A COWGIRL THAT SHOW JUMPS part 3

by Nicole
(Alberta, Canada)

Me and Jewel- bareback jumping

Me and Jewel- bareback jumping

I strained to open eyes as I listened to the birds chirp outside my moms window of her room. I also heard the purring of a cat.... a fat orange cat at the foot of the bed...Max. I yawned and stretched my aching arms and legs. I crawled out of bed and got out a pair of old jeans and my dark blue plaid western shirt. As I was pulling on my jeans I noticed that my legs were covered in bruises of a million colours. "Awe man! I can't go to the swimming pool with my legs like this! The lifegaurds won't even let me in!" I continued on with my daily morning routine of eating breakfast and feeding the horses. Jewel saw me coming towards the paddock with a bucket of performance horse feed and started galloping over as fast as she could weaving through the other horses that still didn't notice me. Now that's a pole bending horse, I thought to myself and giggled. But I couldn't just stand there forever like I wanted to.... I had to go to school.
When I arrived at school I completely ignored Brooke and went to see my other friends, Laura, Brandi, Kaylea and Trista. Brandi and Kaylea both loved horses as much as me but Trista and Laura weren't AS much . And ofcourse Mia was a total "dog" to me all day but I still managed to get all my work done before her, beat her in a race (and I was bucked off the day before and still hurting), LOTS more and in the near future I will crush her in the rodeos!
I got home from school (FINALLY!) put on my ropers, jeans and my black felt cowboy hat and went out to catch my horse. After I had Jewel tacked up and ready to go I brought her out to the arena and started warming her up at a trot then a canter.
"What do you think Jewel? Should I try jumping you today or should I just give you a break?"
Pfffffft
"JEWEL! You silly girl! I'm guessing that the idea of jumping is down the toilet! So I guess we'll start with barrels," I told her. I brought her over to the starting gate and set her up so she was ready to go. I gathered the reins tight so she couldn't take off just in case I nudged her with my heels and when she was ready I let her go, kicked her, and clucked to her urging her on. We were done in a matter of seconds. When I finished riding I went up to the house and found the weekly newspaper on the kitchen table so I picked it up and flipped trough the pages. I stopped flipping and focused on a ad.
"Oh my gosh! A mini jumping series!" I yelled.
The ad read:
Mini Eventing Series
Hello all! There will be a mini Eventing series where only amatures can compete. This is only for fun! There will be ribbons handed out. This is a great experience! The series will be held twice a month at the local arena. Only $3.00 a event. Events are:
EASY, MEDIUM AND HARD SHOW JUMPING
EASY, MEDIUM AND HARD MINI CROSS COUNTRY
EASY, MEDIUM AND HARD DRESSAGE
STEPPING STONES
POLES
KEYHOLE
DRESS UP RACE
TRIPLE BARREL JUMP
BARREL RACING
For events you can use whatever kind of tack you want, even a western saddle for jumping or dressage, or a english dalle for barrel racing! SO COME ONE COME ALL AND HAVE A BALL!

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