The In Between

By Patty Wilber

The 2011 show season ended in September and after we retrieved the cattle from the ranch (on the second try), Penny got a six week vacation.  She is only four years old and she worked hard in the show ring as well as with the cows at the farm and the ranch January to September.

The show season was a success (go to the bottom of the blog is you want to see The Brag List), and having a horse that will show in multiple events, trail ride, pony, push cows (in a herd–we are still struggling with the 1v1) and pack supplies, is really, really nice!

Penny the pack horse.

Penny under English tack.

Penny doing trail, Western tack.

I have had at least three outside horses + Penny and T here all fall so this in between the seasons time has not been very productive for Penny–I’ve been earning $ to pay for hay!–and shoes and shots, and well, a bunch of new horse stuff I wanted (and needed?).

But the first Shaggy shows begin in January, so the time has come to start planning for the year!

It is all about a focused vision. And while I cannot say I am psychic (but I have a this friend…), I can vouch for the power of seeing where you want to go, and keeping your eyes on the prize.

I won National and World titles, my first trip to that level of competition, on a horse (All Round Sundown) I trained for Whispering Spirit Ranch. On vision.

Ali got 3rd in Hackamore Reining and won Jr. Western Riding in 2008.

Not to say I didn’t prepare. I put hundreds of training hours on Ali in the arena and in the back country (yep she could hobble, highline and lead a pack horse).

Success is when all that hard work meets opportunity.  The opportunity YOU focused on despite roadblocks or detours.  The opportunity YOU created through vision and choice.

And don’t collapse at the last minute!  If you are lead to the water you’ve been craving, you damn well oughta drink!

I saw the Jr. western riding (a pattern class with lots of lead changes) finals online in 2007 and I KNEW Ali could do that.  I had a year to prepare.

At the Nationals in 2008, Ali was four years old.  She is cow bred and is only 14.2 hands high.  I showed western riding against 16 hand, super fancy, western pleasure horses.  My go was midway through the pack, so I watched a few of the early rides, and I started to panic.

We are too small, wrong type, ahhhh!

And then I put that voice on mute and heard this instead: This horse can change leads better than any horse I have ever seen.  Shut up and ride.

So I did. It was the best go she’d ever had.  And we won.

On Vision!

So! What do I see for Penny for 2012?  I dunno yet!

But I watched the Jr. Working Cow Finals for the National Appaloosa show and I KNEW.  Buckshot can do that! So, we are going to the Nationals and the Worlds (we have already qualified, too) in reining and working cow in 2012. There are 7 months left to prepare!

Buckshot says, "really? u picked THIS picture of me? hmpff"

Buckshot says: "much better, but u've used this pic before. u need more pictures of me, cuz i'm sexy and i know it."


Penny’s 2012 Brag List:

New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association: Six time Jr high point horse (all the shows this year). Year End Champion: Jr. Hunter Under Saddle, Jr. Western Pleasure, Open Hunter Hack, Open Trail, All Breed Hunter Hack. Plus Reserve Buckskin Open Reining AND the big ones: High Point Jr. Horse, Reserve Super Horse.

New Mexico Appaloosa Horse Association: Year end High Point Performance Horse–for the New Mexico horse with the most points (and she got points in English, Western, Jumping, Reining, Working Cow and Trail.)

Over all winnings: More than $525.00 cash, a brush tote, saddle pad, bridle bag, hay bag, a fan, horse treats, a nice buckle, fancy spur straps, a quilted English saddle carrier and some other stuff I have forgotten!!


About BlogPatty

Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.
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6 Responses to The In Between

  1. Doranna says:

    Go, Buckshot, go!

    Actually, everything you said applies to writing, too. Focus and vision…and persistence that sticks to the plan!

  2. Patty says:

    It applies to SO MANY things…if only people would embrace that!!!

  3. Barb McGuire says:

    Nice thoughtful blog, Patty. Does apply to just about anything. It also takes a bit of courage to put a goal out there when reaching it may be a real stretch. Enjoy the bit of quiet that the winter brings (maybe not so much with a bunch of horses to care for?). Keep up the amazing work with the “kids”.

  4. Patty says:

    Thanks Barb! There are only 5 in the barn right now–but Longshot and T might have to come back…

  5. Kathy says:

    Patty, that brag list is your 2011 brag list! Your 2012 list is going to be even more impressive! 🙂

  6. Patty says:

    I love you sis!

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