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Quite a finish to the olympic eventing, yes? I was really pulling for the Swedish rider to clench the individual gold, but what an unlucky last rail!

It must have been very taxing for both horse and rider to come back for a second jumping round today. More so since the horses know their jobs and know they should be done after the first round. Almost doesn't seem fair. At least they shortened the course.

Who the heck was commentating? They didn't seem to have much accuracy in their reporting of goings-on, and their commentary on the rounds was...not useful in the least, I didn't think.

Also, did anyone else think Phillip Dutton and Mystery Whisper looked out of sync half the time during their jumping rounds today? Not the entire round, certainly. But every rail they took looked to be the result of pretty major miscommunications (or perhaps lack of communication?).

I didn't see any of the dressage, but the XC was grueling and unforgiving by my estimation. Perhaps it's because I don't care for a course that zigs and zags that much, or maybe I just like to see more gallop, but that was *tough*, and very physically hard on the horses. I was really impressed with how Mark Todd got his horse home at the end, and WFP as well. Too bad for Boyd, what a heart break!
spirithorse21: (Foxhunt)
Have I mentioned that I love designing courses? *grin*

I haven't had the opportunity to design courses for a show since I left S and H. But this year I'm on the committee for the Hunt's field hunter trials. We had courses in the folder, but they have been used for the last 4 or 5 years, so when the chairwoman asked if anyone wanted to redraw them, I eagerly snatched up the opportunity.

Well. I just finished drawing them. And if I do say so myself, they are quite spiffy. Especially the Handy Hunter.

Next up will be laying out the Pace and Chase course, but that has to be done on site by either riding it or taking out an RTV. Fun.

It's going to be FUN!
spirithorse21: (Foxhunt)
Have I mentioned that I love designing courses? *grin*

I haven't had the opportunity to design courses for a show since I left S and H. But this year I'm on the committee for the Hunt's field hunter trials. We had courses in the folder, but they have been used for the last 4 or 5 years, so when the chairwoman asked if anyone wanted to redraw them, I eagerly snatched up the opportunity.

Well. I just finished drawing them. And if I do say so myself, they are quite spiffy. Especially the Handy Hunter.

Next up will be laying out the Pace and Chase course, but that has to be done on site by either riding it or taking out an RTV. Fun.

It's going to be FUN!
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Going to another schooling event at Come Again Farms. This requires the USEA dressage tests. 2006 is the most up-to-date test, yes?
spirithorse21: (Default)
Going to another schooling event at Come Again Farms. This requires the USEA dressage tests. 2006 is the most up-to-date test, yes?
spirithorse21: (Horse running)
It's raining here in Indiana on this Memorial Monday, which means I finally have time to sit in front of the computer and report on the weekend.

It was the first show of the season for my S and H Stables students and they were all really excited. I was too. We had worked hard over the winter to gain new skills, improve old ones, and finally move some of our students out of the beginner rider division.



This is Libby on Coco (one of our school horses) in their last lesson before the show


It was a small show--our barn, two others, and then a few individuals here and there. We thought the show would be over by early afternoon. But Lucky Farms decided that their students needed to ride in every possible class that they could. We were there until 5 pm because of seven riders, mostly competing against themselves. But all in all, it was a good day and lots of fun.

Most of our students rode in the beginner divisions, and we had varying degrees of success. Not a lot of firsts--I think we need to work a lot on getting that lower leg absolutely quiet, and picking up the correct canter lead the first time. I'm still really proud of everyone though because they had good attitudes and gave their best efforts. Also, it's hard for a $500 horse to beat out a $50,000 horse. Yes, we need to work harder, but I'm not sure we'll ever stack up to that kind of competition. Even the judge said we looked pretty good, but we won't be able to beat that kind of competition.

The surprise of the day was Amy and O'Ryan. Remember that cute TB I was gushing about last year? The one with the bowed tendon? Well, he's doing great! He wasn't supposed to be in the show at all, but Jeanne (B/O) noticed that one of the 2ft divisions only had one competitor and she asked if we could put anyone in that division to give the girl some competition. We tossed Amy in on O'Ryan. She's never jumped him before, and only ridden him a handful of times. She's one of our best riders though. They got first in both of their O/F classes! I'm not entirely sure they deserved it both times, but WOW!



The big moment for me and my students though was the 2'6" division. I have four students showing in this division this year (though only three were showing on Saturday). That's the highest anyone in our barn is jumping. And I'm really proud of them. I convinced the girls to try the 2'6" children's medal class and prepared them as best I could. I told them the course would be similar to the jumper rounds they were already signed up for. I told them there would be a flat portion and they may be asked to ride without stirrups or do a test. It was all the judges discretion. I told them that they would probably all get their asses kicked because the other three competitors had been doing this longer and had super fancy, nice horses. And then I told them to just have fun. What I did *not* expect was that the judge would ask them to counter-canter! Gah! Have not worked on that with my girls at all! Boy did I feel like a chump!

Still, I was really pleased with everyone. I don't know what medal competition is like anymore around the rest of the country, but here in Indiana it's pretty sad. A lot of medal classes today look awfully similar to hunter classes. This worked to our advantage because Angie, my good friend and the course designer for all things hunter/eq at our barn, made a good, "old-fashioned" fabulous medal course. Those three girls on their fancy-scmancy horses? Couldn't remember course! Going into the flat portion, the playing field was pretty level. And then there was that counter canter! Oh, I could have cried! But then, none of those fancy-scmancy horses picked up their counter canter on the first try. Every one had to try a second time. Now, two of our riders didn't ever manage to get it, but one of my girls did. Emily and Apollo were the only ones to get the counter canter on the first try and hold it for the whole test! I was so proud.


Sarah and Priority held their own, despite the fact that Pri is most definitely not a hunter type!



Libby and Coco on course


In the end, Emily got third, Libby got fourth, and Sarah got sixth. I think she could have placed better but priority had a refusal.

After that, it was time for the jumper classes. Or rather, the Emily and Sarah show! I couldn't believe it. Emily and Sarah and one other girl were the only ones signed up to do any jumper classes. At least that part of the show went by quick. They again did the 2'6" division, mini jumpers. It was a little rough. The judge was tired. Jeanne was tired. Everyone was tired. They didn't give the girls a chance to really walk their courses. The girls were hot and tired. But they did their best. Emily got first in one class, Sarah first in the other. I was really proud of them.


Sarah and Pri in their element


Emily and Apollo also doing what they do best


So yes, they rocked my world. There are things to work on, but I am SO PROUD of them. Can't wait for the next show. Heck, can't wait for the next lesson.
spirithorse21: (Horse running)
It's raining here in Indiana on this Memorial Monday, which means I finally have time to sit in front of the computer and report on the weekend.

It was the first show of the season for my S and H Stables students and they were all really excited. I was too. We had worked hard over the winter to gain new skills, improve old ones, and finally move some of our students out of the beginner rider division.



This is Libby on Coco (one of our school horses) in their last lesson before the show


It was a small show--our barn, two others, and then a few individuals here and there. We thought the show would be over by early afternoon. But Lucky Farms decided that their students needed to ride in every possible class that they could. We were there until 5 pm because of seven riders, mostly competing against themselves. But all in all, it was a good day and lots of fun.

Most of our students rode in the beginner divisions, and we had varying degrees of success. Not a lot of firsts--I think we need to work a lot on getting that lower leg absolutely quiet, and picking up the correct canter lead the first time. I'm still really proud of everyone though because they had good attitudes and gave their best efforts. Also, it's hard for a $500 horse to beat out a $50,000 horse. Yes, we need to work harder, but I'm not sure we'll ever stack up to that kind of competition. Even the judge said we looked pretty good, but we won't be able to beat that kind of competition.

The surprise of the day was Amy and O'Ryan. Remember that cute TB I was gushing about last year? The one with the bowed tendon? Well, he's doing great! He wasn't supposed to be in the show at all, but Jeanne (B/O) noticed that one of the 2ft divisions only had one competitor and she asked if we could put anyone in that division to give the girl some competition. We tossed Amy in on O'Ryan. She's never jumped him before, and only ridden him a handful of times. She's one of our best riders though. They got first in both of their O/F classes! I'm not entirely sure they deserved it both times, but WOW!



The big moment for me and my students though was the 2'6" division. I have four students showing in this division this year (though only three were showing on Saturday). That's the highest anyone in our barn is jumping. And I'm really proud of them. I convinced the girls to try the 2'6" children's medal class and prepared them as best I could. I told them the course would be similar to the jumper rounds they were already signed up for. I told them there would be a flat portion and they may be asked to ride without stirrups or do a test. It was all the judges discretion. I told them that they would probably all get their asses kicked because the other three competitors had been doing this longer and had super fancy, nice horses. And then I told them to just have fun. What I did *not* expect was that the judge would ask them to counter-canter! Gah! Have not worked on that with my girls at all! Boy did I feel like a chump!

Still, I was really pleased with everyone. I don't know what medal competition is like anymore around the rest of the country, but here in Indiana it's pretty sad. A lot of medal classes today look awfully similar to hunter classes. This worked to our advantage because Angie, my good friend and the course designer for all things hunter/eq at our barn, made a good, "old-fashioned" fabulous medal course. Those three girls on their fancy-scmancy horses? Couldn't remember course! Going into the flat portion, the playing field was pretty level. And then there was that counter canter! Oh, I could have cried! But then, none of those fancy-scmancy horses picked up their counter canter on the first try. Every one had to try a second time. Now, two of our riders didn't ever manage to get it, but one of my girls did. Emily and Apollo were the only ones to get the counter canter on the first try and hold it for the whole test! I was so proud.


Sarah and Priority held their own, despite the fact that Pri is most definitely not a hunter type!



Libby and Coco on course


In the end, Emily got third, Libby got fourth, and Sarah got sixth. I think she could have placed better but priority had a refusal.

After that, it was time for the jumper classes. Or rather, the Emily and Sarah show! I couldn't believe it. Emily and Sarah and one other girl were the only ones signed up to do any jumper classes. At least that part of the show went by quick. They again did the 2'6" division, mini jumpers. It was a little rough. The judge was tired. Jeanne was tired. Everyone was tired. They didn't give the girls a chance to really walk their courses. The girls were hot and tired. But they did their best. Emily got first in one class, Sarah first in the other. I was really proud of them.


Sarah and Pri in their element


Emily and Apollo also doing what they do best


So yes, they rocked my world. There are things to work on, but I am SO PROUD of them. Can't wait for the next show. Heck, can't wait for the next lesson.
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*HUGE grin*


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The end of the day, winds whipping around us, storms clashing all around. We had time to go over this 4 foot 6 inch (maybe 4 foot 9 inch, not sure which) oxer only twice as the lightning was crashing down. Was Doc bothered? No. Not even phased. All business and full throttle forward. Cleared it with ease!

I'll report more later, but I wanted to share this huge success. The only thing that could have made this photo cooler is if the lightning that struck as we jumped had been in the background.
spirithorse21: (Doc)
*HUGE grin*


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The end of the day, winds whipping around us, storms clashing all around. We had time to go over this 4 foot 6 inch (maybe 4 foot 9 inch, not sure which) oxer only twice as the lightning was crashing down. Was Doc bothered? No. Not even phased. All business and full throttle forward. Cleared it with ease!

I'll report more later, but I wanted to share this huge success. The only thing that could have made this photo cooler is if the lightning that struck as we jumped had been in the background.
spirithorse21: (Doc)
I told myself I should wait until tomorrow to post this, but I can't wait any longer. It was a fabulous weekend, as the show ribbons prove.

Doc and I went to the S and H Stables schooling show on Saturday where we started in the 18" show jumping course and worked our way up to 2'6". Today, we participated in the Monroe County Saddle Club's two jumping classes.



All photos taken by [livejournal.com profile] windy_withers

And the results are... )
spirithorse21: (Doc)
I told myself I should wait until tomorrow to post this, but I can't wait any longer. It was a fabulous weekend, as the show ribbons prove.

Doc and I went to the S and H Stables schooling show on Saturday where we started in the 18" show jumping course and worked our way up to 2'6". Today, we participated in the Monroe County Saddle Club's two jumping classes.



All photos taken by [livejournal.com profile] windy_withers

And the results are... )

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