We had a very fun local to me show last weekend. It was so nice to only have to drive 2hr, as we are used to going to the US and 10+hr drives! It was at a beautiful new facility with permanent stalls all connected to an indoor. The indoor ring had the footing wet and rolled, so it was perfect for driving, even for those minis!
It was hot and humid with weather in the 100’sF, and torrential rains on Saturday. It was so nice to have everything indoors so we hooked outside of our stalls and drove right into the ring without getting wet! Plus it was a little cooler indoors with the ventilation there.
We moved in on Thursday and had a warm up drive with our new carriage. I only drove to it once before so we wanted to make sure everything was ok. We had a separate show on Friday and we did Dressage in the morning and cones in the afternoon. A slight spook in dressage (as he looked at a banner attached to the side of the ring on our lengthened walk, the judge wrote that he was trying to read the fine print!) and I just had to laugh a little at that. Totally unexpected but that’s horses for you! Keeping us humble lol. We actually ended up winning our dressage and had the second lowest dressage score out of 24 entries. We had a clean cones but 0.5 time penalties and finished 3rd in our cones. We still had a very low score and ended up Champion Prelim Pony!
Saturday and Sunday was our Pleasure Show with Turnout, Fault and Out, Working, Reinsmanship and Timed Obstacles. I also added the Ride and Drive class. I was very happy with our results and my boy was just perfect for me! We ended up 1st Place Ride and Drive, Large Pony Champion, High Point Welsh and Overall High Point of the show.
We have a little break and then we are off to Orleton Pleasure Show next Tuesday. I have a breed show with one of my 3 year olds this Sunday and have 2 line classes, lead line with a young girl and I entered in the green pony walk/trot class, so hopefully the weather holds out for us!
Hope everyone is having a good summer and you are all able to get out and drive