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Long Shadow Farm
Jun. 13, 2011, 10:53 PM
I have a Happy Brag. My QH gelding, Spanky aka Jus Passed My Zipper, has over the past month or so been showing a friend of mine's daughter the fun world of Eventing. She rode a small pony for awhile but pony didn't like cross country and somewhere on each course would do a duck shoulder and spin and dump AJ. She got to the point where she quit riding for about 6 months. I finally convinced her to ride my guy for awhile and I think he is having fun showing her the ropes!

Their first show together:

Before cross country (AJ had never made it all the way around a course... so she was pretty nervous)

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l210/longshadowfarm/AJ%20and%20Spanky/AJandSpankybeforecrosscountrySHRAMay2011-1.jpg

Over the Shark's Tooth

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l210/longshadowfarm/AJ%20and%20Spanky/AJandSpankySharksToothSHRAMay2011.jpg

In the water

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l210/longshadowfarm/AJ%20and%20Spanky/AJandSpankyWaterSHRAMay2011.jpg

They went clean on both stadium and cross country and finished 2nd in their division.

Last weekend at her second show on him.

Before cross country (look at the smile! She told me that she was excited ride the course... hugh step for this girl!)

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l210/longshadowfarm/AJ%20and%20Spanky/AJandSpankybeforecrosscountryGallerFarmsJune2011.j pg

After the show

http://i97.photobucket.com/albums/l210/longshadowfarm/AJ%20and%20Spanky/AJandSpanky1stplaceStarterGalleryFarmsJune2011.jpg

I am proud of AJ for doing a great job. She is thinking that Beginner Novice looks fun this fall (<G>) and Spanky for being the saint that he is and giving her some great rounds to build her confidence.

Bobbi

ohrebecca
Jun. 13, 2011, 10:55 PM
They look great together, and look like they're having a ton of fun!! Best of luck to her and Spanky in their future endeavors :-)

FLeckenAwesome
Jun. 14, 2011, 12:31 AM
Awwww... what a good pony!!! They do look great together! Kudos to you for sharing your special friend and giving riding back to her!

Event4Life
Jun. 14, 2011, 06:08 AM
There's nothing quite like a been there done that QH....Mine showed me eventing ropes & even gave a friend who rode him one summer while I was away her confidence back after going through difficult times with her horse. Yours is so cute & looks like he loves his job! What a lucky girl to get to ride him, I am jealous :-D.

evntr5218
Jun. 14, 2011, 02:04 PM
all you need to go is look at that little girls face to know what a wonderful horse you have. when she is done with him you can send him to me :)

BoyleHeightsKid
Jun. 14, 2011, 02:07 PM
OMG I love the name Spanky!!! What a cute pair...they look awesome!

Kairoshorses
Jun. 14, 2011, 02:09 PM
You are a saint, Bobbi, and that little girl's smile is precious. Thank you for sharing (with us and with her!).

sch1star
Jun. 15, 2011, 03:59 AM
They both look like they are having so much fun!

I sent my 16 yo BN-fit, semi retired P OTTB out BN last fall with a YR who'd had a confidence shaking season on a green horse. I'm not sure which of them had more fun, but I know I loved seeing the ear to ear grin on her face when she came off xc...it lasted the rest of the day!

IronwoodFarm
Jun. 15, 2011, 05:32 AM
How kind of you to loan your horse to this young lady. I bet she will never forget Spanky.