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English Show – August 2, 2015

RULES
Only riders who currently board their horses or take lessons at Firefly Farm are eligible to ride or take part in this show.

COST
Each class is $15 to enter for regular classes. Payment must be made as early as possible to ensure entry into the show.

HORSES
Horses available for each class are first-come, first served. If there are more entries than horses available, the class will be split—i.e., another class will be formed from the “spillover” entries, and those in the secondary class will be awarded ribbons as if this were an entirely separate class.

CLOTHING
It’s entirely up to the entrants whether or not they will use show clothes. Show clothes are available from Sarah in all sizes from extremely tiny children up to adult. Show clothes cost $10 to rent from Sarah, and this, too, is first-come, first-served. Show clothes are more about photographic potential than they are about placing in classes.
All entrants MUST wear helmets and are not allowed to carry whips or wear spurs.

JUDGING
Judging is by Sarah, and ribbons are awarded for first through sixth place, with some honorable mentions. Questioning the judge’s decision is one of the most rude things you can do during a show. Don’t do it.

AWARDS                                                                                                                                                                                     Rosettes with the Firefly logo and name will be awarded to the 1-6 place winners in each class. They’re available to view in the tack room.

QUESTIONS
Please email or call Sarah. Only students who register and are current students are eligible to show.

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Horse Show

Firefly Farm Schooling Show

Next Show:  Western Show, Saturday June 20, 2015

Girls in Show

*This photo is of Isabella, Ashley, and Nicole from our Western show in April 2014.

RULES
Only riders who currently board their horses or take lessons at Firefly Farm are eligible to ride or take part in this show.

COST
Each class is $15 to enter for regular classes. Payment must be made as early as possible to ensure entry into the show.

HORSES
Horses available for each class are first-come, first served. If there are more entries than horses available, the class will be split—i.e., another class will be formed from the “spillover” entries, and those in the secondary class will be awarded ribbons as if this were an entirely separate class.

CLOTHING
It’s entirely up to the entrants whether or not they will use show clothes. Show clothes are available from Sarah in all sizes from extremely tiny children up to adult. Show clothes cost $10 to rent from Sarah, and this, too, is first-come, first-served. Show clothes are more about photographic potential than they are about placing in classes.
All entrants MUST wear helmets and are not allowed to carry whips or wear spurs.

JUDGING
Judging is by Sarah, and ribbons are awarded for first through sixth place, with some honorable mentions. Questioning the judge’s decision is one of the most rude things you can do during a show. Don’t do it.

AWARDS                                                                                                                                                                                                    Rosettes with the Firefly logo and name will be awarded to the 1-6 place winners in each class. They’re available to view in the tack room.

QUESTIONS
Please email or call Sarah. Only students who register and are current students are eligible to show.

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Killer Instincts

Churned earth mingled with scattered feathers. The cage moved as futile fingers clawed at the trap door.

I caught a killer.

I rejoiced–and mourned.

This thing, this animal, this fluff-ball, killed three babies. Three tiny chickens. He killed them and ate them.

Trudie and I gathered the remaining supplies for the horse show, and we left.

Our horses performed well for their experience levels. Sidney needed to be led during his classes for safety reasons. He’s never been to a “real” horse show before, so he had no idea how to act or feel.

Honey’s shown once before. Last time she won two seventh places. This time she won a third (out of three horses–but she listened well!) and two fifth-place ribbons. They’re hanging in the tack room, along with Trudie’s ribbon from a previous horse show.

Suzi Q’s owner and Sidney’s owner came to visit, and both were exceedingly helpful. They held horses and came back to Firefly Farm when we realized we’d left behind Sidney’s bridle (oh-so-important!) and then needed a different saddle. They also took photos.

Once everyone loaded back up and we traveled back to the barn, I remembered.

The caged killer.

He curled up harmlessly at one end of the wire jail and peered at me with soft black eyes. His ringed tail wrapped around a chubby body, his masked face innocent.

Sometime soon, I’ll drive the killer to meet an ugly kitty.

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Honey’s First Show

Honey needed a bridle. She had an equi-leather bridle, but she needed one made of real leather. In preparation for her first show last Saturday, we ordered a new bridle for her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey had a bath on Friday night, and afterward I braided her mane and tail and put a sleezy on her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went to a benefit show in Marshall, MI courtesy of Sara Heaton, owner of Sandalwood Ranch. She was kind enough to trailer Honey and I, along with one of her horses, Maddie.

Honey and I went for a bareback ride through the fairgrounds before showing. We were tromping around, exploring the various aspects of the fairground, when we were stopped in our tracks by a call from the judging booth. The announcer said that the first horse to reach the booth and show off a trick would win a prize. We couldn’t resist. She showed off “yes” and “no” and a step of Spanish Walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honey was calm, cool, and collected. She performed beyond any of my expectations of a horse at her first show.

She was also very good, considering I had two different lengths of stirrup. I checked my stirrups three or four times because I could swear they were off. I counted the holes over and over, and both were on hole 8. Hole 8! Too bad they weren’t even. She was a good sport.

We ended up with Seventh Place, two different times, out of 10 horses total. Not bad for her first show. Her head bobbed up and down a lot, and she stopped once in a corner, but otherwise she was terrific. Unfortunately we didn’t get ribbons. We were given plastic cups as keepsakes. Perhaps cups are more useful than ribbons, but not as exciting.

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Another Op’nin’, Another Show

I love Horse Showing.

LOVE. IT.

Today, I had the pleasure of attending an Open Horse Show in St. Johns. My friend and fellow barn manager, Sara, from Sandalwood Ranch, was kind enough to let me tag along.

Sara’s shown horses all her life. I began showing as an adult. As I grew up, I rode, certainly, but always on a borrowed horse. Once Melody came into my life, I trained her with the intention of showing her as my personal horse someday.

Rain, heat, cold–none of these matter. The desire to attend a horse show outweighs any temporary discomfort I might feel. I distinctly remember my horse-crazy childhood. I used to beg someone, anyone, to let me ride their horse.

To let me enter a class in a show.

To have the chance to win an all-important ribbon–a talisman to show my love for horses. Deep down, I’m simply happy to be there. When things go wrong at a show, or life isn’t perfect, I laugh.

Today I laughed a lot.

During the Showmanship class, the judge commented about Melody’s long tail. I turned around to look–and wouldn’t you know? The top of her tail wig broke and all 3/4 of a pound of hair was falling out. I untangled the mass of hair, but the judge and I had a chuckle. I was fortunate enough to win 6th place. Fortunate, because there were only 6 horses in the class.

During the English Equitation class, Melody was performing a pattern and my foot slipped out of the stirrup. This distracted me enough that I forgot the pattern. I kept going with the pattern from my fragmented memory, keeping my foot between the stirrup and Melody’s body. I must remember next time that the bottoms of my show boots are slippery, and I should practice riding with my show boots a week before the actual horse show. I was pleasantly surprised with a 3rd-place ribbon. (I probably shouldn’t have been surprised at that point because only 3 people were in the class.)

When we performed for the judge during the English Pleasure class, the judge walked over and mentioned that Melody was swishing her tail and opening and closing her mouth. I explained that with all the ultrasounds poor Melody has been enduring, her back hurts. I knew she’d been fussy, but I didn’t know it was so obvious. Once again, we won a ribbon–4th place.

Although it sounds impressive to win 3rd, 4th, and 6th place, I won those ribbons in very small classes. Tiny classes, really. Melody was off all day. She fussed and fretted and wrung her tail. As Pat Parelli says, the judge has to give ribbons to the people who show up, and that can be the best of the worst.

Poor Melody was at her worst today. She was achy and sore, and I didn’t have any way to alleviate her pain. Therefore, we elected to end our showing today after 3 classes. (It helped that the jumping classes were cancelled due to mud.) She seemed relieved, and I knew I’d made a good choice.

One highlight of the show was seeing the sister of a Riverwalk Theatre actress. The former Riverwalk Theatre actress is currently on the road, singing and dancing with a company who will be traveling to Japan for 2 months and China for a month, performing and teaching kids. I’m so happy for her. It’s amazing to hear someone I know is also living her dream.

I live my dream every day. I can’t wait for the next horse show!

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Snarky Poetry in a Contest

  There was a poetry competition on a website yesterday, and it said you had to mention “Absorbine” and “Show Sheen” in the poem. If you won, you’d get an Absorbine product. I don’t know if I won, but I re-worked an old poem to make it fit. Martina will recognize this one. 🙂

Turn Out

 

I got a ribbon from the last horse show

I didn’t expect it. Why? I don’t know.

I arrived at the stable the day of the show

Prepared to brush her out, and to make her glow

 

She didn’t come forward when I walked to her stall

My pony, dearest pony was not there at all.

With a sinking dread I walked into the yard,

Praying she was there, my heart beating hard.

 

I called for my pony, the dirty pasture grim,

Expecting the best, but my hopes grew dim.

On her rush to the gate, puddles shone on the ground

Of course she plowed through ‘em, it made quite a sound.

 

She’d itched through her sleezy—it left me with doubt.

I worried, in fact, that her braids did fall out

Her pretty white blaze from forehead to nose

Was covered in bran mash. (The least of my woes.)

 

Those brilliant white socks were both brown and grey

And covered in grass stains—she rolled on her hay.

I sighed and I haltered, cussing at my luck

Showing after this mess? That would take some pluck.

 

Using Absorbine products, I gave her a bath

(Whoever turned her out would deserve my wrath!)

I scrubbed and I rinsed, and toweled her dry,

And reached for my Showsheen, my hopes still not high.

 

My poor ugly duckling turned swan in a blink

I looked at my watch—we had no time to think!

We loaded and reached the show office in time,

(To be excluded now would be a true crime!)

 

I dressed in a hurry, and tacked up my girl,

No frills and no extras, did my class in a whirl.

My beautiful pony won a lovely first place

Then after we won? I saw dirt on my face.

Thanks for reading my poem!

 I’m going to put a sign in front of my house that says “Pony Rides $5.” I need to drum up some business any way I can, and if I can get some families in here, all the better. I hope that Mid Michigan Family Theatre’s show brings in some business for me, and maybe the ad I put in the Annie program, too. We could use extra income. Starting a business is pricey.

   Melody overall is ok. The flap of skin from her cornea is just gone. Her eye looks painful. Darrin did the same thing to his eye a while back and said it’s excrutiatingly painful. She blinks too much, and it’s still a bit swollen. I gave her banamine yesterday and it seemed to help a little. No banamine today yet, as I think I’ll give it to her with a little mid-day snack. I do not want to give her an ulcer. The trade off is that the girls are going to get spoiled with all the food I’m giving out. However, I have to say that Savannah needs it. She needs a good 50lbs at least before I’ll be happy with her size, and then she needs another 25 or so before she’s ready for winter. That’s 75lbs before Halloween.

  :) The girls are out in the L shaped pasture this morning, and since it’s a little more sparse than the RAM pasture, I’m planning to keep them out there most of the day. They need to trim that pasture down and keep the grass down. Once we get up the RAM fence across the driveway, their area will become about 40 feet longer with a tapering width starting at 60 feet and ending at 20 feet. They’ll love it.

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