Entry forms and stall reservations sent in!
I reserved three stalls so we can have a tack stall and a place to sit - we are going to haul down our small recliners so we can put down a rug, the recliners, and a small refridg for snacks - saddles and bridles along the stall wall and the rest of the space for us! Because really, this show is all about us having a BLAST! and the showing is just a small part of that!!
Kellie is showing Scooby in Junior Barrels, Open Stake and Open Poles because she is still officially a junior (she turned 19 in August, but is 18 for world show purposes) and so can only show in Open classes. She is showing Whiskey in paint bred poles because I had too many classes on Sunday and didn't want to be rushed jumping from horse to horse. (all for fun!). No stress wanted.
I am showing Scooby in Novice Ammy Barrels and Poles, and Whiskey in paint bred barrels and stake race, then the horsemanship class. It will be my goal between now and the show to slow down and collect her jog and hope for clean and steady lopes. She is only three so we are just going to train steady and ask for clean workouts until the show.
I have been working her every day this week on squares. We trot the square making sure she really picks her shoulders up as we turn the corner and then lines back out. We are working on forehand turns and pivots. Some canter departures from a walk and jog. She is asked to frame up and drive herself up into the bit at least part of every lesson. I have a suspicion the world pattern will require a lope departure from a standstill so achieving that will be a goal before November. My form is crap, sadly discovered after watching my videos, and I am working on getting that leg under me and keeping my body soft. Way too much bouncing around going on right now
- but we'll get it!
I feel very motivated to ride these days, and Kellie is riding Scooby every day - State Fair is next week on the 25th so she is working speed work one day, horsemanship the next to keep him supple and calm...
Still plenty of time for improvements and we are looking forward to the journey - Whiskey meets me at the gate and is very happy and sweet. Love, love this mare.