Maybe its best to have no expectations. Then you can’t be disappointed. When it came to Halo, I was simply excited to see him this week, and get a few rides in on him. We had no plans to show. It’s been a very busy week for Hannah, as she has 22 horses at the show - but I’ve been hoping to ride Halo once she’s done working the horses that will be shown each day. On Thursday, Hannah set a noon sharp appointment for Halo and me - no matter what - we’re to ride at high noon. Yippee!!!! I can’t wait.
|Bourbon gets a slurpee at center|
ring during warm-up time.
Hannah was already sitting on Halo, and ready to go. I looked down at my phone - it was 11:59, and then it clicked 12:00. Whew. Perfect. I watched as Hannah rode. Halo looked good. He was reaching and striding and best of all, he was shaking with his stride. In fact, he looked very relaxed - comfortable and happy. It made me so happy to see him his way and I got this overwhelming sense of relief, like weight lifting off my shoulders. Like windows opening and fresh air coming in. I watched as he floated around the ring. And my heart floated too. He has such a pretty way of going - its light and smooth. So different than B, who’s big and freight-train like. Which is great for me - as I get to learn another different ride and keep learning more.
|Packers Gone Wild|
Outfit for B.
The rest of the afternoon was busy getting all my show prep accomplished. Which outfit to wear, changing bits, wiping saddles, changing conchos. My class with B was the 4th or 5th of the night - and Halo would be ridden much later. I pulled on my new yellow and green western shirt - my Packer’s gone wild look, like a good Wisconsin girl should wear! Bourbon wore a matching golden saddle pad. Once the DQP was open, I pulled out B and got my way through and onto the warmup to saddle up and get ready. I was warming up B and walking around when they called my class up next. As I was resting near the entrance, Tami walked over and asked me if I was going to put on my western hat or go in the ring in my baseball cap. I reached up, and sure enough, I had my baseball cap still on. We laughed, and I scurried over to my tack cart. But, I didn’t even have my hat box there - darn it was in the trailer. Margo Urad ran out the door and in a minute was back and I was putting on my hat. The prior class was just coming out, and so I was just fine. Always a new way to find stress at the show. LOL.
B moved toward the ring and we picked up our gait and rode into the ring for our class. He felt good and I could feel him roll in the front. And, his ears snapped forward as we approached the rail and the straight away in front of the first judge. I sat back and enjoyed the ride. It was fun to hear a few cheers from the stands from some of he folks from Wisconsin, and I smiled at them as I came through the curve where they were sitting. It was a fun class, we were in a fun crazy outfit, and B seemed like he was enjoying it too. We lined up and backed well when the judge walked down the line. The wait for the results is always the longest - but when they called the cards, number 434 was called for the reserve! A second reserve for B at the show - so proud of him. As I exited I pat B’s neck and let him know I was proud of him. Wow! What a great show for B so far....2 reserves! I broke down his tack, rolled the cart back to our stall area and put B back in his stall - he was then happy too!
|Halo in the Winners Circle after Hannah's ride|
- joined by the gang from HP Stables. So exciting!
|The prize is a winners photo and frame|
along with the 1st place medallion!
All I could think of next was calling Scott - but no answer. I dialed again - no answer/it buzzed busy. I texted him “Halo Unanimous Win!” Finally I called and I got him - he thought I was kidding. Nope, I wasn’t...and we talked and laughed. Hannah walked by, and I handed the phone to her too. It was a great moment. And, my flip flops were still dancing, all the way back to my hotel, into shower and eventually right into bed that night. Sweet Halo dreams tonight!