Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Team BEC

Just because I forced Bastian to get a summer job does not mean that I abandoned my oh-so-wonderful barn-mates. Its one thing to have a horse and ride and take lessons, but it quite another thing when you have an awesome group of people to hang out with, show with and laugh and cry with. My group of people is Team BEC (Bauer Equestrian Center). And so I still hang out with them at horse shows and try to keep with new boarders who come to live with us or new horses that come in for training, which is tough when I'm only going out twice a week.

This past weekend, the team headed out to Grand Haven Stables in Jefferson, Ohio to compete in the NODA Dressage and NODA Dressage Encore show on Saturday and Sunday. We were originally taking 8 horses, but one of them wasn't quite feeling up to snuff, so Kristin decided to not stress her anymore by taking her to show and let her just chill at the barn. She was actually very disappointed when they didn't load her onto the trailer to go, Zoe thinks that she should be going everywhere and everyone should be focusing on her, lol. So we went with just 7 horses instead...

Competing in their first show ever was little Chloe and BEC's My Guardian Angle, a 7 year old appy pony. They showed on Saturday and Sunday in Intro A and B. They were awesome!! Chloe came home with two fifth places, a third and a second. It was both her first show and the pony's and they did awesome.

BEC's owner, Cindy took her young Holsteiner mare, Shae (Madame X) hoping to get her final qualifing score at Training level. While Cindy is a veteran shower, this is Shae's first year showing and its been filled with learning experiences for her. After finally deciding that the judges probably aren't going to eat her, she is starting to learn how to focus and stay on task in the dressage ring. Cindy's first test was dramatic and expressive, as in Shae expressed how much she didn't want to be a good little pony, but Cindy kept her together and finished the test, their next test on Saturday was more more calm cool and collected and they were able to earn a blue ribbon :) On Sunday Shae was in her groove and Cindy scored a 68%, taking home a red ribbon just one point behind first place and more importantly, with a qualifying score for AA Training Level. This will definitely be a pair to watch at regionals!

Wendy took her Oldenburg mare, Chloe, {Unexpected}, and competed in Training Level also with Wendy riding her in one class each day and Kristin showing her in one class each day. Wendy and Chloe did great, their best test was on Sunday where Wendy kept her focused on the task at hand and put in a fluent, accurate test. Kristin and Chloe are qualified for Regionals in the Open division at Training as well.

Elizabeth, aka Pablo, took her Anglo-Trakehner mare Lilly (Tiger Lilly) and competed at First Level. Elizabeth is going off to college in the fall and so this was her last show with us for quite some time. I'm going to miss you Pablo! Horse shows just won't be the same with out you, and you had better be planning on coming to Bastian and I's first event next year....or else! I will also miss braiding Lilly's mane, it was my favorite mane to braid :)

Kristin rode three other client's horses at the show: WWA Colino in Training and First Level, she achieved the necessary qualifying score for Training Level with him. She also rode a cute little chestnut (with a blaze!) mare named Cosmopolitan. It was Cosmos first ever horse show and she was very well behaved earning a first place in her first ever Training Level class. And finally, Kristin earned a qualifying score with Isaac (Irressistable Isaac) at 3rd Level. He had two wonderful tests and Isaac has the funniest personality of any horse I have ever known!

All in all it was wonderfully fun weekend and I cannot wait until Bastian and I (and hopefully Bugsy!) are ready to show next year. I love my barn buddies and I love grooming and supporting and cheering, but I love showing and its tough to be there surrounded by people doing exactly what I want to be doing and knowing that its going to be two more months until I really get to start playing the game again.

If you want to see all the awesome pictures we have of this past weekend, check out either: http://steinequine.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Victory-Canter/111440258890812?sk=wall#!/pages/Stein-Equines/229007107140048

A couple of fun more personal notes:
1) I finally got a new car, a cute little Kia Sportage that gets way better gas mileage than my dorky old truck, so I get to actually see my horse when he gets back from his deployment to the Hunter world! lol

2)I'm visiting my brother and his Family in NC right now and on the way down we drove through Bastian, VA. How cool is that?? My horse has a whole town named after him :)

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