My mare Whiskey has been progressing very well since I started her in May. We had a great World Show and then came home and took 19 and over high point at the local show in November. She is willing and gentle, and it's time for a trainer.
I went to my December show and we won our hunt seat eq. Class, and took 4th in our horsemanship class behind very strong rides by our local trainers, so I was pleased with those classes. We got 2nd in Halter Mares (about 13 in the class) and the judge remarked she was a very nice looking mare. We have won or been top in all the pattern classes, including showmanship, pretty consistently in the last three shows.
But we didn't place (other than a 6th) in our rail classes, despite consistent rides. I'll admit I was discouraged as she felt soft and responsive - not finished, and not collected, but about where she should be with 7 months under saddle. The judge came up after the last class and said he likes her walk and jog, but gets strung out at the lope (still actually a canter) and I need to work on finishing her to present a complete picture. I think I just need time to let her the build muscles and frame, and as she is only three and I am not in a rush, I think I am progressing nicely. But I am not sure.
So I placed a call today to our young, local trainer that shows breed show western and hunter under saddle. She has a really nice national level mare she grew up on, and won alot on, but now I have been watching her bring up two three year olds, and really like how they have progressed under saddle. It is a little humbling as I like to train my own, but I think I need to get another set of eyes to make improvements now where they are needed, both in my training and my riding.
Here is some pics of Whiskey from the world show, I hope to make her a really well rounded 4H horse for my now 6 year old daughter. By the time she is old enough to show competitively, I hope to have a competitive horse for her :)
A part of me feels like I am giving up on my own abilities, though. (sigh).