August 10th Schooling Show Recap
By Mary Wicksten
Hot, hot, hot! That’s what it’s like in Texas in August. Some riders are afraid to trailer too far during the heat, others have left for business or vacation, others just don’t want to show when they are overheated. We had only 15 rides ranging from Third Level to Introductory Test A. But with a small show, there was time for riders to take green or spooky horses into the arena in advance, and also time for our generous judge Celeste Brown “L” to offer comments after the ride. Three Brothers Stable in Bryan brought in a team of junior/young riders whose determination had to equal that of any Olympic qualifier. These folks arrived in a caravan with family and friends to cheer them on. We will be glad to see them again!
As always in a schooling show, there were first-time competitors, more experienced riders trying out a higher level for the first time, and riders trying to work with “testy” horses. There was some discussion about time limits for the musical freestyle. In this case, it worked out OK but anyone trying this test should double-check the latest USDF guidelines. (Applause to our gallant rider trying this tough test).