It was another glorious day of sunshine, arena attractions, live music, shopping and sport.
The Street Food stalls were packed and the gin dens full, as festival goers enjoyed the music and the great weather, lounging on bean bags and bales.
Children lined up in the Nottingham Trent University arena to have birds of prey skim just above their heads. Feeding the lambs was as popular as ever and a local Grantham school played Light My Fire to an appreciative audience. Families brought their dogs (large and small) and Leicester Animal Aid ran some fun novelty dog classes. We noticed a lot of sleepy dogs in the afternoon!
Wimpy Eventer, Vic Brant sporting a unicorn headband, provided a great insight into the power of social media with the help of influencer and young rider Gracie Tyte.
The huge crowd at Belton today made the most of the shopping, food and drink, amazing sporting action and many attractions. No wonder the sun was smiling!
A big highlight was the return of legends Jonty Evans and Art, riding around the main arena to the delight of a hugely emotional crowd. Their intention, unknown to everyone, was to jump. And jump they did! Because, as Jonty said later to presenter Chris Otty, he trusts Art implicitly. Jonty and Art were supported by the Irish Eventing Team, their
guard of honour today, Padraig McCarthy and Austin O’Connor.
Jonty also gave a live Q&A interview with Chris and the audience about how overwhelmed he has been by the support he has received, not just from the eventing community, but from people he has never met. He said the messages from those who don't know him kept him going in dark times. “What people have done for me is off the scale! My mum was told
twice by doctors that I wouldn’t pull through.”
What was clear to everyone listening was his absolute love for Art and Chris confirmed their extraordinary symbiotic relationship. Art and Jonty really do work as one. Incidentally, Art was only one of three horses to jump triple clear at Rio and yes, Jonty claims it was Art who brought him in ninth at the Olympics. It was a deeply moving, honest and heartfelt