Well after having three shows in a row rained out, we finally managed to get one show in for Spring, and what a show it was! We had a great turnout with the weather going from cool spring to hot hot summer in one leap. We thought we were good to go weather wise when a totally unexpected storm came through before the english classes and caused us to end the show!
Our high point winners based only on western, halter, pattern and trail scores were Gail Williams and Hank as Walk Trot Canter and Adult champions with Mariah Knagg being reserve Walk Trot Canter Champion.
Amy Migl and Tippy were our Walk Trot Champions and they were tied with Gail point wise, so they both recieve overall championships for the day. Tracie Haynie was our reserve Walk Trot Champion.
Gail Williams and Hank backing onto the dreaded bridge is an example of the trust this team has achieved. Gail and Hank were our Adult Walk Trot Canter Champions as well as our co-overall champions for the day.
Halter classes were very large and competetive and even though they were split there were still more than twenty entries in each class.
It is always great to see our next generation of riders showing in leadline.
Trail is always challenging.
Mariah did a great job all day long and ended up Reserve Walk Trot Canter Champion.
Keith and Bint did a nice job in trail.
Anna Marie Migl and her new horse T Rex are obviously going to be a team to watch in the future! Both are looking lovely!
We will take this time for a bit of instruction!
Ericka and her lovely horse Jasmine are both accomplished and capable, however Jasmine took offense to the milk carton full of rocks and reared up and hit Ericka in the face. It is absolutely essential whenever you pick up anything on a horse, that you are in a position to drop it making sure that no part of it gets caught in tack, on you, or on the horse. Horses are flight creatures and when something frightens them, then run. Jasmine reared up and knocked two of Erickas teeth out (fortunately Kellie took her to the hospital and the teeth were replaced) and then the dreaded milk carton which had gotten tangled in her reins persued her. We were afraid she was going to run through a fence before the milk carton finally came loose and fell away.
This kind of accident can happen to anyone at any time, so do not ever take your horse for granted and every time you are doing something that might be scary to your horse, make sure you have a way to remove the fear if your horse becomes too agitated!