By Patty Wilber
We are heading out at 3:45 am Thursday morning instead of the more civilized 6 am, because Princess Lucy (Qwhizenart, in case you did not know her registered name) needs a little body work in Amarillo with Guy Winters before her Appaloosa World debut! (As a Ranch Horse/Cow Horse not a lead line horse, but she was so cute with the grand girls!)
She is entered in Jr. Ranch Riding, Jr. Ranch Reining, Jr. Ranch Rail, Jr. Ranch Trail, and Jr. Working Cow Horse. (Junior means she is five years old or less; she is five.)
We did two local World Warm Up shows: The Buckskin show at the end of September and the Paint Color Round Up last weekend, and I think Lucy is ready.
Warning: Lucy bragging alert. Stop reading now if you want to avoid it!
She won reining in both shows, which was a first. She won all her cow classes and was high point open all breed horse at the buckskin show.
This past Sunday she won every open all breed class she entered under one judge and got three firsts and two seconds under the other judge. She also won the high point ranch riding award, which was the highest ranch riding score of all the entries across all classes. Overall, without showing at all on Sunday, she was reserve open all breed horse.
And just in case any one thinks she is just an arena horse, I am here to tell you she can also handle herself outside of the arena.
I am nervous and excited about the World Show but I do think Lucy is ready, so that is good. Ranch riding is probably Lucy’s strongest event, and I know we will have a blast in cow horse regardless of how that turns out. I am thankful that Jim is coming and looking forward to having a great time with my human friends! Wait, Jim is also actually human! (And sometimes superhuman!)
I will let you know how it all pans out!