First show went well for Oreo, Prince, & Red. The judge, well, let's just say you pay for someones opinion when u enter that show ring, and unfortunately, you are at their mercy. So, if they don't know the structure and conformation for this breed, they just, well, pick more sporty types, or like color, or pick stallions with really poor behavior. So, I don't ever put merit on a show recored in breed shows. If someone wants to impress me with a horse, a breed show recored is not gonna do it. I saw a stallion this weekend go in a class, calm, almost asleep, then go back in for the championship round a completely different horse. He had a full erection and was trying to breed his handler and actually was walking on his hind legs as he was rearing and striking his handler. In this breed, I feel this should not be acceptable. Another reason I get so frustrated with the breed showing world! So, on that note, I don't really care how my horses do, as long as they are well behaved and give it there all. To me, that is a true champion!
Red placed last in her class of four as the judge did not like her being pregnant. At least she was out there. Prince was a rock star. I really had my doubts about this boy as his previous owner did no handling with him and he was a handful. But he has come so far and in such a short time. He was the most beautiful stallion there!! He placed in all his classes and some being large classes:)
Oreo did fair under saddle. I just really recently stepped up his training. I have been pretty slack with him the last year, but finally in the mode to get stuff done. So it has been really the last two months he has had any constancy. I am not happy at the spot he is in right now as it is the toughest part in his training, so, I am looking forward to keeping him going and getting him lighter in the bridle, working off his hind and lifting his shoulders. Patience grasshopper is what I have to tell myself. Take it slow and do it right:) This time next year we will be soaring!! He was a dream behavior wise! Never a wrong step. Never any bad behavior to anyone or any other horses. Just simple the best!! He's one in the million!
Up next is Feathered Horse Classic in Utah!!