We started out with a halter class because I wanted to get her in the arena before our showmanship class. We don't usually show halter because it's not often that we place, and today was no different. She looks gorgeous, though!
|Pretending to be a halter horse. :)|
|Being dismissed after inspection.|
Our first class was "Western Go As You Please 19 & Over" which essentially means walk/jog because I hardly ever see anyone lope. I think there were seven other horses in the class with me. Lilly was excellent... it's been quite a while since she's been in the indoor arena and she never even snorted. While she jogged nice and slow and kept her head level for most of the class, it became pretty obvious fairly quickly that she's not quite ready to be ridden with one hand. Does she look like a western pleasure superstar? The judge didn't think so because we didn't place... they were only placing through fifth.
This was our only class before lunch... I found it strange that we had one riding class before a long break. I took off Lilly's bridle and let her eat some grass while my friend found us some grub. Lilly thought she wanted hot dog buns and french fries, but after she tasted them, she decided the grass was much better.
|Pretty girl waiting for her next class.|
Our first loping class of the day was "Appaloosa, Paint, and Palomino Pleasure Open". This class was pretty small too, even though there were english and western riders riding together. There weren't any of the congress type QHs in the class (obviously) so I thought we might have a chance to win a ribbon. Lilly was definitely forward at the lope and I couldn't let her go on a loose rein, but she picked up both leads and I couldn't have asked for more. We ended up with a fifth place ribbon, but my friend made a comment about the third and fourth place horses and thought Lilly and I easily should have placed above them. We like pink, though!
|Yay! Fifth place!|
|Riding with two hands.|
|Good girl, Lilly!|