Kath aims for two on the trot at GYS

At only three-months-old, Maid of Honour has got used to being the centre of attention.

The bay hunter foal, bred by Kath Barley at her yard in Langthorpe, has so far had her life documented by a film crew for the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate, where Maid of Honour and mother Mellamaid will compete in less than a week’s time.

Kath and her two horses have been stars of the Mare and Foal story on the Great Yorkshire Show and Ripon Gazette websites.

Her name was chosen by fans voting online.

The foal has proved to be a natural screen star.

“She’s got oodles of character, and in the field will always come straight up to you no matter where her mum is,” Kath said.

Kath was asked to star in the video series as the show’s reigning champion with her mare Drummacy and foal Drummatic.

This year she is hoping to continue her successful streak as Drummatic competes as a yearling and Mellamaid and Maid of Honour take on the mare and foal classes.

“There is a little more pressure because we are reigning champions, although it’s not too bad because we are showing a different mare.”

When the show day comes Kath and her team of friends, family and helpers will be up at 2.30am to start preparing the five horses they have entered.

With the hunter classes starting at 7.30am they will set off from the yard near Boroughbridge at 3.30am to prepare the horses at the showground stables.

“With five horses to get ready and only me plaiting the manes it gets difficult!” she said.

“After the tension and excitement of the class, it’s all over by 10.30am and we have the rest of the day to enjoy the show whether we have done well or not.”

It will be Maid of Honour’s second outing in the show ring, having already taken reserve supreme champion at the Yorkshire Sport Horse show held near Thirsk in June.