Wednesday, July 29, 2009

How the girls did at the Fair

My oldest received State Fair for her first sewing project:  a vest, a skirt, and a tote bag.  Her aunt helped her (since I can't sew a lick!).

Sewing Project

My oldest took 5th place in the Trail in Hand class, her first year in the junior classes (the last two years she was in the novice classes, but did not ride, only did ground classes).


This was her first year riding Sunshine at the Fair.  As she was cantering, the billet strap broke and her girth came undone!  The judge allowed for a 7 minute tack change, during which my niece untacked her horse and we put that saddle on Sunshine and my daughter was able to continue the class. 


This was my youngest daughter's first year, showing her horse, Julie.  (Julie is the mother of Sunshine above.)  She ended up taking two 2nd places and two 3rd places.

My niece placed first in one of her classes, with her horse, Diana, before her arm was broke.  (Diana is a niece to Sunshine above and this was Diana's first year at the Fair.)  My niece was unable to participate in her favorite events, the contesting classes (barrels, poles, etc.) due to the broken arm.

So the girls and the horses gained another year of experience and they had fun.

PS......The horses are pintos.  Julie stands the tallest at 15.2hh, while Sunshine and Diana both stand at 14.2hh.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Another Fair has come and gone


And once again we we're blessed with no serious injuries.

This year, my niece's horse got antsy while she was untacking her and the horse flipped around and pinned her arm against the stall wall, breaking it just above the wrist.  It's a bad break and is in a cast.

We had quite a bit of rain, which made the arena pretty soupy and unsafe.   We had three riders and one horse go down.  The one girl went down twice, she's very bruised and very sore but OK. 



Another girl went down and was OK. 


A boy's horse lost its footing and fell down on the boy's leg, but the boy was OK.  The horse was sore and limped a bit for a few hours but is OK.  


Then  as everyone was loading up to go home, one of our club's members got knocked down by her pony and the way she landed tore the ligaments. 

Also this week, another club member got his arm ripped open on a nail and required 8 stitches.  An advisor from one of the horse clubs was bridling a horse and it swung its head and hit her on the bone around the eye and her glasses broke and cut her skin below the eye and there was some damage to that bone. 

Add to that horses that went berserk.  One got a cut under the chin.  My  youngest daughter's horse kicked the stall gate and the board came flying loose and hit a child.  He's scared and a bit bruised.  My niece's horse kept acting up, as did one of ours.  Another horse went totally nuts the last day and reared up and got it's leg caught in the hay net and then got its head caught between the dividing wall of the stalls and the wire screen that acts as the "window" for the horse.   It practically took out the wall trying to get loose.

So it's been crazy to say the least.  I'm so thankful it's over and no one was seriously hurt.