Angus is fed up. All the other horses and ponies on the yard have either been to the Horse of the Year Show, or hunting, or are going to Olympia. But him? Stuck in his stable or in the field. To make matters worse, when he told his mate Benji that he was “feeling a bit low”, Benji fell about laughing, and told all the others. It’s not Angus’s fault that he only stands 38 inches at the shoulder…
Depression, that’s what he’s suffering from. He should said he was feeling “a bit depressed”, rather than “a bit low”. Angus snorts in disgust, and kicks his stable door in protest.
“Angus!” This is Daisy, his human. Angus cringes, thinking he’s going to get told off for kicking; he knows he can be a bit bad-tempered — though he prefers “depressed” — but he doesn’t want to upset Daisy. However, when she appears at his door, she’s smiling from ear to ear and her eyes are sparkling with excitement.
“We’re going to Olympia!” she tells him. “Someone’s dropped out so we’re going to be racing in the Shetland Pony Grand National final at the London International Horse Show, just before Christmas. What do you think of that!”
Angus thinks it’s the best thing he’s ever heard. He dimly remembers a race back in the summer when they came a very narrow third, but he’d forgotten all about it. Now he gets to go to one of the biggest, most exciting horse shows in the country, at the most wonderful time of the year.
Isn’t life just absolutely grand!