We must be crazy. We left for a show in a snowstorm. Of course, it’s May 2nd, who would think we’d get 6″ of snow and have the interstate shut down for 8 hrs on our way to the show.
We figured by May, south of where we live, it would be nice. It worked for us last year. The weather sounded a bit bad so we packed the trailer on Tues when it was nice. We planned on leaving at 8 a.m. on Thursday for the Sorensen May I dressage show in East Troy, WI, a 300 mile drive. We had 8 horses to get ready and two trailers so there was lots to do.
We left at 11 a.m. with Rick driving the Smart Start trailer with 6 horses inside and Sheri Fischer driving her trailer with their two horses. Roads were not the best but they never got as bad as they were when we drove to Bismarck, ND in February to buy Ryon, mostly because the temperature was 33 degrees. From about mile marker 35 near where the fatal semi accident had happened until mile marker 98 the roads were not the best. By mile marker 109 roads were clear and snow was gone!
OK, now for the show string info….. Of course, Safarr is in the trailer. Since the judge is only a large R classes only go to 4th level so he’ll be doing 3rd and 4th level. Sara, (Desiderata Rose) owned by Cindy and ridden by Kari, is doing 1st & 2nd level, Tex (Sofine Strait Man) owned by Ella and ridden by Kari will be showing 1st and debuting at 2nd level. That’s it for the “seasoned” Smart Start pairs in the trailers…Now for the newbies…
New to the barn since November is Mary Fischer, a junior rider. She’s going to be showing Alfie (Stand and Deliver) a purebred Arab who’s 23 yrs old. Mary just started some dressage last year and had Canadian Nationals as her second time trying dressage. They will be showing 1st level to work on qualifying him for regionals and nationals this year. She also has along Lucky (Sheiks Dee Bar) a Paint horse, her favorite horse of all. She’ll be showing him training and first level. It’s their first time doing dressage but she’s shown him in lots of stuff before. They’re riding in her mom’s, Sheri, trailer nicknamed Myron.
Filling up the Smart Start trailer is Ryon (Starfires Orion) a half Arab gelding owned by Ella, our 8 yr old rider. Ella is making her debut in training level this year! No more walk/trot for this girl!
Making his appearance for the first time as a dressage horse and not a race horse is Pious Pete, Kari’s off the track TB. They are going to do training and first level.
And last, but certainly not least, is Krystal. She’s finally going to her first show! She did her usual snorky/snorting once she was in the trailer and seems a bit wide eyed but she’s doing fine.
OK, back to the update. We arrived at Sorensen’s at 5:30. Unloaded everything, saddled up and worked some horses. Ryon started out a bit uptight, Rick warmed him up. By the time Ella rode and got done working him he was happy as a clam, as was Ella! Mary rode both Alfie and Lucky and had good warm ups. Pete was a bit excited to get out when starting ground work but settled in pretty good when Kari got on. Tex and Kari had good warm up work too. Didn’t get to Safarr, but Krystal got walked and then ridden. She was a good girl but pretty uptight. It started to lightning and rain, and oh, did I mention, it was getting dark? Sara got a short ride but did a good job. As we headed out of the arena back to the barn Krystal turned around to put her butt to the rain. I turned her back to head out to A and she turned her butt to the rain again. I turned her again and she figured out that she should just do as asked and then we’d get back to the barn. So much is learned at the first show.
Got to have supper at Burger King! Oh, did I mention, it started pouring rain while we were eating? Don’t think the weather’s going to be so good tomorrow….