This is going to be nearly my last blog for a few days. I work 2 days this week, then we are off to Las Vegas for
It starts on Friday, and we are taking horses up on Wednesday, setting everything up on Thursday. And I'll be photographing to my Heart's content during the event. This is a 'tribute' to Ray Hunt, and I'm honored/proud to be a part of it. We are driving up with Carolyn, Ray's wife, taking a horse for Jaton, Ray's Grandson.
We also have another secret that we are going to do, while there. Any guesses???? I doubt that game will last long!
Anyway, we do a group lesson on Sundays, at a great indoor arena, so weather isn't a factor. Thanks to Arlene Hoagland for her hospitality.
Here are some photos of some of the fun.
My daughter Jess, and adopted daughter Wendy, moms of Jilly and Al.
This the little pony who is the Mom of the filly we had this summer in Cascade. She had not been ridden til last week. This is her 3rd ride today. I believe she is going to be a super gentle kids horse.
My friend Kelley on Beamer, and Al on Marshmallow
Kelley is also Al's Aunt!
This is going to be Wayne's 1st ride on a friend's horse
Due to weather and lots of colds and flues, Jilly hasn't been able to ride for about 2 weeks. I do believe she happy to be up again! Looks like Marshmallow kind of likes her too
Jilly giving Austin a ride
TRULY, this IS the way a kid should look. I bet you're smiling now too.
We teach these kids to be relaxed and comfortable on their horses. He's comfy reaching back to pet her rump
Wendy and Al Barrel/Cone racing, but I think Wendy cheats and pushes Al back! A wise person once said, "If you're not cheating, you aren't trying hard enough!" !!!
Al, racing the cones, and Beamer looking at her like she's crazy!
Here is some proof that the little mare will be kid gentle. Third ride today, and Al is riding her. In my saddle, so she doesn't have stirrups
There is a bit of a spook, and Al knows how to kick her 'outta' gear and soothe her. We teach that when things are good, so when things aren't so good, they know what to do. And see Al's grin? She know's it all good.
And they are off and calm again
Austin and Beamer are going over a 'bridge', see the 'high step' of Beamer's left leg?
Yep, this Mare is going to be gentle, ...here is her 2nd kid on her 3rd ride. And then with my daughter, Cash's Mom, Katie. And Austin on Beamer.
Wendy sometimes likes to be a race horse jockey. But Marshmallow doesn't seem interested in speed!
Cash kind of likes riding with his Mommy!
Katie is in a kid saddle, so, no stirrups, but no matter. Off they go like the wind! This is the girl that had a horse from the time she walked. No kidding.
After riding, of course is play time
Al wanted to ride English. So, of course we make it happen.
Katie thought that looked fun, so, she stole Al's horse, and off she went!
of all the photos I took today, THIS is my favorite. Do you suppose they all love their Grandpa?
If there is a woman who is contemplating keeping a man around, my advice is. "If he doesn't love moments like this, let him go....kick him away..... "
So, Wendy has to ride Enlish
Jess in a kid saddle too.
Anyone guess what my secret is?