By Patty Wilber
Last weekend, we (me, Jim, Lucy and the two dogs) hauled south to WestWorld of Scottsdale (AZ) for the Western States Desert Classic, run largely by the Arizona Appaloosa Club. (NM pitched in some bucks to help out.)
What a blast! (A fun blast and also like a blast furnace–it was hot!)
We got to share a tack room with Christy H. and Nancy K.! I got to hang out a little with Judith, Doc and Kathryn! The 4K barn was there, too!
We stayed next to Nancy, on site, in our “new” trailer. It was hot, I say again! In the upper 90’s (F)! And we showed outside. Yikes. High sixties is about as warm as it has gotten at our house so far this year. Fortunately, my prescient purchase of the electrical package for the trailer allowed us to plug in a fan, and it did cool off nicely when the sun went down, thank goodness.
The trailer slots were pretty narrow, and Jim got to test his backing skills, big time. With Nancy’s help (while I was settling Lucy), he got in and then set up our camp!
Despite the close quarters, we really enjoyed having arena-side accommodations!
Lucy felt that travelling all that way alone was a bit unfair and she nickered whenever we stopped for fuel. But she is such a low key soul (except for wash racks…she really hates wash racks and hoses, though she is easy to bathe, go figure) that overall she travelled very well.
We were in class 20 (ranch trail), 23 (open boxing), and 26 (jr working cow horse) on Friday, so we thought we would be showing sometime in the morning. But the show was HUGE and we finished cow horse in the gathering dark. The show had Paints, Pintos, all breed and Appaloosa entrants that all showed together, making some very large classes.
Fortunately, waiting around did not bother Lucy. Take a nap!
Lucy got two firsts and two seconds in Jr. Ranch Trail!
In boxing, she ran her best dry work pattern ever, and even got whoops on two of her stops (a growth area for us!) She earned four second places. And, yes, we got beat by an eight year old kid. I really should have gotten her autograph. She was impressive and earned her firsts.
In cow horse, Lucy got really strong and excited taking the cow down the fence (see picture above for normal demeanor), but then came right back to me and circled-up the cow, FAST and in very good position. That was the best circling-up we have done. Three firsts and a second.
I was happy with that, except that the photographer did not get any cow horse pictures!
On Saturday, Christy got to show in the earliest class of the day. Deets had some good goes and gave us ideas about what to work on, as well!
Lucy also had early classes. Thank-goodness. It was not yet too hot (it got to 97 F). In ranch rail we pulled a second, two thirds and a fourth and in Ranch Riding we got a first and three seconds vs. the other Appaloosas.
I was disappointed in my piloting in the Ranch Riding. I over-rode the turn arounds a bit and we tried to lope (ok, I will sort of blame Lucy on that one) when we were supposed to trot. We still placed fairly well, but it was not our top drawer pattern.
The top drawer run was done by a woman I do not know that was riding bay horse with one blue eye that was trained by Andrea Fappani. That horse and rider just flowed through the pattern with such effortless beauty that I had to congratulate her twice. It was gorgeous! (A run for Lucy and me to emulate!)
It was a fun weekend with friends from all over, and I was darn spoiled by having Jim as my support team for everything!