HMMMM, what can it mean? What did Ally do? What did Amy do?
This is the ONLY photo I took at the show. Let me tell you, if you have one performance horse and three halter horses, and you are not traveling with a helper, you are going to be a very, very busy person! THANK YOU TO NICKI (MiniNik) AND SYNDI AND CINDY MORRIS FOR HELPING, I would never have gotten it done without you!!!
So I suppose you would like to know why Miss Ally is wearing the caution tape.
For the first time ever, Oregon Gold decided to hold a judged and timed cones event. I did not go in the novice division, because Ally and I have done pretty well in the cones section of CDE for quite some time. As I was standing there talking with Maureen about how the novice class had gone, she said there were a lot of time faults for people going so slow. She said, "I wish someone would canter the course!" I jumped in and volunteered immediately for the task. Never mind we have never done such a thing before, but we have indeed cantered in harness this winter. Just no cones and canter at the same time. Well, you only live once, right?
Let me tell you, we did not canter the course. We did it at a flat run. Ally was packin' the mail, so to speak. We made it through the first 6 or 7 cones before I got lost on course, forgetting that I could return to a trot once we started at the higher speed. I got re-associated, and we took down a couple balls. A little further down on course we dropped another. Then we came around the corner at high speed, and started the weave cones. We were leaving rooster tails! I was driving it like a marathoner, leaning in to the turns to balance the cart. "She's on one wheel!" I heard later that I was, but I didn't feel it. Ally wove in and out, skillfully changing leads as necessary. Oh my GOSH, we were havin' us some fun! We came in to the home stretch and once again got discombobulated. Ally jumped a cone, and I drove over it. From what I hear, it flew into the air behind us. Ally found another gear, and we flew over the finish line as the crowd cheered us on! We finished the course in 1:39 with 12 faults (4 knockdowns out of 20 gates). It was quite exhilarating!
I think I need me a chariot!!! We came in 6th and last due to our knockdowns, though we were fast on time. I went out when they called me as 6th, and they said, no ribbon for 6th...I said well then we have to take a victory lap! And off we went again, accidentally taking out another cone in the process. Which earned me my new nickname, ConeSlayer. LOL!
The next day I was in my dressing/groom room with Esprit, concentrating hard on making him beautiful for his classes. As I sat there in my reverie, I heard the announcer say, "Amy Lacy, you are needed in your stall area." I sang out, "I'm here! Who needs me???" No one answered. I pulled back the curtain to check out what was going on, and saw the yellow caution tape all over the stall. I immediately thought, "Oh No! What did Ally do to my filly???" They are stabled together. I raced across the aisle, and looked inside. The filly was just fine, but Ally had a big yellow caution tape bow around her neck. The culprits peeked around the corner with gales of laughter. They had pulled off this stunt with me not 12' away from them behind a curtain, and I hadn't noticed a thing! The funny thing is, they didn't know I was there, so they didn't even try to be sneaky and quiet! Those nutty CDE people...you know I fit right in with that crowd of goofballs!!!
Results-wise, we did very, very well. Ally was solid, and did extremely well in her halter obstacle classes in particular. Between the Ammy and Open classes, she took firsts five times out of six possible. A very good girl! My little filly Tru Colors won a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th out of 5 in the open class, after I had made a big mistake and just had to finish clipping her that morning. She was very tired. I just love that little gal, she is so beautiful! I can't WAIT to start driving that one someday. In Ammy we got a 2nd and two 3rds out of 4 competitors. Sensation was only in two classes, and he looked pretty but there were more "mature" looking colts in the class. Right now, that kid is all legs and angles. The colt classes were very competitive and there was not one horse in there that I wouldn't love to own myself. He was a very good boy, and that is really all that counts at this point.
THE BEST PART OF THE SHOW BY FAR, was Esprit! He was outstanding! We got two Champion and one Reserve in Sr. Stallions, then went on to win a Reserve Grand and a GRAND CHAMPION!!!! I was just ecstatic...Syndi handled him (beautifully, I will add!) for me in some of his classes, but when we went in for Grand it was just he and I. I felt like I was dreaming the best possible dream! He is truly "my baby," I have owned him since he was 5 days old and have done all of the training, conditioning, and grooming myself. I just adore him, and feel like such a kid when I am winning like that with him.
I WON THE AMATEUR HI POINT FOR THE OVER DIVISION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got a beautiful blanket inscribed with the honor. Very exciting, as I didn't expect it at all!!!
My friend, Sandee (Cassidy) Butler owns the horse SMHC Magnifico, who won BEST IN SHOW!!! She and I were carpooling it down there together, so I think you can imagine how that ride went! She won all kinds of wonderful loot, including a set of Double K clippers!
Once again, Oregon Gold proves that it is one of the best and biggest shows in the Region. Diane and her show crew put on an excellent show with tons of nice touches that made it personal and fun. Thanks to Diane, if she ever reads this forum. The show is awesome, and I will definitely be back AGAIN next year. It has been great both years I have gone.
If you have read this far, congratulations for making it to the end of one of the longest posts ever on Lil Beginnings! Thanks for letting me share my fun and my excitement.