Friday was our first activity of the Golden Pony Club. What a great experience this was for those who participated. The theme was games – so we played Egg and Spoon, Flag and Sand, and Keyhole.

Egg and spoon game

Playing egg and spoon game

The evening was complicated by having the riders select a horse card to determine which horse she would ride. Oh, my! I’m not riding the horse I ride for lessons? Was the cry. No, you will choose a horse for each game and you cannot ride the same horse twice tonight. The gasps were quite audible. What if I get a horse I never rode before? Well, it happened and they got those horses.

Funny thing, the riders were so focused on the game that the horse was immaterial! Poppie, our most challenging lesson horse was ridden by the smallest riders. I’m not sure if they ever rode Poppie before, but Friday night, they did and they did a good job. Some of them even said they’d ride Poppie for a lesson!

One of our most advanced riders decided that she was not cut out for Gymkhana since she dq’d at least once in each game!

They rode for over two hours, but when I said game night was over, the girls were surprised that it ended so soon. I think every girl wanted to know if we could do this next Friday. Nothing like a good evening playing with horses!

Flag and Sand Game

Putting the flag in the holder

Keyhole Game

Turning Poppie in the keyhole

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The Renaissance Festival is in full swing here, so some of the kids are asking if they can joust with their horse. Of course, they are thinking horse-to-horse combat. Not here, but, what about spearing a ring with your lance? Surely that could be fun too!
Dustin_Lu-Rain Jousting_crThe first thing I need is some willing but unsuspecting parents. The kids love this part. Each parent is given a ring – the large ones that are used as diving rings in pools. Then each rider is given a lance – none other than a familiar pool noodle! Each rider is then challenged to walk their horse toward their parent and spear the ring without stopping their horse.

Paul lances the ring cr
The kids have a ball doing this while the parents remind them to aim for the ring not them!


It’s time to start practicing for our annual horse show.  The show typically consists for four classes: Showmanship, Equitation, Trail, and Games.  We try to practice the trail class a couple of times before the show so that the riders are comfortable with the pattern and the obstacles.  Some years they have to get mail out of the mail box; others they are moving something from one barrel to another.  This year, I introduced “the gate” to the class.

First time through I let them try to figure out how they should remove the rope to open the gate.  Some have a very hard time figuring it out; others are quicker.  Lu-Rain decided that since her rider wasn’t sure how to maneuver her up the the rope, she would take matters into her own hands, er, mouth.Lu-Rain Opens the Gate

First she stopped short of the rope.  She’s no fool.  She wasn’t going to touch the hot wire!  Then she crept closer to determine if it really was a hot wire.  It wasn’t, so she promptly grabbed the rope in her mouth, then dropped it so her rider could cross through the gate.  She did have that look about her that seemed to say – I did good.  I opened the gate for you!