We added a new class to our Giddy-Up Go Horse Show this year – Mom (or Dad) and Me!  A Mom or Dad who had never ridden a horse could take part in the trail class – and be led by their daughter or son, if they chose.  This gave the parents a chance to see and feel what it’s like to be on a horse.

Leading Mom over the bridge.

Leading Mom over the bridge.

 

Our first rider was Carrie led by her daughter, Riley.  This was a big step for Carrie.  Riley has been riding with us for two years, but Carrie had never even been near a horse before her daughter decided to learn how to ride.  Because Riley was under six when she started to ride, Carrie needed to be with her in the arena.  It was a mother/daughter learning experience from how to groom to how to saddle and how to lead.  Riley is now an Intermediate rider and wants to learn how to jump!  Mom is happy that she overcame her fears and was able to walk Stella through the obstacles in the trail class.

 

Leading Dad over the pole.

Leading Dad over the pole.

Our next entry was Matt led by his daughter, Riley.  (No confusion or relationship here.  We have two Riley’s in our classes, both of whom had a parent riding.)  Matt claims that he didn’t even know he was entered until the day of the show.  He has always been very supportive of his two daughters taking riding lessons, but never knew what it took to actually ride a horse.  After completing the class, Matt remarked that riding was a lot harder than it looks and has to give his daughters a lot of credit for what they have accomplished.  Both Riley and her sister Callie are Intermediate riders in our riding program.

 

Both parents received participation ribbons for taking part in the class.  Perhaps next year a few more parents will want to try to ride!

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