Because Jenni commented that she would like to see more on the show, this one’s for you, Jenni! If you don’t want to read more about my horsey hobby, don’t click for more. Like book fanatics, horse people love their ponies, and we will latch onto any excuse to talk about them. Drives my non-horsey friends nuts. It especially drives Dean up a wall, so I try not to blather about the girls very much – I usually fail.
More after the jump – don’t jump if you don’t want to see more large, smelly animals!
This is Elsa and Isaac trying to sneak in a practice run before they were scheduled to show. Elsa took home a blue in walk/trot equitation, and a reserve championship in walk/trot English Pleasure.
This is Elle during the warm up for her UPHA driving class. She looks kind of big and gangly because she is kind of big and gangly! I think she was one of the biggest horses on the fairgrounds.
Everyone seems to spend a lot of time at shows toweling or brushing the horses. They have to be shiny and prettified, but because they are horses, they always find ways to get dirty again. Green goobers drip out of their mouths, they tromp boldly forward, not caring what they put their feet in, and they collect yucky things in their tails. So you see all of this frantic wiping, wiping, wiping before they go to warm up, while they’re warming up, and right before the horses go into the ring.
This is Cool. He’s a bit of a chicken, so he always starts his warm up with his blinkers. Once he gets going, he realizes that there are no mountain lions in the warm up ring, so the blinkers come off and he’s ready to roll.
This is Elle getting ready to head into her in-hand class (otherwise known as the “pretty horse” classes). She didn’t place as high as I was hoping, but she looks so different from the other Morgans that I wasn’t crushed by her 3rd place ribbon. She is a monster compared to these other dainty little mares.
This is one on my favorite times during the horse show. Watching trainers run! These guys are always very content to stand in the middle of the arena at home, shaking whips or whistling and clapping while you’re trying to look like you know how to ride a horse. They tell you to do stupid things, like “Drop your irons and posting trot!” while they look on with a smirk on their face. It isn’t often that they are the ones working up a sweat!
You didn’t think the horse took the buggies down the barn aisles, did you??
There’s lots and lots of time spent waiting around at horse shows. It’s not all fast action and rushing adrenaline. There are lots of times when you’d rather be somewhere other than a hot and humid barn, just sitting around waiting. Hurry up and wait! are key phrases at the show. Occasionally, other forms of entertainment are needed. Hence, all of the horse show dogs. These guys are saints, because they are constantly harassed by bored humans looking for a good laugh. Poor Werzy did not want to wear Laurie’s hat, but he so wants to please, so there you go. Silly photo of dog wearing hat.
This is a friend that I made on the last day of the show. Look at the legs on that Doberdog!! This guy could have played professional basketball! He was so sweet and friendly, and his fur was so soft. I wanted to take him home with me!
And this is my Elle with her reserve ribbon! She beat some 4 year olds to get it (she’s only 3)! Tiny little 4 year olds! Because she is so young, I am letting the trainers show her this year. Hopefully I will be able to take over the reins next show season!
And, there you go! The abbreviated version of the show! If I get a couple of comments on this post, I’ll write up more during the next show, which will be at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.