[RESULTS] Shore's End Show Hunter Trials - 1st Circuit - Horse Division
~The wind blew hard enough for the trees to let our a cooing whistle as the leaves rustled. Anxiety and nervous thoughts filled the air, heart racing a million miles a minute. Hands shaking ever so quickly whilst your pulse rate rose. Leaning into each turn and flowing with the movement of the horse, became easier and easier over each fence. You held your breath longer than needed approaching your last obstacle, gripping your reins ever so fiercely and jamming your heels down, tensing up your legs. You blinked which felt like it lasted forever, when upon opening you couldnt change anything now. One, two, three.....clear.~Z Salem || Arabian Stallion || Green (5) || Edited
Pan Snorted as the entered into the arena, his ears Flicking around alot, Lexi tapped him a bit on the neck, trying to gain back his attention," Come on babe, we got this, just like at home", she said with a Bit of a Giggle and a reassuring pat, as she slowly entered into the Arena. this was pans first show, they had been practicing heaps at home, but to enter a Show for the first time this was a Different story.
~Lexi House & Midnight Prancer RHV Entered into Crossrail~
Proudly PresentsIrish Sport Horse| Mare| Level Baby Green Unedited
It was the end of summer, and it was starting to get cooler out. I had been pestering my niece to get into the hunter ring for several months now after watching her school some of the horses while their riders were on breaks or vacations. It was an ongoing argument until I told her to load Divinity into the trailer and to come on. She gave me a look and I just rolled my eyes, I wouldn't tell her. She figured she was going to school Diva at a friend of mines house. What she didn't know was..we were headed to a Hunter Show down by the coast. We pulled into the parking lot and I saw the angry face pop across Kylee's. She went to argue but I cut her off with a wave of the hand. "Get out and get your horse and yourself ready. You're entering the show today."
As Kylee stomped off she yelled "Thanks Dallas, you're a real great aunt not letting me be mentally prepped for this!!" I laughed and went to go get her registration completed and a number. When I got back to the trailer she was talking and babying Diva who was enjoying all the special attention and the excitement "You two will do great, you've been riding her all over the place and training her for months." I saw her smile and nod but she kept her focus on the big mare until it was their turn to enter the arena. I walked to one side to watch and get pictures, she flew over the jumps and kept a smile on her face the entire time. Diva was graceful and perfect as she was went over every jump without a hitch. As they went over the last jump I finally managed to catch the perfect photo of the duo and was sure this was the start of Kylee's love for competition and not just schooling and training the horses at the stable.
THE Moral Showbusiness || International Sporthorse Stallion || Performance (7) || Unedited
|Chaotic World U|Rin Hyon|High Preformance|Unedited|
"It's the middle of June and we're melting!"
"Whose bright idea was it to go to a show outside instead of an indoor arena!?"
"Stop complaining after your run just take your jacket off and make sure you drink water and Disharmony get's water with electrolytes in it! She's nearly a dinosaur!"
Disharmony(Chaotic World) snorts and stomps her back off 'How rude!'
|Simply Elegant U|Cecilia Cherny|High Performance|Unedited|
WEC Orabelle with rider Helene Lund, representing LMEC, in Handy (9) level, unedited class
Chloe sat quietly in her saddle, the young mare under her swatting at flies that were not there, Chloe had made sure of that, nearly soaking the mare in fly spray and show sheen. She reached down and patted her neck, rubbing gently along the hunter plaited mane.
Chloe had shown many, many hunter classes in her career, but not normally on young horses, or in a new area, filled with new faces and unknown competition. She was nervous, and glad Nireguare wasn't picking up on it, or at least if she was, she wasn't showing it, she yawned, rolling her snaffle bit around with her tongue before snapping her mouth closed again.
"Number 0921, Chloe West & RDEC Nireguare, please enter the ring, Thank you to rider 0167, Good luck in your placement".
Chloe gathered her reins and squeezed the mare into a lovely, collected trot, did a small serpentine pattern before nodding to the judges and moving into a canter, circling around to her right to clear the first cross rail, Nici giving a flick of her tail over every jump, ears pricked forward, excited to be there. That made Chloe smail, there was nothing better than riding a horse who loved their job.
Back around to the left, strait, back right and over the final jump, they went over the rail with no faults to their knowledge and exited the ring, a smile on Chloe's face, and a small prance in Nici's step. A small pat, Nici reached back to nip at Chloe's boot & shove her muzzle into Chloe's palm. "What an incredible filly you are" she whispered.
| Ridden by Ellory Clarke | Handy Class |
You... Made me feel I was at home.
Skies are blue...
I lost this feeling in my bones.
• Crossrail Class • Edited Class •
In the summertime when the weather is hot, You can stretch right up and touch the sky
Anne was glad that she had the chance to participate in this show. Although none of the horses in her stable was qualified for a Hunter show, they were able to lease a beautiful mare named Mar'vell from Unique Stable. Fortunately she was not only able to participate, the leased mare was also experienced in this kind of shows. In the first days of training even Anne could learn a lot from this horse. At the day of the show she was confident although a bit nervous. But both did fine in their round. And in the end Anne praised the mare by patting her neck and left the arena. She was happy they were able to participate and she didn't care for any placement.
[I am not able to register in the online table due to the main side being down and I can't look up the register number of the horse Will make good for that if I can get the number EDIT-- FOUND IT THX]
Claire von Hohenfeld
Balou ridden by Georg von Hohenfeld- Baby Green Class
Georg never really got into any types of Hunting Shows, until he visited his old friend Maggie York a few months ago. When he saw her jump so elegantly and effortlessly over the obstacles with one of her Hunter horses, he was hooked. Actually hooked was an understatement. So he spent days and nights on learning everything hunter-related and he just wasn't (mentally and physically) able to turn down Maggie's offer, to compete one of beloved her hunting prospects! Balou is a beautiful draft cross- in Maggies word's "so sane yet sporty!" Anyways, after some weeks of arduous training, Balou and Georg competed for their very first time together! We will see how well both did!
RFE Étincelantes | German Sport Horse Mare | competing in Crossrail Class | ridden by Connor Bishop
"Connor was exited when Eric arrived with a trailer on his property. On board was the beautiful mare called Ettie. She was sold to him a week ago and it was an honour for Eric to bring over the mare to his friend. Connor always wanted to do a bit jumping, but he never had the chance to put his hands on a true jumper! He also didn't want to go high classes, so a Show Hunters horse was perfect for him! He took the advantage to try out his new mare at this show! It was the mares first show ever, both are super happy! Ettie jumped the small jumps so softly and without any fear that Connor didn't want to stop jumping and had all day a big grin in his face! Such a wonderful day for these two!"
Shore's End Hunter Trials, Britain, July 2019
"Don't be afraid little sister! Oby is a champ and he would never let you down!
You and him will fly over those jumps like it's the most natural thing to do in this world."
And so they did! ❤
Thomas Meyer & Mister DarkN'Run
Vanessa Cole | fixstern Golden Girl IIWorking (6)
When does one stop being nervous about their performance? It had been six years and that had yet to happen. You put in your 10,000 hours, you do your mental exercise, you know your horse, and still there’s no escaping that tight bundle in your stomach. Vanessa adjusted her hold on Goldie’s reinsand drew a deep breath to calm her heartbeat while waiting for her turn on the ring. Six years she had been riding the horse, practically from the very beginning, and she knew her better than she knew her own pockets.
Perhaps it was because she knew her horse so well why every show was a new experience. Goldie was, after all, a mare with rather strict opinions and unyielding principles. She could sail through the jumping phase with the grace of a flagship, her bascule immaculate and her ears always perked up, but she might just as well decide that trot was not a suitable pace for jumping and refuse that particular fence altogether, or if Vanessa herself would judge a distance wrong. In the flatwork phase on the other hand, her part-Andalusian’s high knee-action tended to give the judges a minor heartburn.
Perhaps it was because Vanessa was the type to stress over small things.
A round of applause marked the end of the previous competitor’s round and the gate was opened for Vanessa and her mount to enter the ring. Goldie’s ears were perked up as always and Vanessa could feel her excitement, but while alert, she remained calm, eyeing the jumps with curiosity as if saying, “ah, this again?”. At the nudge of Vanessa’s legs she picked up an easygoing canter and headed for the first obstacle, a wide vertical with curved brush fillers. An easy jump to start with. A far less easy jump was fence #6, a robust log that was narrow enough to make Goldie raise her head and hesitate for a stride until Vanessa’s legs encouraged her to clear it. Turning to fence #8, a grey wall, it was Vanessa’s turn to be nervous.
“You look like you just realized that you left the kettle on”, Mary laughed, showing Vanessa the picture she’d taken of them clearing the wall. Vanessa, still feeling light-headed after their round, could only manage a weak huff. Beside her, Golden Girl shook her mane, her meticulous plats wobbling a bit.
“It looked so much bigger than when I was walking the course! I was sure that we’d take a rail down.”
“Well, you didn’t. You did so well, both of you! Let me take her for a bit and walk her off, you go get something to drink. There are still few riders left to go so we have plenty of time.”
Devon Bacerra | fixstern DebeladoraGreen (5)
There are several combinations in the world that simply don’t go together. Bright red and blue, for example. Or lemon and cream. Or baking soda and vinegar; when apart, both were rather innocent and common household items, but when put together what inevitably followed was a chemical chain reaction leading to a minor explosion. And like baking soda and vinegar, Devon Bacerra and a holiday were a dangerous combination.
Last time, she had ended up buying a horse. This time she was only visiting her equestrian centre’s sister stable in Wales where there was no risk of accidentally encountering a sweet pony in desperate need of a loving home so her team had felt confident leaving the impulsive 30-year-old unsupervised. Devon for her part was self-aware enough to know that her team did have a point. She was welcomed to Fixstern by Vanessa Cole who owned two offspring of Devon’s show hunter mare Daisy May, and they had both been eager to meet again to catch up. In the end, it was the chestnut mare Debeladora who Devon ended up gushing over.
“She looks so much like Daisy! Only not quite as red. And such a lovely head!”
“She’s lovely. She’s so good-natured, too. I’ve been thinking about showing her in dressage at some point, but then I always change my mind. We’ve been doing all right with her so far. There’s another show coming up in a couple of weeks, we’ve been training towards that with Goldie.”
“But not with this one?” Debeladora nudged Devon’s arm over her stable door.
“I would love to, but I don’t think I’ll be riding two horses this time. With her, I’d like someone more experienced to show her once or twice and give her that little boost of confidence, you know? It would help with our training as well. But no one here hunts, so that’s never happened.”
Having herself competed on multiple horses at one point, Devon couldn’t quite understand why only two horses for one single discipline would be too much, but in a way she could see where Vanessa was coming from. She looked at the mare, who looked back at her with gentle eyes. She really did look like her dam…
Devon stroked the mare’s velvet muzzle, her smile gradually growing into a grin.
“So when is this show, exactly?”
CMS Dragonfly Days I Antonia Reed I High Performance (8)
One of the first horses Antonia met at RME was an awkward looking horse named Dragonfly Days. He was rather ill built, with a strange grey coat and big pink nose. Although, as Antonia got to know the steed's incredibly kind and gentle personality, it was hard not to fall head over heels in love with the goofy little Dragon. In his prime he had an incredible knack for flowing effortlessly around the courses Antonia and he competed in. Because of Dragon's successes in show hunters he was semi retired. The pair would go for long walks in hand through the forests and anything else they could find. The announcement of the, "Shore's End Show Hunter Trials" inspired Antonia to bring Dragon back into the swing of things. Antonia knows her horses, and she is able to intuitively pick up on their feelings. She was never too sure if going back to competing, although just one competition, was something Dragon would be inspired to do. Each day though she could feel her companion's excitement and inspiration flowing back. He was ready and she could feel it. He jumped all the courses they practiced at home with effortless ease. On the day of the show they arrived to face an intermittent cloudy day. The sea whirred a salty breeze throughout the competition. Dragon loved the ocean and being able to hear it throughout the day sent calming waves throughout his body. When the pair entered the ring their were no butterflies in Antonia's stomach. Dragon listen to the sound of the shore, and floated around the arena to the pace of the waves. Up, down, up, down rocked the waves. And in the midst of their rhythmic sound, was the floating stallion.