Saturday, June 22, 2013

fun show

Today we had the draft club's fun show. It is different from the circuit shows; it required no washing of ponies, no mane rolls or tail bows, and no show clothes. It was just a day to hang with friends, show ponies and mules low key, and have fun.

One of my new friend that helps out with all the shows, Lisa, and Becky came up to take Shyloh down to Ohio. Shy was going to have a sleepover at Beth's house!
Yeah. . .Shy is the only horse in that bad boy
In the morning, me and Beth loaded up the ponies and headed to the show, a mere 10 minutes away! We got there early and got a coveted under the tree parking spot. Ahhh. . .shade. It was much needed for the 90 degrees and humid day that was ahead of us.
Can you see Shy and Art?
First up, halter class. We never place in halter or showmanship. So when it was out turn and Shy drug ass up to the judge, then decided to speed trot away from the judge, then half trot back to the judge, I figured we were just doing halter just because. . .  imagine my surprise when the judge called us out for second! Second place!! I was shocked!
Happy pony with her ribbon
Showmanship was our usual blah. I get so bored standing in line and so does Shy. But next up was line driving obstacle course. . .which we rocked! We took third place and I think that was because She refused to trot around the cones. But she did go over the bridge without a problem!

Next was the scary part. Hooking Shy to the cart. She had not been hooked since the last show she was at, which was in May. But Shy was a superstar! Beth rode with me, just to be safe and we ended up taking fourth in the class. 
Go Shy!
Nevermind the hair-fro. . .it was so hot and humid!
Then Shy was used for youth cart class. The little girl who drove Shy did an excellent job and Shy was great for her. I think they took second place. 

Becky took a spin on Shy and I convinced her to do the obstacle class with Shy. I rode with her. Shy was doing good until we had to back in a U shape, then pull out. She did a major scoot coming out of the U. A major scoot. Becky got after her and made her do it again so she could do it right. After Shy got herself together, Becky had me drive her back to the trailer. 

Now it was time to hook Shy and Art together. They did an obstacle course and I think they took either first or second with Beth driving. Then they did a farm team open class. Beth said that the way they drove together was amazing, they were so good! And they took first place!
Teamsters
The last team class was on a wooden sled, where the driver stands. A water bucket was filled to the top and placed on the back of the sled. The driver had to take the team around three cones and back around the cones. The winner was the person who spilled the least amount of water. Beth went first with Art and Shy. Then it was my turn. Let me tell you, driving two horses is hard! I don't know how people drive those hitches with six and eight! And since Shy and Art aren't technically a team, they both have different words to go. So I had a bit of a difficult time getting started. . .but Beth helped. Then I took over. It was fun, but I have a difficult enough time with just one horse, I am not sure I am ready for two! And turning them is much easier than making them go straight. But when we crossed the finish line, I had more water in the bucket! Me and the team took first place!!

After that, Shy and Art got hooked back up to the cart and gave pony rides to Lisa and her husband Ed.  And by the time Shy was unhooked, she was exhausted and sweaty! Pony doesn't know what it is like to work! She took a little snooze at the trailer, then resumed her eating. We loaded up and Lisa and Ed took us home. How awesome are they for coming to get us and bring us home for the show? Super awesome!!
That's the sign of some hard work!

The rains when we got home probably felt so good!

I am so proud of how Shy did today!! I wish I would have gotten way more photos, but I was so busy all day! If anyone at the show took some, I will share them on Shy's Facebook page.

19 comments:

  1. Sounds like we both had a super horse day!! Yeahhh! I wish we got some rains! Nothing yet. Congrats!!! You guys did super!!!!

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    1. We got some rain back home before we arrived and it started again a little bit later. None for you?
      Thanks!!

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  2. Sounds like a super exciting day for the both of you. What fun. Congrats

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    1. Super fun! Thanks! I really wish I had the means to work Shy like that on a more regular basis.

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  3. Fantastic, what a fun day for you all!
    You've come a long way!

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    1. Thank you! I love seeing Shy's progress, but I feel that I am not keeping up with her!

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  4. Way to go, Shy! Sounds like she was a superstar!

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    1. A true superstar! My favorite was having the little girl drive her. . .Shy was amazing!

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  6. Yeah! ribbons ribbons ribbons!
    She does look like she worked hard. Good for her, and for you.
    Congratulations!

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    1. Ribbons are fun because we didn't get any last year. But as long as everyone is having fun and stays safe, I am more than happy. She worked real hard, she was a trooper. Thanks :)

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  7. She looks like one whipped pony in those last two pictures. Poor baby, having to work for her supper.

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    1. Beyond whipped! There was one point where she refused to move, but when hooked to another horse, she really doesn't have that option for too long!
      She was too tired to eat there for a while!

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  8. Awesome day, congrats on all your placings!

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