Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Battle of the Breeds - Stock Horse

I was feeling pretty good about the stock horse class.  It would be like a mini dressage class in a western saddle.  Trot, walk a corner, canter a circle, simple lead change, canter a straight line, halt and back up.  We've got this!

Cool as cucumbers!
Have I mentioned how much I love riding drill?  This team was on before our class:

I want to do more of this!
 Then, in the ring, we realize that they have set the long part of the pattern across the short direction of the arena.  Oh, man, was that pattern tight!
Hrmmm.

So, I lined up on the far side of the cones to give ourselves more room.
And another competitor yelled that I needed to be on the other side of the cones!!
Come to find out she was disqualified for trying the same maneuver the year before.  I was grateful for her sportsmanship!

Walking the corner.  No big deal...
 The canter depart was great!  But she paniced at the confines of the circle defined by our bend and took the wrong lead.  Who can blame her?  I've never asked her to canter a 10 meter circle!!
I trotted to fix it.  She finished the circle on the correct lead.

She came down to the walk easily enough, and got the lead change!!
breaking down to walk for the lead change
Unfortunately, once she picked up the new lead, she leg-yielded all the way to the judge...
Oops!

Despite that craziness, I acquired the halt, and backed 6 steps.  I nodded to the judge and returned to the line.

When you take last place, you can still step out of line and accept your placing with good grace!  After all, we were actually here!!
 I guess you have to take last place when you try to run over the judge...  ;)

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    1. The entire weekend was a blast! It was so exciting to have my parents there, as well!!
      In fact, it was so much fun that I have recruited my dad to be my partner in crime to represent the Arabian breed at another event! It doesn't happen until November, an application must be submitted for selection, and the applications aren't available, yet. That isn't stopping us, though! =D

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  2. Whoops! But great experience for Fancy Pony and yourself, none the less. :-)

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    1. My thoughts exactly! I'm thinking it's time to start working on smaller figures!! :-P

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  3. Whoops! Oh well, fun to do anyway :)

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    1. I would do it again in a heartbeat! (well, minus trying to run over the judge) ;)

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  4. Hahaha almost running over the judge is bad? ;)

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    1. LOLOL! I guess it depends on who you are! Fancy Pony sure didn't seem to mind! ;)

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