I just want to say a big thank you to Don, Charlotte, Charlie and Kate. It was a team effort and I couldn’t have done it without their help. Charlie and Kate left about 5pm Friday night, which was just as well, poor Charlie looked exhausted and he had to get back to Clearview to help with the Stock horse show there and Kate and he had clients in the clinic.
At 5am, Saturday morning, We gave the horses their breakfast, then went to bed.
Saturday about 10.30. we started to pack up to go home, by the time I had closed out my show bill (Too many mucho dollars!!!) and checked out the awesome pictures by SOCO media, we set off about 2pm. I had finished in the Top 5 in the select Division, out of goodness knows howmany people, I placed 4th High point with Corona.
I ended up 8th over all in NovAm on Reno, and would have done much better if he had not turned tail in the final boxing class at 3 oclock in the morning. He was telling me he was done, I had dropped my hand to let him work the cow, and he just ran right past it and the cow ended up chasing us, it ws a comical end to a hectic week!
Just another reminder not to take anything for granted, and Reno is just a cartoon character of a horse!
The American Ranch Horse World Show, was an amazing week, it was sooo busy and huge classes. In fact too huge, I was still showing horses at 4am Friday night/Saturday morning. The working cow classes were supposed to follow the Boxing. That didn’t get through till 4am. I was whooped, so was everyone else. I had to scratch the working cow classes, which is my favourite, but I couldn’t go on any more!!! Don and Charlottle hung in there with me the whole time, talk about a team effort.
Don hauled Corona, I hauled Tackie and Reno, and we got stuck in the road works for over an hour just north of Nashville on the I65.
I got back to Clearview around, 7pm, we dropped off the horses, then Charlotte and I went to support the boys at the Mule Show.
Ronnie had got his World Champion Title with John Law in the gaited halter on Friday, a lovely trophy and ribbon etc, so he was tickled. Junior ended up having to canter Hawkeye in the western class at the end of the night and did a great job, unfortunately the judge didn’t agree with me and he never got a ribbon. bummer!! John Law and Jesse were in with a great class and did superbly.
I got to bed at 1pm. Then Charlotte rode Agatha, Mary rode Buckwheat, our new reining mule, and I rode Doolittle and we all rode the mules at theStock horse show here Sunday. Trail, pleasure, working cow and I won the reining, on Doolittle, which considereing I couldn’t string a sentence together, was rather a miracle. Turned out I rode him in a snaffle bit one handed….go figure!! I was very pleased that they finally allowed mules in the Stock horse shows, so I was only to happy to show my support. My body didn’t feel the same way. !
By 5pm Saturday, my calfs were cramping, I had to flip rooms for new guests and I put the dirty sheets in the dryer instead of the washing mashine, I had also flipped the wrong troom. I should have done the Mule lodge, not the quarter horse room, so when our guests arrived at about 10pm, we had that room to do too. !. Charlotte, god love her, stayed with me and helped at 10.30 pm when the 3 horses hauled in for an overnight layover.
Monday 14 July, Eric and the Gala of the Royal Horses have moved in. 15 stallions on national tour, are staying with us for 2 weeks, lovely bunch of people, they look how I feel right now. Exhausted. Hopefully we will all feel a bit better by about Wednesday!
A rider has arrived for a lesson, that I have forgotten about, so must go and I will catch the first horse that comes to me…..