Monday, September 28, 2009

Kirstin with Tuff getting ready to go into the arena for the adoption process. Tuff was getting a little tired of the whole process, he no longer wanted to stand still like he had all weekend long, he was on his best behavior when it mattered most! He looks good in green doesn't he.

Tuff and Kirstin entering the arena for the finals. She had Tuff saddled, tarp over the saddle and blindfolded. Shortly after entering, she removed the tarp. She didn't remove the blindfold until after she turned him both directions and lead him onto a bridge. As she entered the arena, you could hear a collective gasp from the audience, it's not often that you see a yearling being willingly lead around blindfolded. The finals performance was something that Kirstin put together the evening before, she just showcased exactly how bombproof this little guy is. They didn't get to finish(ran out of time) but it was a great performance anyway. They both did a fantastic job. I am so proud of both of them.
This one is of Kirstin speaking to Robbie Daughtery. We have met so many wonderful people through this venture, it is great to be able to speak to them in person. Robbie, you & Element did great and it was great finally getting to meet you and your family.
This one is of Kirstin, Tuff, Careen Hammock & Surplus. You all might remember Careen from last year. She is the trainer of our TAZ from last year's makeover. She won last year's Idols Division with TAZ and she also won this year's Idols Division with Surplus. He is a great horse and his new owners are extremely lucky to have a Careen Hammock original.
This last one is Kirstin's stall kind of towards the end of the show. The first day we put the stall decorations up, Tuff didn't bother them at all so we didn't do anything to them when we left. We came back the next morning to find a portion of the curtains chewed on. We should have known better, he puts everything in his mouth-has to taste everything. So we had to cut off the chewed up portion of the curtains, but she still received 3rd place for her stall. It was decorated in Pink Ribbon material and we had made pink ribbon pins, people left Kirstin notes of well wishes. The large basket on the left is the basket full of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans that Kirstin won as most dedicated youth trainer. Pretty cool.

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