So my long awaited show was today. I was entered in 12 events, but dropped 2 (Bareback and Reining). I got 4 purples, 4 blues, and 2 reds.
In showmanship I got a purple, and third place. I was horribly nervous and innately backed Dukey up with two hands
Oh well the top two have been doing this for a VERY long time. Even the the Champion Showman had her hand on the CHAIN of her lead rope :roll: All we did was walk to the judge, stand there and then turn around and trot back.
In halter Dukey got Reserve in geldings 5+ years old. And a purple of course.
Then in Western Pleasure we got a purple and champion. Even though I had to hold onto my hat a few times. But I was disappointed that the class took less than five minutes. I could believe it!
In Western Horsemanship we didn't do a pattern. Instead we did rail work and extended the trot stirrupless. We got a purple in that I got Champion Sr. Horseman.
And then western riding
Which is a ton of flying lead changes and stuff. I swore I was going to lose (even though there was only one other person). I missed one of my leads and totally ran over a cone...
But he went off pattern and got a redo, but I still got champion, and I still don't believe it! Haha, we got a blue not a purple though so I didn't get the big fancy ribbon.
Next is trail horse. It went really good, until the very end. My trainer yelled at me for opening the gate the "wrong" way when we were practicing so I did it his way. Which actually is the WRONG way. Not to mention, Duke decided the gate was out to get him so we never got it closed...
He also decided that he hated my spurs and didn't want to move.
Then speed events, lmao! I don't know if I should even explain. Well, Duke is NOT a speed horse. He's big and slow. And he enjoys stopping in the middle of the pattern. We totally blew barrels and poles (the two red ribbons) and then did fairly OK in keyhole and the flag race.
Anyway, Dukey is glad to be in a stall at the fairgrounds and eat to his heart's desire!