About 4 or 5 years ago I was thinking about showing Billy, then I lost my trainer (barn politics at work here). Started up with another trainer, and then Billy fell apart. If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you know that he has suspensory problems and arthritis. When I moved him to Michigan it was to retire him to pasture. The trainer at my new barn, Karin Bielefeld, approached me and wanted to know why I wasn’t riding my horse. So I explained the x-y-z of it and she asked for a chance to help him. It’s been 2 1/2 years of careful rehab and just for fun I decided to see where others who didn’t know him thought he was at. I’m not competitive by nature–only compete with myself, not others–so it was a bit of a new experience to enter a real horse show. Fortunately we didn’t have to travel far–it was right at our own barn, Willow Tree.
I also decided to compete Breezy, who I’ve been riding ever since I moved with Billy to Michigan. Breezy was a project horse too, but with totally different issues. Stiffness and straightness being a couple of the more outstanding ones. So I’m really pleased to say that the horses won the blues and the red, and the rider got the yellow and white (3rd & 4th place). Both horses got a 71.5 on their intro dressage tests–which is a truly stupendous score whether it’s a first outing or not. I was expecting somewhere in the 50’s. The 3rd and 4th places were in the equitation classes–how pretty the rider looks, not the horse. Obviously the rider has a bit of work to do! But I am so proud of the horses!!
You can watch Billy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GRW_uwN_jc&feature=youtu.be
And you can watch Breezy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_s5DnvAhrE