Tucumcari!

By Patty Wilber

Tucumcari. That’s a town, for anyone that does not live in NM.

And that’s where the biggest 4H show of the year was (last weekend). County Fair and State Fair are still to come but this show is the last chance to qualify for State Fair, and in Tucumcari, they give away saddles for the high point winners. There were 20 kids in the senior division!

The show started at 7 am on Friday. So to get ready, well, everyone had to get up earlier than that!

Schmoo gets breakfast at the trailer just before a little 6 am warm up time.

Schmoo eats breakfast at the trailer just before a little 6 am warm up time!

Domino got to do his limbering exercises without a rider!

Chloe is lunging Domino to get him ready.  He poked around for a good ten minutes and then suddenly woke up and took to bucking all over the arena. Chloe: not rattled.

Lunging Domino to get him ready. He poked around for a good ten minutes and then suddenly woke up and took to bucking all over the arena. That girl in red?: not rattled.

It is nice to have help!

Lauretta spraying with Pepi (to keep Daisy shiny for halter).  I didn't get a  picture of the shaving cream and razor whisker trim!

Spraying with Pepi (to keep Daisy shiny for halter). I didn’t get a picture of the shaving cream and razor whisker trim!

 One of the early classes was “Showmanship at Halter” and the first element was to jog the horse off from a stand still.

Ready???

TruTe: Ready???

Ready!

Schmoo: Set!

Set!

Leo: Set!

Domino: Set!

Ready!

Diasy: Set!

Ok, really, they all WENT!

After the non-riding classes, there was western.  There is only one arena so everyone warms up at once.

It can feel a little busy sometimes!

It can feel a little busy sometimes!

But it was a good sized arena so there was enough space!

But it was a good sized arena so there was enough space!

 

“Trail” was one of the classes. Everyone is allowed to “walk the course” without their horses. The idea is to figure how to approach and complete each obstacle to best advantage.

It is a group effort.  Unlike the horses, there were no refusals at the bridge in this group!

There were no refusals at the bridge in this group!

Everyone lined up to await their turn.  it was so fun to see so many entrants in each class.

Everyone lined up to await their turn. It was so fun to see so many entrants in each class.

Unlike “walk the course”, the competition itself is just you, the horse and all the stuff.

TruTe at the gate!

TruTe at the gate.

Leo on the bridge!

Leo at the bridge.

The very first contestant also had birds–a whole flock flew over the black fencing as he approached the very first obstacle.  His horse found that a bit distracting–especially when they wheeled o’er head and landed, briefly, in arena.

 Fortunately for everyone else, the birds left at that juncture!

I took notes.  I will be setting up a trot-over fan of logs and an L-shaped back though to name just two obstacles that need more work.

Sunday was English.  

At 7 am.

I did not take very many pictures for some reason (maybe I was still half asleep!), but here is the warm-up.

You can tell it's warm--no jacket!

You can tell it’s warm-ups–no jacket!

Still warm-ups–leg wraps still on.

Still warm up--everyone is not going the same direction!

Still warm-ups–everyone is not going the same direction! Well, they are all headed west, but from the point of view of an arena, they are not all going clockwise, thus not the same direction.

After English there was reining, barrels and poles.  I have no pictures!  But we did analyze a lot of reining runs as a group!

This was a really fun trip, the weather held out, and as I mentioned before, I have notes (from almost every class).

Now I just have to organize them, develop a some learning outcomes, and perform an assessment at the end of the semester!

Oh wait–that’s the typical paper trail for my Other Job. Unfortunately, I do have to get started on that kind of stuff in just a few days–Fall semester at the Community College will begin August 26th.

 Too soon.  

I want more horse events and endless summer! (Especially a summer like this one with rain!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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7 Responses to Tucumcari!

  1. Karen D. says:

    Patty, There’s a fun event coming up in Santa Fe if anybody down your way wants to join in : Aug 11 (last day of SFe County Fair) is the “Meet a Mule Fun Day”. It’s an obstacle course–not a traditional trail course–open and free for all equines, but especially anyone who has mules or donkeys.

    • Guest says:

      BTW, I think we met about a year ago at SF Equestrian Ctr. You were up to visit with Terry Berg and I admired your saddle; ended up having one made and it fits me beautifully!

      • Patty says:

        Oh great on the saddle! What kind did you get?

        • Guest says:

          Reiner from Ray Blanco (Elite Custom Saddles) but only 28 pounds. No bling (for lightness), single skirt, and I can sit deep in the “Terry Berg style” seat.

        • Guest says:

          Reiner from Ray Blanco (Elite Custom Saddles) but only 28 pounds. No bling (for lightness), single skirt, and I can sit deep in the “Terry Berg style” seat.

    • Patty says:

      That overlaps with a Pinto Show in Bosque Farms :< !!

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