After a relatively quiet holiday period, we started back up and are now two shows in to the 2018 show season. To say that the weather has been a hinderance would be putting it lightly as we have battled the whole gammit, from rain and snow to wind and bitter temperatures. But equestrians are nothing if not resilient and so on we go. I cannot believe I am writing this and its still only January.
As always, at the beginning of the year we have people moving up. This time in the Big Eq, its Maddie and Adi's (try saying that three times in a row as fast as you can) turn. I love that both girls will have more than one year at this level before heading off to college. It means that this year they can really get their feet wet whilst dealing with the new technicalities of this standard of competition, while being safe in the knowledge that this isn't their last year. I believe that this format provides a more conducive learning curve. Just my opinion, but right or wrong, both girls have made a healthy dent already in the points they need to qualify for the Maclay Rgionals.
In parallel, Adi moved up to the High Childrens Jumpers, and has been applying the lessons she's learning in the Equitation ring to produce smooth and solid rounds.
Maddie has also been tackling the Derbies and last week in Raleigh was the highest placing Junior rider in the class, finishing third with scores of 81 and 84. Not only are these classes fun, but they provide experience in pressure situations. If you've read my past blogs, you know I need not say more about how important I think those opportunities are.
Emma has continued her successful transition on to a horse, winning Reserve Champion in the Childrens hunters on Alabama in December and claiming the Blue Ribbon in the SCHJA last week. She too is getting the hang of riding the track in the Medal classes, and the practice in the Hunters is teaching her more about pace on a horse.
Mary and kylie have been representing us well in the Pony ring, with good showings in the competitive Large Pony division and Pony Equitation classes.
Krista, Lissette and Robyn have all been more than solid in the Pre Adult ring .Lissette and Robyn each won a class last week, and Krista was second in two classes in December, at what was her first time showing in the Pre Adults. So much fun!!
And last but certainly not least, Maren moved up to the Adults on Cappie, producing top ribbons at both shows, and also with Dale in the 3 foot Green Hunters. It is so rewarding to see a young horse develop through all stages, and to be a part of it all!
Despite the less than ideal weather, the horses have been awesome sports and it looks like we're off to a good start thus far!!