This past weekend was the first home barn show of the season and my daughter took home Grand Champion in Student Equitation! I was so, so proud of her and had to hold back the tears.
She has been working so hard at excelling in horsemanship and equitation and this weekend her hard work paid off.
In student equitation the jumping course is set at 2 ft. once she masters this she will move on to 2'6" and higher.
Both of her blue ribbons came from the two flat classes. Her jumping course went okay until the end when Banjo, the large pony she was riding, decided to go one direction and she wanted to go another. That resulted in a fall and being disqualified. However, her two blue ribbons in the first two classes held the spot of Grand Champion for her! She was over the moon thrilled and so was I!!!
We are looking forward to this show season (our very first show season outside of the IEA Team) and we're hoping and praying for great things.
My daughter loves this little pony and all his naughty antics. You can never get to comfortable on him because once he notices you've relaxed that's when he'll unseat you. He's also a handful in the wash stall. He HATES baths more than my four and six year old do and he will throw a tantrum the entire time.
After the Student Equitation division she showed this big boy in the Pleasure Horse division and took home a 4th & 6th place. He was very excited to be at the show and became a bit tough for her to handle so she bowed out of the 3rd class in the division. He's a jumper and that's what he would prefer to do but until she has mastered him on the flat there won't be any show jumping.
His name is Rebel. His owners offered to have him board at the barn my daughter rides at so she can ride and show him. She's learning his buttons. He is more horse than she's ridden in the past so there's a learning curve. We're hoping this is a match made in heaven and there are lots of ribbons in their future.
Wish them luck! They'll be working hard!
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