This was my trial visit where my riding ability was sussed out. I was rigid with nerves, especially as he had bucked when the girl who had been looking after him got on first. However, I was encouraged by 'scbu' (Pat) and 'Maysie' (Jo) both HPEC members who had met me there that day to give moral support and I lived to tell the tale.
That evening I stayed with a friend in Aberdeen so that I could go back the following day and hack him out to see what he was like. There seemed to be no turning back. . . . . . .