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neutral milk hotel
Aug. 9, 2009, 12:32 AM
I went to watch at the Evergreen Classic (Carnation, WA) today and shot a few photos of the Mini Prix and Hunter Derby. The derby was great, the course was much more imaginative than when I rode in it last year! I believe I have a few shots of our fellow poster, PNW Jumper too. Enjoy!

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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/IMG_0115-1.jpg Chili Pepper & Alexa Allen
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/IMG_0182-1.jpg Dinero & Rebecca Sexton
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/IMG_0213-1.jpg City Lights & Rebecca Fine
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http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/IMG_0227-1.jpg Batik & Cassandra Kahle

showponies
Aug. 9, 2009, 03:04 AM
It was a very nice course today, I much enjoyed the secong round, that really brought the cream to the top! And 33 rounds!!!!! And what about the dog show after???? ;)

spmoonie
Aug. 9, 2009, 07:17 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v397/weezeriffc/IMG_0227-1.jpg Batik & Cassandra Kahle

This horse reminds me of Jessica Springsteens mount she uses for the equitation (Papillon 136?). Both are stunning!!

These are great pictures!

LittleGray
Aug. 9, 2009, 03:58 PM
I was supposed to be there today with my mom, but she didn't feel good. And really wanted to go yesterday to see the Derby. It was so awesome last year, even with the crazy rain. Who won the Derby?

Kestrel
Aug. 9, 2009, 06:00 PM
Jodie Davis (a pro from Parkside) won, riding Wescott Bay (sp?)
Bailey Robinson (a 17 year old Jr. rider with Jill Pierce Training) was 2nd, with two great rounds on Versailles.

catknsn
Aug. 9, 2009, 06:51 PM
Just got back from watching the Grand Prix. Megan Jordan won with Top Shelf and was the only clear round. Apparently she is riding with a broken back, having taken a fall earlier in the show. Amazing. I wish I could ride half as well as she does when she is hurt!

PNWjumper
Aug. 9, 2009, 10:56 PM
Great pics, nmh!

The first picture is my super green boy who was a ROCK STAR at the show. He ended up champion in the 1.20m jumpers (his 2nd show at that height) and champion in the 1.25m Jr/AO (low) Jumpers....his first time ever jumping a 1.25m course! :D We had some "issues" in the mini prix, however, when we were buzzed by that stupid remote control helicopter hired by show management to take aerial photos of the show. My poor TB panicked and bolted with me several times during the first half of the mini prix and then settled and was awesome during the second half.

The one after Alexa Allen is my mare who was a little bit "off" this week (not in the lame way). I finally figured out that it was because I didn't have her studs right and we fixed it today, but then I couldn't find a distance on her to save my life! :lol:

And the star of both pictures is the new love of my life.....my brand new light blue hunt coat. I'm so in love that I may never ride in a polo shirt again! :cool:

jumpergirl853
Aug. 9, 2009, 11:07 PM
I love your coat!

and the second to last picture... amazing!

kellidahorsegirl
Aug. 9, 2009, 11:12 PM
Wow you took some really awesome photos! They were fun to look at.

Congrats PNW !!!!

AmandaandTuff
Aug. 9, 2009, 11:40 PM
PNW, where'd you get your coat?

PNWjumper
Aug. 10, 2009, 01:01 AM
PNW, where'd you get your coat?

It's a Grand Prix coat that one of the on site vendors had majorly on sale. Apparently it's a little too bold for a lot of her customers. It has the most gorgeous turquoise lining......did I mention that I'm in LOVE?! :yes:

Go Fish
Aug. 10, 2009, 01:43 AM
It's a Grand Prix coat that one of the on site vendors had majorly on sale. Apparently it's a little too bold for a lot of her customers. It has the most gorgeous turquoise lining......did I mention that I'm in LOVE?! :yes:

I wanted a similar coat, figuring it would be great to wear in the hack on my plain brown horse so he'd stand out. My trainer hated it so I returned it. Plus, I couldn't figure out a color of shirt (other than white) to wear with it. I settled for a light tan coat with a blue stripe and wear a turquoise shirt underneath. Not too bad...at least the trainer doesn't have a fit.

AmandaandTuff
Aug. 10, 2009, 10:53 AM
I want something a little less blah for the jumping phase of an event and for the few hunter/jumper shows I may go to. I have a black jacket and a dark green jacket. I may look into grey or french blue.

Thoroughbred1201
Aug. 10, 2009, 11:48 AM
NMH, as usual, your pictures are spectacular.

Thoroughbred1201
Aug. 10, 2009, 11:55 AM
Finally! The derby this year was spectacular. The course was great, and really encouraged galloping. The riders haveing to pick the line weaving through the trees was wonderful. The ring was unusually shaped, the track was unique and the jumps really encouraged great jumping.

After last years normal, typical hunter course, and usual slow, quiet rounds, this was a real breath of fresh air.

The course was so open, and so long, that by the end of it, a lot of the horses were getting away from their riders. The course weeded out those who just rode line/diagnol and when the horses started to get lit up, suddenly they had to deal. The horses jumped better than I'd seen in a long time.

I was so disappointed last year - it was just a normal course. This year was loads of fun, the riders and the horses looked like they were all having fun.

And the demonstration with the hounds by Woodbrook Hunt Club really set the whole thing off. It was a WONDERFUL derby!

Cinnybren
Aug. 10, 2009, 01:12 PM
I had a wonderful week there spectating. :) Quite the temperature change from Dallas! LOL! The mini-prix and the derby were very fun to watch. Someone who'd mentioned that the cream rose to the top in the second round was right. Some lovely rounds.

Being the jumper girl that I am though, I loved the mini-prix best! Much fun, looked like a great course to ride. I was wondering what was up with helicopter...I thought that was fairly ill-advised....was happy when they landed that thing.

Great pics though! and PNW congrats on what sounds like a great show!

Bumpkin's horse Elliot and his rider Chelsea were the Pre-Adult Eq Champions at the show too!

Now I'm dying for my little man to grow up so I can get back in the show ring. He's off being started, so maybe some little stuff next season! ;)

Thoroughbred1201
Aug. 10, 2009, 01:37 PM
Cinnybren, it was great to meet you! It's so much fun to put faces to names! You brought the cooler weather with you, thank heavens.

LittleGray
Aug. 10, 2009, 05:22 PM
Finally! The derby this year was spectacular. The course was great, and really encouraged galloping. The riders haveing to pick the line weaving through the trees was wonderful. The ring was unusually shaped, the track was unique and the jumps really encouraged great jumping.

After last years normal, typical hunter course, and usual slow, quiet rounds, this was a real breath of fresh air.

The course was so open, and so long, that by the end of it, a lot of the horses were getting away from their riders. The course weeded out those who just rode line/diagnol and when the horses started to get lit up, suddenly they had to deal. The horses jumped better than I'd seen in a long time.

I was so disappointed last year - it was just a normal course. This year was loads of fun, the riders and the horses looked like they were all having fun.

And the demonstration with the hounds by Woodbrook Hunt Club really set the whole thing off. It was a WONDERFUL derby!

Where was the grand hunter ring this year?

PNWjumper
Aug. 10, 2009, 09:03 PM
Where was the grand hunter ring this year?

It was behind the Grand Prix ring in a large field with trees:

http://www.evergreenclassic.com/2009SiteLayout.pdf

It was gorgeous!

Mtn trails
Aug. 10, 2009, 10:36 PM
I'm glad they changed the layout of Jumper ring one and expanded it. Last year, it was so tiny a lot of horses were falling down going around turns :eek:. Glad I wasn't one of them, although I did show in there earlier in the week last year.

Lovely pics and great job PNW jumper!

AdagioWA
Aug. 10, 2009, 10:47 PM
Great pictures and it sounds like it was a great show. I did not go this year, but really hope Evergreen Classic can get back to being the big NW show it used to be.

crestline
Aug. 10, 2009, 11:32 PM
Loved the course this year!!! It looked like a blast to ride and I loved the coming through the trees part!...I was soooo bummed our guy wasn't there to play...ahh well...next year!!!

Cinnybren
Aug. 11, 2009, 10:56 AM
Crestline, I was hoping to see your guy too! I've long admired him in pics and was hoping to see him in person. :) Oh well, perhaps I'll make it out that way next year.

Thoroughbred1201
Aug. 11, 2009, 01:24 PM
Crestline, I, like the others have commented, was really hoping your stallion would be there as well. He was so fancy last year, and I'd have loved to have seen him really be able to strut his stuff this year. The course would have really showed him off, and it would have been fun to see. Hopefully next year!

showponies
Aug. 11, 2009, 02:36 PM
Loved the course this year!!! It looked like a blast to ride and I loved the coming through the trees part!...I was soooo bummed our guy wasn't there to play...ahh well...next year!!!

I was hoping to see your man in action, his pictures are so wonderful....Will he be at the NWSHBA classic??

LittleGray
Aug. 11, 2009, 09:54 PM
Crestline, I was hoping to see your guy too! I've long admired him in pics and was hoping to see him in person. :) Oh well, perhaps I'll make it out that way next year.

*Sigh* I too love your boy after watching him last year in the derby...

crestline
Aug. 13, 2009, 12:40 PM
Wow...thanks guys....it just wasn't in the cards for us this year. And yes...it was hard to watch that fun course and not think "man, Palladio would dig this!!". Ahh well...we'll get it sorted out for next year! I'm already looking forward to it! Please keep your fingers crossed for us that we can get all set for next year to come out and play!

And showponies...no NWSHBA show for us...we did the USDFBC (and won it) when Palladio was a young horse and not really showing under saddle yet. That is the only thing that we could do with him at the NWSHBA show and since we've already done that route I don't really see us ever going back to it. If I were going to take him out dressage again we'd come back out under tack...much more appropriate for a guy his age, lol. We actually have our hands pretty full at home this year so we aren't going to show the babies this year at the Breeders Classic either. Quiet show year for us....sort of hard to miss all the fun but we're getting lots done at home, lol.

NumberTenOx
Sep. 1, 2009, 07:53 PM
There is an article about the Evergreen Classic Hunter Derby in this week's Chronicle:

Westcott Bay Shows His Winning Ways At Evergreen Hunter Derby
(http://www.chronofhorse.com/index.php?cat=100204042568292&ShowArticle_ID=1212708093374820) (subscription required).

It looks better in the magazine than online and there is a picture of Bailey Robinson on Versailles (along with the picture of Jodie Davis on Westcot Bay that's included online). :)

AliCat
Sep. 1, 2009, 08:05 PM
Lovely photos.