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I survived the A/O's and 1st Yrs!

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  • I survived the A/O's and 1st Yrs!

    This past weekend I competed in the 3'6" Divisions for my first time! Neither Preston nor I have done 3'6" at the shows, but we managed to work our way from 5th places on Thursday to 2nd places on Sunday. And ALL weekend we had fun! I decided this weekend, too, my tag line should be "Amateur Owner: I do [almost] all my own stunts!" after trailering, grooming, braiding and showing my own horse all weekend! The only thing I didn't do was braid his tail...haven't learned that yet.


    First two are courtesy of Pics of You, third is by my dad =].
    CLIPclop Bodyclipping by Morgan
    Serving North GA with high quality clips.
    --> Just Press Start // '99 Oldenburg
    --> Always The Optimist (reg. Simply Stylin) // '02 Thoroughbred

  • #2
    Good job! He looks great!

    Isn't it fun to succeed and do it all yourself!

    He is way over those jumps too!


    • #3
      I love that first picture! You guys look great


      • #4
        Welcome to the AO ring--you look like an old timer--nice photos and what a scopey horse!


        • #5
          Love that first picture. He is a cutie!


          • #6
            He is LOVELY! Congrats!


            • #7
              Big Congrats! I remember my first time doing the A/O's, about 8 years ago....I was so nervous, but by the 3rd show, I felt very comfortable, and I had a total packer which really gave me a lot of confidence. Good Luck for the 2009 season.


              • #8
                Congrats-that is awesome. He looks incredibly happy to be jumping big and you look very relaxed. Way to go!!!

                I love the name Preston too-is he a character?


                • #9
                  Good for you Morgan! I can say "I knew her back when."

                  Preston looks loffly, nice turnout. I miss Wills, what a nice inviting ring of jumps for your first foray into 3'6.
                  "The Son Dee Times" "Sustained" "Somerset" "Franklin Square"


                  • #10
                    very nice horse! and you look great too! congrats!


                    • #11
                      What a very attractive horse! Have fun with him!
                      "Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?" Sun Tzu

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                      • #12
                        Huge Congrats! I am so happy for you!
                        "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher


                        • #13
                          That's awesome how you are doing everything yourself. Good to know it CAN still be done
                          Love my "Slow-T T B"
                          2010 OTTB, Dixie Union x Dash for Money


                          • #14
                            Very nice pix! I miss the 3'6 ring for sure! Great horse turnout and looks like a fun ride too!
                            Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation and Ponies
                            Don't practice until you do it right, practice until you can't do it wrong!


                            • #15
                              Congrats! He looks great - I remember when you first got him. He was always cute, but he really looks nice over those 3'6" fences!


                              • #16
                                Great job and nice pictures!


                                • #17
                                  Thats awesome! Congrats! I am waiting for warm weather to make my A/O Debut. Hope mine goes as good as yours!
                                  If you run out of patience, you run out of nice.


                                  • #18
                                    Congrats! Great job, especially for your first time out.

                                    Your horse is SUCH a cutie, he looks like he has a lot of personality.


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Thanks guys - he really gave me a great first weekend! He has had only a handful of rides since August due to extreme saddle fit issues. I got the new saddle December 18th, and then we worked our tails [well, his tail, my butt] off to be able to do this show.

                                      And if by personality, you mean a big grumpy guy who thinks he knows everything, but doesn't mind being sweet and showing his insecurities to mom -- as long as NO ONE is watching -- then, yes he has quite a personality!

                                      And as for the name...he came with Lenni... :X
                                      CLIPclop Bodyclipping by Morgan
                                      Serving North GA with high quality clips.
                                      --> Just Press Start // '99 Oldenburg
                                      --> Always The Optimist (reg. Simply Stylin) // '02 Thoroughbred


                                      • #20
                                        He certainly seems to be enjoying the new divisions. What a cutie.