Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Shows #4 & 5, Iowa & Illinois

Back-to-back weekend shows had Sara and Mater zig-zagging all over the Midwest. She was home just three days in ten.

Memorial Day weekend found them in Cedar Rapids Iowa at the Iowa Equestrian Center. It was a 3-day, 10-judge show. Just a teaser - they won THREE circuit championships and the Novice Amateur All Around High Point award for the weekend! I'll post more on that with pics when the prizes arrive.

This past weekend was down in central Illinois at Gordyville USA for a two-day, 6-judge show, dubbed the Illinois Summer Kickoff Paint-o-Rama. They showed there earlier in the season.

This weekend was a success as well, with the two of them earning six 1sts in English Equitation, five 1sts and one 2nd in Horsemanship, and a smattering of other placings in the other classes that they entered. They had a great ride in the Western Pleasure, earning two 3rds out of 16. The horse that got 1st is a former World Champion, and the horse that got 2nd is a former World Show competitor. Not bad for an amateur backyard horse owner. Sara's trainer and fellow show friends greeted her at the gate with cheers and high-fives. She said her ride in the Hunter Under Saddle was her best English ride she's had on him. He just did his job without any instruction from her. She just got to ride a great ride and he was flawless. That class earned them a 2nd and a 7th. This is a great accomplishment for a little 14.3 hand horse who wasn't going to be shown English because Sara didn't think he'd compete with "the big horses".

I think he holds his own just fine:

It's still unofficial until the final results are posted, but our records show he has earned a total of 125 APHA points so far this year!


JJ said...

That is awesome!! Congrats :)

in2paints said...

I am so jealous! What I wouldn't give to be able to travel around to all those shows!

Sara and Mater make a great team! Congratulations! :)

CTG Ponies said...

That is awesome! They are quite a team!

Rebecca White said...

Wow. I think I want Sara to pick out MY next show horse!