June 20, 2021

Away Show Fun

Ironwood with Karen in the air at Deep Run

While this year’s show season is almost over, the fun continues until the end of October.  On October 1st the Deep Run show grounds were a bit chilly and the sky stayed overcast, but even a dull day produced comaraderie as well as some good ribbons.  Since Tara was still recovering from her foot injury, Karen stepped in (pun intended) to ride Ironwood over the brightly decorated jumps in the big ring (see photo).

The day was long and everyone worried that Hannah would freeze or that darkness would overtake the show grounds before she rode Abigail Best’s little Big Heart in that last division (Green Pony).  It was great to have Dads along for this particular show.  Mr. Bishop, Mr. Mengtes and Mr. Patterson were holding horses and attending to daughters all day long!  And of courses there were Moms there too (Mrs. Nuckles, Mrs. Mathews, technically Mrs. Best who doubles as both Mom and Trainer/Coach and Mrs. Roberson who shows her horse Dietric as well as being a show Mom).

You may be getting the picture – showing is fun and a great family activity as well!  Through the heat, dust and sweat of the summer shows to the damp and chilly October schedule, we have a good time.  Horses and riders also learn a lot, gaining valuable experience from the great competition at Capitol Horse Shows Association (CHSA) shows.  As we look to the end of the 2010-2011 show season, we congratulate all our horses, ponies and riders – good sports and great competitiors all.  And a big thank you to our supporting cast of moms, dads, grandparents, sisters, brothers, cousins, neighbors, friends and of course our coaches Stephanie McCallister and Tara Best.

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