A Horse is a Horse

A Horse is a Horse

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

First "Show" and other such things...

Quick catch up...

Lesson Wednesday that was so exciting, I can't even remember much of it. Lots of halting and backing, and avoiding the rope jigglers wiggling their horses across the other end of the arena.

Saturday I was super late and we rode in the lower arena, so Holly was wound up. After bounding around the lower bullpen and a few little spooks later, she realized we were going to keep working and settled in. I love that she had her blonde moments, but works through it. Jumped a little x, right towards where she was spooking. Another rider's man was standing there (what she spooked at) and finally he was Vanna White-motioning me past him, down the rail (face-palm). Finally got it right and quit.

Sunday = Show! One of the other trainers had her little schooling show. It was very small and low key. It was also in the 40's and windy as all hell out. Awesome. I had ditched work a couple hours early, squeezed in a power nap, ditched the kid, and dragged the hubby toting our camera down to the barn.

I got lucky and was able to snag the trainer's Butet. Cleaned it up, applied very generous amounts of Vetrolin Shine to my fuzzy beast and tried to run some of the crazy out in the round pen. Walked her down the the arena since it was so crazy windy and there were people milling about in blankets carrying chairs etc. Got on and got straight to work. Lots and lots of trotting....

Ended up doing the W/T, W/T poles, and W/T/C classes. They went really fast. Got 2 seconds places and a first. Not exactly a big wins (we won candy), but hey I'll take them since I don't have anything else under my H/J belt. We had great representation from our barn, two adorable kids, and Karley, L, and I, pretty much half the people in the show.

And on to pics... just a little sampling....







Yup, super brave pole trotting ;)

Sigh.. flap flap flap... darn elbows



avoiding super scary tree area


the elusive smile 







22 comments:

  1. Rope jigglers...lol...they're so funny. Glad the show was a success! You guys look awesome :)

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    1. Thanks, it was fun other then the cold and wind ;)

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  2. Can I just steal her? I want a pretty appendix/hunter stock bred horse....

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    1. No you can't steal her,but you can get a sibling, I have seen some other Artful Investment appendix out there, pretty similar builds. :)

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  3. You guys look great! Congrats on your first "show"

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    1. Thanks, she's cute, I'm still working on my show swag

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  5. Aww that's awesome! I think the use of candy in horse shows as prizes is highly underestimated. :) Congrats!

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    1. lol, I still want ribbons... oops did I admit that?

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  6. You guys are so cute! And rope jigglers...hahahahahaha!

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    1. Thanks... not totally knocking their concepts... just some of it seems.... counterproductive.

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  7. I love how all of our faces in the pics Andy took are straining to hear what was being called out next over the speaker.

    You guys did great and what a perfect show for your first! Many more "real" shows to come!! :)

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  8. Woohoo first show under your belts!
    You guys look fab & sounds like plenty learning for both of you.
    Love the first & last photos best, but what a lovely team you're making! :-D

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    1. Thanks, I'm starting to clean up show worthy, can't wait for my mare to at least get a little clip, shaggy lady

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  9. Congrats on your first show! You look great. I've never won candy before. :-)

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  10. Congrats! Holly is so pretty -- I love seeing you two together!

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