We're in the end-of-the-season push to get our final showing done before we hunker down for winter. This weekend we drove back to the Paso Robles Horse Park for their delightful schooling show.
This time we brought one of the Webb sale horses, Fargo, for Dannielle and me to ride and school a bit at the show. He exceeded my expectations and walked into the arena with no prep and marched around better than a lot of older horses. There were some green moments but he handled the whole thing like a champ. He competed in the .70m and .80m, as well as a small hunter round. This horse is going to be a super star and I can't wait to see how he ends up.
Amy has been working super hard over the last few months and it really showed at this event. Great decisions and thoughtful riding allowed her to play for the first time in the .85m jumpers. She did not disappoint! Toffee jumped better in the .85m than in anything else during the weekend which is a testament to great riding. It's such a treat as an instructor to start seeing students make thoughtful decisions about their courses.
Fiora has been showing a lot and I almost left her at home this weekend. I decided at the last minute to bring her along just for a couple more rounds of practice before the Halloween show. She trucked around the .95m better than she's ever felt and loved it! I should have ridden her at a bigger height but was so happy with her performance I didn't want to push it.
And then there was Kingston. Every day I'm grateful that Stephanie trusted me on this one and that she was in a position to take him on. Every single ride is better than the last and his trust in our program has made him into one happy character. There's nothing more fun that getting to watch (or ride!) a horse that absolutely lives for the job that they're doing. We ended on a second in the $500 Jumper Jackpot due to a silly hind toe drag over a vertical. We have some homework to do this week.