Several events happening during Sunday’s show.
Some a bit bad. Some Major astonishing. Some sort of entertaining. Some downright scary.
In our first test, I managed to ride the wrong way. This is the second time I do this. Really, how many times have you done this??? When does it end??!!
Have some pictures from the video Nancy took for me, grabbed off raw from the phone vid so they’re all grainy.
Very nice square halts all around.
While the judge, very patiently and encouragingly (AAAAH, thank you Mrs. Linda Betts!) set us on our way, Cooper decided this was the perfect time to take a pee break. So, right in front of the judges box, he went.
And went… There was even time to wave to the non existing audience. Beautiful. And very professional.
We ended the test with a fantastic ride, , to make up for the start, enough for a 66 at TL 1. Very happy with him after that!
Then, just look how extremely excited and relaxed he was about having to go in again, for the TL 2 test.
The Major Astonishing:
Despite feeling nothing like the soft and obedient guy I rode on Friday at home, he still pulled a 75! Enough for a 2nd place, despite getting a 4 for a wrong lead canter. (Yes, the pesky left one again.)
Excellent square halts, nice and straight trot diagonals, and as he was tired a bit of the usual tension was gone and he looked more submissive. I still can’t get over the 75! Awesome little guy!
SO proud of him to pull this off in just a few months training and only his second show ever.
Never dreamed scores like these would be possible with him. Say what? With a Western Appaloosa?
Most definitely, if I can do this, so can you!
Lovely to finally see all the work paying off! That is an extremely happy score sheet above! Perhaps the best back sheet I’ll ever receive.
The Sort Entertaining:
Cooper was selected by the drug board administration (there’s got to be a much more serious name for this but you get the picture.) for urine testing for illegal substances.
Checking competition horses is done by randomly selecting horses immediately after exiting the show ring and subjecting them to testing. California tests a very vast number of horses, within all equestrian disciplines – yey Cali! – and, apparently, they also attend schooling shows.
Secretly, I think they only select pokey, shiny, good lookin’ Blue Roans with bad clip jobs because they want to hang out and admire them and listen to their riders rant about their blogging. Most definitely.
(More torture with grainy pictures – how about this one, with a heel grip and behind the vertical? Yum. Vow to do better than this…)
Nice times were had with the “drug rep”, but despite waiting around for a very lengthy time by the trailer, plus then taking Cooper to a specific “enticing” stall to help him along with his contribution sample, it was a “no go.”
No pee pony here (Hey, he’d already scored in front of the judge with that.), so he was released.
With Cooper tucked into a different stall with hay, I helped getting Nancy’s Gandalf ready for his tests. Sporting very special braids it would have been fun catching him on picture.
But in the warmup he turned into Mr. Nasty, some nasty hissy fits, throwing Nancy off at the end. My heart sank, not all clear on the details. Running out to the arena to Nancy, who remained on the ground for a nauseating scary long time, seemed to take forever.
I rode Gandalf for her for a bit after, and in the lunging pen as well. Still not clear on why he turned bat crazy – this is TRULY Mr. Steady Eddy, and it was a major let down for the day.
She was left with a swollen shoulder, an ice pack, and I’m sure bruising to come.
Cooper, cute with his ribbon and ready to shower in the washrack, but I mostly just worried about Nancy at this point.
Tomorrow I’ll head up to her place to ride Gandalf for her, and hope to see that she’s all good!
Sorry about such a lengthy post.