We went to our first Hunter Jumper Show on Saturday .... and they gave away 6 grand champion titles (one for each division) and each of my horses brought home a GRAND CHAMPION title! So this is totally a brag post but I am do danged proud of them. Not bad for two barrel racing horses.
One of the trainers I take lessons from here-and-there organized a Hunter-Jumper show in our area and they had a great, great turnout! So I am hoping they do it year after year, and maybe more than one! We had such a blast. There were 6 divisions offered. And all divisions had Working Hunter, Equitation over Fences, Hunter Under Saddle, and Equitation on the Flat.
For Division A (which I didn't enter in) they called "pile of poles" because it was just the poles on the ground for the jumps. They also allowed western tack for that division to encourage anyone to come try it. I didn't count but they had to have at least 20 people in the classes for that. It took over 2 hours to get through that division alone.
My grey (Shotgun) won the Grand Champion
in Division B which was cross rails. There was around 17 people for each class so great turnout! We took 2nd place in Working Hunter, and then DQ'ed due my error for Equitation over fences (I took the first fence the wrong way....dumb dumb!!
) [ video below ] and then took 1st place in HUS, and then 2nd place in Equitation on the Flat. So even with the DQ in the one class, he still got us enough points to walk away with the Grand Champion. I was simply hoping to have a successful day doing our courses and absolutely never even considered we would have a shot at the overall. Never! I guess there are always surprises! I was just floored.
So then I also did the next division with him which was Division C 18 inches. There were two jumps they set up with a solid brown lattice-type structure. They allowed a few minutes for practice before each division, and he was pretty "looky" at them but I got him over them a couple times. He unfortunately had one refusal for the Working Hunter class [ video below ] so we didn't place there, but he did fantastic for me in the following Equitation over Fences, and took them all great. We didn't place in that but I know my riding was not on par as I was really having to hustle my poor boy, who was getting tired. Not used to jumping so much! But he tried his little heart out for me and I can't ask for more than that. And then still pulled ribbons in the HUS and EOF after that.
So.... I was also entered in the Division D 2 feet. But my horse was now tired. And he had done so great, so he was finished (he didn't have anything more to prove!!). But I had another fresh horse tied to the trailer .... who I was not prepared to ride that day .... who has gone over a jump here and there but has never done a jumping course before..... So as fast as I could, I threw some braids into his hair, threw my saddle on him, and got into the practice quick before they started, just to test it out. I showed him a couple jumps, he sniffed a bit, but went over great and figured out what we were doing. And then he proceeded to snag the Grand Champion
title in the Division D!!! Took 4th in Working Hunter, 2nd in Equitation over Fences, 3rd in Hunter under saddle, and 2nd in Equitation on the Flat. Out of a field of about 10 people. Wow, wow, wow! And let me say, he had way too much fun jumping. Sadly, no video of him to share but the photographer got some amazing shots. A lot of the pictures, he's jumping higher than he needs to. What an over achiever!
If it's against the rules to share the photographer's public site and public photos, please delete if not allowed, but I am going to have a heck of a time deciding which pictures to order. She got so many good ones! My photos start on this page
and then keep clicking next to see them all.
But anyway, I'll stop rambling and bragging. I'm just so danged proud of my horses. This made my summer!!!!!!
I'll try to attach a few pics of the boys. (sorry they are rotated - I usually use photobucket but I can't log in)
And the videos! Wish I would have gotten one of Red. He was fun!