Wilga Park River Gum had his first intro to Cowboy Dressage in a clinic with Lyn Ringrose-Moe at Esk on the weekend of 27-28 Oct 2018. This was a great introduction to riding among a number of horses for him & Riv handled himself very well.
WOW what a weekend! I've been trying to put the words together to express the feeling. So I'll just wing it. LOL
To say that my two kids did us proud is an understatement. Both performed impeccably, and with very few hours under their belt I went with the plan to just have fun & give them their first into to showing under saddle. With Wilga Park River Gum who I started myself in the last couple of months not even up to 20 hours under saddle, and Cockatoo Park Dream only up to about 70 hours, I could not have asked for more. They both performed like old hands, neither one putting a foot wrong.
Nancy Clarke did the most amazing job riding my girl on only their fourth ride together to come away with Champ Purebred Mare, 1st Mare 4 & over, 3rd best behaved, equal 2nd with River in Western Dressage Equitation & 3rd in the Challenge course.
Linda Shore rode River in his first ridden class after only two 10 minutes rides before hand to take him to Champ Purebred Morgan under Saddle against stiff competition. Thank you Linda for showing me just what a amazing young man I have, I can't thank you enough. This boy can do anything, the skys the limit for us.
River came away with Supreme Purebred Morgan in Hand, 1st Morgan Colt 3 & under, 4th Best Behaved, 1st Stallion under saddle, Champ Purebred under saddle, 2nd Ranch Riding, Equal 2nd with Dreamy in Western Dressage Equitation & 2nd in Challenge Course. He was such a good boy. Nothing worried him, he didn't take a 2nd glance at anything in the indoor arena & did everything he was asked to do.
Both kids tried their hearts out for us and when the huge storm hit with deafening claps of thunder during the challenge course they both were beyond scared but still listened to us. I am so proud of the way River didn't panic when the ropes wrapped around his foot. It could have ended very badly but he stood still & waited to be released. I could not feel safer on this boy.
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