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post #1 of 5 Old 05-13-2009, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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Crows Nest Show 2009

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 dont 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

Best Presented

Baby's ribbon

Warming up

My class

(brown horse got 3rd)

/\ brown horse on right is 2nd place getter :S

The winner. Beautiful little arab

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(brown on right was 2nd place getter )

/\ the winner. beautiful little arab.

My dust trail in the barrels

Coming home

My second groom Jess after warming down bear
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Day 2

So today the plan was do the arab derivitive classes with baby (halter and ridden) then jump the mare, and then nothing til late in the arvo. This was to be baby's first ridden comp, and the ring was not schedualed to start until 8-30. I get on at 5 to 8 thinking that Id give Nudge a nice warm up and get him used to the sights and sounds before having to compete, and I havent even walked one circle when they start calling us for an 8 oclock start. They dont even have the frigging courtesy to let people know they are gonna start early
So I jump off and rush to get baby ready for his halter class and decied to pull out of the ridden one. No purebreds, and only one derivitive colt, so the 6(??) classes that were supposed to run before mine ended up being more like 2. (Big surprise, anyone planning on those classes probably hadnt even arrived yet :roll: And they wonder why they have such poor attendance each year... ) Only 2 horses in my class, we placed 2nd. No suprise, the other horse was very nice. Anyway the Judge comes up to me with a whole heap of compliments towards Nudge, then says ' He is a very lovely mover, are you doing the ridden class?' I tell her no, and she proceeds to talk me into it, saying that we will be fine and just do something very easy. So i let myself be talked into it Anyway, rush to get ready and back out there, and get on and walk round the ring a few times and all is well. Until all of a sudden he takes off in a massive bucking fit!!!! Proper bucking too, the high as he can go and twist in the air style I managed to sit it out a good 30 seconds, and even thought I was gonna get him back under control at one point, but ended up coming off, hitting my head pretty hard and bruising the whole left of my body, and messing up my right toes pretty badly. He of course took off across the entire ring.
So after my head stopped spinning and I sat up and delt with the medics, and fetched my horse while listening to a whole heap of rude comments about my "bad" horse (and I soo had to bite my tongue to not turn around and scream "Maybe if you c*#&s knew how to organise a show this wouldnt have happened") I left the ring dirty and disgraced.
Baby spent the rest of the day ringside where he had to watch all the happenings of a show, even the Grand Parade where the big old scary tractors, and carriages and drays and just about every other frightning thing you can think of went right by him.

Anyway, not long after the fall I got on my mare for the showjumping. 80cm again. And my foot was still hurting like hell. We managed to pull off 2 excellent rounds, she didnt even think of refusing and never so much as brushed a rail We placed 3rd from a good 10 or 12 riders. I was very proud of her.

Our only other events that day were barrels, stockhorse race and keyhole in the afternoon. 3rds in barrels and stockhorse race, but elim in keyhole. She did a awesome barrel run tho. I've only just started letting her go at speed, and she is loving it!!

I had no grooms today, so noone to take pictures :( This is all I have of my babies from this day

Nudge's derivitive 2nd and bear's showjumping 3rd
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Great pictures!!! Looks like you two had a lot of fun! well you bunch actually LOL

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Thanks. It was good witht the exception of the show ring.
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