His goal was to complete the pattern. He did that and a whole lot more! He placed 4 & 5 (out of 8 entries) under two judges in his very first (of two) competitions. One of his scores was 69.5, which is great when you start with a 70. Not sure of his other scores, some were a little lower. We forgot to get copies of scores sheet to look for areas of improvement. Oops!
Immediately after the first ride there was an emotional moment, that bubbled up unexpectedly. We tried to talk, Brad and I, with watery eyes. Our trainer came over by us, she wasn't much better. We were all choked up with joy...and for a few moments, time stood still. We all parted ways, the alternative would have resulted in tears. Words cannot describe how proud I am of them!!!! I am so happy I was able to be there for their debut!!
Cierra was such a good girl, and has really matured. Brad could have shown her last year, the first year our trainer did. But he knew better. They are competing against seasoned riders and high dollar horses. Many people questioned his thinking. Everyone in the show world is in such a big hurry! He is a wise horseman, and knows some things are best not rushed. The time is right now, and they are easing into the world of AQHA showing. He hasn't shown since 4-H youth. Eventually they will also compete in Ranch Trail classes. They did get talked into entering an impromptu Ranch Conformation class, and did okay considering. Now that the first show is over, there will be a few less nerves during the remaining three. It's fun watching them grow together as a team!!