3rd place goes to number 1584

And the screams erupted – 1st one from me and then from her teammates.

It was a long day – I thought 4am only came on Black Friday – and we sat and watched horses and watched horses and watched horses.  Her horsemanship class went okay, the horse was fast and didn’t want to slow down, but she stuck her butt in that saddle and was nice and still.  No problem, we only did horsemanship in order to do reining.

The reining ride was good – she nailed those circles and came back to center just like she’s been taught (over and over and over).  She missed the lead change and remembered her coach say that it’s better to stop and get it right than to continue on the wrong lead – so she did!  It all paid off with a surprising 3rd place finish!!!  Not expecting to place at all, she got off the pony saying, “That was so much fun!  He was a great little horse!  This was so much better than just practicing reining!”

And I’m breaking my rule about posting other people’s children on my blog because right now this is the only picture I have on my camera (wouldn’t you know the battery died from sitting in the cold arena all day, but Kristen had her camera with us and our friends had a cell phone)

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There she is tears and all – and did they flow, we were so surprised.  Two of her teammates practically carried her over to get her ribbon.  You’d have thought we had one the whole class there was so much screaming and hugging and universal OMGoshing!  I am so proud of her – off all of her teammates – she handled it with style.  This is a great bunch of girls who support each other all the way.  Go Team JGPH!!!

And I’m hooked on this Show Mom thing, too!

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm!!