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  • In the beginning....

    It doesn't get much more "beginning" than this. I am adult ammy going to the French Creek PC Derby at Polestar Farms, in Lake Stevens WA on Saturday. I am hauling alone for the first time, and this is my first Derby (or anything) (I have gone to dressage shows and jumper shows LONG ago in my past).

    I have a terrific horse, though-- he's super keen but inexperienced, and I am (used to be) courageous and (currently) super excited.

    This is our first outing, we are alone and need folks to wish us luck. We are going Senior Hopeful so basically just need to remember the dressage test and not jump any jumps out of order. I know it is a couple of days away, but I am psyching up.

    Woo Hoo!

  • #2
    Whoo hoooo!!! You can do it Have a blast and let us know how it goes.


    • #3
      Your string of firsts -- first CT, first time alone, etc. -- is as daunting as anything on denny's life list.

      The single biggest problem with going to shows alone is that there's no one to work the camera.

      Good luck and please report back. With pics.


      • Original Poster

        I plan on roping innocent bystanders into manning the camera! I will give a full report upon my return....

        Here's a picture of me and my cute guy, taken about a month ago.


        • #5
          Yeah! He's super cute! Have fun and please do report back!
          You can't fix stupid.


          • #6
            Originally posted by JER View Post
            Your string of firsts -- first CT, first time alone, etc. -- is as daunting as anything on denny's life list.
            Preach it, sister!

            Good luck! You guys look awesome in your pic! Let us know how it went.


            • #7
              Hey, IMAX, that's my event and I think I talked to you on the phone about your concerns! Please don't worry one bit - you'll be FINE. This event is all about having fun and trying new things. The folks that show up are always in a good mood and you'll see lots of smiles and offers of help. If you get your trailer in a bad spot, there will be a line of people waiting to move it for you.

              Introduce yourself when you check in at the show office - I'll be the crazy one running around like a chicken with my head cut off. In the end, it's all worth the hard work to put this event together!

              Thanks for supporting our Pony Club!

              -Heidi (French Creek Pony Club DC)


              • Original Poster

                Wow, you guys are all so great!

                Thanks for putting my mind at ease all of you, but especially Heidi!

                I had an awesome lesson tonight, and talked with my trainer, and now feel really ready to go to this event and have a GREAT TIME!!! I AM SO EXCITED THAT IS WHY ALL THE SHOUTING!!!



                • #9
                  Cute picture! My boy is also called Kip so you've already won me over Good luck!!!
                  Balanced Care Equine


                  • #10
                    IMAX, I'm so happy and excited for you. Have a wonderful ride on your cute boy! I'm sure you'll do splendidly! Please do report back as I'm dying to see how it goes.

                    I too have been off riding for quite a long time raising my 3 kids and breeding horses. But now my kids are grown, almost, and I want to ride again too. I'll be doing the Beginning Sr. Beginning Novice class with my splendid gelding Panzyr. If anything happens, like I fall off, it will be all my fault!

                    Good luck!!!
                    Chris Misita
                    www.hiddenvalleyfarms.net Home of Bravo and Warrick!
                    To dare; progress comes at this price. All sublime conquests are, more or less, the rewards of daring.
                    Victor Hugo


                    • #11
                      IMAX, you will have the time of your life! You and your horse look like a great team. Don't be afraid to ask folks for help--eventers are the nicest people in the world. Can't wait to hear all about it!
                      --Becky in TX
                      Clinic Blogs and Rolex Blogs
                      She who throws dirt is losing ground.


                      • #12
                        I'll be there too! Good luck Imax and maybe I'll stick around to watch your round. I live so close by I can always go home and come back in the afternoon to see you go. Your horse is super cute; who do you ride with?

                        What time are you planning on arriving? I'll make a point to bring some welcome beverages and maybe I can man the camera for you. I'm hoping they have a videographer or helmet cam rental.

                        You'll have a great time. The course is usually very fun and confidence building for the greenies. Polestar is gorgeous and Meika goes out of her way to make sure everyone is having a good time.
                        Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                        • #13
                          IMAX good luck!! and have fun! Your horse is adorable Can't wait to hear how it goes. Mtn Trails you should go back and man the video camera!
                          2016 RRP Makeover Competitor www.EnviousBid.com


                          • #14
                            VCT, we posted at the same time! Jinx.
                            Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                            • Original Poster

                              I ride with Anne Ryan at Stoneybrook Stables in Kent. She is excellent and I love riding there.

                              Kipling is super cute! He's a TB x Percheron ( a "Canadian Sporthorse" or as I pronounce it, Draft Cross) from Cancade Farms. He's the best horse I have ever met. Not that I am biased or anything.


                              • #16
                                Well, how did it go IMAX? Zeph and I finished in 4th place in Sr. BN. I was going to go novice and did a schooling round at BN and felt like her confidence level wasn't where I would like so rather than have a bad xc round at novice, decided to drop down and have a good BN round. She totally rocked it the second time and jumped around so much better than the first time.

                                Also, a little nine year old girl might be interested in buying her (well her parents). She was so small I was a little nervous but that kid piloted her around like a pro. I think it helped that Zeph was a little tired by then but she took care of her rider and they even popped over a couple of x rails. They looked really cute together.
                                Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert


                                • Original Poster


                                  We had the best time! Good grief Kip is fantastic!! The short story is we got second at Sr. Hopeful. The long story is here.

                                  Thank you all for your words of encouragement, your advice, and just your belief that we could do it! Holy cow, I am one lucky girl.

                                  YAY YAY YAY YAY !!!!!!!!


                                  • #18
                                    Congratulations IMAX! That is such great news!
                                    Chris Misita
                                    www.hiddenvalleyfarms.net Home of Bravo and Warrick!
                                    To dare; progress comes at this price. All sublime conquests are, more or less, the rewards of daring.
                                    Victor Hugo


                                    • #19
                                      FANTASTIC recap at your blog, IMAX! Sounds like you and your boy garnered some confidence in many ways this weekend! Doesn't it feel awesome...now you're ready to go and tackle all the travelling, clinics and showing you want! Good job!


                                      • #20
                                        Loved your blog recap, very descriptive. I know the British gal, that's Penny Leggot and her horse Sweet, not Sugar, lol. I also know Maverick, he is my horse's twin brother (well they could be twins). He used to go Prelim back in his younger days. Great going! Congratulations on your 2nd place.
                                        Yogurt - If you're so cultured, how come I never see you at the opera? Steven Colbert