Saturday, February 22, 2014


Sorry for the lame iPhone posts. My brain thinks in smaller words and sentences on this thing, so forgive the 2nd grade writing level.

Friday was a solid performance. We played in the 2' pre-adult hunters which while tiny, had several reaaaaallllly nice horses.

Prair warmed up lovely, and aside from adding (!!?) in our first course she was soft, manageable and in front of my leg.

Our second course was glorious. I figured out how to let out her stride a bit more and the whole round was nothing short of magical.

Third round was in another arena (at the end of the world) which concerned Prairie greatly. We bobbled a bit with the far line since I think she thought we were falling off a cliff, but otherwise she was soft, forward and very responsive.

Our final round was uneventful. I think it was nice (but not that spectacular) though I'll have to check video and confirm.

Finally we hacked!

Prair was a tad too collected, but in a class of 20+ she totally handled the traffic ok (my main paranoia) and we snagged completely unexpected 2nd!!

When we went back to look at ribbons from our rounds I was shocked to see that our second round got us a first (1st!!!).

usually I wouldn't post a screenshot like this, but I was tickled by Prair's celebrity victory. Her horses (yes, plural) were all totally lovely.

Our third round somehow got a 4th, even with the looking/leaping at the outside line. And we barely snagged an 8th for our final round over fences.

1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th (and a nothing) out of 20!?? Such a good mare - I was thrilled

More video to come (it's on the big camera) but yahoo!!

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  1. Yay yay yay! Great job Prairie and great riding Gingham!

  2. Is Zoey's horse, Winston, named after Winston on New Girl? haha

  3. Congrats! That is so wonderful and a great achievement. I am loving all your Thermal posts. So glad you decided to go.

  4. Brilliant results, you guys are gonna keep getting better and better - look how far you've come in 12months!
    What a partnership & awesome adventure

  5. I had no idea the actress was a horse girl. I did a double take when I saw the screenshot.

    Congrats on the blue!

  6. Yahooooo some great placings!!!! Go girl!!

  7. YAY!! And wow you went against Zooey Deschanel, he was champion Pre-Green in california last year.

  8. Wow what a fantastic set of rounds! Congrads! And I was highly amused as to who was in second place. ;)

  9. Congrats!! Well done you! And I had no idea Zooey Deschanel rode. That's pretty cool, that you beat her. :)

  10. Congrats on your first Thermal blue!! So exciting! And what makes it even better is that your round was glorious and magical, and everything fell into place :) Great job!

  11. WOW you go girl!!!!! Great job!!!

  12. I'm with everyone else - congratulations! What a nice result for a round that felt so good.

    I, too, had absolutely no idea Zooey was an equestrian, much less one who shows Hunters! Wait 'til I tell my DH who is a big fan of hers. :)


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