Overall, it was a wonderful day! Though I ended up bathing Reva that morning before we left for the show, and accidentally I used her Eqyss Microtek Medicated Shampoo (she has intermittent skin issues) instead of the Vetrolin shampoo I normally use for showing. Whoops! She did not come out as "clean" as I had hoped, so I spent some time before our in-hand class stressing, brushing, and polishing her up! LOL! I did a lot of in-hand classes with Reva last year, as a way to get her into the show ring as much as possible in her first year of showing. But in reality, I am not a fan of showing in-hand. So this year we are only doing Standardbred In-Hand, as it counts towards the MHA Overall Standardbred Perpetual Award trophy thing. Ha ha ha!
|First five photos by Kevin Flaherty|
Our first riding class (Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure) was crazy! Reva was a complete pill in the warm-up, twisting her body around, forgetting how to steer, and generally acting ridiculous. I have NO idea where that came from. I literally just did my best to not die in the class, but somehow we placed 2nd and 5th. SECOND? Seriously? I have no idea how we did that. I was expecting to place in last (sixth) place as there were six in our division and Reva was NOT a pleasure to ride. But that just goes to show how two different judges can see two different things. I don't think we deserved anything but last place, but oh well! Judges decision is final! :-)
Next up was Standardbred Roadster Under Saddle. I had no intentions of doing this class until a friend of mine bought a Standardbred last year, got the class added, got ASAM to do a year end award, and then begged me to do the class with her. LOL! I have done Roadster U/S with Dreamy before, just for fun, but I did not want to encourage Reva to go any faster than she already wants to go. So much of our dressage training has been about lateral suppleness and slowing her tempo. But I felt bad and wanted to fill the class. (I am a sucker for helping out ASAM and MHA, even when these shows are not exactly what I "train" my horses for...LOL!) Anyway, I have never EVER trained Reva for roadster and never allowed her to trot faster than a working (dressage) trot. But I am brave (or dumb....or both) and figured I might as well join my friend to give her someone to beat (LOL) and I could always ask to be excused if Reva was an idiot.
|Pretending to be a roadster horse!|
We had to quickly change for the Standardbred 2-Gait Equitation, since it was only four classes after the Roadster class. I did Roadster in my hunt seat tack so I would only have to change my own clothing. I figured we would be fine in Eq, because your horse can be a complete cow and you can still win (happened to me many times! LOL!), but the true test was to see how Reva behaved. I was a bit concerned she might now think that going in the show ring was all about going FAST like a roadster horse! But I was happily surprised that she was fine; actually she was VERY VERY GOOD and I was able to have a very nice ride. We were awarded double blues! Yay Reva!
|Relaxing between classes|
|Left to right: Katie and her mare Major, Reva and me, and Shelly and McKeever - ALL STANDARDBREDS!|
Standardbred In Hand - 1st and 2nd
Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure - 2nd and 5th
Standardbred 2-Gait Equitation - double 1sts
Standardbred Pleasure Championship - double 1sts
Standardbred Roadster Under Saddle - double 2nds
Open Roadster Under Saddle - double 3rds
|Reva's haul from Dunegrass Living Classic. We also won a cute shoulder bag and lots of Cowboy Magic products!|