… and Round & Round, Show Report, Winter Tournament 2018-19 #4, Driving

Pleasure Driving


Me with the three boys: Whiskey, Parker (hidden) & Sam.
Photo by Katie Anderson.

Alabama Winter Tournament 2018-2019
Heathermoor Farm Riding Academy
Moody AL, USA
Hosted by & originally scheduled for Stepping Stone Farm
Saturday, February 9, 2019
[Show Report]

26. Academy Driving – 1st of 1
With Whiskey Throttle.
Thank you to Courtney Huguley.

Fourth Class: Into The Thunderdome
The show was moved because Heathermoor has an indoor ring. It’s a lovely ring. It’s not a big ring. The size is fine for schooling or for small show classes. Put in a big horse pulling a jog cart at an extended trot and suddenly you are racing around a paperclip. Whiskey was a star about it. I had to be reminded not to lean around my turns like I was running a Road Horse at Louisville.

The Other Class That Wasn’t
While we debated the possibility of a Hunter Hack class, some genius suggested using Milton for my Academy Driving class. He likes SSF. We could hitch in the ring. I would be the only competitor.

Still no cart. Therefore, no practice. As with the other class, we ended up not being at home anyway. There was no way I would have coped with my show nerves, Milton’s show nerves, in a cart, at place where he’s had proven trouble with marble retention [Victory!: Warmup]. It’s not clear how well I would have coped with the original idea. Talk about derailing my brain for the rest of the show.

And so, another Winter Tournament comes to a close. My placings at the three of the four shows lead me to believe that I will have a pleasantly acceptable time at the awards banquet. Which is the polite translation for my inner competitor who is running about screaming Ribbons! Loot! Big fluffy ribbons! Prizes! Ribbons!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

2 thoughts on “… and Round & Round, Show Report, Winter Tournament 2018-19 #4, Driving

  1. Gotta love that sweet sweet satin tho!! Also the visual of racing around a paper clip brings back the earliest memories of trying to restart my fresh off the track brontosaurus in a small dressage court…. glad it was fun tho!

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