Whew – after mild temperatures and lots of rain, summer came back with muggy vengeance. Alaina played volleyball at a 9th grade tournament on Saturday while Ivy and I went to West Equestrian for a dressage schooling show. Patty brought Kismet for Ivy in the trailer with Prince and Little Rock – they were packed in the trailer like three sardines. Little Rock (above) and Prince were magnificent – really well behaved and obedient even though the “nice” neighbor was shooting guns throughout the entire show. Congrats on some excellent rides Patty.
Splash and I rode T-3 and WDB-4; Kathy and Call also rode those tests as well as WDB-3. Call and Kathy took first place over Splash and me in both Western and Traditional – way to go Kathy! Splash had some footing issues, the arena was hard with a couple inches of slippery sand on top. Splash took a slip/stumble as we took our first canter transition in T-3 and had several more slips during both tests. Even so, we scored 60.400 (T-3) and 61.029 (WDB-4); Judge Roberta Clark gave us a 7 for our first halt in T-3 with the rest of our scores from 5.5 to 6.5 – Roberta saw some nice moments but recommends more consistency. For WDB-4, our free walk was only 5 but the last trot down center line was 8 and we received 7.5 for the last halt and 7’s for a trot circle and the working jog after the walk. Roberta said it was a smooth test but we need consistency and better connection for better scores. Our accuracy in canter circles was not good because I was thinking about slips and stumbles and did not help Splash with balance – so he fell into the circles.
Ivy and Kismet had a successful first dressage show! They scored 60.000 for T-1 (3rd place) and 62.200 for T-3 (first place). Roberta sees great potential for this pair and recommends that Ivy work on connection to improve scores.
Sunday was sunny and, still, hot. But equine friends gathered at the Rocking C to ride in the nursery out back. Mary (Beau), Lora, Patty (Norman), Ivy (Pico), Marilyn (trying Kismet), and I(Splash) ventured out into the heat after a delicious pot luck lunch.
We had a lovely ride and then came back into the cool of the bunkhouse to share watermelon. A great way to spend a hot, Sunday afternoon.
In other news! Ivy and Alaina joined their 4-H friends to model cloths at Stillwater Milling for the Back-to-School issue of Value News – check it out at this link: http://valuenews.com/rogers_issue.php
August is winding down which means that the Rogers County Fair is just a couple of weeks away. Splash and I will be there to ride both English and Western – in my fancy new boots. YaYa!!!!