Best Horse Show Ever
(Salem, Oregon, USA)
Horse showing is one of my favorite things. But with 4-H, you get scores, not placings. Blues, reds and whites. No first, second or third. This was my first ever show with placings!
It was also my first ever show with my new horse. I had had her for 5 months and she was green. I was worried about how she would react to everything, but she was really good.
The first class was showmanship. Showmanship had never been one of my favorites, but I liked it. I groomed my horse, picked out her feet, brushed her long mane and we were ready. It took forever to get in the ring, adn the butterflies were insane!
When we got in the ring, I was totally focused. This was what we had been practicing for! We did our pattern as smoothly as possible then lined back up.
FINALLY every person had done the pattern. For placings, I would have been happy for 5th. The class was 10 people and 8 ribbons were possible. They called first place as I waited anxiously.
To my utter surprise, they called me for 2nd!! I was sooo excited!
I collected the ribbon and patted my horse. She nodded as if she'd been expecting the 2nd place. I was sooo happy! It wasn't the end of the show, but it was the best moment that I'd experienced in a long time.