Last Detail x Victoria Harbour (TB)
Our first show of the season! The first show is always a bit rough for Taylor and I, getting into the swing of things. We started off really well, I placed second out of 16 in amateur showmanship. Courtney placed 6th out of 22 or so in novice youth showmanship. I had a great first direction in the amateur HUS, then a runaway loose horse in the class riled her up and our second direction was very tense and arched. She didn't do anything bad, but just wasn't relaxed and pretty. We ended up 8th and 9th out of 13, but our ride was clean and that was my goal.
I love showing in Winfield. It was a beautiful weekend, a spot of rain off an on on Saturday in between sunshine. This was a banner weekend for us because Courtney won her first AQHA class and earned her first AQHA point, winning the novice youth showmanship out of 7. I had some pretty nice rides in the senior and amateur HUS, placing just one place out of the points, which seems to be my usual spot! After this show we brought Taylor home for the season. It's great having her home.
What a great show for us! One judge placed us in the points in every class, and the other gated us, go figure! Here are our placings:
Courtney - 1st out of 16 in novice youth showmanship
Courtney - 2nd out of 7 in Youth 13 & under showmanship
Jan - 2nd out of 12 Amateur Showmanship
Courtney - 1st out of 7 in novice youth HUS
Jan - 2nd out of 12 Amateur HUS
Jan - 2nd out of 7 in Senior HUS
Woo-hoo what a great time! This is a great place to show. The covered arena is HUGE! I think 9 of us were longeing our horses at the same time in the morning with room to spare. The judges really mixed up the gaits in the HUS - we reversed several times in the class, including a reverse at the trot...plus an extended trot and a hand gallop! Fun! I love the shows that keep myself and Taylor on our toes. I don't even think Taylor realized she was showing, the gaits were so mixed up. I wish more judges did this.
This was the first really hot weekend of the year...Saturday it reached the high 80's and Sunday it broke into the 90's. Gotta love it! Taylor was a gem all weekend, winning both Courtney and my showmanship classes on Saturday (both of us 2nd on Sunday, and winning my HUS on Sunday, 2nd on Saturday (Courtney placed 4th and 5th...took a wrong lead - oops!). It was a fun, low-key, relaxing weekend.
Taylor and I braving the first 90 degree day in 2005!
Taylor and Courtney
We decided to really work Taylor today! Between Courtney and I, we entered three showmanship classes and four hunter under saddle classes. Taylor was as good as gold - gave us four AWESOME rides in a row! She got a well-deserved couple days off on turnout after that workout!
Taylor (in 100 degree heat!) gave me two incredible rides in the Maturity classes. We didn't place (I am the invisible woman LOL!) but I was SO happy with how she handled the craziness of this show. She is really coming along this year in terms of handling new show atmospheres and potentially spooky things! I just LOVE showing her this year. Although Taylor didn't get a look in her classes, read up on the success of her niece Corky in the Tom Powers Hunter Longe Line class!
On Saturday, we started off with a bang, I earned 1/2 amateur showmanship point on Taylor, and Courtney earned 1/2 Novice Youth HUS point. I missed out on the points in the Senior HUS by one placing...that seems to always happen to me! We were done by 3pm, and it was back to the hotel to swim in the pool (it was around 90 degrees today).
On Sunday, the showmanship judging was...um...strange, to say the least. Oh well, you'll have that! our riding classes went ridiculously wrong. I think the judge was just letting the class run as long as he could...if you let the class go on long enough someone is BOUND to make a mistake, making then judging easier LOL! Taylor was wonderful, we won the Senior HUS out of 9, and were 2nd in the Amateur HUS out of a bunch (at least 13, but I am not sure). Courtney counted the times I went around the ring in my last class. I stayed on the rail the entire time, and we made 20 1/2 laps around the arena in one class. CRAZY! Especially in 90 degrees and HIGH humidity. Poor Taylor was whupped after this one.
Monday was a special event Hunter Under Saddle/Western Pleasure show. We were finished showing our classes by 9:30am, and got a nice early start on the drive home. Taylor was a bit grouchy after the long weekend. She didn't do anything really bad, she just didn't listen very well to Courtney. I had to get after her a bit in my Senior HUS class, she came around and we ended up 2nd, and 3rd in the Amateur HUS. We were home by 3;30pm, and Taylor first rolled in the sandiest part of the arena and then chased Corky round and round to make up for several days of missing her!
I decided to take a risk and try this show out. Lesson number one - ALWAYS check the map before you leave! I had some simple directions, but not until I reached Columbus (2 hours into the drive) that I pulled the map out to see just exactly how far this Franklin Furnace town was. Yikes, it is on the southernmost tip of Ohio on the Ohio River...about as far from Lima as I could possibly go and still stay in Ohio! 5 hours later I reached the show grounds at the Ohio Horse Park (I didn't know Ohio had a horse park!!!).
The show was worth the drive. It was laid back, but with decent numbers. We started off the weekend on Saturday with a mediocre performance in showmanship (both Taylor and I were very dull from the heat). I let Taylor rest in her stall in front of her fans all morning, and we came back to take a 2nd in the amateur hunter under saddle! Sunday was even better - we were rested and awake and laid down a nice tight pattern to take first in amateur showmanship, and came back to take a 1st in amateur hunter under saddle and a second in senior hunter under saddle.
What can totally ruin one's good feeling is to hear poor-sport fellow competitors bad mouth the judge and the horses he placed. I walked behind a couple of exhibitors that were in my class and listened to them call the judge was crap that placed garbage horses. Wow, made me feel really good! People like this make up the main reason why I don't like to show in Ohio. Some people just can't be happy for someone else, even someone they were talking to and being very friendly with before the class! I swear, if I ever got that bitter I would QUIT the horses and buy a motorcycle. But on a good note, I picked up 2 1/2 points, and the show management at this show was extremely nice and accommodating.
Well, we had decent rides at the SOQHA Futurity show, but had little mistakes here and there that kept us from the good placings. I am starting to have trouble with Taylor anticipating the canter when she is walking. Time to go home and school a bit!
Once again, we had super nice, quiet, clean rides at the Ohio Futurity. This is the last year for this show, so I am a little sad as I take our last Futurity photo.
Just for fun, let's look back at Taylor's very first Ohio Futurity, and her 11th place (out of 50+) in the open Longe Line.
Wow, have we grown!