Sunday, August 24, 2014

Catch ride

So a longtime friend contacted me to ride one of her horses in a dressage show last weekend.  She was the secretary so couldn't compete.  I rode the horse for the first time on a Tuesday.  Then on thursday I took her usual lesson with her trainer (wife of my long term trainer/second dad) who I have taken sporadic lessons from in the past.  The lesson went great and the owner and trainer were really pleased, even saying that I was making the mare look better than ever.  Blondie is a sport horse Appaloosa.  Then Sunday I rode First level 2 and 3.  Warm up was amazing and in three quarters of the show ring she was amazing, but she decided that the judges booth was the gate to hades.  Needless to say the scores were not great, but the owner was still very happy and we chocked it up to young horse learning experience.  Worry not, Alyssa came and took amazing shots!  I really am way too spoiled in the picture department.
Thank goodness we are cantering away from the judge's booth/box of doom

It was 95 and humid (rained all night)

Sneaking some pink

Favorite shot from the show

Pretty girl

I guess her neck was fascinating 

So much fun, I actually love showing

Love the red lining on my coat

Wish I could have had the same relaxation in the ring as the warmup!
Can't wait for a dressup show with my horses!

19 comments:

  1. Well done!! Blondie is a nice little horse, for sure. I love all of the horses from there!

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    1. They really have a great breeding program!

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  2. What an adorable mare! It sucks when the tension rears up in the competition ring :( At least the warm up was nice and relaxed. Little steps, right?

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    1. Always happy with forward steps and there were lots!

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  3. awesome seeing you in action at a show! she's got a lovely expression, too - and i love the roaning on her neck/chest.

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    1. Thank you, yes I actually really liked her interesting color

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  4. she's gorgeous! love her roaning!

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  5. I don't think you've discussed showing much on your blog, awesome to see you rocking it like you do your normal rides :)

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    1. I haven't, I need to do some throughback posts about shows:) Thank you!

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  6. Awesome! Love the first photo of you guys.

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  7. Her color is very interesting! I'm glad you had a good time :)

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  8. A sporthorse appy? How fun! You two look great!

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  9. Killing it as always lady!
    Pity about the judges booth from he'll, but practice makes perfect and I'm sure she took plenty positives away from her time under your saddle.

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