Horse & Hound - - Letters -

Sir — Hav­ing worked tire­lessly at Somer­ford Park Horse Tri­als this sum­mer, poo-pick­ing the warmup and showjump­ing are­nas, I feel for­tu­nate that the or­gan­iser Mil­lie King and her team looked af­ter us well and ap­pre­ci­ated our ef­forts. It’s a far cry from the at­ti­tude of many competitors and their helpers.

De­spite the hi-vis we wore, we were ap­par­ently in­vis­i­ble to many and the down­right rude­ness we ex­pe­ri­enced from some was un­ac­cept­able. In­vis­i­bil­ity I could cope with, but a “good morn­ing”, a “please” or a “thank you” would have been ap­pre­ci­ated.

Am I old fash­ioned or is that not ba­sic ci­vil­ity? Out of the 200plus rid­ers and helpers who were there, only three ladies thanked us for the work we were do­ing. It is grat­i­fy­ing that the or­gan­is­ers of such events ap­pre­ci­ate what we “lesser mor­tals” do and look af­ter us so well. But to the competitors and helpers who were so rude to those of us do­ing a less than glam­orous — but nec­es­sary —job, shame on you.

Bev­er­ley Ash­ton

Holmes Chapel, Cheshire

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