Adventures in Saddle Seat
30 Academy Showmanship WTC Adult, 1 of 3
31 Academy Equitation WTC Adult, 1 of 3
With Sultan’s Miracle Man
Thank you to Courtney Huguley for the Stupendous Sam
I hadn’t ridden Sam since Mid-South in May [The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly]. Didn’t matter. We picked up right where we left off. When Sam shows with me in Academy, he has a chance to reminisce about his glory days to an impressionable audience without the heavy lifting of a suit horse in a performance class.
My competition did me a favor. At one point, I looked up to see another of the Academy adults getting on their horse. The schedule said I still had loads of time before our class. Instead of sticking to my plan, I panicked and got on. We were ready way too early.
However, Sam came out of the stall cranky and annoyed. The time we spent walking and standing and a little bit of trotting and walking and standing was just what he needed to loosen up in mind and body. When we hit the ring, Sam threw it into show gear and flew down the long side. All that was left for me to do was style my feet and wonder what to do with my pinkies. (In? No out. Let’s see, pinkies go outside the reins for hunters, inside the reins for saddle seat. I was right the first time.)
To the spectators and the judge, I’m sure we looked like a nice Academy student on a pleasant school horse. Between the two of us, we were lost in mutual admiration of Sam as a fancy show horse.
Thank you for reading,