Despite the howling winds, the riders at Pretty Pony Pastures had a great time at our Annual Awards Ceremony. As the families arrived, the tables filled with delicious food to share. This year our cook-off was a bake-off and our judge got a sugar high tasting the scrumptious desserts that were brought it.

Once everyone got a plateful of food, our ceremony began. This is the time that our riders get certificates that show their progress in our riding program. Most riders move up one level, but there are always a few surprises – like Laina James who moved from Beginner Rider – Level 2 last year to Novice Rider – Level 3 this year! Way to go Laina!

The highlight of the event is the presenting of the Grand Champion ribbons. The scores of the riders who participated in the Giddy-up Go Horsey Show in August are tallied after the show. Each rider is awarded points based on their placement in the class and the number of participants in that class. Then, the top six riders are presented with their Grand and Reserve Champion ribbons at our Awards Ceremony.

This year our Champions were:

Rider

Equitation

Trail

Flag/Barrel

Horse Stew

Total
109 Nora Kreft 5 5 3 1 14
114 Kaitlin Maloney 6 4 3   13
108 Callie Keller 5 6     11
105 Emily Kinser   2 4 4 10
110 Morgan Nimmo 4 1 2 2 9
102 Rylee Schomberg 2 2 1 3 8

 

Grand Champions - Callie, Nora, Rylee, Morgan

Way to go riders!

 

 

 

 

 

Our volunteers - Gloria, Eva, Callie, Riley

Next we honored our volunteers. Our therapeutic riding program and our Scout sessions could not take place if it weren’t for our dedicated volunteers. We thank all of you for so generously giving of your time to our facility and supporting our programs.

 

 

 

Cathy Capozzo - Dessert Cook-off Winner

The grand finale of the day was selecting the winning desert. Congratulations to Cathy Capozzo for her delicious dessert – Green Slime! Cathy received half the entry fees for the Cook-off.

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Our second annual horse show was scheduled for Saturday, August 8, 2009, but apparently mother nature had different ideas on when we should hold our show.  As the riders and guest gathered, so did the thunderstorms with torrential downpours!  The horses started acting a little jittery, and since we don’t ride during thunderstorms, we decided to postpone the show until Sunday.

Sunday was a bright and hotter day.  We actually tied the record high of 92 degrees!  None-the-less, 20-some riders and their families reconvened at our facility.  The show started promptly at 11:00 am and continued, despited the heat, until 7:00 pm.  Not bad.  No heat exhaution, we kept the arena fans going and water flowing, everyone, including the horses survived.

The show was divided into three three sections – showmanship, equitations, games.

Only five riders participated in the showmanship class.  Each followed the pattern with the horse rather nicely.

The equitation classes consisted of two parts – an equitation pattern and a trail class.  In the equitation pattern class, the rider was judged on his or her form.  Heels down, eyes forward, ability to keep the horse on the rail, whether the reins were too loose or too tight, etc.  The trail classes judges the riders ability to maneuver the horse through obstacles.  This year our riders had to cross a bridge, walk over a star-burst AND keep the horse in the center of the poles, walk through a gate, through an L set up with poles, trot the long wall or at least walk it AND either do a two-point or stand in the stirrups when crossing the pole that was about half-way down the long wall, make a tight turn, grab a ring from a cone, then set the ring on a spindle.  We did practice in class before the show so no one got butterflies from not being sure of either pattern!

The games were pole-bending and pony express.  Our pole-bending was more like cone bending.  Yes, if the cone got knocked over, you would have time added to the score and there were only four cones instead of the traditional six.  Pony Express was a modified barrel racing game but instead of three barrels there were four barrels and a cone (start/end designation) and instead of a cloverleaf the rider made a star with all right turns in the pattern.

At the end of the show, ribbons were awarded to the show Grand Champion and five Reserve Grand Champions.  This year we had a tie for First Reserve Champion!

This our show winners were:

Alex, Eva, Linda, Callie, Riley (not pictured Bowen and Shelby)

Alex, Eva, Linda, Callie, Riley (not pictured Morgan, Bowen and Shelby)

Grand Champion – Shelby Krohn – riding Stella
First Reserve GC – Eva Aguilar – riding Lu-Rain
First Reserve GC – Morgan Nimmo – riding Slick Chick
Second Reserve GC – Alex Aguilar – riding Lu-Rain
Third Reserve GC – Callie Keller – riding Slick Chick/Leslie
Fourth Reserve GC – Bowen Waltz – riding Slick Chick
Fifth Reserve GC – Riley Redmond – riding Leslie

All of the riders did an excellent job of showing off their riding skills.  We hope they all come back next year for the third annual Giddy-Up Go Horsey Show!

Congratulations to all of our riders!


We took Leslie to her first schooling dressage show today.  What a wonderful way to start Mother’s Day.

Never mind that the show was an hour and a half drive away, that we were showing from the trailer, and we were the first ride at 9:00 am, so we had to leave by 6:00 am to have some warm-up time.

After an hour of trying to best braid Leslie’s mane, we loaded her in the trailer.  This is the first time in two years that we have taken Leslie off the farm and her first dressage show with only six months of training, once a week at best.  Amy, her trainer, and I decided to enter her in the Introductory Level Tests A and B.  We feel that she has been making good progress, but we wanted a judge’s opinion.

Leslie was a bit nervous when we brough her into the arena area to tack her up, so we walked her around a few times.  Mirrors!  Our arena doesn’t have any; this one does!  I remembered someone saying that some of the horses in the Olympics spooked when they saw themselves on the big screens that were hung in the arena.  What would Leslie do when she saw herself in a mirror?  She was curious, but not afraid.  Good!  This was actually a good thing when we bridled her.  She decided that she wanted no part of the bridle.  Not her style, but in a strange place, understandable.  She ran.  Where?  To her reflection in the mirror.  She stood so close to the mirror that it got steamy!  As she commiserated with herself about her predicament, we were able to bridle her.  Amy mounted and the tests began.Leslie and Amy Dressage Ribbons

Happy to say the tean took ribbons in both classes – fourth in Intro A and second in Intro B.

So proud!