Archive for the ‘Jennifer Vaught’ Category
In a smug tone, I tell Jenny all I have to do to pass the Level 4 Free Style is bridleless flying lead changes which Cisco and I will be able to do because we can do them while jumping over a barrel. Jenny tells me that Cisco and I won’t need to use a barrel by the time we develop this skill. “You’ll not need to jump that high,” she sez.
Note: I was thinking that you, the reader, might believe barrel jumping means success at flying lead changes. Barrel jumping provides the horse with an opportunity to rearrange their leg footfall sequence. The rider’s focus, body position and knowledge are other requirements. I was obsessed with flying changes during the Parelli journey with Velvet and Sage. I bought one day old JR because he had the talent potential to do flying changes. Now I get to be obsessed all over again with the journey that Cisco and I are on.
Then she mentions the other tasks. There are no other tasks, I explain. I’ve been watching the level 4 auditions on You Tube. All we have to do is a pattern, flying changes and simple changes.
Jenny says, “There is a two page sheet where you have to check off tasks you’ve completed and you have to sign it.”
I’ve seen that sheet. It has the compulsory tasks. After watching the video submissions on You Tube, all I care about is the compulsory tasks. I examine the audition sheet that night. Hmmmm. It does say to do the self assessment chcklist. It does say to sign it. There is even a place for a signature. There are a bunch of tasks.
Oh cry! I check with my inner self. Inner self tells me that I cannot check the tasks as completed unless Cisco and I successfully perform the tasks. What if someone asks Cisco and I to do one of those tasks and we can’t do it? Also, my inner self tells me I can’t lie on the check list.
I’m now keeping a list of the tasks we successfully completed.
Jenny also stated that doing these tasks will help in our development towards flying lead changes.
Sigh… Oh the suffering on the best journey ever!
Lucky Star did fantabulous at his first real horse show. Some of my nightmare visions came true and other of my nightmare visions didn’t occur. Overall, Lucky did great.
1. When we got there, Lucky was tied up while I created the trail class obstacles. He did fine. I didn’t have any nightmares about this.
2. Saddled him up and he did have some energy. Thanfully, friend Hope was there with Chip. So we rode in circles around Hope and Chip until Lucky was calm. No nightmares about this part either.
3. We then rode in the two arenas, practicing. He was a little keyed up, but he ended up being very calm about everything. no nightmare here
4. We were the first contestant in the trail class. Lucky went into the arena willingly and gave me all the impulsion I could have asked for. My nightmare was that he would balk at the gate and not go in. He did surprise me in the back thru the triangle barrels. He got angry with me and put some speed in his backup. In fact, he backed up out of the pattern. This was the first time I’ve ever not been able to get him to stop or slow down! amazing
5. We won 2nd…amazing
6. Opening Ceremony of the horse show. I was asked to carry the club flag. Well, Lucky has never carried a flag before, but he is calm and I have certainly prepared him for things zipping around over his head. And he did it! He carried the flag in following the horse and rider with the American flag. We kept up with that horse, stood quietly for the National Anthem and followed the American flag horse out of the arena at the same speed. Now that is a memory to cherish forever!
7. Western Pleasure – went right in and did fine. nightmare was that he would stop and balk
8. Novice- Went right in, balked at the gate and again when we stopped and reversed. I got him going again before creating a problem for the other horses. nightmare was balking, creating a problem for the other horses, being asked to leave the arena, except he still wouldn’t move. So the nightmare was way worse than what really happened!
He gave his all on this class. We scratched the next class and I took him home. He was grateful to get home and drink water. The facility had a water problem and there was no water to fill a bucket.
I decided that Lucky should go into full time training before the World Show at Ava. Lucky is currently at For the Horse Ranch and being trained by Jennifer Vaught. My nightmare of balking at the World Show is abating.
VERSATILITY OVERALL PLACINGS
Working Horse High Point: Co-High points
Youth Versatility World Grand Champion Toddy’s Velvet Perfection, Nichole Copple, Fair Play Mo for Susan & Terry Engle, Pleasant Hill Mo
Speed High Point- Ferrari’s Red Ruby, Montye Mickelson for Montye Mickelson, Kissee Mills MO
Working Horse High Point- Co-High Points- New York City Slicker, Gertrud Merk, Bavaria Germany for Waland & Lynne Burger, Stockton MO
Amateur Versatility World Grand Champion New York City Slicker, Gertrud Merk, Bavaria Germany for Waland & Lynne Burger, Stockton MO
Working Horse High Point- Nathan’s Ovation, Jennifer Vaught, Fair Play MO for Susan Engle, Pleasant Hill MO
Open Versatility World Grand Champion- Nathan’s Ovation, Jennifer Vaught, Fair Play MO for Susan Engle, Pleasant Hill MO
Amateur Ranch Horse World Grand Champion Toddy’s Velvet Perfection, Nichole Vaught, Fair Play for Susan & Terry Engle, Pleasant Hill MO
Open Ranch Horse World Grand Champion Nathan’s Ovation, Jennifer Vaught Fair Play Mo for Susan Engle, Pleasant Hill MO
Day one, Showmanship started the day off right! Jenny and Nichole won the open and youth showmanship classes! Nova and Velvet were in show horse success mode.
Tony and Powder joined in the next events and the ribbon sunumi started. The Vaught family flooded me with ribbons. Blue was the main color. In the youth events, Nichole and Velvet mostly won the blue ribbon followed by sister Caitlyn riding Attu. In the open events Jenny got most of the blue ribbons with Powder and Tony getting many second place ribbons and a few third place ribbons.
I have this great chair with the shade top. Today, it became the ribbon chair. At the end of the day, it was also the garland chair. Jenny and Nova won the Open Versatility Garland and Nichole and Velvet won the Youth Versatility Garland.
Pictures are on Facebook . At the moment, I can’t upload pictures here. Later…
We had friends show in the various events. Susan Breau showed in Western Pleasure and won the class. She was so excited and so happy to get that win. Before the class, she was bubbling over with excitement and nerves. She has also lost weight this winter and looked stunning in her show clothes with her shining happiness bubbling all over us!
Hope Kahout has to be the best dressed Western Pleasure rider ever. I will post her picture and you can vote for Hope as most wondrous. She rides a dark gold palomino and wore a turquoise outfit. Boy Howdy. Hope placed in the class and was a happy versatility evener!
Powder looked great in her new bridle. Last year her whiteness faded out her face. She needed a bling black bridle so we would see her beautiful green gold eyes with the black makeup. Oh she is stunning, especially with her cowboy rider dressed in a dark red shirt. It took a lot of finesse to get the cowboy rider to accept a bling bridle. Whew Powder is coming along looking improved over her three year old first season. Powder is four years old and is in the beginning of her illustrious show career.
Strolling around the versatility arena, I was asked if I “bought” all those ribbons. ”Yes, I did in the entry fees!” I said! Another person asked me if I was sorry to be winning all the blue ribbons. I replied, “No Way! I’m happy that my horses are winning all those blue ribbons!”
I love the people in the versatility arena. They aren’t just people, they are my family twice a year.
Tomorrow is Ranch Horse Day. All three of my horses are entered in every event. There is only open Ranch Horse classes. This means that Nichole and Caitlyn are competing along with the adults. I predict that Nichole and Caitlyn will place higher in some classes than some of the adult riders. I’m glad not to be competing against Nichole and Caitlyn!
Report tomorrow. Pictures on Facebook. Rain missed us all day and hit us right before the horse show this evening. But as I look out McDonald’s window, the skies are blue. Happy to be dry riders are riding in the performance arena right now and the versatility people are watching and thinking about hitting the mattress!
Two hundred miles flew by and I entered the time zone known as Ava! The golf cart guy met me at the entrance. I found Nova, Powder and Velvet and the Vaught family. Life is good. I beat a lot of people here. There are still parking spaces available if you want to run on down to Ava!
We had fun times at the office getting everyone signed up and ready to go tomorrow. Everything went smooth as silk. Everyone has numbers and even better, safety pins to attach the numbers to the saddle pads. I chatted with everyone in the office. They all were excited to see me and vice versa! ha
I got Powder a duplicate set of registration papers as I misplaced her original papers. I tell you this so that you will be as astonished as I was to receive a duplicate registration certificate for her with a solid gold seal. I tried to buy a few more duplicate registrations, but it’s not allowed. $20 for a gold seal is darn amazing!
We watched Caitlyn and Izzy riding in the Kid’s Day trail class with expert coaching from Steve Atkinson, a handsome young guy wonderful horse trainer, who never ages. Ann Compton came strolling by with some serious fox trotter bling. Ann is a young blond with bling. She is covering the Kid’s Day. Look for the Online Newsletter to see some of her pictures and stories about the day. I do have a complaint about Kid’s Day. The kids all got tie dye fox trotter T Shirts. And my complaint is…where is my tie dye T Shirt? Kid’s only, drat it.
We took a break and dispersed. I went on my daily run to WalMart and my annual drive around town to see what is new. Currently I’m sitting in the wonderful True Brew Coffee and Sandwiche Show. It’s wonderful in here. I’m having tea and a scone. I have WiFi. It’s better than McDonalds where I normally hang out to publish the news of the show!
Tomorrow is a full day of every versatility class you can think of. We have Open and Youth events tomorrow. Everyone shows in something tomorrow! It’s going to be a long day. Some of the day might have some moisture coming from the clouds. Hopefully it waits until we are done.
True Brew is open from 6:00-6:00 and to 8:00 on weekends.
Gotta run! Gotta find everyone and watch everyone practicing to get ready for tomorrow!
Oh, and another thing…. the book, Susan FoxTrotter is on sale at the Fox Trotter Shop. Buy a copy there, find me and get your book autographed if you are on the grounds tomorrow and Thursday.