Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Show

Saturday was great! We had alot of fun just hanging out and riding.
Our friends the Westbrooks came and Rosie and Grace rode their ponies.

The first two "classes" where Gamblers Choice and High Jump. In Gamblers Choice is where you get 1-2 minutes to jump as many jumps as you can and each jump has a point value the person with the most points wins. High Jump is where they have one jump and they raise it untill either your horse refuses or nocks a pole down. Rachel and I didn't do either of these classes.

Third was called "Keyhole" basically the have a small box(made up of traffic cones) and you have to ride down into the box turn around and ride back. If you go outside the box you get a "no time" and are disqualified.
I was hoping to win or place high in this event but Sandy wouldn't go faster then a medium canter! However I ended up with 4th place and a time of 18.2 seconds so I can't complain. Rachel had a similar problem with Liberty. You are going to hate this but Rachel didn't write her times or what classes on the back of the ribbon so we don't remember if she got a ribbon or not.

Next was "Pole Bending". In this you have 6 poles set in a straight line down the middle of the arena and they are spaced 21 feet apart. then you have to run down to the last pole go around it and weave down through them and back up then run straight back. Well this even started out horribly but I managed to weave through the pole cantering so that saved a lot of time and then galloped back to the start line. I ended up with 6th and a time of 36.3 seconds, 3 seconds slower then last year :( Rachel I believe placed in this one but again I'm not sure.

Then it was 50 yard dash. It's easy to describe. Basically you have one barrel and you race down around it and back. No ribbons :( But it was fun! And I learned some valuable things from it.

Rachel and Libby(Aka Liberty) Starting out for the Pole Bending
Sixth was Barrel Racing! One of my favorites! I find it easiest to explain by showing a picture of this pattern.

The only thing I do differently is I start with the barrel on the left so I only have to make one left turn.

As I said before I was having trouble with Sandy not galloping so Mrs. Westbrook offered the use of their Dressage whip. So off I go and what does Sandy do? She runs it with a time of 23.1! Now that might sound slow and well it is depending on the course. The closest time to our at that time was a 26.6 (I might be wrong about the .6 part. But it was a 26) So Sandy and I had 1st until the insane horse came and got a 22.8! Well we got second! And for the rest of the day guess who decided to gallop?
Now I feel like I've not said enough about how great Rachel and Liberty did. Liberty was so calm the entire day and as it was her first show I was impressed. Now she may be over wheight but she can move! She barreled ;) around the course and ended up with 4th and I believe the time was something like 31 or 32 seconds.

Ok so next was "speed ball".For this event they take the last barrel from the Barrel Racing and place a bucket-like container on the top of it. Then they hand you a tennis ball and you have to race down around the barrel and place, drop or throw the ball into the container. If you drop the ball, nock the barrel over or otherwise don't get the ball into the container you are disqualified. 
Sandy and Me.

If you look closely at the picture you can see the container on the barrel. The picture is at an odd angle because it was much farther to the barrel than it looks.
Now comes the part where I boast about the 2nd place a got and complain about the crazy horse who once again smashed my dreams of a lovely blue ribbon. Rachel got 4th in this event and beat the Westbrook girls. It was a theme in about 3 of the events where the three of them would finish 4,5,6 or something like that and so far Rachie, while she enjoyed herself, found her self at the end of the lineup and never it seemed infront of her friends.

This is a picture of Sandy and Me doing egg and spoon.
Now we get to the bit of the show where they anounced the Champion and Reserve Champion for both the Speed division and the Fun division. Now Much to my great supprise I was anounced Reserve Champion of the Speed division! I am used to being the low rider of the show and rarely making it past a few ribbons of varying places and so therefore never a contender for the Championship.

After that we did Egg & Spoon where, as you may have guessed, you have to ride around the ring while holding a raw egg on a plastic spoon.   
Last year Sandy and I managed to take first but alas this year was our year for seconds... Not that I'm complaining! Poor Rachel unfortunately didn't get very far as Libby has a very bumpy pony trot. It was her downfall in the next event too.

And last but not least was the infamouse Dollar Bareback BYOD (bring your own dollar). Last time I competed in this event I ended up with Sandy galloping around the arena and then depositing me into a pile of... lets just say... horse "stuff"... Not fun. But this time I ended up being in the top 5-6. Like I said before poor Rachel... Libby is just not a good dollar bareback or egg and spoon kind of pony. But as it is called a fun show we can truely say we had fun.

Well I hope you enjoyed this horribly boring and long post. I'm sorry about the lack of photos but I was riding most of the time and the few I have are..."borrowed" from my mom's blog....

Thanks for reading!

Rachel and Libby


Mrs.Rabe said...

It was a fun show! You girls both did very well, and so did the horses!


hisewerachel said...

I loved the post.I did not think it was boring at all :O) It helped me get a picture of what the show was like. I am so happy Liberty did so well for her first show ever. She was probably thinking this is fun why haven't I done this before. I am sure she was taking it all in for this show and the next she will really enjoy it. She is a smart litte pony so with some pounds gone and her figuring it out how everything goes I am sure she will really have fun at the next show. I look forward to reading your future posts as you work with your horses. I am always amazed how the Lord teaches me life lessons through my horses as I am teaching them. The same with my children!

Phyllis said...

I was proud of all four of you!!!!

Mary @ Framed and Tagged said...

I came over from your Mom's blog.
I think it's neat to have your own horses and to be able to attend the shows. We have miniature donkeys and have shown them for years...lots of fun.
Keep it up girl!!

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