Loving The Loot

Saddle Seat Wednesday

2016 AWTA banquet centerpiece

Winter Tournament Ribbon Math
Advanced Horsemanship Adult
2 + 4 = 3

Advanced Equitation Adult
2 + 4 = 4

Advanced Pleasure Adult
4 + 5 = 4

1 + 1 = 1 (Greg)
2 + 2 = 2 (Katherine)

In other words, my high-point haul for the 2015-2016 Winter Tournament was a third place and two fourths. Because of the accident [Report, Not], I only attended two of the three shows. I projected receiving more pastels. So, am I pleased that I did better than I expected? Have you MET me?

On the upside, by placing well enough when I did show & by showing in a fourth division, I was High Point Adult for Stepping Stone Farm. (Each farm is awarded HP Adult & Youth. I tell you, saddle seat folks are awesome about loot.) For the third year in a row! Would have been four, but they didn’t award them in 2013.

Photo of me from the banquet, looking inordinately pleased with my High Point jacket.

Photo by Courtney Huguley
Photo by Courtney Huguley

As soon as I got in the car, I sent brag pix. (Note the dog hair mere seconds after coming in contact with the seat.)

2016 AWTA banquet jacket 2

Yes, I am that, um, young at heart.

Greg won a boot bag for the Driving Championship. I will valiantly keep on eye on it until such time as he needs it for his own show boots. What can I say, I’m selfless like that.

Family Ribbons
Family Ribbons

My Academy Award
Silver Medal from the ASHA

ASHA silver

The American Saddlebred Horse Association runs a medal awards program. It is more of a participation award than a performance award. One point for showing up, second point for a ribbon. Since the classes are split if they get large, Academy riders usually come home with two ribbons per show, chance of a third if there is a Championship class. With a streak of blues, a rider can qualify in as few as three shows. Even a bless-their-heart rider should earn a medal with a moderately active show year. I think that’s sweet for what is essentially a youth award.

First year is bronze. Second year, silver, Third year, gold. I have not mention this before because our bronze medals got lost in the mail. The ASHA swears they were sent. Next year, gold!

Previously on Rodney’s Saga
2015-2016 Winter Tournament #3
2015-2016 Winter Tournament #1

Winter Tournament Banquet 2015
Winter Tournament Banquet 2014
Winter Tournament Banquet 2013


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