I got SO many compliments on her versatility
She'd been to one show before this, but only did halter and showmanship so I don't really count it. That show was PtHA and this one was a 4H charity open show.
It was a two day show (the first day was english and the second day was western). A friend of mine showed her in two english classes for me (so I didn't have to pay for both days because she was already showing her horse in english... haha). She showed her in gaited english pleasure and gaited english equitation. There was one other person in the class with a really old MFT gelding who paced the entire
time. He also broke into a walk about a hundred times. They called for a 'walk,' a 'first gait,' and a 'second gait.' The gelding did a slow pace and a fast pace for his two gaits. Mystique was absolutely perfect, and the judge decided to tie them for first!! WTF?!
Oh well. The second class went better for Mystique. It was equitation, and she did her pattern perfectly and the other girl messed hers up. So the judge had no choice but to place them first and second.
On the second day, I showed Mystique in gaited/saddle-type halter mares and the gaited/saddle-type mares and geldings championship. She won both. In the mare class, there was one other boy with a Quarter Horse
. Obviously the judge couldn't place him, being in the wrong class. The boy's mom was so pissed off... as soon as I walked out of the ring, she yells "the girl who won this class isn't wearing a helmet!!!" I'm 20, and helmets are only required for those under 18. The woman in charge explained that to her, and she proceeded to shoot me dirty looks and talk crap about me the entire
day. So that was fun...
Then we had showmanship. I screwed up my pattern, and the other woman from my barn (who went after me) did the exact same thing. When I stopped her in front of the judge to square her up, she was dancing around and staring at the judge's clipboard. Oh well... at least she looks pretty when she's scared, and the judge loved her. I ended up getting 5th out of 6.
Here's a picture: http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5045/...5610b5c6_b.jpg
I don't have the video of that pattern, but I have one from the previous PtHA show:
Then came the three under saddle classes - gaited pleasure, gaited performance, and gaited equitation. There were more entries in these because they combined saddle seat and western. We got first in all three http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5201/...5e807f1e_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/...38365150_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5167/...dd4a52b7_b.jpg
What really annoyed me, though, was that the judge walked up to the MFT gelding while we were in the line up and said "he's so cute! I love the way his ears flop when he foxtrots." And he was pacing the entire
time! And they supposedly brought in this judge because she was their "gaited expert." Grrrrrr.
Anyway, then we did trail... which was interesting because there was a circus going on and there were elephants
walking around 100 feet away. Mystique was really tired at this point (which helped in trail, but didn't help so much in reining, which was right after trail). Mystique did awesome and we won trail
Then reining... (I'm pasting this from the thread I posted in the reining forum)
This was in the beginning of December and she'd only had 90 days of serious training back in March, April, and May. For about six months before the 90 days and about six months between the 90 days and the December show, I mostly did trail riding and only worked on reining once or twice a week (except for right before the show). So I was happy with how she did. Yes, she was 6 but she only had as much experience as a 2-3 year-old.
I screwed up the pattern : /
I ended up doing an extra fast circle to the left because for some reason I was thinking I was supposed to start my rollbacks from that lead. I realized right after the center and I should have just yanked her over from there. She doesn't really know lead changes, anyway. Oh well... the other person was DQd as well. http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5042/...22326835_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5124/...8b498710_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5083/...b7198654_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5049/...50b0fb1a_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5164/...30cafa82_b.jpg http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5082/...1e80a81f_b.jpg
So then we decided to do barrels, haha. Everybody was having fun doing it with WP horses and stuff. I don't remember what my time was, but it wasn't good. She was really tired and I didn't push her. And... I screwed up that pattern as well. Then I did a sliding stop at the end of my pattern, haha : )
So in the end Mystique won every single class she entered where I didn't screw up the pattern. And she still did exactly what I asked her to when I asked her to do the wrong thing. Haha : )
Oh, and another annoying thing! They ran out of grand champion ribbons and said they would mail me one. That was over 11 weeks ago and I got nothing.