Fiona has suggested that the December playday be rather special:
What do people think about an optional fancy-dress Christmas Playday with games and prizes (I was thinking about fairy cakes and chocolate, but other donations welcome)? I know there was talk about a gymkhana before, but I couldn't find the previous messages.
Any of these are optional. If you dont wish to do a race then you can either watch the others or give a hand. The races are mostly individual and I hope everyone will feel a winner by the end.
Tack Race Put the saddle on without moving your feet (only your horse may move), ride/lead to end in trot, turn on hindquarters (tail facing cone), trot to finish.
Yo-yo Race Backup, trot forwards, backup, canter forwards. If ridden no reins!
Pace Race Walk to top, turn around trot back, turn around and canter to top, dismount and lead back.
Balloon Race Ride/Lead to the other end, collect a balloon, lead back with balloon in between legs.
Sideways Race Go sideways pointing to the left, halfway along, turn on forehand, trot, turn around at end, trot halfway along, turn on the hindquarters, sideways pointing to the left until finish.
Apple & Spoon Race Ride/Lead to end with apple on spoon, put apple in bucket of water, ask horse to remove apple from bucket.
Most Accurate - Who can put their horses front right hoof in the hula-hoop fastest?
Bending Cone Race - Bend backwards (ridden/porcupine or driving requesting front or hind to change direction) then when you reach the end bend forwards through the cones.
Silliest Dismount - Somersault off backwards! (Ones during other races may be considered).
Chase-Me-Charlie - Squeeze jumping or ridden. See how high you can go.
I like the idea of Musical Statues that the Norfolk Group played - Keep all 4 feet of the horse on the ground for 10 seconds when the music stops.
Musical Cones Ridden/Lead - When the music stops backup to cone. The one without a cone is out.
How many horses we can get on the circling game at once? It might be best to walk a large circle in walk first. There might not be enough room for lots, so we might have to have some of the horses on an inner circle!
Who can do a few circles and then trot into the trailer?