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Been a Busy Summer for Us!

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  • Been a Busy Summer for Us!

    Its been a busy training and showing summer for us, once everything dried up after such a wet spring! We took our pair to Bromont and they were perfectly behaved and acted like old pros. We were the only Prelim pair but had a decent score in dressage in the low 50's and was sitting in 3rd place in overall Prelim Division. On marathon, they were quick and clean and had one of the lowest Prelim Marathon scores of the day. On sunday the weather gods were not with us and there was a crazy lightning storm and poured rain all night and into the morning. The footing in the ring was soup and under water. They did delay cones for an hour but we could see another storm coming on the radar. The officials even gave us permission to use our marathon carriage and harness, but we didnt feel it was safe and the footing was too sloppy so we decided not to finish. It was too bad as ponies were braided and ready to go, but we just didn't think it was worth the risk. We were very proud of our boys and decided to leave for home (as did about 50% of the people there).

    I also purchased a new to me 13.1h pony of our breeding (Morton's Catwalk) who just turned 3 and is a chestnut! Not a bay!!! I have decided to train him under saddle and sell or lease him as a hunter pony, so a project for me. I have just broke him under saddle and he is showing great promise! He is the chestnut in the photo. Cute as a button, smart, quiet and handsome. I have my first in hand show with him tomorrow to get him out and about. I'm in no rush to sell him and plan to put at least a solid year of training into him before I offer him for sale/lease as a kids pony.

    My 2 year old Morton's Staccato won his in hand class and qualified for the Royal Winter Fair. He's growing up and now wears full harness and is starting to lunge. Long lines are just about to be introduced as he's taking everything so well!

    I also took one of the pair to a line, riding and driving show the other weekend and we ended up winning all of our classes (but 1 where we placed 2nd). He was Overall Open Pony Champion on the line, won all 3 of his driving classes, was Overall Battle of the Breeds ridden champion (class where all breeds of ponies are welcome to compete - there were Norwegian Fjords, Newfound Ponies, Welsh Ponies and my British Riding Pony) and Overall Battle of the Breeds driven Champion. It was a great show and my boy was a super star for me!

    We also took the pair to Orleton Farm Pleasure show where they ended up Champion Prelim for Dressage, cones and a 3km x country course. They then were great in their ring classes for the Pair Pony division and ended up Champion Pair Pony.

    We have a local show for each of my ponies all this month and plan on taking the pair to New Jersey in October. We then have the Royal Winter Fair where I plan on driving my 10 year old Morton's Jaguar in the big ring for the first time. We were just waiting for him to grow up and be ready as the ring can be quite intimadating and there is 0 warm up. I also plan on showing him on the line and under saddle and would like to bring my new 3 year old if I can get him qualfied. I find it a great experience for the young ponies as its quite busy and chaotic in Toronto. A huge eye opener for them for sure!

    Hope everyone had a great summer and was able to get as much driving in as they possibly could!

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    You have been busy!

    Your 3yo is very handsome
    Love the pic of Overall Champ - looks like he's appraising his prizes "What? No carrots?"
    And you look quite smart turned out in that last pic

    Since Villa Louis did not happen for me, my showing has been zilch since Fair.
    But no nevermind, we've had a lovely drive with the Club & next Sunday is the big annual drive at a 4-generations-owned farm with hundreds of acres kept mowed & groomed for us to drive. Wildflowers & Fall crops - pumpkins! - abound
    Plus the requisite ginormous potluck lunch.

    And I have discovered an ADS show just 2.5h from home - for next June.
    So even if friends bail (again) I can do this one solo.
    It is held at a fairgrounds, so nowhere near as dropdead gorgeous as the VL site, but same classes.
    And if friends do go to this one, I am betting they will get bit by the ADS Bug & want to do the 2020 VL.
    Mua-HaHa! <VEG>
    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


    • Original Poster

      Sounds like a good summer for you as well 2DogsFarm !

      What show in June are you looking at? What state do you live in?

      And yes, I thought Jaguar was very happy with his cooler as he knows our fun Canadian winter is coming! And apparently is supposed to be pretty bad this year Boo


      • #4
        I'm in NW IN & the show is in Elkhorn,WI - Midwest Valley Carriage Festival

        I am not listening to Bad Winter reports LaLaLaLaLa! Can't hear you!!!
        All 3 of mine are showing signs of prepping for Winter - hair is flying. Not yet a blizzard, but...
        Mini has already put on his Goombah* back hair, across his shoulders. May start calling him Guido.

        *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
        Steppin' Out 1988-2004
        Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
        Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


        • #5
          I agree, that was a busy and successful summer!

          Summer is our sandbox season, and I set my goals high. Last year we played around at training at some schooling shows, so this year it made perfect sense to show rated shows, do first level and shoot for his breed award. check, check and check. You need 8 qualifying scores and we did it in 8 tests. The last show was Labor Day weekend and we finished up with our highest scores to date in both 1-1 and 1-3. To say I am proud of my pony is to practice understatement. We mostly did pony classes/National Pony cup (won 2 of those) but on the few occasions I had to go in the AA classes he got 2nds in a crowd of some purpose bred horses (go ponies!) I was thinking we may do first level again next year, but honestly, he may be ready for at least 2-1 based on his at home work.

          This week marked the beginning of our "official" driving season (the sandbox pylons will be repurposed into our cones course). We've been driving all summer, but for most of July/Aug I used up our 1 hour walk day(s) as driving days. I had some portable hazards set up in July and did a lot of correct bend/walk turns through the hazards, a lot of tight cloverleaf turns at a walk in the arena, correct turns around the trees in the upper pasture... see a trend here? Followed by a few minutes of trot/walk or trot/halt transitions near the end of the hour.

          He's still getting ridden, 2-3x a week, with an emphasis on canter and lateral work, then starting in October I'll add the canter work to driving as well. He's familiar with canter work in the carriage but towards the end of the dressage season he was seeing if slipping into a 4 beat gait was a suitable answer to asking for collection or 10m circles (it is not). I made the strategic decision to not fight that battle until we were done showing because I suspect all canter work will deteriorate for a few weeks while we work out our differences on a correct canter. I'm not gonna lie though, I put the liverpool version of his dressage snaffle on the dressage bridle and added another rein - direct and second slot, so sort of pelhamish. My rotator cuff is going to get some backup in this discussion!

          Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


          • Original Poster

            Thats great DMK ! Your guy looks great and its so important for them to be ridden. I try and ride my guys every week as well as I find it does help with straigtness etc.

            Sounds like you will be busy for sure. Enjoy


            • Original Poster

              Just a quick update on taking my 3 year old, Wally, to his first show! He won his 3 and over gelding line class and was Senior Champion! He behaved so well off property and in the ring. He made me super proud!

              I didn't ride him in the under saddle classes since I've only ridden him a handful of times and cantered him twice, so I just schooled him in the big ring once the classes were all done. I've also never ridden him in company, so I wasnt sure how he would react. We rode around some big horses and he never blinked an eye! He was sooo good!

              We are now qualified for the Royal Winter Fair, so I will be taking him there I now have a show with my older pony this Sunday and hope to get him qualifed as well. Fingers crossed!!