Spring has been late in arriving here in New England so our trail/distance riding is behind schedule. As a result, we have decided to defer some of our endurance goals for this season and will likely wait until August to do our first endurance event at Pine Tree in Maine. Instead of a distance focus, we are going to put more effort into our eventing goals and Treasure Hill Farm’s Spring schooling jumper show was a low-key way to kick that off.
Warm-ups were in the indoor arena while the actual classes were held in the outdoor arena. Everyone wore Mystic Pony Club shirts, and used their Mystic Pony Club saddle pads and ear nets to help advertise for Pony Club.
Amanda rode in the ground poles class. Her first round was on a lead line with Anna. The class was placed according to time to complete the round and Amanda was 5th of 5. Since it was a schooling show, for a small fee you can re-do a round and Amanda elected to ride a second time without Anna in the arena. It went very well and I suspect Amanda will be unlikely to consent to a lead line class ever again.
Alex and Vicki both started with the 12″ cross rails class. This class was placed based on the time to complete the course. Vicki placed 2nd of 5 and Alex was 3rd of 5. Alex was definitely a little timid in his first round and a little behind on his timing. He was nervous that Dakota was going to spook at things in the arena, however, since that didn’t occur, he was much more confident in the second class.
Alex and Vicki both rode in the 18″ cross rails class. Vicki took 1st and Alex was 2nd of 9 entries. Both of them improved over their first round and Alex in particular had a huge smile as he exited the arean.
Alex was content with his 2 classes, however, Vicki decided to give the 2′ class a try. She had 1 refusal which she feels was more her fault for looking down at the jump. She placed 3rd of 4 in this class, but was still very happy with the ride.