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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.
Powder is with Tony and Jenny Vaught for her start. (Both Tony and Jenny took two Young Horse Development clinics with Pat Parelli and Ronnie Willis before they had to drop out of the program.) And you know that my horses are gaited. Gait is forever on a gaited horse owner’s mind. Tony said he had been riding Powder about a week or so.
I gulped and thought, here’s the moment to ask…. “How’s her gait?” I said. Tony didn’t answer for a few seconds. I thought he might say the awful pace word. Finally he replied, “Slow”.
Slow is good. Slow is the opposite of reactive and bolting. Slow is left brain. I like slow as an answer!
Just singing my happiness living my life with horses.
Friday was wonderful. Powder came home from her 30 days of training with Tony and Jennifer Vaught. It was good to have her back in the pasture again. Powder and Velvet had never met. Powder didn’t move fast enough to suit Velvet, so Powder lost some hair. She’s very aware of Velvet now.
Friday was lesson night. I have my winter goals for with Nova.
- We are to trail walk with head down until she is really relaxed. You remember that picture of the Indian sitting on his paint horse. The horse has his head down and it’s titled The End of the Trail. That’s the general idea except we are to do it at a slow walk.
- We are to always work on flying lead changes and just regular lead changes
- We are to work on our reining horse spins
- We are to do a real trot where I have to post. Nova’s fox trot is now so developed that I have a difficult time getting her to do a square two beat trot
- We are to do collected canter departs which is the opposite of strung out canter departs.
I was going to talk about taking Powder to Pine Dell this Monday night and playing with her. I was blown away by her liberty trotting task and how she maintains the gait. There was no squirty speeding up, no tails up snorting. She just trotted around the round pen. We went places in the dark, thru a narrow barn door, crossing a bridge while looking for the round pen light. We started out in the big arena with two horses cantering around us.
Powder was as calm as could be. I love this horse!
I love them all!!
I was going to go on and on, but Pawn Shop Stars is ready to start. I must watch that show!
Powder and I took part in the first day of a Colt Start clinic today. She is in colt start training with Jenny, but this is a Colt Start clinic with Tony Vaught. I love Colt Start Clinics. You can learn just about everything you should know about horses when you participate in or watch a Colt Start Clinic with Tony Vaught.
Tony was in the Pat Parelli professional program for many a year and he took two Young Horse Development courses from Pat Parelli and Pat’s mentor, Ronnie Willus. You can’t get much better education than that.
Well, back to Powder. Our big excitement today was Powder getting to be ponied with JR. It was so wonderful to watch my former wonderful horse, perform the critical task of pony horse.
What does that mean… The pony horse has to be a finished horse. The pony horse has to go at any speed the rider dictates, stop on a dime, sidepass, and turn on the hindquarters…immediately!
The young horse is attached to the pony horse. The young horse has to learn where the best deal is. The best deal is to go alongside the pony horse exactly where the foal positions itself with the mom. The young horse’s head should stay about even with the pony horse’s shoulder.
(I tried to pony Velvet once with Sage. I ended up with Velvet snubbed on the wrong side of Sage, with the lead rope under the saddle. The rider of a pony horse needs to be skilled at this too.)
Being ponied is a big part of the development of the young horse. The young horse gets used to a rider without being rode. The young horse has to maintain gait and learn that it’s better to do what the lead rope sez. The young horse develops confidence when being ponied. It’s a must do young horse development task!
I’m so glad that Powder got this experience today!
Jenny was a Parelli 3 Star instructor for 15 years. Pat found Jenny near the beginning of the development of the Parelli people training system and asked her to be an instructor. She has influenced untold numbers of people in the midwest. She has influenced my life a great deal!
Jenny has taken two Horse Development courses with Pat Parelli and Pat’s mentor Ronnie Willus and was certified as a Young Horse developer.
Jenny is the secret to all my successes with horses. She’s started all my horses. I can’t imagine what I would do with a young horse without Jenny being in my life.
Powder will be the fifth horse for me to develop into a finished saddle horse. I can’t imagine developing a horse without that crucial start from a Parelli certified “Colt Starter” and one who has started thousands of horses…..including Sage, Velvet, JR, Nova and soon Powder!
Powder has the potential to be the best of them all!
Jenny and Tony are going to be wintering in Florida for 2010. They are taking in training horses. They will be about an hour south of Orlando. Contact them if you are interested.
Surprise! I asked Jennifer Vaught if she might want to train Powder for 30 days and the answer is YES!
We’re talking mid October thru Mid November. I’ve also just about talked Jenny into blogging about training Powder. Wouldn’t that be something!
I think everyone should send Jenny an email and tell her how excited you would be to read a blog about Jenny’s thoughts during 30 days of training. What does she hope to accomplish in the daily sessions? What happens during Powder’s training. When does the first ride happen? How far will Jenny and Powder get in 30 days! Just think about a diary of training one of JJ’s daughter!
Send that email now! firstname.lastname@example.org
She was born two years ago. Her birthday is today! But hold on! She’s going to be two again in 2011…for showing purposes! Powder is two, she’ll have two birthdays. Isn’t that two cool!
Powder was born in October and the rule is…Oct. thru December babies are deemed to attain their age in the following year.
In this past few weeks, I’m determined that Powder will have the best horse development ever. I’ve been playing with her at home and taking her to Pine Dell.
Taking Powder to Pine Dell is totally cool. We have to get into the trailer. At Pine Dell, we have two indoor arenas and two outdoor arenas in which to play. We also have a covered round pen. Life is good for us.
A couple of days ago, I decided that we would play in the small outdoor arena by the road. We don’t have a busy road at home. But next to the smaller outdoor arena, cars and trucks and bigger trucks zip up and down that road. We even had a motorcycle zip by and put on the big ZZZZZZZooom for us. You know that big load snort horses have for big danger warning? I’d forgotten about that snort until it went off in my ear. Powder did the Big Exhale Snort right into my ear. It made me yell. Ouch
Tonight we played in the small arena. There were little sounds in the rafters…like little feet pattering above Powder’s body. SNORT!!! Whoo WEE!
Later we had another horse come into the arena. He was having some fun on his lunge line..bucking and carrying on. Then we had the rumble snorting from Powder. I got to see Powder with her tail straight up running around for a while. But when she hit the end of the rope, she softened and came right back into softness. Love that horse!
After we get done with all these new experiences…maybe this could be called seasoning, we have to get back into the trailer. This isn’t our favorite thing in the world. Tonight we had horses all over the place and a tractor. Powder got in the trailer and ran out several times. We waited until she was semi calm in the trailer before I threw the lead rope over her back and let her stay in.
It’s a short ride home..perfect for trailer “seasoning”. She was really upset when we got home. I opened the door. She came out with her front feet and started eating grass. Her back feet were forgotten as they stayed in the trailer for a time. Yep, the trailer is a big deal!
Here’s my terrible confession. I am writing this blog just to publish some recent pictures of Powder. Don’t worry, I have more from this great Sunday Fall afternoon. You’ll get to see all of them, eventually.
Here’s our self protrait.
It’s my blog. I can do whatever I want! See how my eyebrows match her hair. If I want, I can have half my hair match Powder, but I would never admit that to anyone! Let’s just leave it at my eyebrows for now. I love it when my horse and I match!
Powder and I are heavy into training now. It occured to me to think about the phases of pressure that I use to ask her to do things. Occasionally, my pressure phase has to get a little high to convince her to do these things. The thinking is that you use enough pressure to get the slightest movement and “the release” from pressure is what teaches. When the pressure gets too high, Powder thinks about kicking me. She will go right up into a high pressure phase when it suites her. Her first pressure is the movement of her head, the next is ears back and then immediately her highest pressure is a swift kick. These phases happen in about 3 seconds.
My job is to try not to go there and if it does happen, not to be there!