A good time was had by all at the Firecracker Walking Horse Show this past weekend.
Congratulations to my students, Renee Coghill and her horse Windy and Meredith Haddock and her mare, Josie for their wins and good placings. Great riding girls!! Congratulations also to our good friend, Jennifer Batts, and her 3 horses, Sandy, Layla and Tonka. Jennifer also took the Dressage High Score Award with her beautiful young mare, Layla. They brought down the house, with all 3 horses taking home many blue ribbons. Way to go!!
I brought just my mare, Penny, and she behaved herself very well. First classes were Dressage, on Thursday morning. She was quite tense in the Training Level Test 1 and received scores in the low 60's for a fourth and fifth place ( two judges scoring separately at this show), but in the Training Level Test 3, she settled down and went to work. I was extremely happy with her test and the judges rewarded her with a First and Second place, scores of 70 and 74.8%. Friday morning was the Trail Obstacle class for Penny and although we had not really practiced, she made it through the class with just a couple of difficulties. She placed a respectable 6th under one of the judges. (12 horses in the class). I decided to throw in an English Trail Pleasure class on Friday evening just for fun and some experience for Penny. It was the best she has ever behaved in a rail class, even with a borrowed bit, so I was really happy. It has been a struggle to get her focused, and she really pulled it together and even got a 6th place!
It was really nice to see all my "show friends" and have a chance to visit.
Thanks so much to my buddy, Judy Hadley, for all her help on the Exhibitor's party. Judy and I worked together at putting on the party, and it turned out well. Everyone seemed to have a good time.
I'm off to Missouri next week to teach a Gaited Dressage Clinic on the 18th and spend some time visiting with my Aunt in St. Louis.
We will now be on Summer break from shows during the hot weather and start back the end of August. Will be posting the fall show schedule soon.
Hope everyone has a happy and safe Summer!