Monday, June 22, 2009

The 4-H State Horse Show in Shawnee!!! Wheeee

The Rogers County Horse Club went to the state horse show as the "Beach Bums Soaking up the Competition" and decorated the stalls with posters and garlands of Hawaiian flowers. The horses looked cute in their leis too.

Shawnee was full of their version of the trail of painted ponies and this rearing horse was the favorite. We planned on posing with one before we left town but ran out of time and shot this on our way home. Next year.......

Kathy B came along to keep me company and help with the mighty preparations... Kathy was in charge of hair and braiding. It runs in the family since Krystal did the trimming last weekend. Thanks friend - it was fun to have a partner to share the wealth (work!).

Ivy and Alaina had a wonderful time with their friends and playing with their ponies.
Alaina and Sunny had a great show. They competed in showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat eq, western pleasure and western horsemanship. They placed in HUS and USE - 9th and 10th! And the really strange but true thing, they placed just above and just below Charlie - Sunny's half brother out of OSU I Stand Grand. Charlie is OSU Triple My Check and Sunny is OSU Taris Two Grand. Charlie was Amanda Burrows' 4-H show horse several years ago and he is looking mighty fine.

Ivy and Splash competed in Halter - Splash was difficult and took a nip while the judges were looking. Bad horse! Then Ivy and Pico competed in hunter under saddle, hunt seat eq, hunter hack, and western horsemanship. They had a lovely ride in HUS but the judge didn't use them. Then, after riding a beautiful HSE pattern, they ended on the wrong side of the cone. Pico decided jumping was not on the agenda and refused the straight bars after the cross bar practice and Ivy was very disapointed since they have been practicing. Her last chance for a ribbon was WH and the pattern was very tight, Pico didn't pick up canter and they landed on the wrong side of the cone. Bummer. But dispite being disapointed with no ribbons to show, Ivy and Pico are really improving and look very good together.

Finally, the western events were on Sat. and we had several visitors. Steve appeared and hung out to watch the western classes and then Kale came down from Stillwater. And, Ruthie (w/ brother and cousin) dropped by on their way to Norman for a quick visit. The girls really appreciated their fans stopping by. After WH, with Steve to help, we packed up and escaped much more quickly than normal and got back to the Wild O Ranch by 8pm - in time for a quick swim for the girls while Steve picked up KFC. Fun weekend, even if I didn't get to ride myself. YAYA

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