|Stall 17. B is ready for breakfast and cool water!|
When Hannah came around the corner with Halo in tow, we all jumped up and followed her out to the sand pen on the west side of the grounds. She hooked him up and began to lunge him. It was nice to finally see him move. You could tell he was young and still figuring it out. But in between you could see him stride, shake and lift in front. He lost a few months of training this summer due to a hairline fracture on his leg. So we lost time on his progress A dissapointment for sure, but we're very happy it was a minor setback that will easily be overcome. Whew!
|Halo in the cross ties before|
our practice ride.
Then Hannah surprised me and parked in by us, and jumped off. Okay, give him a try, she indicated to me. I couldn't believe it. But I couldn't wait either and climbed up. Oooooo, he's tall. Maybe even taller than B. However, as I threw my leg over him and settled into the saddle, I was reminded he was not B in girth. It was like balancing on a 2x4 - the narrow way! As we pulled out, all the memories of D as a 2yo, and B as a yearling came over me. He felt young and inconsistent, but trying. Like riding jello. Lol. But I think we had a few moments when we got it together. And Hannah tried to talk me through it. All too soon they started to clear the arena to ready for the evening classes, so we had to leave. But I got to take the memory of my ride with me. Now it's just a matter of time and training. We have the raw materials for a good one.
|Wisconsin represents! Scott, me, Eileen, Gale, Bruce, Mick|
all pose by the WWHA sign we put up to promote our club.
Next up on the agenda were the fun classes. Katie and Emily are getting ready to show. And for Katie, this is her first ever international. So chico, their little spotted saddle horse, was being spit shined and tacked up. Waterglass class was first, and resulted in a reserve win for Katie! What a way to start and set the bar high. She did better in ribbon placement than her older sister. Next up was egg and spoon. And when the 11 and under class began, 2 little girls lost their eggs before they even got out on the rail, 2 more were out within the next ten steps, and 2-3 more as they made the first curve. But Katie was still on her game and heading down the straightaway at the far side. And then the last 2 girls lost their eggs., and I heard a scream. It was me. Every girl had already lost their eggs, But not miss Katie, she was focused and confused when the
|Katie's first international - and she gets the|
BLUE medallion for her outstanding egg
and spoon ride on Chico! AWESOME!!!
So I started and ended my day with egg n spoon. Who knew. Tomorrow will be my first class. It will be with Diva in western. Can't wait!