The judging’s over and she did well. Well, considering that in the group before her two girls were thrown clear of their saddles to land with a thump, startling the spectators into silence. We all watched in horror for a second or two as one fo them hung upside-down to the reins with her horse at full gallop before she let go, luckily out of hoof’s way.
Midst all the ceremony and ritual, the horses brushed to a sheen with braided manes and tails, the girls wearing their finest, you forget that they’re still learning, and that a horse can be quite unpredictable.
Though the little red-haired girl didn’t get any medals, she received good compliments from the judges for her smooth sitting posture. Still, they said she’ll have to keep her back straighter.
Hmmm…. I do admit to the usual dose of parental bias, but it looks pretty good to my untrained eye:
She lost points during the gallop when Nunzius started to make like he was going to catapult her to the ceiling:
She received a ribbon for participation only, which at this point is all that matters. I’d say not bad for a first time round.