Well, would you like to see the Grand Champion Aged Halter Gelding?
No kidding!! Moon won the Aged Halter Gelding class! W.T.H.?????? It's okay to laugh. I am still rather shocked myself and can't quit giggling. No kidding, I was joking with some of Megan's friends at the gate, that the judge would either have to place him first or last. There isn't much else you can do with him. Looking at some of the bigger, stouter, ranch geldings there, I was pretty sure that it would be last.The only thing I can think that put him on the top is that he has very correct legs. Never would have thunk that he would win a halter class though-ROFLMAO!!
Here he is
Here he is
He won the Showmanship class for me too. I sure didn't think that that would go as well as it did either. He w.o.u.l.d NOT trot outside the arena. We had to do a quick tune-up and I was sure that when we went in the arena, he would blow sideways when I asked him to trot. Guess not. He needs a lot of work on his setting up though. I pretty much just got lucky that he stopped pretty square and all I had to do was move one front foot. Good Boy!!
These are Moon and I's spoils of war from today...Two firsts, two seconds, one third and one fourth. Naturally, I did not expect my BARREL HORSE to go in and win a Western Pleasure class, but he placed 4th(yes, there were more than 4 horses in the class-LOL). He was pretty high headed, but he stayed cadenced and only got quick in his lope when they asked for the right lead...at the exact spot that I usually take off for barrels-Whoops! He took second in the Horsemanship class...another surprise...and second in the Ranch Horse Trail...he boogered at the rope gate and 3rd in Reining...he got pretty hot in that class. Boy, was he looking for those barrels-heehee. I thought we did really well in the regular Trail class and that was the only class that he did not place in...oh well, you can't win them all. This is the first horse show Moon has ever shown at. He impressed me. I guess I will have to work on this a little more...not that I think he could ever win another halter class. Still ROF over that.
Nope, no barrels or poles today. It was strictly slow work. It never hurts to get arena experience on these barrel horses, besides the "go fast". Megan's friends were disappointed that I didn't run the speed events on him though. I told them I wasn't pushing the "Nitrous" button on the saddle horn today.
Megan and her Berry Butt had a good day too. They won the Showmanship and Trail classes and got 4th in Pleasure and Horsemanship. She wasn't quite getting Strawberry prepared enough before asking for his lope transitions and he kept picking up the wrong lead. Quickly fixed, but the judge saw it both times that it happened. She won two wormers and two hoof picks too.
And the little stinker did win the ride-a-buck class. Guess who was her final competitor?? Yup...her momma-LOL. It was all in good fun. We got a lot of ribbing from the sidelines. The mother-daughter competition that wouldn't end. I was really praying towards the end that that darn dollar would just fall out. Moon is a rough horse anyway and bareback, doing up/down transitions, holding our free arm out to the side and the lope/stop/lope were killing my legs. Meg won though...it was the last lope/stop/lope that finally got that dollar to fall out. Like I told the people ribbing us from the sidelines, it didn't matter if she won...I could just beat her up and steal her money when we got home-LOL. She bought me a cold soda pop, so I let her keep her money...this time!!