Rain again mid-week soaked the Wild Orban Arena before it dried out from the last rain. I shopped the Walmart in McPherson, KS for the halloween costume supplies and the girls and I worked dilegently to make dozens of tassels to decorate horse blankets, bridles, manes and tails. Meanwhile, the arena stayed WET!
Even so, Ruthie came out Friday evening and tried to work Pico between the mud puddles. No canter since it was pretty slippery but she still dominated as required. Sat. morning I took Splash to Patty's for the weekly lesson and we struggled with impulsion. We were preparing for the show with Roberta Clark as judge and Louise Waring as 2nd judge. And of course, mighty preparations for the costume class.
The predicted rain held off while we showed at the Rocking C on Sunday. Alaina and Sunny had good Intro A (57.0) and Intro B (59.5)tests. Alaina has been tentative with Sunny since he bucked her off at the summer Rocking C show. They had nice rides, if a little lacking in impulsion, but I think they will be prepared to canter come spring. Pico was a good boy for both Ivy and Ruthie although he thought 4 tests was 4 to many. Ruthie had nice rides and Ivy did a good job with consistancy and obedience but lacked impusion especially at the canter in T2 (60.714 from RC 62.857 from LW) and T4 (54.80).
Both girls needed the last show for year-end award qualification since both had to change horses mid-year.
Alaina started off the year with Diez who, even at the advanced equine age of 28, was still going strong and looked great. Then, the week before the show in July at the Rocking C, Diez got serious laminitis and foundered in all 4 hooves with 4 to 5 degrees of rotation in the front feet. So, Alaina had to ride Sunny in the summer show and he bucked her off before her fist test and she was so injured/scared that she couldn't ride either test. So, Lily Pond was her 1st show with her replacement mount where she recieved 2 scores from Louise Waring. With the cancellation of the Parie Lane show, she needed 2 judges at the Rocking C but with any judge except Louise W - since Louise was the 2nd judge, she is out of luck for year-end.
Ivy was a little luckier. She started the year with TC who is 23. After the first couple of shows, TC developed wheezing during canter work, so we decided Ivy would just show TC in Intro Walk/Trot for the rest of the year. Shannean decided to concentrate on Paige Marie rather than Pico, so Ivy planned to ride Pico in Training Level in the remaining shows. She got one TL score at the Rocking C summer show and then another at the Lily Pond show. At Lily Pond, TC had a breathing problem that resulted in the decision to retire him from the dressage show ring. That left Ivy with only Pico and Training Level possiblities. So, at the Rocking C Halloween show, she rode Pico in TL2 and Ts 4 using TL2 as the double judged test - squeeking by with just enough scores to qualify for year-end. And, since she was the only junior under 13 in TL - she won HighPoint and was thrilled.
Splash was fairly well behaved - although I resorted to a new set of very short/mild spurs so I wouldn't hurt him. We scored 69.0 in Intro B and 60.0 in TL 4. Fantastic! The best scores ever with the slugmaster. So, I can't complain since I placed first in intro - woo hoo....
About the costume class - it was impressive! As usual, the dressage riders and their mounts outdid themselves. Patty and Silka were "the Scream," Miranda and Cindy were big cats, we had Alice and a huge white rabbit, a hippy and her hippy horse, an indian pony and indian princess, Zoe and Jasmine were a gypsy on a gypsy vanner, Kathy and Call were M&Ms, Ivy and Pico were an elf on his reindeer and Alaina and Sunny were an Arabian Rider on an Arabian Horse (Sunny thinks the costume suited him and it is not a stretch) and, last but not least, Jessie, Andy, Denali and the wiener dog were Woody, Jessie, Andy and the wiener dog from Toy Story. Great costums and Jessie, Gypsy, Alice, and the Elf were declared the winners.
Ah, the excitement. The good news is that Diez seems to have recovered enough for light riding which makes Alaina very happy. And TC is looking great as the resident pasture pet. I think both will still be ridable for small children and we will limit TC's trips to minimize any breathing attacks.
With darkness falling earlier all the time, weekday yaya rides are over for the year. However, this week yayas will meet for dinner and celebrate the October birthdays (Sherry, Marsha, and in absentia, Kathy). YAYA