There were good crowds at the first-ever day of Equidays in Christchurch and they certainly took to the shopping well with stall holders reporting busy times!
The busiest people on the A & P Showgrounds were the Wilson sisters, however. Everywhere they went, there were people following them, mainly young girls but a good number of young boys too! They were also busy in the demonstration areas, with Amanda doing many sessions of the Fiber Fresh Youth Camps, Kelly busy with her camera and signing her books, and Vicki out and about with Kentucky.
One of the things you can’t help but be impressed by is the way the sisters really do genuinely love interacting with their fans. They were posing for photos, signing autographs, introducing people to Kentucky, and generally being lovely, charming young women.
The indoor arena was packed at both ends this afternoon for the Kyra Kyrklund dressage display, while in the arena at the other end Dan Steers was starting a young horse in front of a rapt audience. The sharing of the arena worked well, and there are other opportunities for people to see both Kyra and Dan tomorrow.
Kyra is giving an Excel Dressage Masterclass (a separately ticketed event) and Dan is on again tomorrow, both in the morning and the afternoon.
Outside in the main arena, Rob Ehrens was busy with jumping lessons and putting riders through their paces over cavaletti as well as the normal show jumping fences.
Tonight is the Jumping and Equidays Top Talent event, and tomorrow night is the Entertainment Extravaganza, which will be a real treat for Canterbury horse lovers.
The night shows both start at 6:30 and go until about 9, with the gates open tomorrow at 10am and the day lasting through until 5.30pm.
For more information about tickets (price and purchasing) you can go to the Equidays website.