Last year, after many years of English riding, Abigail and Madeline decided to cowgirl up and try Western! Turns out they love it and entered their first “Horse Fun Show” last weekend. It was a laid back kind of event so the pressure was low, which made it the perfect opportunity to get their feet wet (or maybe I should say their boots) in Western show riding.
The show was put on by our riding instructor’s drill team. In honor of Veteran’s Day, the drill team kicked off the day with a magnificent patritotic presentation.
Next on the schedule were some activities planned for the little ones, perfect for our Wilton! This was the cutest idea!
Wilton competed in the stick horse race and the Tonka truck race. He walked away with an impressive second place for his age division in both events! He was one of two entries…wink.
The girls adore their riding instructor, Miss Katie, pictured below with Madeline and a friend who also takes lessons. Katie has worked so well with the girls, making their lessons productive and enjoyable. She’s awesome!
One of the events Madeline entered was the ribbon race. She entered with her friend, and these girls even planned matching shirts. Sweet. This was a new thing for the girls, and it’s a little tricky, but they did a great job and looked really cute doing it.
Abgiail entered the pole race and the barrel race. Below she’s waiting to be called for her turn in the arena. She was riding Roxy.
I was really impressed with how Abigail performed. She’s been so nonchalant about riding lately, and wasn’t even sure she wanted to participate in the show. But after finishing this first event, she was hooked and said she’s entering every show they offer this year.
Madeline is our most passionate rider, so this day was like a dream for this cowgirl! She rode Lilly.
The barrel race is what Madeline had been anticipating ever since she started riding Western. And the girl rode heartily! Oh, the joy on her face.
Madeline’s last event was the arena race, featured below. She and Lilly brought it home nicely.
Wilton mostly just soaked up every minute of running around on a real ranch with a bunch of boys! And as I’m sure you can guess, he slept quite soundly that night.
We learned that there is some waiting involved in a horse show. But it was interesting to see how they stopped to smooth out the dirt in the arena (I’m sure there’s a better cowboy term for that).
We had some friends and grandparents come out to watch the girls, which made it all the more fun!
Can’t forget to mention the horses. Such beauties!
It was the quintessential autumn day with colorful trees, sunshine, and a chill in the air. I was so busy taking photos of the events, that I didn’t stop to take any landscape pictures until late in the day when we were leaving and the sky was turning gray.
There were a good many trucks and trailors!
The ranch porperty was just gorgeous! Ponds, cabins, barns, and rolling land.
What a blessed day and a fun, new experience for the family!
Until the next show, HAPPY TRAILS!