Tuesday, June 23, 2015

UK Classic Try-outs

Let me start by I'm sorry. I've had a lot of things that needed to be done before this post plus an illness. But it's over now and I had time for this! 

It appeared to be a particuarily normal day at TBF.
 But the message board said differently.

The UK Classic was an invitational show being held by CWS in the UK. TBF was especially excited as two riders would travel "across the pond" to the show! TBF was quite honored that such a small, American stable was invited to such a grand show.

The barn owners could not attend but they would search for one adult and one young rider to compete in the show. Before the try-outs the riders met to have a picture taken.
 "I'll let you pick the horse you want to ride. I'm going to judge these try-outs like a show," explained Sydney. "Make sure to groom your horse as you would at a show and demonstrate good horsemanship"

Everyone grabbed their mounts and warmed up. Sydney was quite surprised at the turn out.
 Some rode school horses,

 Some rode underdogs,
 Others rode their own horses,

 And some borrowed their rides. Riptide was the barn's most promising jumper and Meagan hoped she would have a good chance with him.
One jump was set up. "I know you can jump. That's not the most important thing. It's how you handle yourself in the ring." chimed Syd.
 The barn owners would be the judges for today.
 Molly and her horse, Pie-eyed Sailor, went first.
 All eyes were on them as they cantered around the jump once. On the second circle Molly turned early and jumped perfectly down the line. A clear jump!

Kate was next to go on her horse Twilight. 
 Twilight was a bit unexperienced but she made the jump and only brushed the pole.
 Penny and Phoenix went next. The horse was proud and confident,
 But he still managed to knock one down.

 Maya rode Lampwick confidently to the jump. He trotted all the way and simply popped over it,
 and walked for home.
 Suzy walked into the arena on the young and lazy mare River. Suzy saluted the judges and began cantering towards the jump.
 River is lazy and she stopped dead in her tracks.
 Suzy stood up, dusted off her pants, put the poles back and walked River out of the arena.

 Jake jumped the crazy stallion American War Hero. They were strong and flew over perfectly.
 Meagan rode Riptide in the ring with flair. Riptide just seemed to float across the arena.
They jumped with correct form even though Riptide took off late.
 Mia rode Gypsy and did well.
 For a gypsy vanner he does a good job.
 The final competitor was Santiago and his polo pony, Cody. The pair galloped in,
 and through the jump!
 All the riders turned their attention to the judges.
"We have decided that Jake will be our adult competitor but we have not made a decision on who our youth competitor will be. We will let you know tomorrow."
This is the reader's choice now! Tell who you want to see at the competition in the comments below! The winner will be chosen tomorrow! If you want to see how CWS is preparing for the show check out her blog! Thanks for reading.


  1. Gypsy should win!!! I helped train some Gypsies and they love to jump!

    1. Thank for reading. Maybe he will. He's a fun model to dress up.

  2. I really liked this! Reminded me of the Saddle Club show and in a good way! And I loved the models you used too. :)

    1. Thanks! I never got to watch that show. I'm just lucky Heartland is on Netflix!

  3. Yay for Jake and his big beautiful stallion! That's too bad about Phoenix knocking down a rail, I think he is beautiful and I was cheering for them after spotting them in the warmup ring. I think I have to put in a vote for Lampwick, mules are neat and such good jumpers. I like how calm he was and I like a good underdog story. :)

    1. I like Phoenix a lot as well. He is a much better dressage horse though. ;D

  4. Yay!! This is soooo good! Thanks!��