I had my first ever pop up gallery in the Brisbane CDI Trade Village at the Qld State Equestrian Centre.
QSEC is only 5 minutes from my home and I know just how lucky I am to be so close to this amazing venue, so it was kind of a no-brainer about going along. I had nothing to lose in my book!
The weather was absolutely glorious! So glorious I just about marinated myself on the first day in my stand… nothing a quick trip to Bunnings didn’t fix with some very nifty market umbrellas!
Set up was a breeze as I had husband helping me and a full reserve of energy in the tank!
The CDI kicked off on the Wednesday and then it was an amazing endless procession of seriously talented horses & their riders. In quiet moments in the village I’d nip over & have a good squiz of the tests, I always find it a good kick in the motivation stakes whenever I get the chance to watch.
Back in the village my little stand was next to Equidae which is where I met the seriously lovely Riana who created this amazing product which has no nasties in it making it good for horses & humans, and ultimate bonus points, it’s good for the planet too! Game changing product in my opinion! Check our the website here: https://www.equidae.com.au/
On the other side of me was Mous Boots, who I’ve had the privilege of having had boots made by them 10 plus years ago! I absolutely love my mous boots & they are still in amazing condition - good quality gear you invest in will always last as long as you look after it.
I met some seriously cool people and chatted with spectators from as far as Tasmania right up to Darwin and everywhere in between. I was shown pictures of the cutest ponies right up to handsome and noble steeds that looked like they just stepped out of a fairy tale. I even got to hear about someones pet cockatiel and the mischief that little bloke gets up to!
I was bloody pooped by the Saturday night and was in bed by 8pm as I could barely keep my eyelids open! I practically followed the kids to bed, I can’t remember the last time I went to bed that early!
All that rest gave me a ripper headstart to the Sunday as it was the day of the Masterclass with Laura Graves. In quiet moments I’d zoom over to the main arena to watch and absorb some training nuggets from the class. Man, there are some seriously talented horses and riders in Australia and they should be bloody proud of their hard work! Good on them I say.
It was a great week & I enjoyed every moment… except for packing up on that last day… that was the absolute pits in my opinion… not my strong suit…
Bring on the 2020 CDI & it will be interesting to hear who will be the talented trainer/rider conducting the Masterclass next year!