Tuesday, August 30, 2016

BVX 2016: Spud's First Show ( Part 1 )

Beast pony.
Initially I had selected a specific title for this blog post, but I figured it would pose as a dead-give away as to how the show went (and for those on my social media, you are already aware due to the influx of of photos). It's going to take a bit to get through the whole show experience, so I've decided to split it into two posts.

Be prepared for some serious photo spamming!

This was our drive on Monday.
He was such a dick. But it's OK, 'cause he's cute.
 To encapsulate the entire adventure, I'll begin from last Monday (22nd of August) when I went out and drove Spud. I wanted to get in a few last drives before heading off to his very first show and wanted to ensure we were both prepared as well as we could be. I had ordered things like my lap robe and a custom sized slinky for Spud a few weeks out, so was able to get them all in time, which was good.

I have a Horse Showing Buddy (hereforth referred to as HSB) that I typically go to the BVX with and her and I made a deal - she'd haul the horses and the BF and I would haul the people camper. So Wednesday morning we hauled both trucks, one with a horse trailer and one with a people camper, over to the next town where we parked our horse rig and switched Spud over to HSB's trailer. Suzie ended up going to my other friend's and tossed back out to pasture for the five days we were gone instead of being alone.

BF lugged around the purple pony all weekend <3


Yup - they're best buds.
We pulled into the fairgrounds nearing 3pm, which was excellent timing. HSB and I bathed our horses, set up their stalls, I decorated Spud's stall, and BF levelled and unhitched the camper. Since we were done everything with enough time to spare, we all went out for dinner which was fabulous, since we often get to the BVX late and have to run around until 11pm getting things ready.

The show was pretty disorganized this year, and the main office didn't have my show package or any information on me, so I had to run around trying to find out who had my info. I finally was able to track the lady down, after asking a few people, and got the rest of my show package. It was a bit frustrating to see that the show packages handed to competitors had dwindled down to bare bones. In previous years, they'd include a show packet and highlight which classes you were in, as well as other related information.

BFF with HSB's Trakhner.
This year, there was no mention of what classes I was in (most shows write the class number on the back of your number, but nope... nothing), no information package, no map of the grounds (I knew where I was going, but for new competitors it would have been nice), no mention of who to talk to when stalls were stripped to ensure a refund was sent, no mention of where to find Dressage times, and they were missing our vehicle pass for the weekend. HSB had an extra wristband and got a camping pass, even though she was hauling a horse trailer and was hauling alone. It was a bit disheartening to see, as I knew of several new competitors and one of them ended up calling me because she had no idea how to even find her stall.

That aside, it was the same old fairgrounds and I found my stall and such without a fuss, but only because I knew what to do from previous years. Upon returning from dinner, we met up with another friend who was showing for her first time at the grounds and we gave her a brief run-down before retiring to the trailer for bed.

Some of the wet spots are from Hayden, the Trakhner, drooling on him.
I woke up the next morning around 7:30am and went and grabbed Spud from his stall to prep for our Halter classes. It was so nice having Spud there vs a large horse, because I didn't have to get up 3hrs early like I normally did to feed breakfast - I just left extra hay in his stall and he had more than enough come morning!

For those wondering why I'd have to get up 3hrs early - HSB and I have the same mantra about showing; we like our horses to have bellies with FOOD in them prior to showing. We have seen so many competitors pull their horses out of their stalls, let them eat a teeny bit at the trailer, and then pull them away for classes all day long. Waking up 3hrs before needing to pull the horse out of it's stall to prep/groom/tack up gives the horse a chance to actually eat it's breakfast and get the gut flora flowing happily.

Looking pretty fucking cute.
Anyways, like I said, I pulled Spud out and tied him up to the trailer and began detangling his tail, brushing out sawdust, and braiding his mane up into little buttons. I will divulge that I was a bad bad show mom and did not utilize yarn (I know, smite me!), but I had a friend who was new to the show asking for my help and such, so I didn't have much time.

I hovered near the show-ring that was running Halter, but ended up watching several dressage tests before they were even ready for the Unregistered Pony Geldings class. With the last of the Appaloosa classes clearing out, I parked near the ring and waited to be called.


Of course he cocked a leg and blinked in this photo <_<
Second place in Canada is blue, so don't get too excited.
We entered the ring with only one other competitor (who was definitely on the bigger side of pony), and placed 2/2. Since the way Halter classes work, we ended up going back into the ring for the championship class since 1st place and 2nd place horse are called back for the division championship. Suffice to say, we were not chosen, which is fine by me. The rest of the horses in the division were much larger than Spud, save for one.

Regardless of the placing, I was pleasantly surprised that Spud was quiet, responsive, and even was complimented for his "square stance" by the judge. Since our one and only class for the day was completed, Spud's slinky was thrown back on and he was brought back to his stall.

With Thursday complete, I had an open schedule until our Driving classes on Saturday morning so I pulled him out for a training drive on Friday afternoon. Afterwards, I ended up cleaning his halter and cart.

Our Friday afternoon drive.


Stay tuned for more ;)

21 comments:

  1. Eee, look at that cutie out there!

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    1. He certainly got A LOT of attention over the duratin of the show, lol.

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  2. I love everyone admiring him from the rail--as they should!

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    1. Weirdly enough, the woman who is holding the buckskin is actually the breeder of that colt I was going to purchase! Small world!

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  3. Everything about him is too adorable for words. But those braids!

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    1. Aww, yay. I was worried they looked... cheap and awful LOL

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  4. Omg. Purple Spud in a Slinky. Omg. Omg. Haha. Slightly dying over here!!! Congrats on laying down a solid halter class too, esp for his first big show!!

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    1. Bhahah.

      The boyfriend was saying how we should get him a new slinky so he has ''a few to wear''! HAHA. Boyfriend wants me to custom order one that has potatos on it.

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  5. So cute!! what color is first, then?!

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    1. In Canada,
      Red = 1st
      Blue = 2nd
      White = 3rd
      Yellow = 4th
      Green = 5th
      Pink = 6th

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  6. omg, he's so freaking cute. Can't wait to hear the rest of the story.

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  7. Well Spud couldn't be more adorable if he tried. I like how he attracted attention from the rail and big smiles. That's what cuteness does to people! Love the purple slinky too! Can't wait to hear the how the rest of the show went.

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  8. He's so adorable I can't stand it.

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    1. Shall I get you a chair so you can continue to oogle him? LOL

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  9. Spud cleans up SO NICE! He's quite a handsome little guy <3

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    1. Comparing his winter coat vs sleek and shaven is just hilarious.

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  10. I'm surprised the judges didn't die from his cuteness. Because I would.

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    1. One girl who was also showing said that if she were the judge, she would've placed Spud 1st, purely due to the cuteness factor.

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