DAUGHTER’S FIRST COMPETITION EVER – The Horse Competition
Hello all! Livi here! So, Sunday was a very stressful day for me as I prepared to attempt to make my first show successful and remember all of the safety things I had to keep in mind while riding a pony, Duncan, with other larger horses around me. Once we got to the show area and to our designated stable for my trainer, Ms. Jessica, I saw there was no one. Absolutely no one there to help me prepare. I got Duncan ready and the girth, the strap that goes around the belly of the horse or pony, was not there. ANXIETY TIME. I was rushing everywhere, hoping that I would get to my arena on time and still look like I knew what I was doing. Finally, Ms. Jessica came back from showing her horse, Charlie, and she had my girth and bridal! I was so happy and relieved. When she got there, we finished everything and she helped me put my hair net on, which was extremely confusing, and helped me put my number on correctly. I got on Duncan and rode up to the warm up area to practice a little. There were shows going on EVERYWHERE from adults jumping, to children jumping, mixed divisions, all sorts of things. I started practicing and was expecting it to be extremely hot…. No, just the opposite. I was Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. It was freezing and then once I started trotting, it got even colder with the wind.
I get to my arena and I learn that they mixed my class, which had about 2 other girls, with the older group (25-48 year olds) and no one had informed my instructor. So I missed one of my flat classes, there are three “obstacles/tasks” per flat class. I missed the first one but got to do the second one. The first task was to walk and trot. Duncan is a bit of a fast pony and I was very nervous and I had a hard time keeping him slow. I got 6th place out of 7 or 8 people. I was a little disappointed but at least I placed for my first show! My second task was to extend my walk and trot which means I had to make my walk a little faster and my trot a little faster and keep rhythm but look like my pony was the easiest thing to ride. The scoring for that and trotting over trot polls were put together. For those, I got 5th place. Still a little disappointed but its okay. There are always more shows to come right? I mean, all horse shows are is paying for someone’s opinion on how you ride a horse.
I could not be prouder of my little girl! As I have mentioned before…she is my love, my life and my reason for living. I am so blessed to have such a smart, talented and beautiful child!
A Mother’s Blessing!
So yesterday was the big day; Livi’s first horseback riding competition! The alarm goes off and before I could get out of bed here she comes, dressed to the “T” in her new riding pants, pressed shirt, hair in a ponytail, and the biggest smile on her face. “Mommy, you ready, get up, we have to leave soon!” She talked my ear off all morning while I got ready and she packed up our lunches. Then she breaks out with, “Mom, I’m nervous!” I said, “you think? Chatty Cathy!” Well, off we went and got to the show just in time. With the help of Ms. Jessica, her instructor, Livi suits up with her riding jacket, helmet, and gloves, and mounts that pony. In she goes, into the arena, and its time to do her thing, and man does she. She places 6th and 5th in her two events. What a proud Mommy moment, my girl placing in her very first horse competition.
On the way home I decided to treat her to a little Mexican food at her favorite Mexican restaurant. During the entire ride there and during the lunch, my Livi was on full recap mode. I am so proud of her and how far she has come in less than 3 months with her new riding instructor. For her to find something outside of school that keeps her interest, makes her happy, and gives her a sense of pride and accomplishment makes me so very grateful and happy.
So now we get ready for next competition in June. The excitement will build, the concentration during lessons with focus even more, and my girl will rock the arena and own the other riders.
Livi I love you!
MOM! a.k.a. Anna Castillo
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