The sun was just rising as our Iveco box van pulled out of its Bradford compound at 5.30am this morning the 10th May. Having just got over the disappointment of Badminton being cancelled last week for the mother of all floods, it was a relief to be back on the road in the direction of Chatsworth Horse Trials. We had heard that several late entries had been taken from riders desperate for action having also suffered with the weather the previous week, and this had led us to believe that the dales of Derbyshire would be the only destination for all serious horse enthusiasts and country folk. The journey took less than two hours and conversation in the cab had been a heated argument over the outcome of last nights Apprentice, and on a more serious note whether we would have enough stock to satisfy the hoards of customers who had already made provisions for serious country tweed retail therapy.

“Cancelled” said the man on the gate. “What” I replied, knowing exactly what he had said but somehow hoping he was perhaps just having a bit of a joke with me! ” I really am so sorry but the decision was taken only 30 minutes ago” was the saddened reply from the Chatsworth employee. Two quiet hours later our Iveco limped gingerly back into its Bradford compound.

Next week we travel to Devon and look forward to seeing anyone who tried to find us at either Badminton or Chatsworth!

In fairness after the wettest April on record we have done pretty well to get through so many shows.  We started in April at Thame near Oxford and finished the month in Norwich at the East Anglian game fair where we had to be towed off the site having sunk at least six inches into the sodden ground. The visitors really deserved the medals, especially on the Sunday when the site turned into something of a swamp and the rain never really stopped, until that was after the show finished. Infact as the last few folk shiverred their way back to warmer and cleaner places, the sun suddenly appeared to give us a chance to clean our Marquees and pack them away in a slightly better state.

Throughout all of our weather woes we have been DELIGHTED with the reaction to our quality products from new and old customers. There seems to be a general trend to move back to a better quality product, especially where in our case we are manufacturing in the UK. Value for money is a combination of great quality at a fair price rather than just “Cheap” and the Ratcatcher brand is delivering this quality in an expanding range of products and designs.