I got the super fun experience of working with the official photographer, KC Montgomery. I scribed for him and his other photographer during classes. I got to watch a lot of events I other wise wouldn't have watched. The following is my opinion and meant to be taken in a light funny manner. Hahah.
I really enjoyed the sorting and the team penning, wish Western Pleasure people would yell and get that worked up in the pen. "YEAH! YEAH YOU SPARKLE!! SLOW DOWN!! DONT PUT YOUR HEAD UP DONT DO IT DONT DO IT AAAAAYE!!!" Haha just being silly.
A big gorgeous hunter-type dapple grey stud won the Superhorse last night, his name is Unforgetable
The Junior cow horses were phenomenal. I found a trainer to hopefully send my Dusty to in the spring, I hope he can be that good one day.
Pole bending....I can't say much since I don't compete at that level, but I was expecting something a little..I dunno..more. Barrels was good, I was really wanting to watch the stake's but I had to leave. I was surprised by how many of the barrel racers were males.
Jumping horses were fantastic! I loved the hunters as well.
The performance halter, still not sure what the point of that class was (just saying)...I did find one horse in that class drool worthy, Im A Tuff Bueno. A little long in back but very bull dog type. He placed very well in all the roping classes.
Amateur boxing, a few cows decides they wanted to push the boundaries and just go full working cow horse. Carol Rose talked to me (aka asked my how many were in the class) and I almost died. Just a little stars truck. Almost like when I worked the NRHA derby show office and Lyle Lovett smiled at me, and Shawn Flarida made eye contact...
Lots of gorgeous shirts for sale in the trade show, I named a few Rihanna, Lady Gaga and my person favorite Ke$ha. You spend $4000 on a shirt, what happens when you fall off?! I guess you can get insurance on them. And $20,000 saddles. *drools*
Halter horses are so great as standing still, you ask them to move and they just start bucking
In the last class last night in Western riding, reserve and champion were both roans. One was a red dun roan, which I had never seen before (Dun it on the range was his name I believe).
Can somebody please tell the guys in western pleasure not to wear black shirt and chaps?! BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE GUY DID AND I COULDN'T TELL THEM APART AND IT MADE MY JOB VERY HARD
There was a pretty crop-out splash in the pleasure driving class. Looked slightly out of place but MAN could he move.
I didn't get the "big horse show people" vibe from most people. Yeah, some people were pretty snotty acting and I avoided those people, but most of them were just down to earth horse people that were here for a purpose.
Ropes were baby blue shirts way to freaking often.
All halter horses are sorrel.
All hunters are bay.
Palominos are great at working cow horse.
All team penners have coon tails.
Pole benders like to scream at the poles really loud to scare them away.
In all seriousness though, my favorite part was being in every awards ceremony. There is two people left in the arena, and when one is called for reserve the tears of happiness on the champions face made all their trials through the year worth it. Some had bawling family and friends in the crowd. It was fantastic and I teared up multiple times..
That's my dream..