A very successful weekend at NWEQ's Winter Woolies Show!

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A very successful weekend at NWEQ's Winter Woolies Show!

Postby Juliane on Mon Jan 22, 2007 11:57 am

I am still trying to recuperate from a long weekend, but man, what fun I had!!! Chelsea, Ally and I headed down to Northwest Eqestrian Center in Boring, Oregon on Saturday to participate in the Winter Woolies Schooling Show on Sunday.

The goal was to get exposure for two of the rescues that are now ready to be rehomed - Connor and Chelsea's Arabian mare, Sanka. Both horses were rescued from the feedlot and either needed rehabilitation or training or both.

Ally brought her beautiful grey OTTB, Faith, who made her presence known with every turn :D We arrived fairly late on Saturday night, and once we unpacked and settled in the horses, we decided to ride a bit in the indoor arena. Since Ally and I had been trying to get together to get Connor up to speed - but never seemed to get the opportunity due to bad weather, this was our one chance to try and get ready for Sunday's show.

Connor hadn't really been ridden in about 3 weeks and was a bit spunky. He totally settled into the new facility very well and was pretty good under saddle, though tossed out a couple half hearted bucks when I asked him to canter. I suppose it would have been beneficial to lunge him first, but really, he did very well.

One of Cat67's students took a lesson on Sanka, in preparation for riding her in the show on Sunday. Poor Sanka was exhausted from the long trailer ride, but other than being a bit sluggish, she was perfectly well behaved!

Ally showed us all how we can improve our groundwork skills as she worked with Faith. I was in awe most of the time as I watched this beautiful TB who was reverberating with energy, do exactly as Ally requested. They were both an excellent example of a true partnership!

We finally crawled into bed around midnight on Saturday, then woke up really late Sunday morning :oops: I think we finally woke up around 9am when Cathy came in and yelled at us! LOL

We got up, fed our ponies then got our own breakfast. We signed up for classes - both Ally and I were in the same classes, while Cat's student was in the later ones. We got dressed and then headed out to get our horses ready.

One of the coolest things was walking around and meeting people that I had known 'virtually', but finally meeting them face to face! I was able to meet JellyBelly, KidHolly, Ljbrooks and Squirrelsrule! How fun! It felt like family! :) I also got to see Lorsadoon again!

Ally and I took Faith and Connor and started warming up in the warm up arena. Connor was bit non-responsive and I was getting really, really nervous. I was sure hoping that Connor would behave, but I wasn't really feeling like we were working together! :(

Our first class was walk/trot over ground poles. We had to enter the arena, then make two laps, trotting over the ground poles. Connor was pretty nervous to even go in the doorway! LOL I was seeing images of me having to dismount, lead him in, then mount up again. Luckily he was brave and walked through the scary doorway. We trotted through the pattern and then exited. It was the same for the next class as well. He was pretty good, but I felt completely unbalanced and rough! LOL

Our last two classes were walk/trot hunter and walk/trot equitation. This time, we entered the arena with the whole class and performed the walk/trot and reverse on command. Connor was pretty good, though I was confused as to how to handle the situation - if there was a horse in front of me going slower than I, do I pass? Do I circle? Do I slow down? LOL We tried all 3. A few times, Connor got naughty and would shake his head, but for the most part, he was awesome.

He was best, though, at the end of the class and lining up at the ring steward, who was Chelsea! He would stand quietly and perfectly, minding his own business! LOL It was a great experience for me and Connor and there was a lot of interest in both him and Sanka! And, I got a huge boost of confidence, because I felt very out of place out there in my borrowed English attire and tack, riding a pony who was only sorta listening to me. I ended up receiving two Reserve Champions, one 1st, one 2nd and two 4ths. WOW! :) I was all grins for the rest of the day!

We had also brought Dally down, thinking he might be a good lesson horse for Cat. Unfortunately, he didn't really like being at the facility. He was nervous, uncomfortable and didn't eat much of his breakfast or dinner. So, we brought him home with us! We also brought home Cat and Chelsea's newest rescue, Clover. She is an older, emaciated mare that Cat found on Craigslist. Connor and Sanka stayed at NWEQ as there was quite a bit of interest in both of them and we are pretty sure that they will be placed quickly. I believe Cat will continue Connor's training, while Sanka will be her lesson horse until she is placed. Woohoo! What a successful weekend!

After the show on Sunday, on our way home, I also stopped by Laurie's (Lorsadoon) place and picked up Teddie, who has now officially entered training! It took a bit to convince her to load into the trailer, but she's now here at home, tucked into my barn :) She's been introduced to mash morning and night and has already let me scratch her withers, which got her lips wiggling. She's got beautiful, soft eyes and is very reasonable. I believe I will be able to get through to her fairly quickly :)

So, there's a quick summary of our eventful weekend! I am still fighting off an awful cold and feel pretty wiped today. I am not moving from the couch any more than I have to! :P

A special thanks to Ally and Chelsea - you two were awesome to go on a road trip with! I would do this again anytime, though next time would prefer not to be sick as a dog! :P I still had a BLAST. Cat and Shelly - your facility is beautiful and I sure wish you were closer to me!!!

Sanka & Haley during their lesson on Saturday night
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Ally & Faith, preparing for our Saturday night practice
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Cat giving Connor some loves
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Connor and I practicing in the indoor arena on Saturday night
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Cat, assessing Connor's skills and introducing him to trot poles
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Ally and Faith, taking in the surroundings
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Ally and Faith, preparing for Sunday's show
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Connor and I, dressed in our English get up, preparing to warm up on Sunday morning
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Connor and I in our first class, going over trot poles
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Connor and I in our second class, going over trot poles again
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Ally and I in the same walk/trot class
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Ally and Faith
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Chelsea and the judge
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Saying Goodbye to Connor :(
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Chelsea, saying Goodbye to Sanka
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Postby busted on Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:04 pm

I am so proud of you and Connor Julie!!! WOOHOO!!!!

I wish I could have gone. But I didnt have the extra money set aside for it. Next time for sure!

I hope Connor and Sanka find homes. They diserve to.

How did everyone else do??
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Jan 22, 2007 1:59 pm

Sanka did very well - she won the first class she ever entered, the Beginner Hunter under Saddle! She is so cute. I put her and Connor out in the big outdoor to play since it's warm and sunny today. Now my only problem is, Connor the stud pony won't come in. He is now out there trying to flirt with Sunline and the other girls. I figure he will be more catchable at dinnertime - and after I take all the hot older women away!
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Postby myhorsefaith on Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:01 pm

Faithy and I had so much fun...of course she's a little princess and had to make sure EVERYONE from Washington to Oregon knew she was in transit :roll: :shock:

I had pretty big reservations about bringing my grey streak, Faith. Here is why:

1. It has seriously been about 2 years since we've done any amount of regular, focused, undersaddle work. For 2 years we've been battling boarding issues, a series of hind end injuries, harsh winters, you name it.

2. In the past 2 years I've gotten on her less than a handful of times with my western saddle, just to know i could still actually get on her without her freaking :lol: No trailering out, no clinics, nothing. :?

3.On top of that, i brought along my new saddle that I had only ridden in 1 time before. Its a fhoenix by heather moffett, and it is fabulously comfy. It takes some time to learn to sit in it though- where normal saddles have the stirrups placed slightly in front, the Fhoenix has them slightly back. So you have to learn how to NOT pull your lower leg underneath you, because it is already there! Of course I was warned about this but nothing really prepares you for having to physically understand the saddle.

4. Stalling- faith has been a pasture puff for 2 years. She HATES stalls and gets very hyped when having to be stuck in one.

5. Trailering- the last time she had to trailer out was to move to her new pasture. She got hurt coming out of it and was pretty frightened of the thing.

So needless to say, the cards were stacked against us and I didnt really think we were ready to go to a show!

But, what the heck... I threw caution to the wind and brought the ottb. :lol: I just felt like it was going to be the right thing to do to jumpstart a nice spring/summer/fall of quality time together. Really, it was an opportunity i couldn't refuse. i needed to see where her head was at...and my own too!

Saturday night we had a nice ground work session, I let her explore the HUGER-THAN-LIFE arena by the end of her lead rope. Very little spooking, and even though we were quite rusty on the ground, it was still workable. Got on, had a walkabout watching Juliane and Connor play with ground poles, and called it a night.

Sunday in the warm up arena was interesting. Not only was I asking her to work after a 2 year vacation, i was asking her to do it with lots of people, horses, etc around her and in a strange place! And i was struggling with my own balance in my new saddle, trying to figure out how to ride in the darn thing. Clearly the smarter thing would've been to practice before hand...What was I thinking?! LOL

The first couple classes i didnt realize had ground poles in them. Not really a big deal but we're talking about an ottb who spooks at herself if she coughs too loud :roll: Of course I could've popped her over the poles the night before, but hey, that would've been planning ahead and would've ruined my streak :lol:

She ended up doing well and placed in every class. I was just happy we made it around the arena without a train wreck happening! She was getting much looser and more relaxed and almost downright lazy towards the end. I was quite proud of her- the little grey streak did well :)

Now it makes me want to keep her going. Riding her this weekend made me realize how much I miss riding her regularly. I cannot believe so much time has passed and how I allowed both of our skills to get so rusty! 2 years seems like such a long time. Well, it wasn't completely lost- our relationship on the ground is pretty nice, for which I am very proud. I am, however, definitely going to be making more of an effort to get her going consistently.

She showed me this weekend that she is ready in mind, body, spirit to be ridden again, and so that is what we'll do!

Was such a fun weekend and was great getting to meet everyone. And special thanks to Shelly for calling my name out as "Myhorsefaith" at the show, LOL :lol:
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Postby LorsaDoon on Mon Jan 22, 2007 3:42 pm

It was nice meeting all the people you have only "met" on the BB's. I guess I missed ljbrooks and kidholly though. I think we should wear a little badge that says Hi, I am LorsaDoon, aka Laurie. That way we would know who to look for.
I also enjoyed meeting all the horses. See they have the right idea. They usually have a sign telling who they are :wink:
Shelly has alot of rescues from the lot residing at her place now. I like to walk around and remember their stories and see how far they have come.

Are you guys going to come down to more shows?
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Postby kidholly on Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:19 pm

It was lots of fun to meet you guys....all around , a great way to spend Sunday. Ally, I just read what you wrote about Faith....I would never have guessed all those things about her! She looked pretty well seasoned, I thought, with just the normal "strange place" behaviors.

Bet Chelsea's missing Sanka today. And I bet Juliane's missing little Connor. I saw him getting hugs and kisses yesterday after he did so great in his classes. He's quite an amazing little guy, and very cute, too.
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:34 pm

Well, by the time I got home from feeding the horses in Ridgefield this afternoon (and taking care of my poor kitties, who only see me every other day!) Connor was inside. Apparently he was done playing with the girls and Squirrelsrule walked right up to him. LOL.

He does, however, have a new girlfriend - Shelly's mare Kit. Looooves her. She is only 22. LOL.
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Postby seahorse on Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:52 pm

LOL that is pretty funny she is 22 and at least a hand and a 1/2 taller ......well at last he has some ambition LOL
I hope they are doing well I miss little Sanks!
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:28 pm

I was down in the barn about 2 hours ago and gave Miss Sanka her senior feed (threw some flax seed in there, too, hope to get her to shed some of that winter fuzz and get shiny shiny!) and she was ecstatic.

How is my little Clover??? I miss her!
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Postby cat_67 on Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:29 pm

By the way, I also want you to know that she led ME out to the turnout today. Those Arabs walk faaaast.
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Postby seahorse on Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:05 pm

LOL yes Miss Sanks likes to be turned out so she walks FAST to go out! I am happy you are watching out for her I miss her very much but am hoping things work out with Margaret taking her
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And little miss four hoofed Clover is doing GREAT! She was really tired and wobbly when she got out of the trailer but met me with a whinny this morning and with being turned out on pasture her stocking up has resolved and she has pretty little girl ankles again! She is a dolly and she was trotting the fenceline telling me to speed up with her dinner so she is settling in really well! I will get pics and post them tomorrow!
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Postby djrepp on Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:37 pm

What a wonderful weekend.
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Postby seahorse on Wed Jan 24, 2007 2:23 pm

Here are pics of Four Hoofed Clover in her new digs with her new Jammies.....
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Look Cat(ma) no more fat ankles! She has girlie ankles again!
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Postby cat_67 on Wed Jan 24, 2007 3:42 pm

Oh, she looks great and very happy! And yes, her stocked up hind legs are back to normal.
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