We have been busy with horse shows almost every weekend. This weekend was supposed to be a break, but sure enough we went on our way to a show anyway!!
Tatra Farm was our first show with our walk/trotter Abigale riding Ozzy - they recieved a 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th in the walk trot division. This was Ozzy's first pre-short class (not a huge feat considering his vast show record from my showing days) and Abigales first ever show. It was a great, friendly atmosphere, typical of a schooling show with the hustle and bustle but an all around good time. Danielle came up from the city to show Bam Bam in his first ever show, he did well, making around the courses in good fashion.
The following weekend brought us the Kent School Horse Trials, where our friend Kristen and her horse Joy won the Beginner Novice - it was their first sanctioned event, and the weather was less than spectacular with the pouring rain and 40* temperatures but they managed to pull it together for a strong all around ride.
Following the weekend of Kent, we had a busy weekend with a schooling show at River Run (also a very wet and soggy day) where Abigale again showed Ozzy and was champion of the walk/trot with firsts and seconds across the board. Stevie made his horse show debut with me, doing an unjudged crossrail round just to get him acquainted with the horse show experience. In typical Steve style, he stood like a gentleman, occasionally grabbed a crib off of Ozzy's stirrup or neck, and was generally bored. I couldn't be more pleased with how professional he was with the whole experience, but obviously our training has a long way to go before we are a real competitive force anywhere...haha
The second half of the weekend was the Boyd and Silva Martin clinic at Fitches which Kristen and Joy also attended...another wet and soggy outing for the both of them, but it was a good time had by all and I think all riders came away with a good understanding of what was being asked and what aspects of their riding/horses needed work. And Boyd is just great to listen to and look at, of course :)
On top of the horse shows, we also have welcomed some new horses into the barn, the first of which being a very cute broodmare that is here for some extra love and TLC while she's being bred, and the second of which is our new sale client...EZ Dollar...We are in love with EZ, perfect in quite honestly every way. Make sure to check out his sale page :)
That brings us to this weekend - A friend of mine was entered into GMHA when her horse had some shoeing issues that wouldn't allow her to bring her horse. I offered Mr. Bam to her and she quickly jumped on the opportunity It was Bam's first event, jumped right into Novice and really acted like a complete pro and gentleman. Travelling all the way from NY to VT with a strange but also familliar rider (Tesla has ridden him a few times, but not in a month or two). For his first ever dressage test, and for how short of time he has been off the track, he put down what I consider a very strong dressage test and jumped around like a pro, holding true to his "amateur horse extraordinare" description, just point and click and you're over the fence. I am really proud, even though they are not in the ribbons (potentially that is a "yet"). XC goes today around 1pm...Keeping my fingers crossed for a strong finish by the both of them.
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