Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:19:49 GMT -6
Going to back date some really old posts from my Equus blog as I put effort into them and don't want to lose them - all the horses shown are my older horses which don't compete anymore and have recently retired!
Show Results - Part One
I thought I'd share some show entries and results from Equus Sims on here so here we go!
Aries Annual Breeders Showcase
Back in March SCA Infinity & Beyond (Buzz) competed in the Aries Annual Breeders Showcase in the 4 and Over Stallion Confirmation Class (Minor Editing Class) with Ariel! They came 4th place overall! Well done to them! Here is the entry:
Buzz's ears twitched and swivelled around, taking in his new surroundings and the atmosphere as he lept off the trailer, Ariel his trainer at his side murmured ''Easy there chap don't go and injury yourself now, we haven't done our class yet''
What on earth is she going on about now? Buzz thought, and where were all his friends?! He'd been woken at stupid o'clock this morning, dragged out of bed to be groomed, polished and plaited. But hey he did admit, he looked rather dashing when he caught himself in a mirror.
Ariel tied Buzz up outside the trailer with a haynet and said ''Back in a mo Buzz, just gotta go check in and get our number and see when our class is''
Buzz watched her run off mystified, snorting to himself he snatched a mouthful of hay and looked at the guy on the trailer next door.
''Your first show is it Buzz? the gleaming grey nickered.
''Ehy show? you could say that' Buzz nickered back
'' I know a first timer when I see one, you'll be fine, just behave and stand nice and proud in the ring''
''Oh er thanks for the advice'
Soon enough Ariel had come running back number in hand and next thing Buzz knew, he had his bridle on and they were off walking to the ring
''Good luck'' the gleaming grey nickered as they walked past.
Kendall County Spring Horse Show
March/April time was Kendall Country Spring Horse Show which myself and Ellie entered into the Group 1 Show Jumping class. Despite our mishaps, we came in 3rd place and are very chuffed with our result! Here is the entry:
After our outing to the Jim Baker clinic a short while back I was feeling confident in my self's and Ellie's ability the clinic was such a success that I decided to test our new found knowledge at a small local show. I mean what could go wrong right?!
I entered myself and Ellie in a show jumping class seeing as that's what we enjoy best. The course was fairly basic no scary fillers or any of that malarkey and there weren't masses of jumps for me to forget the course, the crowd was small (a total of about 10 people) watching from the sidelines so I wasn't worried about Ellie becoming spooked at them.
It started off well and everything was going nicey nice you know? I though you know what, we got this in the bag and then next thing I know bang! Or should I say crack?
Anyway as you are aware my mind had wandered I'd lost concentration and upon approaching the final jump, Ellie lost her footing but being genuine she still took off taking a rail with her in the process in which resulted in a horrendous cracking noise (thankfully not a bone!) but the pole had snapped and whilst all this was going on I lost my balance and I did not jump the final jump as elegantly as I'd hoped!
I managed to right myself and stay on (luckily) and no damage done...
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:22:40 GMT -6
Jim Baker Clinic
The morning of the clinic I was really quite nervous, more nervous than show days in fact. I have no idea why, maybe it was the idea of being scrutinized, humiliated in front of other riders or maybe just because I'd never attended a clinic before so wasn't sure what to expect. Anyway, Ellie travelled well (like usual as she's one of the easier ones of our team!) I tacked up making sure I had the matching saddle cloth and boots that coordinated with my top and helmet (because that's the done thing right?!). One on the nerves kicked in some more, Ellie picked up on this whilst I was fumbling around trying to tighten my girth and started to get a bit fidgety and anxious, this being all new to her too of course! As generally, I train with no one else in the school so apart from warming up at shows this is the only time we have company!
Anyway, overall I really enjoyed the clinic and had nothing to be nervous about as everyone was so nice! I will defiantly be taking home the curved formation of trot poles idea home though as I'd never done this before and was useful for working on shortening strides towards the inside and lengthening them towards the outer of the circle it also helped reduce Ellie rushing through the exercise as she really had to concentrate! Towards the end of the session, we popped a jump too!
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:29:11 GMT -6
Show Results - Part Two
Awhile back I thought I'd share some show entries and results from Equus Sims I posted part one yonks ago but forget to do the rest so here they are!
South Eastern Elite Classic
Back in July Buzz entered the South Eastern Elite Classic competing in Eventing they came in 1st place!
Buzz was buzzing, literally. Ariel was stood waiting to enter the Dressage ring as they were next up but Buzz would absolutely not stand still! It was their first proper ridden competition though so she couldn't fault him as it was all new to him. The only other time he'd competed was in the Breeders Show a few months ago in the Halter class but this was different!
Ariel walked Buzz around a bit to try and calm him down the last thing she wanted was to ride the dressage test with a tense bunched up horse.
Soon enough it was their turn they entered the arena in trot and trotted around the edge of the boards waiting for the bell to signal they could enter the arena and begin their test. Luckily this calmed Buzz down a bit as the bell rang and off they trotted down the centre line to begin the test, Buzz was energetic and Ariel struggled to hold him in parts but as soon as the test began it was soon over and they left the arena on a long rein and a massive pat for Buzz.
Next up Show Jumping, once again Buzz was full of it, though the constant distractions around the ring kept him slightly more in control as he was too busy eyeing everything up. He cleared most of the jumps by miles as he didn't want the scary oranges getting him!
Ariel was tired and her muscles ached from having to hold Buzz together in the Dressage and Show Jumping phases she was extremely thankful the cross country had moved to an arena due to the soggy ground as there was no way she'd be able to hold him out in the open country.
Though this didn't stop Buzz being full of beans he tore around the course and pinged over everything, this was his favourite part, after all.
[WBA] New Jersey Spring Classic
Also in July Ellie competing in the Warmblood Association New Jersey Spring Classic in the Show Jumping class she came in 3rd place!
To say I was a wee bit nervous about competing in the New Jersey Spring Classic was a bit of an understatement, especially after the fiasco of competing in our last show, the Kendall County Spring Horse Show back in April. For those who haven't heard on the grapevine, we broke a pole at the last fence which was rather embarrassing particularly as the cracking sound was so loud! So yeah I was a little apprehensive about what this show would hold for myself and Ellie, fingers (and toes) crossed we won't break any more poles I don't think people would be so forgiving a second time around!
10AM Wednesday morning it was already fairly warm, the New Jersey sun beating down onto the show ring.
_"At least we are competing early on before it heats up anymore, ehy Ellie, don't want you flaking out and catching a pole do we now"_ I murmured to Ellie whilst tightening her girth.
Ellie snorted and snatched at a mouthful of hay and gazed at the numerous other horses tied up outside their boxes ready for the day's competition.
_"Right wait here Ellie let me just run round and check where we are up to on the start list"_
I ran off in the direction of the Show Jumping ring to check the list of starting numbers as I don't want to get on too early and be warmed up and hanging around nor do I want to leave it too late and not have a proper warm up.
Warmed up and ready to go, we entered to ring at a jog Ellie flicking her head around eager to get started. The butterflies in my stomach flared up, _"Easy girl"_ I murmured whilst looking round at the course laid out in front of me, running through the route in my head.
Brringggg sounded the bell.
Ellie leapt into canter throwing in a bunny hop for good measure.
_"Wow you really are full of beans today"_ I whispered pointing her in the direction of the first fence, which we popped over beautifully as we did fences 2, 3, 4 a & b and 5. Ellie picked up her pace even more and stumbled on the approach to 6 but recovered and went over clear, unseating me slightly making butterflies in my stomach knot and tighten. I half halt and bring her back to me for the 7th which we ping over, now just the dreaded final fence, the butterflies are churning now, I feel myself tense up rounding the corner onto the approach telling myself to just relax, holding Ellie back slightly who has started rushing again _Hold, Hold, Hold_ I said in my head, a few strides out my knees grip saddle, here we go the final fence will we make it or not...
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:33:00 GMT -6
Show Results - Part 3
Yeatman Classic Cup
In August Ellie & Cassie flew to the UK to compete in the Yeatman Classic Cup, competing in Show Jumping they, unfortunately, didn't place this time around.
The flight over to the UK was long, for both Cassie and Ellie and their groom for the trip Grace. Ellie hadn't coped overly well on her first flight and found it all rather stressful and uneasy which in turn stressed Cassie and Grace out too, Grace kept making references to that film International Velvet or was it National Velvet which is the only time she'd seen or heard of travelling horses by air.
Once in the UK the weather was a mixture, one day dreary and miserable and the next sunshine followed by 3 days of rain. They'd arrived a week beforehand to get Ellie settled and adjusted and also to fit in some sightseeing! However, the day of the Yeatman Classic Cup had arrived and they were due to fly home tomorrow evening. Ellie hadn't been her usual self the past few days but was starting to pick up so fingers crossed for the competition.
Cassie and Ellie were the last competitors on course for their class, the rain had been on and off all morning, they started the class with no rain but, halfway through it started again. The ground was slippy and wet from the previous competitors and the tracks well use, Cassie could feel Ellie slip and right herself a couple of times around the course. One fence left to go, they pair cantered steadily past the crowd towards the last and this was where they had their biggest slip Cassie wasn't sure if they could right themselves in time for the last jump or not.
Texas Rose Horse Show Lastly in September Ellie and Cassie competed in the Texas Rose Horse Show in the night time Show Jumping class. They came themselves more time to settle in and adjust to the climate this time around and they came in 1st place!
Myself and Ellie are getting used to this travel and competing malarkey; I had navigated the registration office and settled in, in good time. Our groom for this trip is Ariel who is just as efficient and on the ball as myself giving us some well deserved time to explore the property on horseback and stretch our legs in the late afternoon heat. Mingling with other competitors and making small talk scares me so what better way to escape than to explore!
The heat is stuffy and sticky, boy am I glad I entered the night-time class.
The arena was well lit; the sky was an array of dark blues the cloud cover clearing making way for some stars. Picture perfect. The crowds were scattered around the stands wanting the best viewpoints of the jumps but also wanting cover from the cool breeze. The jumps looked a bit bigger than our usual height but we are ready, well Ellie is well up for it me, on the other hand, a tad nervous! Ellie seemed to respond well to the change competing in a night-time class brings, the bigger crowds, the buzz and the lights making her feel like the princess she knows she is. She's jumping fabulously and has never felt so great!
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:34:33 GMT -6
In October Ellie and Cassie took part in another Clinic, this time with Annie Stokes!
I was a bit nervous at the beginning of the clinic, I've been having a spot of trouble in training sessions with Ellie lately, especially since our last show competing in a Night-Time SJ class. It seems Ellie enjoyed the atmosphere, buzz and lights of the class and lacks enthusiasm when training in the day. We started off doing a bit off flat, where we went round a bit like a donkey, I particularly got nagged about consistently looking at the floor. Moving on from that we did some pole and grid work, Ellie woke up a little bit and seemed to enjoy herself a bit more knowing she was being watched but still lacking her spark.
Day 1 was over, I can't wait to see what 2 and 3 brings!
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:41:51 GMT -6
WRNGS Winter's Blues
Here are some photos of Ariel putting Wilma through some of her paces in the school! She is a very sweet mare but its still very green at the moment. Wilma is rather inquisitive and likes to have a good look around and be nosey whilst under saddle! Some may say she has a short attention span, but we wouldn't say so. She seems like a very sweet mare and we look forward to seeing her grow with us!
WPW Here There Be Monsters
A photo snapped of Grace & Hannibal during their XC training in the week. XC is definitely Hanni's favourtie discipline!
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:53:19 GMT -6
Winnie & Myself in the clinic: As you can see she can do this with her eyes closed!
Newbie Santiago & TBS Banchelor Dampfross Jr: We have assigned our newest groom and rider Santiago Sala to Banchelor and they seem to be getting on well (though this is actually the first time Santiago has ridden him!
Annndd finally Lieto and Flora (bit of a showcase here couldn't resist in getting a set of images)
a big pat for Lieto whom as you can see loves his jumping!
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 13:55:18 GMT -6
Retirement - SCA Winter Wonderland
Winnie was one of our first horses here on Equus, 3 years ago can you believe it! Time sure does fly. In that time she has taken us from level 1 to 10 in Show Jumping earning $35,350 and 268 points. She is a very sweet loyal mare who loves to jump and she is defiantly one our easiest rides here at Sunny Creeks. She has also given us a lovely offspring SCA Ice Age whom we hope will have success in the ring! As she has done so much for us, we have decided it's time to retire her as a broodmare - we are lifting our fees so if you'd like to use her for a breeding let me know
You can see her profile and current foals on our website here: Winnie Profile Anything past this point is a new posted before and is new content!
Post by Cassie James on Feb 17, 2020 15:12:09 GMT -6
Introducing KPC Limoncello
Meet KPC Limoncello sometimes called el for short. She is a 6 year old Belgian riding pony mare and she is perfect as a bigger pony for my Theo! Here they are having a little trot around the arena, we haven't decided what discipline to go for yet, Show Jumping, Dressage or Eventing that is the question! On another note I aged Theo up from a child to a teen and guess who has no teen male clothes for him!