When I bought Grace my intentions were to show her Western Pleasure, to eventually show her at the breed show level. Little did I know how many adventures we would have along the way. What I ended up with was one very versatile little mare, who is always up for trying something new. She constantly surprises me with how well she takes to something new. It's been an amazing 10 years, in which time I've learned what it really means to be a horsewoman, many times putting my agenda aside for the well being of my best friend, so that we can continue to have many adventures for the next 10 - 20 years.
Showmanship - always a good class for me to get though my show ring jitters without being in the saddle. Grace was very patient with me!
Look at that short mane! I will be dedicating an entire blog post to her mane and tail!
Now Trail on the other hand, is a class that we both enjoy! Grace gets to walk on stuff, look pretty, and be the center of attention. I don't have time in between the obstacles to let my mind wander. It's a technical class which keeps my brain busy. A win - win. Most of our blue ribbons were won in Trail.
Hunt seat! Wow! Look at that pretty mare!
Last year we had the honor of carrying the American Flag. I can't think of a time where I have been more proud of my little bay mare!
We tried our hand at Cowboy Mounted Shooting
Grace and I have been in many parades. The first one was on a dare. Somewhere in the middle of the parade route she looked around and seemed to say "Well it's about damn time they threw me a parade!" She was absolutely in her element!