Take one older, scared overweight rider, get her, for some reason she can't understand, to go and look and then buy, an Appaloosa, and one that is rated for experienced rider only. Wait a few years and a few ups and downs and waht do you get?
You get a still older, but thinner and a lot braver woman, who takes said spotty horse and her new Arab mare to a show, and after spending the morning thinking of reasons not to go, and feeling sick, but we wnent along.
We all survived the day, and we had fun. well I did, I hope the ponies did as well. It was a long hard day though, man that was a lot of riding.
How did we do? Well we had moments of pure harmony where I felt just great, and moments of pure farce, like taking the wrong course in one dressage test
The star of the day was Mr G, who blew everyone away, he is a total crowd ho, and the judge just loved him, comments like "Awesome movement" and I got "great smile" when riding him, he got 3 "beautiful movement" comments as well. He then went on to jump 2 clear rounds and one 4 fault round. Mr G is going to convert to English, he just rode so well in the English saddle.
OK, only a couple of pics at the show
Here is Mr G's complete collection
He won the Walk Trot senior A test, then picked up good marks in his other tests, and also ribbons for his jumping.
Then here is Ace's haul for the day, she won the senior and open walk trot B test, and got ribbons for good marks on the other tests.