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!!
Congratulations Brad and Cierra! You looked pretty good out there!
Thanks Shirley! After all the horseless years and local youth fair showing being so long ago, it's a meaningful accomplishment.
How wonderful for them! I'm so happy to see people's dreams come true, and the fact that he's done the work with his own horse makes it even better. Congratulations!! They looked great!
Congratulations to Brad and Cierra! They looked very polished and I'm so happy for all of you. It's a wonderful feeling when it all comes together after a lot of hard work.
Brad reads my blog & saw your comments, thank you!
Wow, great ride, just remembering the pattern for your first show can be an accomplishment. Thought the lope departure and lead change were great. I could see Brad positioning himself for the extended trot and lope but didn't really appreciate the horse extending much though (not that you asked but sometimes I can't help myself). Great ride and continue to have fun!
Comments are appreciated, thank you. You are correct, among other things she didn't extend. She has great reach, it's beautiful to watch.
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