Every once in a while, Plan B turns out to be much better than Plan A. :)
We were slotted to attend the JK Presents Schooling show a couple weekends prior to the rated Woodside show but weather had other plans. Torrential downpours on Saturday and Saturday night left the arenas looking closer to swamps than riding rings so management decided to cancel the Sunday festivities.
I was desperate to get Dorna and Stephanie into the show ring and get Lauren and Jaime back there as well so we decided to school the warm up days at Woodside and then enter the rated show. I was incredibly pleased with the outcome.
Dorna and Toffee started their partnership just a few months ago and I've kind of thrown them into the deep end (knowing Toffee is the absolute best life preserver). From not showing and barely jumping courses at the beginning of the year, these two rocked around the .70m jumpers for two 2nds, a 3rd, a 4th, and a 6th.
Stephanie has been waiting for three years to have the opportunity to show. Originally I had planned to show Kingston but he wasn't quite ready for the season to start with me so Stephanie took the ride. After a quick warm up on Thursday, she entered the .70m jumpers as well. For their first time together in the show arena (after almost a year-long hiatus from riding) you would have never known it. By Sunday, the two looked like a perfect pair and brought home an assortment of ribbons ranging from 2nd to 8th.
Lauren has been working really hard all winter with Cloud to increase his strength and fitness. The efforts paid off with strong placings in the .80m and the .90m jumpers. Super rides kept her in the ribbons for most of the weekend.
Jaime had the opportunity to show Aspie at a rated show for the first time as well. After I had the chance to school him around the Baby Greens on Wednesday, Jaime piloted Aspie around the Modified Child/Adult 2'9" Hunters. Some rusty mistakes kept her out of the ribbons for a few classes but ended with a 3rd out of a large and competitive class. This young gentleman has come a long way in a year and I'm looking forward to seeing him in the 3' ring this summer!
As always, it's such a pleasure getting to take everyone to horse shows. The energy is always positive, even when things are not going as planned. Until next time...