Finally have time to write this blog post about my first horse show with Sunday. Sunday, as you know if you follow my page, is a 2-year-old double registered AQHA/APHA SPB gelding that I have raised since he was born May 13, 2018. He was Fancy’s first foal and she was an amazing mother to him.
At first, I wanted to sell him and not really have much to do with him. But after 3 months, well, he grew on me and I could not stand the thought of selling him. So, I decided to keep him, train him, and see what we can accomplish together. Started out with some groundwork with Cecile Dykstra of Evolution Performance Horses, which is what anyone should do when starting a foal. Send them to a professional to get a good start and then build on it.
2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. Thanks to the COVID virus, everything was cancelled and put online. Thankfully by June, things started to open again, and stuff was able to happen. Including, planning for an actual horse show. To say, I was excited is an understatement. You would have to be living under a rock to not know how excited I was about going to a horse show with Sunday.
August 9, 2020, was our official first horse show in Vegreville and what an amazing experience! We went down the day before so that Sunday and I could both have plenty of time to settle in and take a look around. This was his first time in a stall at a new place and he settled in beautifully.
I made a checklist prior to the show to make sure I didn’t forget anything. Let me tell you, it was a lifesaver. You don’t want to forget anything when you're far from home. I’ve added it to my page and here is the link to it. I also created one for myself, cause the thought of not having a piece of show clothing doesn’t appeal to me.
Morning of the show I was up early to head over to the barn and feed Sunday. It was nice to see shavings on his blanket. I knew that he had laid down which reassured me he was comfortable. Once he was finished breakfast and I got my show stuff organized, we headed off to the warmup arenas for a quick lunge to stretch his legs and get any sassiness out lol.
Back to the barn to get him cleaned up and ready for our classes. We entered 4 for the day. All In Hand. Here are the class names and how we did. Still can’t believe that we WON our Lunge Line class. He nailed every move and was flawless! We even got a cheque for $56!
Halter: we got 2nd. Only 2 in the class.
Lunge Line: WE WON! 5 in the class.
Showmanship: we didn’t place but he did good.
In-Hand Trail: Placed 4thout of 6.
What a great start to our showing career. I can’t wait for 2021 and I’m already planning out the shows I want to attend. Stay tuned!