Hanging With The Saddlebros I, Entering The Class, Pre-show Report, Mid-South Spring Premiere 2019

The Gray Wonder, Adventures in Saddle Hunt Seat

  

 
Coach Courtney: Why don’t you ride Milton in Academy at Mid-South Spring Premiere?
Me: I can do that?

Apparently, yes. There is nothing in the class description that specifies either Saddlebreds or saddle seat. Other folks have ridden hunt seat in Academy, frequently the Morgan folks, I am told.

The Horse
No braids. ASB performance horses have one red ribbon braided into the top of their manes. Academy horses do not.

Snaffle bridle. Check

Hunt seat saddle. Check

Technically, Milton should wear a fitted saddlepad, i.e. one in the shape of the saddle. However, Sir Snowflake has an opinionated back. Last time I fiddled with the padding, he tried to buck me off [Two Hops]. Square pad it is.

The Rider
No jacket. Saddle seat Academy does not wear them, so I won’t either.

Britches. Check

Boots. Check. That’s a lotta leather boot to polish after 7 years of cleaning short, shiny, patent leather jod boots.

For dress, I proposed Academy from the waist up & hunt seat from the waist down. The Academy vest & tie look like a coordinated outfit. A hunt seat shirt looks like I forgot to put on my jacket. Plus the purple vest would look great on a gray horse. Alas, our sartorial director sneered at half-and-half. White and boring it is.

The Class
The last time I rode hunters seriously was … let’s see … um … North Carolina? That means the early 90s. Previous Horse and I did one Working Hunter division in Alabama. Local jumpers weren’t what they are today, and we had no class to ride in. Clearly we were jumpers just there for the height. That would have been early 2000s.

Milton has shown Hunter Under Saddle in Walk-Trot [Heathermoor et al]. He has cantered in public [FCHP]. He has even cantered in this ring [MSSP 2018], and that was this time last year when we weren’t cantering much of anywhere.

Time for the next step. What does Milton think of a WTC flat class?

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Horse Shows, Horses

4 replies »

  1. Loved watching you and Milton at MSSP and I really liked the idea of the hunter tack/ apparel in academy along with your modifications to it to suit an academy-type class!

  2. Archived from FB: “about time! Hope it went well. Looking forward to next installment.” K

    All: It was fun not to miss MSSP. Have been every year since 2013. Usually with Sam.

    Sheila Palmer: Glad to see at least one ASB veteran approved of us. I was worried about looking like a dork.

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