Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Giddy Up, Pardner!"

It's been such a busy EKF week that I haven't had a chance to update the blog! Last weekend, two girls competed in the Harvest Festival horse show and gymkhana out in the eastern part of Louisa County, and I was so proud of them! Both riders had top three finishes, including the competitive Equitation and Obstacle Course classes, and they also placed in a variety of events such as the Pumpkin Relay, Simon Says, Apple Bobbing, and Eyeball-on-Spoon which turned into Sit-a-Buck. Most importantly, they represented Team Easy Keeper so well, were excellent sports and took good care of Shadow and Henry.

In the middle of the week, Henry again swung into action as he carried our equine vet on her first foxhunt (see the photo of me on Belle, above). The vet's a very accomplished dressage rider, but dodging vines, sliding down muddy hills, and galloping across gorgeous open fields were new challenges and Henry took good care of her.

On Saturday, a five-year-old cowboy celebrated his birthday with fifteen excited friends. This happy event mobilized Ginger, Misty, and Krispy Kreme, as well as the bunnies for petting, and even the sheep were penned up and fed granola treats. The tiny riders were so patient waiting their turns - they discovered the sidewalk chalk and now my wash rack floor is a kaleidescope of colors and shapes - and the whole group was really well behaved and enjoyed meeting the animals up close. Once again, I have to thank our wonderful horses, who were steady and gentle -- especially because the little fellows enjoyed yelling "Giddy up, pardner!" at full volume while mounted!

Also Saturday, our heroine Zenyatta came up a few inches short of a perfect record - but what an amazing race she ran, and finished safely and soundly a champion. Even Man o' War lost one race - also by a head, to a horse aptly named Upset. So at 19-1, a record unmatched by any modern top-tier Thoroughbred, we still say, "All Hail the Queen!" If you need any more proof of her class, just click here.