2010
September
CEC
Zaphod was very up as usual but did better in schooling than in his classes. Never did anything wrong just VERY forward. The judge went on and on about what a gorgeous mover he was and very fancy horse. She said he needs a big ring so he can show off his movement. Also schooled over fences and that went fine. A 3rd, 4th, and 6th.
August
Franklin Lions
Very proud of my boy. Schooling went very well. Very quiet, moved right off my leg including laterally, and did a FANTASTIC EXTENDED TROT!!!!! Adult Equ. and Pleasure 2nd a nd 1st. Isabelle also did a youth showmanship class that the judge was happy to add and earned a 1st for her efforts, but picked a pink ribbon to go with her trophy,
August
Windcrest
We just schooled the 2'. His first time in a "real" ring with "real" jumps. We had absolutely no warmup. Essentially cantered in the ring and started jumping, trotted the first, fine with a peek. Tried to canter the second, stop (I fell). The rest was fine, didn't do many lines but jumped lots of sings. Click here for photos.
June
CEC
Intro A and B again 1st and 1st. A little quieter after a while and more "through" and relaxed at the poll.
May
CEC
Intro A and B. Not a great day but not horrible. Zaphod was very "up" and really needed more time and distractions, such as a ring full of jumps, to get him focused. He was very tense through his back and peeked at everything. When it was time to do our tests he spent most of the time calling, and very much above the bit. However, his free walk was fantastic. A 1st and 2nd (beat Arthur in one class and in the next Arthur beat him) with scores in the high 70's.
2009
August
Franklin
Pretty uneventful. Mounting was somewhat of an issue as always but schooling went ok. A bit quick at the trot, canter was nice. No spook. 1st in equ and 1st in pleasure.
June
Carousel
This show was interesting. Zaphod was very up but yet never spooked, bucked, etc. We schooled with a ton of horses and he did swap out to the right twice. He was very tight in the frame and never really stretched out. There were about 12-15 horses in the two classes. Zaphod pinned 5th in the second class, which we definitely didn't deserve as we had made tons of mistakes. He needs to jump to distract his mind a bit but the pony, who showed in a class with him, wouldn't stop screaming, thus distracting Zaphod further. Overall it was a success. Next time Zaphod will truck alone. Arthur also showed with in leadline, Hannah's first show and they won two ribbons!
June
Infinity Farm
We had lots of fun. Bria and I took Zaphod and Arthur. After 10 minutes of walking in hand we got on and schooled in this field where we did some cross country jumps, especially the "tortuga" jump. We did two classes and Zaphod pinned 1st and 1st and the pony pinned 5th and 2nd. A great day.
April
Ledyard
We just schooled. He was very up and a bit spooky in the ring and then settled down perfectly in the schooling area which had very poor footing. We even trotted over an x.
2008
November
Mystic Valley
Again just another school. Bria and I hacked him in the schooling ring and hopped over some fences. He got a few changes but had some difficulty with not eating the jumps. Nice pace but need to work on shortening the stride when needed. And Katherine needs some serious work on position. Bria also walked him around the cross country course. Behavior at the beginning of the show was rough but he settled down well. Still needs tons of miles before we're ready to really start doing something.
September
CEC
This was probably our best show to date. Aside from a small rear when anxious to go into the ring and peeking at a few things he did very well. Zaphod seems to prefer a ring full of jumps, I think it gives him enough to think about so he doesn't become too distracted. He even schooled in the indoor. There were 11 horses in our classes (green horse) and one woman fell off when here horse reared. Our trot was way too forward, not running away just too much pace. The canter was very pleasant. A 4th and 2nd.
August
Randy May Dressage
An ok show in the rain. Nervous of umbrellas. Performance in ring was varied depending on spookiness but did nicely in the schooling ring. Lou Denizard said what he did he did very nicely and to push him at home but accept his immaturity in the ring. I got some compliments on his looks, one from a Grand Prix rider. Intro A and B. No results to date but I doubt we even made the 60 points.
August
Franklin Lyons
Very small show. He settled in quickly. The canter was beautiful, smooth and consistent, much better than the trot. Did the Adult English Pleasure. We were the only entry so a 1st. Izzi got a special prize--a leftover reserve champion ribbon!
August
Cornerstone Farm
Just schooled the warmup over crossrails. Settled in really nicely once he saw the other horses. Peeked at the first jump, then was fine. Trouble fitting in the 5 strides but got it by the end.
2007
September
Haddam Neck Fair
Luckily Cate came along to help school him while we went to the fair. He needed a long time to settle in, but when we finally did show he was a good boy. I think we got some 4ths or 5th in Adult W/T (I snuck in).
2006
October
High Acres
This was Zaphod's first show under saddle and it was successful yet challenging. Zaphod was very aware of his surroundings and although never truly spooked, he was always on heightened alert. Out first time passing the judge was interesting but Zaphod maintained some sanity. We did both Intro tests A and B. He was round for most of the test but did a lot of head flinging. The judge advised me to try to sit back and ride him more forward but that he was a great mover and will do well in the future. Scores to follow.
2004
June
TSHA
Model Horse Yearlings and Weanlings. The German one has finally made his debut in the show ring, albeit a western show ring. But anyway, he was quite excited by all the saddlebreds and morgans and quarter horses.. However, his behavior was generally acceptable for a youngster, and he actually acclimated quite well. Zaphod was 6th out of 6, but he was the only hunter there. The rest were quarter horses. The cutest little paint weanling won. It was adorable, like a teddy bear. The handler would kneel down and just move its legs and it would stay there like a stuffed animal. So cute!!!!!!!!
August
Dapper Dan
Zaphod did very well in the behavior department. He did a lot of calling and pulling at the beginning, but then was able to settle down, drop his neck, and even eat some grass. We are learning manners!!!!! He trotted beautifully, but unfortunately could not beat the quarter horse. Anyway, he did win a 2nd place ribbon and a reserve champion. And some points too!
September
Dapper Dan
Zaphod did a nice job. Better behavior and less calling. He stood relatively quiet in the ring except for jumping up in the air once, but landing quite well set up! He was 3rd and 3rd.
October
Dapper Dan
After quite a bit of lunging, Zaphod quieted down and made his best performance in the ring. Despite our best efforts, he still placed 3rd out of 3.