While in theory temps for the last Raleigh show of the season last week could of been worse, March is so far fulfilling the fisrt half of the old adage "in like a Lion, out like a Lamb". I don't know about everybody else but I feel like my bodies core temperature hasn't reached above freezing for the last six months and have been dreaming of warmer climates!
The week started off well with Alabama and Emma's adorable new horse, Cinematic, earning the Champion and Reserve Champion ribbons in the Open Hunters with Dale and Emma both in the irons. In fact, the two horses went so well in this division, it prompted Dale to move Emma out of the Younger Childrens hunter division on the weekend and in to the Junior Hunters. These divisions during the week are perfect to help us plan and prep for the weekend.
Airo and Cappie continued to act like seasoned pros in the Green Hunter division, earning high placings, tucking the mileage into their young belts! We really couldn't ask for much more of these two young horses.
Kylie started her prep for the weekend by winning a class and placing second in a class on Friday in the Schoolimg Pony Division, while Emma and Abbie were First and Second out of a large combined age group Equitation class.
Saturday held no complaints for us. Adi jumped double clean in her warm up class, which preceded the High Child Adult's, in which she jumped a beautifully ridden clean round. An unlucky 8 faults in the jump off still left her in the third place spot for a good result. We worked on getting to the base of the jumps off of a forward pace, which her horse loved and rewarded us by jumping some seriously beautiful jumps.
For the second show in a row, Mary bought home the tri colors in the Novice Child Jumpers, jumping double clear rounds and really starting to show and understanding of the importance of track.
Emma stepped into the 3'3 Junior Hunter ring on both Alabama and Cinematic and laid down stellar trips, justifying our faith in the move up. Highlights included second place ribbons on both horses, including in the Handy round on Cinematic.
While Abbie and Best Kept Secrets partnership is still brand new, they won a class in a competitive Pre Child division and also placed second in two trips. They tackled their first 3ft classes together in the THIS and NCHJA, placing fourth and fifth, and showing that they are ready for the Childrens Hunters.
In the pony ring, Kylie continued to be consistant in her rounds. Minor mistakes kept her out of the top call on Saturday, but a near flawless round on Sunday garnered her the yellow ribbon in the fisrt trip. This division is SO competitive and she is knocking on the door!
Our Pre Adult riders were brave and poised, and as usual did us proud. This is another large division and Robyn won a class (and also won the all day warm up on Saturday) and placed second in a class, while Krista placed fourth and sixth at only her third Horse show. I know it is a hard task for these ladies to balance school/work with finding time to ride, let alone show, and they do it so well!
Next on the list is Tryon in April. Heres to better weather!!!!