Sooooo, I figured I'd update you.
Jean rode in the Stuart Horse Trials in Victor, New York, this past Thursday and Friday. That's really cool, because only "top-notch" riders get to go, and she got to go( for the third time!). It runs every year. It's just eventing-Dressage, Cross Country jumping, and Stadium jumping. She won SECOND PLACE!!!!! The horse that beat her had cost $100,000, so figures, right? ;-) Pictures on my mom's blog, http://cdgagudl.blogspot.com.
Yesterday we went to the fairgrounds for an open show (not hosted by 4H, though). It was pretty much just games and barrels. I was going to ride in them all-Sit-a-Buck, Flying W, Texas T, Pole Bending, Cloverleaf barrels, Keyhole barrel.... The first thing was Sit-a-Buck, where you ride bareback and supposedly sit on a dollar bill, but we just used papers. You have to ride around and do walk, trot, and canter and not lose the bill. I got 2nd place!!!
Then I did pole bending, which was with a saddle. You have a row of poles (I'm not sure how many...10?) and you have to run straight down past them, weave through them back down, weave back up, and then run straight to the finish line. It went ok, except that Daisy was getting really excited and ended up skipping one pole, so we had to go back, and so we got 4th place. Then it POURED AND POURED AND POURED rain, and Daisy was miserable (she was dripping wet...she was such a little trooper) and so we went home, because of thunder and lightening, so we didn't get to finish the race.
Later we went back and set up our stalls for the fair, and we made an awesome sign with our club name for over the stalls...I'll post pictures probably early next week...
That's it for now! Today we have another open show, hosted by 4H, and I'm riding in it...doing a commands class, where you ride and have a matter of moments to switch to the gait which a caller yells out...fun, fun, fun!!