Western Days at County Fair

We’ve been spending lots of time at County Fair – and it’s not over yet!  We started out trailering Patty to the Events Center on Wednesday around noon, and won’t take her back home until Tuesday evening.  Since Patty has done western events before, Sam decided to enter some of the western classes and give them a try.  She’s been looking forward to trying the western events at County Fair all summer long!  She rode Patty in Working Pleasure and Western Riding (pattern classes) and Western Pleasure.  Sam brought home white ribbons in Working Pleasure and Western Riding due to broken patterns (had never practiced the patterns before) and a blue ribbon in Western Pleasure. 

Unlike typical horse shows that place you 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc., 4-H gives out Purple, Blue, Red and White ribbons.  A White ribbon is disqualification or elimination, a Red ribbon is “needs work”, a Blue ribbon is “average or good”, and a Purple ribbon is “excellent or outstanding”.  Then, they also choose the top two riders in a class for Champion and Reserve.

Western Pleasure

Sam also rode a friend’s pony – Chester in games.  She took Chester in the Keyhole Race, Pole Bending and the Figure 8 Stake Race.  I think that both Sam and Chester had an absolute blast!  Sam and Chester took home Red ribbons in their three races, which really isn’t too bad, since Sam and her friend are working on re-training Chester and calming him down – he gets anxiety/panic attacks right before games.  Despite a few rough spots, he actually did very well!

Pole Bending with Chester

Tomorrow starts the English classes at Fair.   Sam should do better in the English classes, since that’s what she’s used to doing. 

We also celebrated (kind of) Sam’s 14th birthday on Friday.  There wasn’t much of a celebration since she was in the middle of one of her busier days at fair, but a few friends stopped by to wish her Happy Birthday, and we brought out a large cookie to share.  It’s really hard to believe that Sam’s already 14 and will be driving in less than two years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. diane mcvey
    Aug 07, 2011 @ 07:50:17

    Fantastic!!! Thanks for sending! The delivery is today, I dread it. Moving is horrible when u can’t walk! Tell Sam she did well! I know u are proud, I would be! Hugs to all of you.


  2. rkokes
    Aug 12, 2011 @ 10:50:41

    fun pictures-great to hear you are having fun at the fair! Can’t believe Sam is 14-yikes!!!!


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