Both of these were great shows! A beautiful facility with great numbers and the weather was nice! What more can one ask for? I have to brag on my husband at this show. He flew in from judging Harlensburg, Pennsylvania with Bruce Walquist. Lessoned and showed for two days then he had to fly to OKC to assist with the Youth World Cup. While doing all that, he won the circuits in the Green and Junior Western Riding with Lauren Love’s new horse Invitemeforchocolate. This is the first year for Shaggy to be shown in this event so we were all pretty excited! Plus anyone who knows us realizes that we do not have many open horses because our focus is youth and amateur. PLUS Robin won the Junior Trail Circuit on Vickie Kent’s horse RV Won Good Version. Truly a great show in the open for Robin. Thank you to all the judges at those two shows.
Speaking of RV Won Good Version (Vern), he and his owner Vickie Kent not only won the Circuit Champion in the Select Showmanship but they were High Point Select All-Around at the Big “A”! Vickie has been working on Vern’s lead change and started showing consistently in the Horsemanship there. Not her favorite class to show in without a lead change but I bet she is glad she gave into all of Robin’s encouragement to show. It paid off! Ronnie and his horse RV Radical Zipper, also known as J.R., made some great gains at these two shows. They placed consistently in the pleasure every day and even though J.R. is only three years old, he placed in some of the select trails! This is quite an accomplishment for such a green horse when you are showing Tim Kimura trail patterns! Good job Ronnie! Then we have Ms. Darlene who resides in Alberta. Not an easy transition to take someone from the cool North into the blazing heat of the Southern United States. Even though it was not easy she accomplished some great goals with her horse and ended the show by winning the Novice Amateur Horsemanship.
We did have one new team at this show, Rachel Wetherell and Zips Hidden Resource. After much debate from Harley’s previous owner, Ashley Aikman, she decided that her college studies were taking so much time that Harley would be of more use with someone else that would be able to show him more. Ashley could not have chosen a better person or family to have Harley! What a great first show they had! They accomplished a first in the trail one day and second and thirds in the showmanship and horsemanship classes. They consistently had their names called which is fantastic for a new pair in such stiff competition! Plus Robin started showing in the trail at this circuit and qualified Harley in the Senior Trail for the AQHA World Show! Thirty-four points later and Robin is quite excited to have Harley going to more shows!
Liz, Mayers and Clay all had a good show in their respective classes. They improved daily and had their names called in the classes they specialize in. In the 14 thru 18 classes that is a huge compliment because they were so competitive it was like showing at the youth world for these kids! We are proud of their hard work and accomplishments!
Besides our Select and Youth competitors our amateurs had a successful show as well. Courtney Jetelina and her horse Deelivered, better known to the barn as “dee dee kins” qualified for the AQHA World Show in Amateur Showmanship and Horsemanship. We were very pleased about this because Courtney has been busy and has only been able to attend one other small show this year. Beckie Peskin and Rocked on the Rail won the Novice Amateur Western Riding Circuit at the Stars and Stripes! Pretty exciting since it was their first time to show the class. Leena and Bosco showed great in the Amateur Hunter Under Saddle! They have come a long way in a short time and are really doing great! Stefanie Pullin was smok’n in the horsemanship and gett’n her needed points in the showmanship and western riding. All and all a great show for her and her horse. Then there is little Miss Tiina Volmer and Frog who really did well in the showmanship. I am proud of their progress in this event but they really ended their week with a bang by acquiring circuit championship in the Amateur Equitation. Both shows together were a lot of work but I think everyone in attendance would say it was well worth it.
Last but not Least, Darby Sherrod went to her second horse show with her new horse “Bob”. Their first show was with Robin and I at the Texas Classic but this show in San Antonio was just she and her dad, Brent. They did Fantastic! She was first on three of the four cards in the horsemanship and won the circuit championship at the show! We couldn’t be more proud of her.
We are now off to another one of Mark Harrell’s shows in Athens, Texas. It was suppose to be a quick “small” show before the youth world but we are now taking two trailers so I think it will be quite busy! I will try to update again after the upcoming Youth and Select World shows. We wish you all the Best and hope you and your families are having a great summer!