Sunday, October 5, 2008

Elmington Farm - October 5th, 2008

Today was another typical Locke Meadow's Day. The team came together and rode their hearts out against some of the toughest competition they've showed against all year. Their hard work was rewarded.

I had to put two pictures of Dawn and Silver Masterpiece up. This was the best day these two have ever had. Dawn started off the day with a second place in Adult Equitation out of six entries. She then flatted in the Green Hunter Horse and walked away with the blue ribbon in the hack class out of eight entries (against some really, really nice horses)!! She ended up Reserve Champion against the pros, which blows my mind since Dawn has only been riding a little over a year. Dawn and Maggie also did the Working Hunters at 3' (this was only their second time showing at 3') and jumped around without scaring anyone and earned a 3rd out of 7 in that hack class.

We had to talk Stephanie T. into hanging around for the Working Hunters, as she she has not jumped 3' in ages. Her and Sophie put in two beautiful rounds and ended up in the top ribbons. They jump better at 3' than they do 2'6". Stephanie also won the Adult Equitation class and was 2nd and 3rd in Adult Amateur Hunter Over Fences. She won back more than half of her entry fees in prize money. Way to go Steph!

Kaitlyn and Daisy were great today. Daisy jumped around without a warm-up and only had one minor bobble. This pony is really learning her job and you can tell the hard work Kaitlyn has put into her. Daisy was 6th out of 14 entries in the Low Hunter Hack. When they called her number, I almost melted. There were some NICE horses out there with pros riding and here is Kaitlyn riding right along with them.

Miss Chelsea came for one class today; Pony Equitation. Right now, Chelsea is Number 1 with the VHSA Associate Program in Pony Equitation and she wants to keep it that way. Of course, she was at the top out of 8 entries. People often ask if Chelsea ever makes a mistake. If she does, I'm still waiting to see it!

Needless to say, this was one of the best weekends the team has ever had. The horses we showed against today were tough, which I was thankful for. The VHSA Championships are just a few weeks away and its nice to see some good competition at the end of the year.

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