|Telling the baby girl that she's okay|
We picked a couple of stalls for them and started bringing in their hay and water buckets. The big reason we got to the show so early was because Emi needed to be measured. I asked around to find out where the measuring was being done. One of the people who was doing the measuring was stabled right across the isle from us. They asked how old my horse was and I told them 10 months. At that point they told me I actually only had to have her measured if I was showing in riding classes. That was slightly annoying since I had specifically emailed the show secretary to ask about the need to have her measured, and they said she did need to be measured. Umm....we definitely could have slept for at least another hour! I did recheck the rules and the show info to see if I missed a line about measuring being for riding horses only....but I didn't!
At that point we went in to the main arena and sat around for a while, waiting for the show to start at 8am. It was closing in on 8 with out a lot of activity going on in the arena when they announced that the show was delayed and would actually not start until 8:30. 8:30 turned in to probably 8:45 before the first horse went in the ring. We watched a few classes and then ran in to Emi's breeder. We chatted with her before going to get Emi ready. I got my show clothes on while Tarra and April got Emi cleaned up.
She was wound up coming out of her stall so we got to work walking. She was being pushy but not doing anything crazy. Finally it was our turn to go in the ring. We trotted right in and around the big indoor arena and she was awesome! She trotted right with me, didn't spook at anything and was a super good girl (video evidence here). It was really the best trotting in hand we have ever had, with her ears up and no funny business. We had some trouble with standing nicely, and that's something we need to start working on. Emi got first in that class (Welsh C/D colts & fillies 2 and under). In the interest of full disclosure, she was also the only horse in her class. We got to go back in for the championship class but didn't place against the other 3 full grown horses.
|Trotting like such a good girl|
|Standing for the judges|
|Checking out her blue ribbon|
|Wimpy ribbons but Emi's first and definitely the right color. :)|
|Finally showing together again!|
|What's up mom?!|
As far as Emi goes I was seriously thrilled with what a good girl she was. I learned some things about her turn out for next time and I also know we need to work on standing for the judge. For people who have shown at breed shows/halter classes, how do you train them to arch their neck and put their ears up?