabby's jockey, Barbara, is a lady jockey and a very experienced one at that!!

She keeps Shabby from straying from the straight and narrow so that Shabby

can concentrate on the job in hand!!

Quite right too!!

'Country Cottage Chic' was almost a non starter as her jockey had to

nip back home for 'supplies' but he managed to make it back in time .

'Country Cottage Chic' is a South African filly and

has attended quite a few of these events already, so she is no novice!

Go girl! Gee up!

Well, I could go on forever, couldn't I?

There were so many more runners taking part.

To call them the 'also rans' almost seems disrespectful

but that is not intended!

I just don't know every name!

And so it is that they lined up, under starters orders....

bang went the gun and off they went!

And whether it was meant to be or whether it was purely fate...

No-one fell at the first...

Or the second...

No-one fell at all! Not even Lucy Bloom!

Such staying power!!

(I mean, it was an eight hour race!!)

And they neighed and whinnied for the duration,

putting in a tremendous effort...

and doing themselves proud!!

So.. you might well ask...

Who was the winner?


It was a dead heat!

Everyone deserved to win!

However, a special thanks to 'Mrs Cowboys' and 'Mrs Country Cottage Chic'...

because as we all know, events like this don't just happen!

I hope you enjoyed my 'photo finish' of all the gorgeousness

at The Vintage and Handmade Fair.

(and my 'slightly different' take on it!!!!)


(Please note that photos of stalls do not all match up with the people mentioned!)

A grand day was had by all!

And if you had a flutter on the 'real' Grand National yesterday,

I hope you were lucky!

I was glad to get home for my well earned 'nap'!

Have a great rest of the weekend !

P.S. Mr Snippets did so well yesterday that when we got home,

I gave him extra oats!! LOL!



Linda Gilbert said...

Excellent Sal -- Loved that post. You can tell you have lived within a mile or two of a race course all your life. You really have captured the spirit!!!
I wonder if Sid Williams is still doing the Christian Aid Walk

KC'sCourt! said...

Kept dropping hints yesterday but never got there one day I will get there too!
Glad you all had a great time.
Julie xxxxxxxxxxx

Alix said...

A great take on the day - v. clever! I hope all the other 'spectators' enjoyed it as much as me! I'm off to stroke my purchases...

Cowboys and Custard said...

Whoaa.. that's wonderful Sal. As you so rightly say.. everyone deserved a rosette on the day.. even this lame mare for managing to stay awake on the course!
Lovely to see you and your jockey yesterday..
The Cowboy Canterers..xx

THIS'N'THAT said...

Well done Sal! Always great to see you and Terry :) love your Grand National blog! We are definitely 'out to pasture today' and having visited IKEA on the way home I think I need to be re-shod!!
Love Lesley XX

lynda said...

I love the pics! It lokks wonderful. I think I have managed to miss EVERY ONE, as I live in the US and only get over a few times a year!(Trips based on weddings, birthdays, etc!)...will manage to hit ONE of these!

Donqui O'Tay said...


I wish

I ended up in the knackers yard

Miss Holly said...

Clearly, a fun day was had by all!!! Wish I had been there....almost felt like I was!!

The Weaver of Grass said...

Sounds lovely. Hope Mr Snippet's extra oats were of the wild variety.

Country Cottage Chic said...

You are always so quick off the mark with your posts!

I did see Mr Snippets & Mr Cottage in a huddle - I wonder if they were taking bets on which "Old Nag" would be the first to go lame? My feet were killing me this morning!


summerfete said...

You funny lady!
I'm sorry i couldnt make it this time, sounds like it was fab again though!!


galant said...

Oh, what a lovely post, Sal, and so much better than the alternative event at Aintree! What wonderful goodies, love that box of bath thingies - were they soap or bath salts, the Spring Flowers box? - and the adorable little dolls' tea set I think I spied. Well done one and all.
Margaret P

Menopausal musing said...

Absolutely brilliant post, Sal! I didn't make this one, but hopefully shall manage to get to the next event.... :O)

Hen said...

Oh Sal, this had me cracking up, well done you for putting all this effort into a blog post. Fab to see you both yesterday and will hopefully see you in Devon in the not-too-distant future.
Hen x

Donna said...

Sal, you are sooo clever. I so enjoyed seeing you and all the other vintage fillys yesterday. Today I was ransacked and need a serious restock before the Frome fair!!! Hope to see you and Mr Snips there xxx

Lalabibaby @ Dreaming of The Simple Life said...

That was so funny Sal ... thanks for making me smile. Not sure if that was TMI though about Mr Sal getting his oats ;-)

Josie-Mary said...

Great post Sal, looks like a good day was had by all :)

Helen said...

Just GORGEOUS . . . . . . .
Love Helen xx

landcuckoo said...

Lovely pictures, glad you had a good day and found some new treasures for yourself too
Sarah x

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

Love it Sal! Almost as good as being there 'in the flesh'. What a champion you are, especially in the Granny's Stakes!!!

Sue xx

The Vintage Bazaar said...

Brilliant Sal! I had tears rolling down my cheeks as I read this! It was funny the way we all stood around waiting to get past those electric gates, a surreal start to a frantic day! I lost my jockey for hours as he had to deliver snow-boy to Yeovil! xx