I love horse shows. I wish I could horse show ALL THE TIME! And I especially love horse shows where I feel like I know everyone. Skidmore College is my alma mater and I love coming back every year to support the scholarship fund, see all my friends, and win some pretty ribbons.
I arrived back to the horse show on Thursday, just like the week before. My trainer and I liked how our plan worked for week 1, so we did the same thing week 2: He rode first, then I had a lesson. The only difference, Jampy didn't have a lunge first. I kind of wish he had... holy strong pony! He wasn't terrible, but was definitely pulling on me and not jumping his best. I wasn't too worried about it though, it was just a practice day! (Thank goodness for those!)
After riding, I met up with an old friend from my college days. She was one of the community riders at the Skidmore barn when I was in college, and is like a little sister to me. I love that we've stayed in touch, and it's great to get to visit and catch up every year! After dinner, it was off to bed early for my 4:15 wake up. Ugh. I'm so not a morning person!
I spent some of the day after showing playing with Moxie. I stay with great friends when I come to Saratoga and Moxie belongs to them. She's such a sweetie!
Jampy was all done Saturday, so Sunday we just packed up and headed home. I'm so happy with his performance the first time out this year! I can't wait to get back out there!
Now that you know all about how the show went for Jampy and me, I wanted to tell you about the horse show, and also show you the grounds a little bit. This is a big A show, meaning that they give a certain amount in prize money and horses/riders get the highest tier of points toward year-end awards. It is not however a HUGE horse show. There are only three rings running: 1 jumper and 2 hunter rings. And it is held at the Saratoga Race Course. At least it was. This is likely the last year as they plan on relocating to a more exhibitor and footing friendly locale. The amount of participants has dwindled over the years, mostly for two reasons. First, when it rains (and it always rains!), the footing here doesn't hold up well. It gets slippery which can be dangerous for the horses. Secondly, we stable in the race horse barns by the main track. They are across the street from the show grounds. The distance from where Jamp was stabled to the ring was a half mile. And we were in one of the closest barns! It can be tough if you have many horses going one right after the other, to get to the rings on time with that much of a commute.
So the plan is to build a brand new show grounds on a large piece of property that the college already owns. Here are the new tentative plans:
Ok, enough rambling... Here are some photos of the horse show!
|Race horses on the track!|
|Jampy getting ready|
|Our set up|
|My trainer's barn had a great show! (yes Jampy's ribbons are up there :))|
|Entrance to the VIP tent|
|Inside the tent|
|My trainer's table|
|View from the tent looking at Hunter 1|