Monday, October 26, 2009

15th Annual Wild Horse & Burro Expo

Kirstin's dream finally came true. She got to post the colors on one of her Mustangs. She has always wanted to be able to that. She feels that as the American Icon, the Mustang should be the
one bringing in the American Flag. She rode Kryptonite for the posting of the colors and he did a wonderful job especially considering that this was his first time to participate in a drill like this. Kirstin was so proud of him.

Kirstin & Kryptonite did fantastic at the show. They didn't place in any of the halter classes, but once that saddle went on, they were a force to be reckoned with. They placed 1st in the Youth Trail Class, 2nd in the Youth Western Pleasure class, 5th in Barrels. They won Champion Greenbroke of the entire show and also won the Youth award presented by the MHF for high point MHF horse. Not too shabby for the first show for both of them. Kirstin has never competed in a horse show like this. She had no idea what to expect when she went into the arena for Western Pleasure and this was the first time for Kryptonite to ever run barrels. The Trail course was a piece of cake for Kryptonite. They were the only ones to sidepass while opening & closing the gate, his leads were spot on and stops and backs were great.

Kirstin's sister also showed Kryptonite and placed 3rd in the Adult Western Pleasure class.

Kirstin & Kryptonite with all of their ribbons.

Kirstin & Kryptonite waiting for the placing in the Western Pleasure class

Kirstin & Kryptonite opening the gate during the Trail Course.

Kirstin & Kryptonite during pole bending. They didn't place due to a broken pattern. Kirstin said he was just going to fast and couldn't make that last pole. But they would have placed pretty high if that didn't happen, Krypt was booking it.

These last 2 are of Kryptonite's first ever barrel race. He really seemed to like barrel racing. His time wasn't to bad 23 seconds. Not bad for his first barrel race.

Kryptonite bringing it home. He is a really fast horse.
By the end of the show, everyone there knew who Kryptonite was and they knew his story. The BLM folks were great about exposing the Makeover and what can be accomplished with these horses in a short time. They were all impressed with Kryptonite and his behavior. I can easily say that he was one of the best behaved horses there. Nothing spooked him.
We were planning on taking Dynamite also, but at the last minute he wouldn't load in the trailer. We tried for a little while to get him loaded, but he just wasn't going. I didn't want to push it and make trailer loading in the future even more difficult. Kirstin just has something else to work on. She'll get it done. Time and patience is all it takes, both of which we didn't have Friday evening when we were trying to get him loaded.
Sunday when we got home, the two girls hopped on our other two horse, Trigger and TAZ and rode them down to our neighbor's house for a birthday party. The 2 little girls who Kirstin babysat with over the summer were having a birthday party. The 2 horses were the hit of the party, both giving "pony rides". Both of them were as expected perfect gentlemen and the people at the party thought that TAZ was the most beautiful horse they have ever seen(and he is!) Kirstin even got asked to start working with our neighbor's horses so that his little girls could start riding them. Of course that made Kirstin's day.

1 comment:

Eric Clayton said...

As always, great work!

Also, yes I did have a chance to work with Joe Weitekamp. Not sure if you read my postings or not, but we actually held a clinic with him at our ranch and I was one of the participants (with my Stang project, Iceman - He is such a great guy and will be doing another clinic with us early next year. That is just too cool that you have Dyno now. Definitely a small world. Looking forward to more updates from yall...keep it up! :)

Eric Clayton