If you don't mind, could you maybe do something about 2D's s/o competing at Badminton horse trails? If you don't know anything about horses, it's fine for you to delete this! Thanks :)
YES YES YES YOU LITERALLY COULD NOT HAVE GIVEN ME A BETTER REQUEST HORSES ARE LITERALLY THE ONLY THING I KNOW ABOUT
He likes horses well enough, but he doesn’t think much of competitions. All he knows is they can be dangerous, and his mum would always complain about this time of year because kids and teenagers would come in with all sorts of injuries from kicks and bites to broken necks
He’s a little worried for you, but he’s seen you compete loads of times, so why is this so different?
Tries to join in with your excitement, even if he doesn’t really understand why you’re so excited
When you get there, he helps you get situated, and follows you around as you point out horses and quietly fangirl as eventing stars walk past
You point out different breeds to him, and try to educate him on ways to recognise a good horse
“Can you tell me what breed that horse is?” you ask, pointing at a thoroughbred
“Uh yeah that’s a Swedish…Arabian…Shire…Jumpingbred from…Shetland”
Poor baby is clueless
He goes with you during the trot up, and helps walk and trot your horse up and down because his legs are as long as if not longer than your horse’s so he can keep up with its massive stride
The night before you’re due to compete in the dressage, he sits with you while you get your stuff ready, and even models your coat and tails (even though the sleeves come about halfway down his forearms and the tails only just hang past his arse)
He REALLY likes wearing your top hat tho
He helps you tack up (even though he can’t do much more than put the saddle on and hand you things)
“Can you hand me the girth?”
“Oh, sure” he replies, picking up the martingale after a few moments deliberation
He literally CANNOT tear his eyes from you at all during the dressage
You’re just so??? graceful??? and your horse??? is so beautiful???
Honestly he thinks you should have won from the dressage alone
When you’re done and your horse is with your team, settling down, you come and see him, and he sweeps you into a massive hug and says over and over again how beautiful you were
You spend the rest of the day describing technical dressage terms and explaining what the competitors are doing
You have to explain the difference between collected canter and counter canter about 500 times
The next day with cross country, you ask him to walk the course with you, and in-between working out routes and measuring strides, you’re chattering on about what the jumps represent and the history behind the names
And all the while he’s open mouthed and horrified because fuck off you and your horse don’t actually have to jump these do you?
He measures himself against the jumps and gets even more worried
He doesn’t voice his worries though, just bites his nails and keeps quiet
He asks you which 4 areas you’re most worried about, and then once you begin, he sends Murdoc, Noodle and Russel to those areas and instructs them to send him constant updates about how you’re doing
As for himself, he goes to the water jump, because you’ll gallop right up close to the crowd and you’ll definitely be able to see him, what with him being 6’2 and blue haired
Sure enough, as your horse flies over the brush at the end of the water combination and thunders past, you raise your hand and wave to him
He then sprints as hard and fast as he can to the arena where you’ll finish, and wriggles in with your team, ready to run out the second you come in
On the last jump, your horse stumbles, and he has to hold himself back from vaulting over the fence and going to catch you, but you just about manage to right yourself, bring the horse back, and race across the finish line
He runs to you the second you get off and sweeps you into his arms
If he thought the cross country was bad, he WAS NOT prepared for the showjumping
Some of the jumps are actually taller than him, and you’re just so??? blasé about it????
The most concern he hears you express it “oooh, this upright combination might be a little tricky, there’s only a stride and a half between them"
LIKE???? YOU’RE LITERALLY JUMPING HIS HEIGHT AND YOU AREN’T WORRIED????
He’s unable to sit still when you trot into the ring, shifting in his seat, eyes glued to you as you begin to go round
His heart is in his mouth and every time a pole rattles he squeaks
Your horse knocks a pole on the penultimate jump and it comes crashing down, landing right under your horse’s feet as it lands, and for a second, he thinks you’re going to fall and seriously hurt yourself
Noodle and Russel literally have to grab him by the arms and hold him back to stop him charging in when you finish
He cheers louder than anyone
Even if you’re placed low, he doesn’t care at all, he’s just glad you’re safe
And if you’re placed well? Shit, he’s even happier!
Rare photo of the Queen taken by David Tilleke: “I was 16, on a weekend out of boarding school and at Badminton, when I found myself facing the Queen. She was standing away from the crowds, relaxing with the Queen Mother, Princess Alice and Lord Mountbatten. Just then, a stable boy turned the corner and doffed his cap at Her Majesty. She beamed back at him and, at the same second, I snapped a quick photo.”
So we have lots and lots of name association requests that don’t involve a moodboard so to keep the blog from being spammed with them, I’m just going to put them all here at once! They will be below the cut :-) And just so people don’t have to wait forever, this will be posted as a WIP (Mod Luna)