I thought I could ride.
Then I started reining.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

It Was Fun While It Lasted - Part Duex

We showed in Walla Walla on Thursday.  Pebbles did all right in the Open with Cliff.  I believe she ended up 4th & 6th.   The ground was not that great so he did not push her hard into the stops but she spun nice and had really pretty left circles (which is our most difficult direction).  I had a long break before my go in the amateur so you would think I would have had plenty of time to warm up right?  Wrong.  It annoys me when people scratch at the last minute or just don't bother to show up at the gate so I lost a precious 15 minutes of warm up time and had to rush to the gate.  Rushing with Pebbles?  Um yeah - not so much.  She would be the girl who was always an hour late to the party because she had to get her hair just right.   Not saying that all would have gone great with that 15 minutes, but it would have helped.  Note to self:  Next time, don't let others influence my need for proper warm up time.   Needless to say, our run was absolutely the worst I think I have ever had on her - she did spin nice though.  

After our reining disaster, Pebbles had a little time to relax before our debut in the Novice Am Boxing Class.  Now we only got to work the buffalo at home once before we left but thankfully Pebbles know what to do with a cow.  Our dry work was 100 times better then our reining run.  She was getting tired and I think knew there was a reward at the end so she was minding her lefts and rights.  We scored a 69 in our drywork.  Ahh.  Then I got to ask for our cow.  Oh my that was so much fun.  I let my cow squirt out up the fence then I ended up two handing her because she thought she was going to run down the fence with it and that was not my intention.  So we zero'd on our herd work but she worked amazing.  I don't think I ever want to just "Rein" anymore.  Cows are so much more dramatic!

But, but, I don't know when we will be doing any more work together...Friday morning, woke up to find Pebbles left front all swelled and puffy again.  Her tendon is not cooperating and sadly, we are out of commission indefinitely.  We dealt with a slight bow last year and gave her several months off over the fall and winter.  We brought her back slow and she was feeling really strong but I guess the three runs on her was too much.  So we had to scratch for Saturday and possibly for the rest of the show season. 





It Was Fun While It Lasted

The last two weeks have been a blur with both Spokane and Walla Walla AQHA shows.  

Spokane went well the first day.  We were able to ride outside instead of inside the "awful barn".  Pebbles was a doll, worked well and took first in both the Open and the Amateur.  Very good day and actually worth some points! 

Saturday was a different story.  The weather went from warm to cold very quickly and Miss Pebbles just does not like swings like that but was warming up great in the outdoor arena.   There was a threat of rain though so we had to go into the "awful barn" only to find some of the trail obstacles still in the middle of the arena.  Now you would think a reiner is pretty well broke right?  Um huh.  That was all she wrote for Pebbles.  She went from being calm, cool, and beautifully collected to a basket case.  It is funny how a long white pole and a fake green plant can send one horse over to the crazy side of the barn.  Cliff ended up 4th & 6th on her in the Open.  We had an awful run in the Amateur but still ended up 2nd & 3rd.  I was the last run and one of the judges had a big smile on his face and told me I got extra points for "cowgirling up".  It is funny when the judges actually talk to you because you tend to not get anything out of them.  He was a hoot though.   Just showed you that no one had a good day that day because the run was that awful.  

Thursday, April 15, 2010

WRHA Spring Fling Photos

Here is a link to the Spring Fling Photos from Cheryl James Photography.  We are under "Chex Out My CD". 

What's Next

We are off to our first AQHA show in the morning here in Spokane.  I am meeting Cliff and the gang there around 7:00 am.  Not sure if I am actually going to show or not but will be prepared just in case.  We are concerned about the ground - it seems like it is always bad at the fairgrounds here in town.  If the ground is bad, we will be just schooling her with the focus of keeping her nice and relaxed in the pen.  If there are a few horses there, I do want Cliff to go after some points though.  It would be nice to complete her AQHA Open ROM this year. 

Wenatchee WRHA Spring Fling - Sunday Summary

Sunday we rode in the Limited & Intermediate Non Pro classes.  They were concurrent with the Non-Pro which resulted in a total of 45 runs for the class.  We had our best run ever with a score of 69.  It was not good enough to be in the money but it left me with an elated feeling nonetheless.  I believe we wound up 6th (or perhaps 7th in one?) in both classes - not bad for a field of 30+ entries in each and my first venture into the "big kids" class.  I was so proud of our run and knew EXACTLY what I did wrong and how I can make it better next time.  We ran pattern #3 - the marathon pattern.  I was a little unsure about it at first but I do believe it is my new favorite.

Maneuver             Score

  • Left Roll Back:         -1/2
    • Was a little sticky due to my non-cue.  Pebbles stopped nice and hard.
  • Right Roll Back:       0
    • Everything was perfect.  She ran great in her run downs - straight & collected.  She waited for me the entire time.  Loved every stride of it. 
  • Right Circles:    +1/2
    • Yes, that was a + in front of that 1/2.  We had the best right circles ever at a show.  I ran FAST and had a wonderful dramatic transition to SLOW.  Pebbles was just right there the entire time.
  • Left Circles:       0
    • Fantastic, smooth perfectly timed lead change and wonderful circles.  Again, FAST and SLOOOWW.  I rode her really hard in the fast so she did not have the opportunity to poke her head out to the right.  She rarely does that in a slow circle so that was not an issue.  Transition to the fast/slow was very smooth. 
  • Stop & Back:  0
    • Awesome stop.  I timed it perfectly and it felt awesome!
  • Right Spins:  -1
    • Uh oh.  At least I counted correctly but OH MY, the start was just awful.  I did that horrible "pull her to a start" thing again.  I could have kicked myself.  Her 2nd-4th spin were very nice but boy was that start UGLY.
  • Left Spins:   0 
    • I guess left is easier for me.  I had to calm myself down after the right spins and remind myself all the things that Cliff drills me on during practice: bump her pretty good to get her head straight in front.  Pick up on her a bit. Wiggle that right leg.  Lay my right rein just right.  And CLUCK!!  Viola - it worked!
Notes about the run
  • Need to work on my timing of roll backs.  They were such a no brainer last year that I really have forgotten what a proper cue for them is.  And of course my RIGHT SPINS.  I need to calm down & think before I ask her for these.  She can spin so pretty and I really need to nail my execution because I know I can zero or plus them easily.
Warming up:  I spent a lot of time walking & trotting her on Sunday before I asked her to start getting into the bridle.  When I did ask her to "get to work", she obliged and seemed much more relaxed.  I got after her right away about getting into the bridle and she did not give me much grief - she just went to work and was happy about it.  Not rushing my warm up really helped me to relax too. 

Wenatchee WRHA Spring Fling - Saturday Summary

What a busy week!  First and foremost, our first show in Wenatchee went great. I couldn't have expected Pebbles to work any better for our first show of the season.  Did we win?  Not exactly.  But we did have our best run ever on Sunday.

Saturday we rode in the Beginner class. Had I not over spun by one spin (remember it is 1-2-3-WHOA!) I would have placed 2/3rd in the class of 25 with a 67 1/2.   We ran pattern 8, one of my favorites because you get to spin first.  Our first spin was great - we got a zero and.... a zero.  Darn it!  The miscounting is out of my system now.  NO MORE!   The run was broken down as follows:


    Maneuver             Score
  • Left Spins:         0 
    • felt good with nice cadence, except for over spinning of course
  • Right Spins:       -1/2 
    • first spin was not great due to my trying to pull her into the start.  I need to pick her up, waive my left leg and lay my left rein on her neck.  Once I did this, she fell into a nice cadence. 
  • Right Circles:    -1/2
    • had some trouble getting her into the bridle, but she did good with fast/slow transition.
  • Left Circles:       -1  
    • Changed leads too early.  Cliff thought the judge should have given me a penalty of -1 instead of a maneuver -1.  Pebbles really wants to tip her nose to the outside when running our left circles.  I had to work hard to keep her in the bridle and bring her head back in but she did it and they looked pretty good.
  • Left Roll Back:   -1/2 
    • stop was smooth - roll back was a little sticky. 
  • Right Roll Back:  
    • wonderful stop and nice rollback.  Very smooth.
  • Stop/Back:         -1/2  
    • stop was smooth but not as nice as my second one.  She backed up nice, easy and straight though.  
Notes about the run
  • I really hesitated to long on my roll backs which kind of confused Pebbles.  We don't want her to anticipate them though so it is kind of a catch 22 on my part.  I just need to get that "feel" for them as they are really one of our stronger maneuvers.   
  • Rode her in the same bridle I showed in all last year.  She likes that bit for shows.
  • Loved my 2nd stop - it gave me the "I CAN do this" feeling.  
  • My rundowns were 100 times better then last year.  I rode her into my hand and she ran nice and straight.  She listened so well and waited for me to ask her for speed.  She was collected and controlled the entire time - there was no squirting :)
  • Pebbles was in major heat.  It took quite a bit to get her warmed up to even start concentrating. 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Show Time!

Well, not quite.  Two more days but we are heading out tomorrow to Wenatchee.  I swear I made at least 100 reining runs in my sleep last night.  I never did that last year - spending my nights before a show going over run after run in my head.   My goals for this show season include being more confident in the arena which means obsessing over the smaller details.  Whether it shows or not shall be determined.  All I know is that as I am riding and thinking about my soon to happen runs, I keep hearing all of the tips, tricks and comments from Cliff replaying in my head.  Retention is a good thing.  Application is even better. 

Nonetheless, we have spent the last two weeks preparing to show and trying to work on some of the finer details like counting spins, which seemed to be my nemesis last year.  I am confident that I have that part figured out in my head.  

We made some tack changes today - another new bit and back in romals.  I really feel that romals suit me better on Pebbles and was glad to see the change suggested by Cliff this morning.  I am better able to get that contact I need for her to run up over her bridle better in my fast circles and rundowns.  It just felt MUCH better.  Plus, I never have to worry what to do with my free hand when riding with romals.  

So as we head out tomorrow, I will be thinking of riding her into my hand, clucking, saying "whoa" so she can hear me, sitting and timing my stops, counting 1-2-3-WHOA, hitting my center on my circles, keeping my opposite leg on her when I slow down so she doesn't fall out of lead or gait, keeping her straight on our rundowns, makings snappy rollbacks, RIDING harder at the fast circles and rundowns.....and the list goes on.  

Happy Sliding!




 
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It Was Fun While It Lasted - Part Duex

We showed in Walla Walla on Thursday.  Pebbles did all right in the Open with Cliff.  I believe she ended up 4th & 6th.   The ground was not that great so he did not push her hard into the stops but she spun nice and had really pretty left circles (which is our most difficult direction).  I had a long break before my go in the amateur so you would think I would have had plenty of time to warm up right?  Wrong.  It annoys me when people scratch at the last minute or just don't bother to show up at the gate so I lost a precious 15 minutes of warm up time and had to rush to the gate.  Rushing with Pebbles?  Um yeah - not so much.  She would be the girl who was always an hour late to the party because she had to get her hair just right.   Not saying that all would have gone great with that 15 minutes, but it would have helped.  Note to self:  Next time, don't let others influence my need for proper warm up time.   Needless to say, our run was absolutely the worst I think I have ever had on her - she did spin nice though.  

After our reining disaster, Pebbles had a little time to relax before our debut in the Novice Am Boxing Class.  Now we only got to work the buffalo at home once before we left but thankfully Pebbles know what to do with a cow.  Our dry work was 100 times better then our reining run.  She was getting tired and I think knew there was a reward at the end so she was minding her lefts and rights.  We scored a 69 in our drywork.  Ahh.  Then I got to ask for our cow.  Oh my that was so much fun.  I let my cow squirt out up the fence then I ended up two handing her because she thought she was going to run down the fence with it and that was not my intention.  So we zero'd on our herd work but she worked amazing.  I don't think I ever want to just "Rein" anymore.  Cows are so much more dramatic!

But, but, I don't know when we will be doing any more work together...Friday morning, woke up to find Pebbles left front all swelled and puffy again.  Her tendon is not cooperating and sadly, we are out of commission indefinitely.  We dealt with a slight bow last year and gave her several months off over the fall and winter.  We brought her back slow and she was feeling really strong but I guess the three runs on her was too much.  So we had to scratch for Saturday and possibly for the rest of the show season. 





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It Was Fun While It Lasted

The last two weeks have been a blur with both Spokane and Walla Walla AQHA shows.  

Spokane went well the first day.  We were able to ride outside instead of inside the "awful barn".  Pebbles was a doll, worked well and took first in both the Open and the Amateur.  Very good day and actually worth some points! 

Saturday was a different story.  The weather went from warm to cold very quickly and Miss Pebbles just does not like swings like that but was warming up great in the outdoor arena.   There was a threat of rain though so we had to go into the "awful barn" only to find some of the trail obstacles still in the middle of the arena.  Now you would think a reiner is pretty well broke right?  Um huh.  That was all she wrote for Pebbles.  She went from being calm, cool, and beautifully collected to a basket case.  It is funny how a long white pole and a fake green plant can send one horse over to the crazy side of the barn.  Cliff ended up 4th & 6th on her in the Open.  We had an awful run in the Amateur but still ended up 2nd & 3rd.  I was the last run and one of the judges had a big smile on his face and told me I got extra points for "cowgirling up".  It is funny when the judges actually talk to you because you tend to not get anything out of them.  He was a hoot though.   Just showed you that no one had a good day that day because the run was that awful.  
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WRHA Spring Fling Photos

Here is a link to the Spring Fling Photos from Cheryl James Photography.  We are under "Chex Out My CD". 
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What's Next

We are off to our first AQHA show in the morning here in Spokane.  I am meeting Cliff and the gang there around 7:00 am.  Not sure if I am actually going to show or not but will be prepared just in case.  We are concerned about the ground - it seems like it is always bad at the fairgrounds here in town.  If the ground is bad, we will be just schooling her with the focus of keeping her nice and relaxed in the pen.  If there are a few horses there, I do want Cliff to go after some points though.  It would be nice to complete her AQHA Open ROM this year. 
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Wenatchee WRHA Spring Fling - Sunday Summary

Sunday we rode in the Limited & Intermediate Non Pro classes.  They were concurrent with the Non-Pro which resulted in a total of 45 runs for the class.  We had our best run ever with a score of 69.  It was not good enough to be in the money but it left me with an elated feeling nonetheless.  I believe we wound up 6th (or perhaps 7th in one?) in both classes - not bad for a field of 30+ entries in each and my first venture into the "big kids" class.  I was so proud of our run and knew EXACTLY what I did wrong and how I can make it better next time.  We ran pattern #3 - the marathon pattern.  I was a little unsure about it at first but I do believe it is my new favorite.

Maneuver             Score

  • Left Roll Back:         -1/2
    • Was a little sticky due to my non-cue.  Pebbles stopped nice and hard.
  • Right Roll Back:       0
    • Everything was perfect.  She ran great in her run downs - straight & collected.  She waited for me the entire time.  Loved every stride of it. 
  • Right Circles:    +1/2
    • Yes, that was a + in front of that 1/2.  We had the best right circles ever at a show.  I ran FAST and had a wonderful dramatic transition to SLOW.  Pebbles was just right there the entire time.
  • Left Circles:       0
    • Fantastic, smooth perfectly timed lead change and wonderful circles.  Again, FAST and SLOOOWW.  I rode her really hard in the fast so she did not have the opportunity to poke her head out to the right.  She rarely does that in a slow circle so that was not an issue.  Transition to the fast/slow was very smooth. 
  • Stop & Back:  0
    • Awesome stop.  I timed it perfectly and it felt awesome!
  • Right Spins:  -1
    • Uh oh.  At least I counted correctly but OH MY, the start was just awful.  I did that horrible "pull her to a start" thing again.  I could have kicked myself.  Her 2nd-4th spin were very nice but boy was that start UGLY.
  • Left Spins:   0 
    • I guess left is easier for me.  I had to calm myself down after the right spins and remind myself all the things that Cliff drills me on during practice: bump her pretty good to get her head straight in front.  Pick up on her a bit. Wiggle that right leg.  Lay my right rein just right.  And CLUCK!!  Viola - it worked!
Notes about the run
  • Need to work on my timing of roll backs.  They were such a no brainer last year that I really have forgotten what a proper cue for them is.  And of course my RIGHT SPINS.  I need to calm down & think before I ask her for these.  She can spin so pretty and I really need to nail my execution because I know I can zero or plus them easily.
Warming up:  I spent a lot of time walking & trotting her on Sunday before I asked her to start getting into the bridle.  When I did ask her to "get to work", she obliged and seemed much more relaxed.  I got after her right away about getting into the bridle and she did not give me much grief - she just went to work and was happy about it.  Not rushing my warm up really helped me to relax too. 
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Wenatchee WRHA Spring Fling - Saturday Summary

What a busy week!  First and foremost, our first show in Wenatchee went great. I couldn't have expected Pebbles to work any better for our first show of the season.  Did we win?  Not exactly.  But we did have our best run ever on Sunday.

Saturday we rode in the Beginner class. Had I not over spun by one spin (remember it is 1-2-3-WHOA!) I would have placed 2/3rd in the class of 25 with a 67 1/2.   We ran pattern 8, one of my favorites because you get to spin first.  Our first spin was great - we got a zero and.... a zero.  Darn it!  The miscounting is out of my system now.  NO MORE!   The run was broken down as follows:


    Maneuver             Score
  • Left Spins:         0 
    • felt good with nice cadence, except for over spinning of course
  • Right Spins:       -1/2 
    • first spin was not great due to my trying to pull her into the start.  I need to pick her up, waive my left leg and lay my left rein on her neck.  Once I did this, she fell into a nice cadence. 
  • Right Circles:    -1/2
    • had some trouble getting her into the bridle, but she did good with fast/slow transition.
  • Left Circles:       -1  
    • Changed leads too early.  Cliff thought the judge should have given me a penalty of -1 instead of a maneuver -1.  Pebbles really wants to tip her nose to the outside when running our left circles.  I had to work hard to keep her in the bridle and bring her head back in but she did it and they looked pretty good.
  • Left Roll Back:   -1/2 
    • stop was smooth - roll back was a little sticky. 
  • Right Roll Back:  
    • wonderful stop and nice rollback.  Very smooth.
  • Stop/Back:         -1/2  
    • stop was smooth but not as nice as my second one.  She backed up nice, easy and straight though.  
Notes about the run
  • I really hesitated to long on my roll backs which kind of confused Pebbles.  We don't want her to anticipate them though so it is kind of a catch 22 on my part.  I just need to get that "feel" for them as they are really one of our stronger maneuvers.   
  • Rode her in the same bridle I showed in all last year.  She likes that bit for shows.
  • Loved my 2nd stop - it gave me the "I CAN do this" feeling.  
  • My rundowns were 100 times better then last year.  I rode her into my hand and she ran nice and straight.  She listened so well and waited for me to ask her for speed.  She was collected and controlled the entire time - there was no squirting :)
  • Pebbles was in major heat.  It took quite a bit to get her warmed up to even start concentrating. 
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Show Time!

Well, not quite.  Two more days but we are heading out tomorrow to Wenatchee.  I swear I made at least 100 reining runs in my sleep last night.  I never did that last year - spending my nights before a show going over run after run in my head.   My goals for this show season include being more confident in the arena which means obsessing over the smaller details.  Whether it shows or not shall be determined.  All I know is that as I am riding and thinking about my soon to happen runs, I keep hearing all of the tips, tricks and comments from Cliff replaying in my head.  Retention is a good thing.  Application is even better. 

Nonetheless, we have spent the last two weeks preparing to show and trying to work on some of the finer details like counting spins, which seemed to be my nemesis last year.  I am confident that I have that part figured out in my head.  

We made some tack changes today - another new bit and back in romals.  I really feel that romals suit me better on Pebbles and was glad to see the change suggested by Cliff this morning.  I am better able to get that contact I need for her to run up over her bridle better in my fast circles and rundowns.  It just felt MUCH better.  Plus, I never have to worry what to do with my free hand when riding with romals.  

So as we head out tomorrow, I will be thinking of riding her into my hand, clucking, saying "whoa" so she can hear me, sitting and timing my stops, counting 1-2-3-WHOA, hitting my center on my circles, keeping my opposite leg on her when I slow down so she doesn't fall out of lead or gait, keeping her straight on our rundowns, makings snappy rollbacks, RIDING harder at the fast circles and rundowns.....and the list goes on.  

Happy Sliding!




 
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