If you've been a reader of my blog for very long, you know the riding pictures all begin to look the same. The only thing that changes is the background. But now, that doesn't even vary. The AQHA shows that Hannah will ride in are all in Perry, GA at the same facility where we attend 4-H State and Federation State. So yeah - same horse, same clothes, same venue. Note her new number - 327. Doesn't that seem like a nice, balanced number for the announcer to say, "And first place goes to three twenty seven, Hannah Eades riding Zipping with Chocolet". It's a far cry better than her Coastal Empire number - 9.
|About to ride her English Equitation pattern|
|Getting last minute instructions from Wendy|
|Analyzing the Competition|
Patrick and I needed to tend to responsibilities at church on Sunday, so we planned to head back to Brunswick after the English classes finished up. By the time we got the horse and tack put away, we finally got on the rode toward home at 11pm. Ugh - that's a long boring ride on Hwy 341 from the heart of Georgia to the coast. But the adventure wasn't over. We soon received a frantic call from Hannah inquiring if we'd seen Wendy's wallet. Turns out it was stolen and Hannah and Wendy were left in Perry with no money, no credit cards, and no identification. About the time that reality started to sink in, we saw those dreaded blue lights flashing behind us. My mind quickly went to...can this show get any more expensive? Wendy just lost $250 cash and gained the headache of canceling her credit cards and replacing her drivers license, and now we're looking at a fine that could easily approach the amount Wendy had stolen. Mercifully the nice officer from Telfair County issued Patrick a stern warning and nothing else.
|Bundling Grace up for the cold weather - poor girl!|
I don't have her placing for the two western classes, but she did earn .5 point in Western Horsemanship. Overall Wendy and Hannah were pleased with Hannah and Grace's performance. I guess pleased enough to feel like they made the right decision to move on up to stiffer competition.