|Kate headed to the show ring.|
We're hot, tired and spent the day in the sun and on our feet, but we're all incredibly happy...
|Getting Stoney groomed and ready.|
Since finding out I was expecting another baby, my riding has taken a back seat. However, I've had my eye on fulfilling another goal this year: taking the girls to their first leadline classes at a horse show.
|Waiting their turn to ride.|
Lucky for us, there's a facility and a horseman's club that has such classes for the girls, and they're only about a twenty minute drive from us. Our sweet neighbor, who's also a horse lover, agreed to trailer our old gelding, Stoney. So, we arrived about three hours too early (novice mistake--oh, well) and enjoyed watching other competitors and waiting for Stoney to calm down.
|Evelyn warming up.|
Well, Stoney never did calm down. He shrilly neighed like a frantic young mare in heat the entire duration of his time at the show. I can't really blame him though. This was the first time he'd been away from Dancer since we brought her home seven years ago. I don't think Dancer knew he was missing though--she wasn't upset when we arrived home again. Stoney forgot the entire ordeal as well once he was off the trailer and eating grass in his favorite pasture at home.
|Claire showing off her winning smile.|
The girls all had a fantastic time. Evelyn and Claire were in walk/trot classes and though it wasn't the fastest or furthest I've ever run, I'm glad that I'd kept up running while pregnant as long as I had. Stoney jogged along gently (while shrilly neighing to everyone who would answer him) and Evelyn and Claire beamed the entire time. Kate was in a walk-only class and since it was full of first-time riders, everyone was "tied" for first and all won a blue ribbon.
|Her first blue ribbon!|
(Jack...we need a pony!)