Wednesday, September 29, 2010

And We're Back!

Tired, exhausted, dragging our hiney's across the ground. The Cascade Horse Fair was three long, weary days. Amazingly, my toe and knee held up through the entire thing.

Local trainer, Roger Saur, gets ready for his practice go while
Emily Diaz enters the ring with her paint gelding.

I wasn't able to get many photos during the event since I was running about like a chicken without a head. A few photos snapped on Friday evening of some of the cutters as they got ready to warm up, but then I was off on Sandy and cameras were the last thing on my mind.

Curt's daughter, Janel, sits atop Buddy as she waits her turn.

Some decent checks were given out at the cutting, along with pretty buckles for the winners of the three cutting classes as well as a couple of rail to trail trophy buckles. The arena was packed on Saturday as folks came to see what the HydraBull cutting was all about.

Sandy got a bee in his bonnet on Saturday about halfway through the clinic. We rode fine in the first half, took a break, and when we returned he was so wired I couldn't get him to settle down. No clue what the problem was. Later in the day when we finally got to cut..for real and for points...he had his head up and we missed an opportunity to work (that's what the score sheet said), when he didn't get a turn. But it was a blast, either way. By Sunday he was too tired from all the stopping he'd done with the bull, and when I asked him to stop in the ranch pleasure and reining classes it was more on the forehand than he usually does. He was pooped, and had nothing left to give. But it didn't matter. I had a good time with him, gave him a couple days off, and may take a short trail ride a bit later today. I try not to dwell on the shortness of time that we have left, but rather our accomplishments and the fact that Dave is excited to get his new horse.

Photo snapped by my mom

Back to the horse fair....I'd been quite concerned that I'd not have enough riders in the clinics, or in the Rail to Trail competition, or people there to watch the demos...but in the end it all turned out. Everyone was smiling and having a good time, and they want to come back next year.

Next year? Okay! Already working on the schedule of events. How about Cowboy Mounted Shooting?

We have one more weekend of craziness here, though, as Darling puts the finishing touches on Beamer and gets her ready for Saturday's competition and adoption at the Youth & Yearlings event. Beamer doesn't like to trot...better wish the kid some luck.


Crystal said...

Sounds like a lot of fun! Too bad about Sandy, but glad it was fun anyways.

Shirley said...

This was Sandy's first big show other than the makeover, isn't it? Sometimes it's hard to keep them quiet and focused, especially when we are excited. I'm glad the show did well.