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First Show if the Year - wanted to share
#1
...was on the front range near Co Springs. We took the 2½ hour drive to Cactus Creek Ranch, a real nice upscale facility. Seemed like there were a million riders - definitely the biggest show we've been to - a lot of AMAZING horses and riders.

Seven and I put up three good rides - probably the first time ever! By the time the last one came up, I finally stopped trying so hard - just sat the horse and gave a little calf pressure a couple of times. Lo and behold we won that class! (And it was a BIG one). Didn't know we had won until we were all loaded up and on the way out. Then I heard the loudpeaker: "First place - Safari Seven!" Made the ride home much less tedious. Not sure how we placed overall - have to wait for the association newsletter - but we should be in good shape, points-wise.

The most incredible thing about the whole day was Sev's demeanor - he took the long(er) ride, the cool weather, strange place and tons of activity in stride like a real trooper. Much wasted angst there - I was really nervous about it and he made me feel foolish for that.

The take-home lesson for me: TRUST YOUR HORSE!!!
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#2
I'm so happy for ya, AD, that I feel like I'm goin' to bust.

WAY TO GO!

And give Seven a great big hug for me [Wink].
"God forbid that I should go to any heaven in which there are no horses"
--Robert Browning

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
-- Author Unknown
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#3
Amazing!! Congrats to you and Seven!

EZ2SPOT
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#4
Way to go AD and Seven.

It's amazing what one can learn from horses when one learns to listen.
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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#5
That's AWESOME! So, when you heard the loudspeaker, did you turn the rig around and claim a ribbon?

'plash
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#6
Thanks folks - I'll definitely let Sev know y'all are proud of him!

'Pash - no, didn't go back in - just closed the truck door and slowly drove off, with a smile. We already knew we had done as well as we could.

What Hookie sez: "It's amazing what one can learn from horses when one learns to listen." - That's it. I'd only add that it's amazing what they can DO - when we get out of their way and let them do it. The feeling of amazement transcends all ribbons, buckles, saddles and yes, even checks.
"There is something about the outside of a horse...that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill~
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#7
Congrats! Great way to end a long trek to a show! Extra carrots for Seven!
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#8
lil' update...

The newsletter came out, and Seven is (after one show) the high-point horse in the entire association! Mara quips that if the season is called because of the EHV-1 scare, we'll WIN IT ALL!

Actually that doesn't mean he's the best horse, only that the Open class had fewer riders in it than the rider-limit classes we were in. (It only means we beat more other riders than anyone else.) Still... Sev's name for the week is "High Point". But I can't wait to put that standing on the line at another show, once the quarantines are lifted. Sad

On the road at a CME conference right now, a little lonely and wanted to share.
Best to all!
"There is something about the outside of a horse...that is good for the inside of a man." ~Winston Churchill~
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#9
HIgh Point sure has a nice ring to it.
Hook(ed)......on Horses

"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
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