Not bad for her first tournament

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.

14 Responses to “Not bad for her first tournament”

  1. December 13, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Your daughter seems to be quite a serious and dedicated young lady. I trust that her mother and father still encourage her to lighten up from time to time.

  2. December 14, 2008 at 12:22 am

    She’ll win it next time – good that no one was hurt in the falls. That’s scary.

  3. December 14, 2008 at 6:56 am

    She did well. How nice to have the videos – and a ribbon for participation is no small thing in a world where so many choose to sit on the sidelines. Please give her my compliments!

  4. December 14, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    @headbang – if you could have been a fly on the wall this morning while we played blackjack and poker, you’d have seen how much she can let loose and laugh.🙂

    @indie – actually, if she doesn’t win, that’s OK too.

    @shoreacres, I will show her your comment!🙂

  5. December 15, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Many congrats to the little girl and her parents! It’s wonderful to have dedication to something worthy…what a gift to have in life.

  6. December 15, 2008 at 2:30 am

    I think your daughter did great. (I am the rancher in Montana Shoreacres spoke of in an earlier comment posting). My wife rode in her first event this year and the numbered ribbon on the horse was a great reward for the participation. I have been riding for about a year and still mostly sit on the horse, walk the horse around a bit, and try not to fall off! Your daughter seems to be doing well, with trotting, and even some cantering already. I hope she continues to enjoy her time with the horses.

  7. December 15, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    She’ll be tickled when I show her all your lovely comments. Thank you!🙂

  8. 9 Pam
    December 17, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Wonderful equitation! Keep up the good work. Nunzius looks a little cranky. Sometimes those ponies can be cantankerous. Riding is a wonderful sport. The bond with the equines is a spiritual connection for me. Such a healthy and rewarding thing for your daughter to do. It’s great you are so supportive of her riding.

  9. December 28, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    You know, in a previous life I used to teach riding and compete a little bit, and she’s really quite good. The hands are the one thing you can’t fake, and she’s got the hands. The rest ain’t bad neither.

  10. January 26, 2009 at 10:01 am

    she’s got both great hands and a great, following seat. i think her pony was objecting to her spurs, but oh well, he should deal. btw, that was a canter, not a gallop. (in german they say galoppieren for that gait, which is confusing.) if that were an equitation class in america, she would have won it, cuz her riding remained excellent *despite* the horse’s tantrum.

    ~lytha in not-quite-smoke-free wuppertal

    • January 26, 2009 at 10:16 am

      Hi Lytha,
      Just online right now and saw your comment drop in – thank you! I didn’t know the difference between canter and gallop. I’ll be sure to show her your great compliment when she gets home today. 🙂

      Are you a horse-owner in Germany? The horse she has is a Pflegepferd, shared with two other girls.

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