It felt really odd to be at the horse show - we used to show extensively a number of years ago. Can't say that I missed it much - the endless waiting around, the weather (it rained), the courses (all pretty much the same unless you're doing medals or upper-level equitation). And within 5 minutes of getting there, I saw a girl in the warm-up ring kicking her horse violently in the sides and ripping on its mouth, apparently to punish it for something - a few minutes later she got off the horse and kissed it on the nose! Go figure. Now please understand - I do remember the excitement and thrill of showing, and winning. It was fun to compete and to see all the beautiful horses, and completing a hunter course that flows and looks lovely takes skill and hard work - anyone who says riding hunters well is easy is wrong. But I'm pretty much done with that now - it was a different phase of our lives. My best wishes to those of you who compete in various disciplines - it's important to have good and conscientious horse people out there in the show world, and showing can be very rewarding. I may take Maisie to a few shows just to hang out and hack around as part of her training - she tends to get pretty excited when there are lots of other horses around!
My daughter showed her mare in two divisions, both at 2'6". The mare did great - very nice stride down the lines. She isn't always getting her lead changes - that will come, I think. She placed in three out of four of her over fences classes - fourth (out of 8), fifth (out of 8) and fifth (out of 15), and also placed in the middle of the pack on the flat - third (out of 5) and fourth (out of 7). Pretty good for a first show, and some of the horses she was competing against were very fancy. I tried taking some pictures, but my little camera was too far away to get any decent shots. Here are a couple my husband took the afternoon before when they were at the show grounds getting ready to school:
I'm glad they had a good day - my daughter's work with her - as well as the dental and chiropractic work she's had done - have really helped the mare. Pretty soon I expect my daughter will list her for sale.