This past Friday and Saturday was spent showing with the baby and the mare. The baby has had limited experience, in fact his only other show he had ever been to was Crows Nest last year, where he did a couple led classes.
The baby's only class on Friday was the Best Presented. It is a halter class supposably judged on how well presented the horse is. Well I pretty much pulled the rug off baby, brushed out his mane, threw the bridle on him and out we went. Didnt even black his hooves, and his back socks were dirty. We managed to pull off 3rd from 6. The mare, Clo, was also in this class, and was plaited and rossetted, hooves blacked, green stains on legs scrubbed and then covered with white powder, and well groomed. The judge didnt so much as give her a passing glance while inspecting the line up
Next was a Galloway class with Clo, again with the incredibly rude and biased judge. First up, she wasnt even going to explain the workout to me!!!! Then she did a half arsed job at describing the workout. When I asked her to explain, again a very quick and sketchy explaination, but also varied from the first one Needless to say we got nowhere in that class, but what really peeved me was the horse that got put up second. Terrible horse, terrible rider, and terrible workout. Shying at everything, head in the air, side stepping and when it was behaving it was strung out and looked aweful. At least me and Clo did a reasonable workout, even if it was the wrong one And Im betting that the rider who placed 3rd was wondering the same things as me...
I pulled out of the rest of the show ring classes. I have no time for judges like that.
We had a quick change of gear and then into the jumping ring. They were sooooo nice, such a contrast to the beotch in the show ring!!! I was the last person wanting to jump, but they waited and let me change gear, then take my time over the practice fences, then walk the course (even tho the competition had already started, I don't think that is usually done). The judge/ builder even took the time to answer some questions I had about the striding in the double.
The course was only 80cm, and even with a few tight turns, it flowed very well. We had a refusal at the first fence, but after that did a very good round, and ended up in 3rd place. She didnt even look at the fillers and never touched a rail.
Then was barrels and stock horse race. The mare did a awesome barrel run and we got 3rd from 8, but she got a little eager in the stock horse race and we overshot our turns.
The baby before his class
The mare, and my groom Clarice
(brown horse got 3rd)
/\ brown horse on right is 2nd place getter :S
The winner. Beautiful little arab