Good news first:
The time has come: Lucy is going to her very first show on Sunday!!!!!
I am SUPER excited, especially since she has been so incredible this week. What a NICE horse she is turning out to be. Lauren reported that she had a perfect ride yesterday and was so pleased with Lucy, which is always really nice to hear. It was especially good because Lucy was inside all day yesterday so I was worried she'd be a bit nutty under saddle, but apparently she was lovely!
So anyway, the show. It's a schooling show and classes are $10 each, which will be great for my budget since I am extremely broke right now. I didn't write about this here, but last month my car needed $4500 worth of work on it. We had some help with part of the cost but it was still a rough month budget-wise, and then this week the ball bearing in one of the front wheels failed, so that needs to be replaced also.
I was almost nervous to ask Kenny what he thought of me doing a show but the wonderful thing is that we have the truck and Claire is letting me use her trailer, so we don't have to pay a shipper to take the horse to the show. Since the classes are so cheap and the show isn't rated (no association fees), it is going to be a really cheap, fun way to test how Lucy is in a show environment. He said he was excited for me to take her!
I spent a long time pouring over the divisions because I couldn't decide between regular adult w/t/c and green horse w/t. Her canter is coming along so nicely that I really want to show it off, but at the same time this show has a green horse division and I thought for the first show it might be best to play it safe and take advantage of the green horse option while we still can. It is disappointing that I won't be able to canter on her, but we have the future to canter all we want at shows. I ended up choosing green horse and I am looking forward to it.
Edited to add that I was wrong, the green horse division is w/t/c!! I am really pleased!
I think I will attempt to braid her...hopefully it comes out well. It's been a while since I braided a mane!
I also scored a cheap used pair of Tailored Sportsman breeches at a local consignment store for $30. What a deal, what a deal. I couldn't be happier about that!!
Other than that, I just cleaned all my tack on Sunday and I already have a white contoured show pad for her, so we should be good to go. I am going to stick with the Kimberwicke for this show even though we may be penalized slightly for it (placed lower than a horse in a snaffle). Hunter shows are so subjective, ugh.
I will bathe her on Saturday and make sure she's clipped but I think overall it will be a very low-stress, fun experience! I also heard the show is very small and is usually over by 1:30pm, which is awesome. Classes have typically no more than 6 horses each.
And let's not forget the best part: I know I won't have to argue with her for 45 minutes to get her in the trailer! YAY!!!
Ok, now the bad news:
On Tuesday, the barn manager's horse got caught up in some fencing and he sustained a terrible injury. It was touch-and-go for a while. He ended up being wrapped by the vet and they'll re-check him in a few days. Please keep your fingers crossed and the horse and his owner in your thoughts because they need a lot of luck right now.