The girls have been working their horses at the house fairly regularly in anticipation of the State 4-H Horse show later this month. Meanwhile, the party lesson was replaced by a Horse Show in Chelsea at Wind Valley Farm. Both Kathy B/Call and Patty C/Norman were there to prepare for the Pinto World Dressage Classes on June 11; both had some nice rides. And! Richal gave me a great pair of riding gloves that match my favorite breeches to perfection.
So, Alaina/Sunny received 65.882/66.351 in Western Dressage (WD) Basic 4 and WD Level 1 Test 1 respectively; both halts in L1L1 as well as working jog across the diagonal in B4 were scored at 8.0. Judge Claudia Misner judged Ivy/Sister at 60.208/68.225 in TL-1/WDB4. The judge gave Sisters trot circle at C an 8 but was not happy with the stretchy circle in TL-1; Ivy’s score in WDB4 was enhanced by several 7 or 7.5 scores for movements with coefficients of 2. Claudia recommends that both girls work on preparation for transitions. Splash and I received 61.600 in TL-3 including a 7.5 for right lead canter transition and 7.0 for left lead canter as well as 63.676 for WDB4 with 7.5’s for 3 working jogs. Serpentines from quarter line to quarter line are the biggest problem with the test itself. The biggest problem for Splash was a huge horse fly distracting him all the way from C to A before the left lead canter depart. Since the canter dislodged the fly, the rest of the test went more smoothly. The show was a short one and I was scribe for the afternoon classes. The girls were very distracted by Sandy’s new baby Gemini; Sissy is a tolerant mother and Gemini a very friendly baby. Beautiful too. Lovely day for a horse show, warm with light breezes and the last spring-like day before SUMMER HEAT started on Sunday.
Because of high-water at the Wheeler Farm, our St. Jude ride was another wash-out (rain date June 30 for a morning ride followed by pot luck lunch). Marsha agreed to let Ivy, Steff O, and I come out to ride her place on Sunday and Judy joined us with Navajo too. Steff and Miss Tender Lil (AKA Lilly-Stephanie) bonded and had a great time. Marsha dusted off Latte who dilly-dallied along until Masha grabbed a tree-switch. Sister and Ivy have a hankerin’ to push some cows. We had a lovely time checking out the vineyard, wandering down the lane, and riding around the pond and through the woods. Even managed a little social time with some snacks after the ride. A warm-up for YaYa rides all summer.
I dropped by Pinto World on Monday in hopes of catching Kathy and Patty’s rides on Call and Norman – I managed to see Patty and Norman in their last ride late afternoon. Patty did a great job and Norman was a pretty good boy although he did try to break gait up to canter a couple of times. Nancy will be able to handle him in any circumstance any time she wants. And, I get to ride with my YaYa sisters on Wednesday evening. Woo Hoo!