Monday, July 25, 2016

#horseshowsissy adventures

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind since Pinto World. It was hard to recoup from that but we did it! Here's a recap of the last few weeks....

2 weeks ago a bad storm came through during lessons and after getting everyone and every horse safe in the barn, stupid me, felt the need to go roll up my car windows and sunroof and doing so, leaving my car, a tree fell ON TOP OF ME... it was scary and freaked me out! I had a small concussion, bruises and scrapes but PRAISE GOD nothing serious and that Shelby actually listened and stayed in the barn w/ Linda and Hershey!! THAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT AT WORK Y'all!

Last week was the Mississippi Paint Horse APHA show prep week... she did SOO WELL and has been working more on using her legs and less reigns when she rides as well as working the gate in her trail class. Mr. Alan was brilliant in that because it has made all the difference in the world w/ her riding and communication to Hershey.

Shelby has had a loose top front right tooth FOR A WHILE NOW and it's been soo wiggly I laughed and told her, "You need to lose that tooth before we go to the horse show this weekend like you did for Tulsa." haha... well, low and behold, in the bath the other night she all the sudden gasped and said, "MOMMY! MY TOOTH FELL OUT!" This was after about 3 hours of tears and sobbing because she was chewing a Blow Pop sucker and bit too hard and made it bleed in the car...

   Bubby also got a new backpack and LOVES IT! This boy is obsesse w/ Tractors! EVERY SINGLE HORSE SHOW we pray there isn't a tractor, which is like praying there wouldn't be dirt, because all he wants is to be on the tractor, near the tractor, see the tractor, touch the tractor, talk about the tractor...hahah..

The last few weeks have also been VERY BUSY for this "Bizzy B." I've been stoning and sewing like crazy! I got this new Horsemanship top from a facebook horse show friend and decided to stone the mess out of it and it turned out BEAUTIFUL! Shelby loved it and wore it Saturday in Mississippi and it being made of a swimsuit-type material, made it cooler and more comfortable in the scortching heat. The stone-work turned out great and even looked good in the pen. I was kinda worried because it wasn't very bright in the pen but the top still showed some great sparkle!

This is her Showmanship/Halter class jacket I've been working on for literally 2-3 months off and on. My mom sewed the jacket and then I've designed the stoning and hand-sewed and glued each stone and applique down. It's tedious but I LOVE DOING IT! It's coming right along and is about 80% done! I'm making it for her to wear for sure at Color Breed Congress in Tulsa, Oklahoma in November but it will be ready by then for sure and she can wear it in some of her other shows. She's coming right along w/ her Showmanship so this will just make her sparkle that much more!

 These two babies may fuss and fight some but they're spending more and more time together and it's so sweet to see.

Josh and I continue to say, "We never dreamed we would have a horse and such a passionate little rider." We traveled to Brandon, Mississippi this past weekend where Shelby competed at the Mississippi Paint Horse Club show. It was SUPER SUPER HOT but so much fun with our "horse family". Shelby worked very hard the last few weeks and did so well. She won 1st in all her classes, Reserve in the Youth Mares halter class, and All-Around Youth Walk-Trot High Point! She had a blast and so did Bubby, being in the dirt of course!
Hershey was soo happy to see her #horseshowsissy

Special treats for Hershey girl...

" Hey, I know you see me... let me out. I will be good. I promise."

Bubby LOVES to ride Hershey but not for very long...

Rhett found a tiny toad and I hope he made it after  Rhett "played with him."

Shelby loved the palm trees at our hotel and was ready to show!

Here's Shelby doing her showmanship class. She did so well. She's getting better and better...

This duo definitely got noticed this weekend!

Shelby with her high point prize!

These two had a great weekend and Rhett was such a trooper! He's such a cool kid and easy-going! We are very fortunate to have such great kids! It was rough on them to ride for 3 hours there and back and being in the heat all day Saturday, but they never complained.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Best time in the World...

We are back into our routine, somewhat, since being in Tulsa for a week at the Pinto Horse Association World Show.  It was an awesome, shocking, amazing, exhausting, HOT, tiring, exciting and wonderful experience! Shelby held her own, had a blast and loved every minute of it! She reached her goal and ours! She rode in 7 classes. That's A LOT for anyone, must less a 7 year old! She rode in 2 Walk/Trot Trail classes, the Charity Walk/Trot class, 2 Western Pleasure classes and 2 Horsemanship classes. Shelby got her name called out by 2 JUDGES in her Youth Trail class and she won 2 ribbons for it!!  If that wasn't excellent enough, she MADE THE FINALS for her Youth Walk/Trot Horsemanship class! That means she was chosen as the top 10 of her class to compete against the top 10 of the other...she rode as the top 20 of Youth Horsemanship!! WHAT AN HONOR! She made soooo many memories and had a blast even in 100 degree weather, early mornings and late nights. She and Hershey are the perfect pair! What a birthday! Great bday party, horse for her birthday and then showed up AND SHOWED OUT amongst the World Champions in Tulsa!
Rhett was a trooper too. He loved all the tractors and horses. He was his usual happy-go-lucky self. We took a trip to the Oklahoma Aquarium and Tulsa Zoo while we were there and during the breaks. It was fun and so good to spend it all as a family with our horse family!
Here's a recap of pictures...


see ya later...

see ya later...