The weather sure was nice for the Spindletop Show this past weekend in Katy at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Sure, we had an occasional shower, and it was hot, but not too miserably hot.
As for the show itself, there was a good turnout from the farms and the classes were great. The judging was excellent.
As for Chance and I, it was a mixed show. I was only able to show Chance in two classes, I originally had more classes planned. However, Chance was not feeling well. Chance was having some “lameness issues.” I will tell you that he had stifle problems in the past and it has been corrected with medication. Occasionally, it will flare up, well it decided to flare up at this show. As we all know, horses can have lameness problems and it does not mean the end of their career as long as you treat it and manage it properly.
Therefore, I only rode Chance in two classes because we did not want to make the problem worse. I still managed to have two great classes, in spite of him being a little “off.” Chance showed alot of heart and he performed well. I was happy with my rides, because people noticed that I was riding much better and keeping him in “frame.” I felt like the hard work in all the lessons were paying off. I also managed to slow him down at the canter which was something I was working hard on. In addition, I was feeling much more confident in my riding and it makes a huge difference in the outcome of the ride.
I am excited about the future with Chance, because he will be treated this week by the vet and I know he will return to top form. I know we can only go “up” from here.
Next, we plan to show at the Region 9 show in Fort Worth. So, the two of will be real busy in preparation for the show. Chance will get rested, treated, and schooled. In addition, I will continue to polish my riding, by taking some lessons next week.
I had never shown Chance at Region 9, thus I am excited. It has been 6 years since I had shown at Region 9. Chance has shown at Region 9, one time in the past with another rider and he was a Top 5 Winner in the Select Rider Class. I hope to repeat this feat! I will only try! In addition, we will also compete in the 40 and over class.
Stay posted and I will tell you how we do.
As always, Have a sunny day. Susanna