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Back from Jumperland!! With Pics of Petey and Lad!

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    Back from Jumperland!! With Pics of Petey and Lad!

    Hi Guys!!!

    First off let me say if ANYONE is within 8 hours of the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va.... you absolutely must consider going to the Thoroughbred Celebration show series. AMAZING people, good footing, rings, courses, stabling etc.

    Just a fabulous time. I won PRIZES with all my ribbons. As in bell boots, a leather day planner, and Saratoga lunch coolers.

    The ribbons are big, which is nice and the people are made up of some really nice, TB friendly folks.

    My boys did a fantastic job. Petey was on his first overnight trip and handled it like a champ. He even place 5th in a class of 28 people in the 2'7" division!!! I love him anyway but it was nice to have him step up, run fast and be competitive.

    Lad was stepping up to the 1.10 meter level. And he got the hang of it pretty well. 3'7" is a big difference from the 3' class he did a week before and he took it on well. Moreso after I remembered how to ride to the bigger fences. I think I forgot that you need more pace and forward energy to a bigger oxer. So my bad in the first class. In the next two classes we finished 4th and 3rd out of ten respectively, and made it to the jump off both times.

    In fact Lad qualified for the $1500 stake class, but I opted out. It was warm and honestly I had felt him giving his all in all 3 classes. I didn't think either of us needed another run. But I thanked them so much for having a stake class.

    Meanwhile this show gives out a "Jumper Style award" and as they were announcing the winners of this stuff they mentioned the Jumper style award would have a reserve as well this time. Something they don't normally do. So I was shocked when Petey won the reserve Jumper style award. The judge LOVED him. We talked for a few mins and she was effusive in her praise of him. And for this award they gave me one of their show hats. So now I have my own "Petey" cap.

    So that's my report.

    Lots of fun.


    There are pics shot by John here:
    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries

    Very cool! Love the one of Lad where he's jumping 3feet above the oxer.
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      Ahhh yes the result of him trotting over a 3'7" oxer.

      Silly boy!
      "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


        It sounds like a great event - thanks for the review. Loved the pictures!



          All three boys behaved themselves! (I'm including John, who took great pics!)
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            Emily, those pics are wonderful! You and both horses look like you're having such fun -- and isn't that what horse shows are supposed to be about?


              So fun! Congrats to the entire crew!


                It is a great show. Really nice people and fantastic awards - even special awards like horse most recently off the track, oldest horse, youngest rider, etc.

                And I liked that as each horse starts its round, the announcer provides its registered name and its racing history. I am looking forward to showing my two TBs there in November.


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                  Yea we had a brief hiccup with that whole announcer thing. I had written (admittedly) very long bios for the boys.

                  As she was announcing Petey she misread where I mentioned he was famous for a day because I picked him up from Penn the same day the Kelsey LeFever story broke and Holly wrote an article on Horse Junkies in part about him. She announced that he had been one of the Kelsey LeFever horses!

                  I hadn't started cantering yet so I stopped and "corrected" her and the crowd from horseback! All I know is I was yelling "No he wasn't!" and laughing very quickly when I should have been going to my first jump off fence.

                  Pulled a rail at #2 also. Maybe I shouldn't have listened so closely. LOL.

                  "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries


                    Not sure I see the connection but in any case, it is a nice show.


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                      It was just mentioned on his bio because he had "15 mins of fame."

                      But he wasn't one of the horses that Kelsey was ever affiliated with.

                      "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries