Last Saturday I took William to his second hunter show. We entered in the cross rail and walk trot division. He is jumping pretty well but I have learnt with him, it is best to take baby steps and have a confidence boosting round rather than challenge him away from home.
Since it was such a scorcher the last few weeks, I barely had any chance to ride him. In case you haven't noticed, I have been really swamped here on the farm, with little time to ride and virtually no time to blog. Jesse is away again so I am running this ship solo. It takes an extra amount of work to do that, plus the hay has been coming in. I basically am a crazy robot person right now just getting shit done left right and center. Pretending to anyways.
Back to William....I was a little worried since I had barely ridden him and he is usually a bit of a dinkus when he has time off. I was so concerned that I was about to bail the night before but luckily my rock of a friend Dana convinced me I would be fine and to just get my shit together and take him to the show. It was just a little schooling show so how bad could it be? I guess she was right but I am of the competitive nature - I want to win!
|my handsome hunter pony|
|I must be sizing up the competition lol|
I loaded Willy up amidst a massive torrential downpour and lightening storm. He is such a superstar to load now, he walked right on and I just went up behind him and did up the butt bar. By the time the doors were shut and I was in the truck the rain had stopped and the sun was peaking in. I picked up Dana on the way and we made it to the host facility with lots of time to spare. Miraculously the sun came out and we had beautiful weather. I should add that the reason this is important is because the day before we had such a severe storm that the entire town of Napanee (which I am on the outskirts of) was destroyed by fallen trees and power lines, and they were without power for a few days. The fact that this show was even still on was a shock to us but we were grateful. We are die hard, no tornado rain storm is going to stop us from showing!
William and I did two cross rail classes and then a flat class. He was an absolute gem in all three classes and I couldn't have been happier with him. He even got an adorable little lead change in his first class! He won the first over fences, was third in the second (he hit a rail due to a hind lead switch cross canter) and was second in the under saddle. He ended the day as the cross rail division champion and got to take home some beautiful ribbons!
I was really happy with William that day. He stood quietly on the trailer after his classes and was a perfect gentleman. I am feeling more and more confident he may be ready to hit an event before the end of the year. Hard to believe just a few months ago I was seriously wondering if I would ever be able to ride this horse normally. Once again hard work, persistence, and patience pays off.
Way to go Willy! I have video, will upload this week. Our next show is this weekend, a dressage show.
|Don't you love the ribbon colours??|