Spare Me The Details - 2004 - 6 Years Old

We started off the year at Wilmington in March...tough show, cold weather, and Taylor was a bit buzzed! This will be a different sort of year for Taylor and I. In 2004 we plan to show at some different places, plus close to home, and this year we are adding a third person to our show duo...Courtney!

Courtney did well in showmanship at Wilmington, placing in both Novice Youth and 13 & under showmanship. Taylor and I hit a few shows on our own (in West Virginia and Pennsylvania), and then Courtney made her walk-trot debut on Taylor at Mt. Gilead over Memorial Weekend. It was an 'interesting' show, and that story is better told in person!

Next on the agenda was Kenton, and having Courtney get a good, clean walk-trot ride on Taylor! It was a good show for us, as Taylor won both her hunt seat classes and was very calm and easy to ride (gotta love that!)

Now it's time for some last-minute advice before the walk-trot class. Taylor had gotten kicked in the line-up at the previous show, so we had to outline a strategy to get a nice calm ride in the class without sparking her new fear of other horses.

3 weeks of re-training and practice paid off, as Courtney and Taylor had a wonderful smooth ride in their class!

Courtney ended up second in her walk-trot, and with a big smile for such a great ride!

Next on the agenda for the summer was Winfield, WV AQHA show July 2-3-4. It was a great show for all of us! Taylor earned 1 1/2 amateur showmanship points (placing 2nd and 3rd out of 13)

We had some great rides in hunter under saddle. We showed in 6 HUS classes all weekend, and had 6 incredible rides (other than one class when she broke from the canter to the trot in front of the judge...oops!)

We ended up earning 1 1/2 amateur HUS points, placing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th out of 10.

Courtney showed in the open walk-trot. With 20+ in her class (and the majority of them adults and trainers!) she did great negotiating traffic and still having a clean ride.

We spent a fun month of August hitting the local shows. Courtney gets more and more confident with each ride! Here is a photo of Courtney and Taylor after winning her showmanship and both walk-trot classes at Lima. What a proud pair.

The first weekend in September is the Ohio Futurity. This was one of my smoothest rides all season, with virtually no warm-up time (just hopped on and went!). With running back and forth between Columbus and Delphos (2+ hour drives) for the football games, we got about 5 hours sleep the entire weekend, but it was worth it to come home with a second place finish in both the non-pro and open hunter under saddle maturity.

We'll hit a few more open shows and then it's time to take a break, concentrate on jumping and doing other things over the winter. 2004 was another great year, things just get better and better with Taylor. On the agenda for 2005...hunter hack and fences stuff, maybe some equitation, and bringing Corky along in longe line!