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    04-02-2012, 12:26 AM
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Trained
First local show of the season *EXTREMELY PIC HEAVY*

So, yesterday (Saturday) was the first show of our local show season. My friend that I used to work with/for was there with her student and they both entered. They did pretty good, especially her student.

So, the show starts out with English in the morning, then goes to Western in the afternoon. My friend and her student were showing English pleasure (the student) and hunter pleasure (my friend).

First class was English pleasure walk/trot 12 and under. She was the only entry in both 12 and under and 17 and under, so she swept both classes. She showed on my friend's arab mare, Katie. They had to clip her because her winter coat is funky (she's curly on her neck and shoulders).




Then there was the open walk/trot class. Not sure how, but the guy riding the friesian won the open class (he's a VERY new rider and it showed).


My friend's student won the championship, though.


Then it was on to the walk/trot/canter class. Cute little sooty buckskin paint mare, but she had a very long back. She was the only entrant, so she swept the class.



And then it was time for Hunter pleasure. My friend entered on Katie. I thought she did pretty well, but Katie kept dropping out of her gaits, so the other horse won.



My friend also owns Katie's full-brother, who is two years younger (Katie is...12...I think). His name is Kintari and he looks almost EXACTLY like Katie, which is kinda scary. Lol She had Kintari first and when she brought Katie in, I kept getting them mixed up.



Then they moved up the three-gaited saddlebred class from the afternoon because they didn't have any equitation entrants and they needed to fill time. The girl riding him is awesome on the gaited breeds. You'll see her a little later on in some of the other gaited classes.

The horse was a three-year-old and kept spooking over by the booth/shed where they had the ribbons/registration and the PA speakers.

     
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    04-02-2012, 12:28 AM
  #2
Trained
Then it was the hunter pleasure open class, which my friend entered as well.



Didn't get any pics of the dressage suitability or hunter hack class.

Then, the Western riders were warming up.

Was DROOLING over this buckskin paint!

This poor grulla paint mare was sooooooooooo skinny! You could see her backbone and every rib. The chick had body clipped her for the show and she had bald patches on her hips. It made me want to cry!


This little guy was the cutest thing EVER!!! He was maybe all of six and his gelding was a solid 15-15.2hh. Set that gelding up PERFECTLY and even got him to trot in-hand. He swept the gelding four and older class.






Leadline walk/trot class! Cutest little girl on this MFT. They were trying to get the foxtrotter to trot and he kept foxtrotting...and the little girl knew the difference and rode them perfectly.


Five-gaited saddlebred class. Same girl that was riding the three-gaited.



Couldn't get a good pic of her racking, but man was she fast!
     
    04-02-2012, 12:33 AM
  #3
Trained
Then it was time for WP walk/jog. This little girl was riding this BIG 16.2hh grullo paint gelding and did SUCH a good job!


She swept her class.


The skinny grulla mare. I don't know if anyone said anything to her. I heard a few people telling her how pretty her mare was. That poor mare could barely hold herself up, much less the saddle and rider.





The little guy from the stock type halter geldings 5+. He was so friggin' adorable! He did REALLY well in the walk/jog/lope classes. He would have done better, but his gelding kept dropping out of his gaits. His gelding did a little bit of bucking at one point, though, and he rode it like it was nothing.




Didn't get any pics of the equitation class or the trail class. The wind was blowing and I was too busy keeping people's ribbons and stuff from blowing away.
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    04-02-2012, 01:02 AM
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Foal
Aww! I absolutely adore the little guys paint, gorgeous! I'm can't go to horse shows anymore because I always end up getting in fights. Me and that little grullas owner would've gotten into it. I almost got kicked out of a show last year when a girl my age, who was wearing a pair of HUGE spurs took her foot out of the stirrup and kicked her horse as hard as she could in the shoulder because he wouldn't move off her leg (while there was a horse next to him). Goodness! People drive me crazy.
     
    04-02-2012, 01:06 AM
  #5
Trained
I wanted to say something, but since other people were telling her how pretty the mare was, I was sure I'd been completely ignored and look like a complete witch. I can do it in a nice way, but it really just wasn't worth it.

That little boy was so absolutely friggin' adorable! His gelding was cleaned up so nice and turned out so well. The judge asked him if his mom and dad helped him clean up his gelding for the show and he said (into the mic!) "Only the parts that were too tall for me to reach without the ladder." EVERYONE in the stands went "N'awwwww!!"
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    04-02-2012, 08:36 AM
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Weanling
That poor grulla, not only is it completely underweight but it looks like the saddle is hitting the withers! Yowch!

That is soo cute about the little boy :) I love watching all of those little riders and just imagining how awesome they'll be when they're older.

I loved looking at all your photos! I can't wait for my show season here to start!
     
    04-02-2012, 09:52 AM
  #7
Green Broke
Great pics Drafty! Looks like it had a pretty decent turnout, and for the most part, with the exception of that one Paint, all the horses looked fantastic!!
     
    04-02-2012, 01:06 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
That poor grulla, not only is it completely underweight but it looks like the saddle is hitting the withers! Yowch!

That is soo cute about the little boy :) I love watching all of those little riders and just imagining how awesome they'll be when they're older.

I loved looking at all your photos! I can't wait for my show season here to start!
Her saddle didn't fit anywhere because there was nothing for it to fit on! It lifted up in the back and didn't touch her back at all, except when it curved down toward the sides.

That little boy was fantastic. The other little ones were good, but he was so calm and confident. Didn't have anyone helping him other than his dad who helped him saddle after the halter class.

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Originally Posted by csimkunas6    
Great pics Drafty! Looks like it had a pretty decent turnout, and for the most part, with the exception of that one Paint, all the horses looked fantastic!!
Yeah, it was a decent turnout for western. We don't usually get many in the English classes because it isn't very popular around here. I can think of four trainers off the top of my head that teach English, including my friend and the trainer at our barn. Compared to probably a good fifty or so that offer western lessons.

And the horses (except that paint) were all looking great. Some were a tad rolly polly, but just coming off winter, it's to be expected. Kind of wish I'd gotten pics of the lady who swept the equitation class. Her palomino paint was stunning and all decked out like he was going to a congress show, not some little local show.
     
    04-02-2012, 01:28 PM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Her saddle didn't fit anywhere because there was nothing for it to fit on! It lifted up in the back and didn't touch her back at all, except when it curved down toward the sides.

That little boy was fantastic. The other little ones were good, but he was so calm and confident. Didn't have anyone helping him other than his dad who helped him saddle after the halter class.



Yeah, it was a decent turnout for western. We don't usually get many in the English classes because it isn't very popular around here. I can think of four trainers off the top of my head that teach English, including my friend and the trainer at our barn. Compared to probably a good fifty or so that offer western lessons.

And the horses (except that paint) were all looking great. Some were a tad rolly polly, but just coming off winter, it's to be expected. Kind of wish I'd gotten pics of the lady who swept the equitation class. Her palomino paint was stunning and all decked out like he was going to a congress show, not some little local show.



So when are you going to bring Aires into a show? I was planing on bringing Rodeo to a halter class just to get him into the show atmosphere, but I don't think Im going to, to many things to do :)
     
    04-02-2012, 04:00 PM
  #10
Trained
Depends on my work schedule, to be honest. Saturdays are difficult for me to get off. The only reason I had this one off was because of my surgery. My friend that showed is excited for us to start showing, too. She even thinks I should enter the WP walk/jog classes in our stock saddle. Lol

However, after today, we need A LOT of work before we can even think going to a show.
     

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