12 year old kids, large ponies, and the "best" attire
I'm silly excited, but trying not to get TOO excited yet, since it isn't official. But, it looks very likely that the family who now owns our farm will be buying the blonde pony I've been competing a little this summer and marketing for another client.:D I LOVE this pony (he's the pony I never had as a kid) and I practically had the family's youngest on him as soon as he stepped off the trailer onto his new home (ok...not quite. But kid's dad was eager to get the kid up on him after seeing how great he was at Surefire, and considering St. Spike was having a minor mental breakdown when dad and boy wanted to go for their first hack, I suggested blonde pony...my evil ploy has worked! :lol:).
Anyway, the kid has ridden the blonde pony 4 times over the weekend and they are a HIT (two little boys who want to run and jump. What could be more perfect?). It is a great match and the right step up in mounts from St. Spike (who is perfect in his own way, but NOT a show horse). There's lots of chatter of first events. This is a no brainer for everyone...pony is practically a packer at BN/N and the kid is a good little rider despite lack of saddle time. He's already had two lessons on the pony and asked for a third as he was putting the pony away today. I think he's thinking eventing boot camp. ;)
All this is great, but I'm befuddled at how to approach dressing this kid. How do you dress 12 year olds on large ponies for eventing? Tall boots? Jodphurs and paddock boots? I realize this is a little more of an issue in the hunter rings (where there is some tradition or strategy to who wears what when and on what), but don't know if it carries over at all to the event world. Budget isn't an issue, but everyone is very practical (as in, he's going to grow out of everything we buy...he's grown out of 2 pair of paddock boots since his first pair two years ago, and is rapidly growing out of his saddle). All the rest I can handle- he's got a good helmet, we'll get him a vest in pretty short order, we'll probably get him a coat and tie (Dad is a firm believer in "Coats earn you points" ;)). But what do we put on his FEET?!