Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Labor Day Classic - Sept. 3-4, 2011

The Maine Horse Association (MHA) added a new show to the roster this year by affiliating with the the Maine Quarter Horse (MeQHA).  The show was typically just a QH show, but became an open Class B show this year.  It was fun to return to Skowhegan Fairgrounds for a second time in a year; normally we just go up in June for the Downeast Congress.

Reva and I had a good show with many ribbons.  She was a very good girl.  My goals were to have fun and have no bucking in the under saddle classes.  We achieved both goals!  Yay!!

Reva being such a big girl...she is calm and happy at shows and I love it!

Results:
Reserve Champion Open 2-Gait Pleasure (out of 4)
Reserve Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure (out of 2)
1st place Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure (out of 2)
2nd place Standardbred In Hand (out of 2)
2nd place Standardbred Equitation (out of 2)
2nd place Open 2-Gait Pleasure (out of 4)
4th place Hunter Horse In Hand (out of 5)
4th place Trail Challenge (out of 7)


Our In Hand ribbons...


And the really funny part.......are you ready for this???  I showed SADDLESEAT!  LOL!  Yes, the "dressage queen" rode saddleseat.  It was so fun.  Apparently, I have been hanging around at too many MHA shows in the past three years.....HA HA HA!  A friend of mine loaned me her saddleseat suit, saddle, and bridle for the show season.  

It was super fun and the judge even complimented me at the end of my last class.  She was one of the judges at the Downeast Congress back in June and told me that while she thought Reva looked really good hunt seat that she thought she liked her even better saddleseat!  Other people commented that with her headset, if you did not realize she was a Standardbred, you would never guess. 


1st in STB Pleasure and 2nd in Open Pleasure on Saturday...

All our ribbons!

The only downfall was my equitation...yeah, I look like a hunt seat rider playing dress up.  HA HA HA!  I will never win an equitation class riding saddleseat like I can win an equitation class riding hunt seat, well at least not until I can take a few lessons (this winter..... ;-) .  OH WELL!  :-D


We even tried a class for fun called Trail Challenge.  Basically you have to navigate your horse around a course at the walk and trot with only a carrot or other form of bribery.  We signed up for it at the last minute, mostly because my friend Shelly signed up for it with her horse McKeever, and I was really happy with 4th place.  The last obstacle was trotting over four ground poles and then halting right at the closed gate.  Well, as we are trotting along, the gate person OPENED THE GATE!  I instinctively reached out and touched her lead...just as I did I realized I would be penalized.  I honestly don't think Reva even realized the gate was open, but I was not taking any chances just in case!  :-)


Professional photos are HERE.  They are awesome!  :-)  There are two random in hand photos that are NOT me or Reva though...whoops!  LOL!

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