My students Abby and Ciarra attended a schooling show last month. This was the first one ever for Abby, and the first one for Ciarra since I've been her trainer. I couldn't be more proud of them for working hard in their lessons towards this goal all summer, and then going out there and doing their best.
No one went off course, there were big smiles and hugs for their horses after each ride, and they pushed themselves when it was hard. They learned a lot and got useful feedback from the judge, who was excellent and sure didn't miss a thing.
Abby put her powerhouse horse together and stayed cool, calm and collected for the two of them, and earned Reserve Champ in the 18" division, which was the largest division of the show. One of the judge's comments to her was, "When your horse gets older she'll calm down. She's just young." (Hahah ummm, she's 17 though...) Calypso was very well behaved, and they scored well even though she was a little enthusiastic at times.
Ciarra was the youngest rider by a lot in her 2'6"-2'9" division, and the Equitation courses were tough as the jumps went higher but she rose to the occasion and rode her best on the hardest courses. She was Reserve Champ for her division as well. The judge said she'd do very well at an Arabian show, and she liked Kismet's movement for Hunters. They had some trouble with their right lead at times, but made the best of it and she rode very smartly.
Well done girls!! You're a pleasure to coach because you truly love what you're doing.
P.S. Pro Tip. How to keep your trainer happy at a horse show: Buy her donuts!! :D :D