So I'm taking a horsemanship class for my school (content wise the class turned out to be rather lame, it's definitely focused towards non-riders) and the teacher is this guy named Gregg Shrake, who just so happens to have been a multiple time AQHA Worlds judge (in equitation I think...) and he's gone to worlds a quite a few times himself.
Last night we had our first jog as a class and I thought I was doing ok, not great but ok. He gave me both of the tougher horses, one is an ex-barrel racing mare who appeared to not understand about walking on a loose rein (I had her walking on a loose rein ten minutes after getting on, go figure) and another mare that is according to them "a real soft mare" who had already run off with another rider (a girl who rides at the barn normally and is just taking the class for kicks) because she had been keeping her legs too tightly on her or something. That second mare was fine for me, I just rode her like I ride Lacey, nothing's a big deal, everything is fine, and she was fine!
But anyway, after the class Gregg came up to me and told me that I was a very good rider and had good form and that he didn't tell many people that. Daaaang. Especially to get that from a Worlds judge.
I totally know that I have major stuff to work on in any event but I'm super stoked to hear that at all! I've never been to a show and I've never taken hardcore lessons, it's always been half lesson half have fun for an hour + horse so I really never thought I could be "good". Yay!!! I guess I'm just proud of myself. =)