Thursday, 13 September 2012
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Sunday 2nd September was the day of the Beds South Pony Club show. As this is just around the corner from our yard we were definately going. I decided Santana would sit this one out and Jasmine would take Sonny. With a space on the lorry we offered to take our yard mate's horse, Baby, as well. We allowed plenty of time to load Sonny onto the lorry.
Sonny, of course, had other ideas and stubbornly refused to go anywhere near the ramp, rearing wildly if there was any threat of force being used. We tried food, we tried gentle encouragement and we tried individually moving one foot at a time. After about an hour and a half of prancing about like a lunatic in front of the ramp a front shoe was loose and Sonny was hopping lame. That put paid to any idea of her jumping. Our best effort was to get both front feet on the ramp and then we called it a day. Sonny was left in her stable in disgrace and Baby went to the show with the lorry all to himself.
Baby's owner delightedly said that Jasmine could jump Baby as that would let her off the hook and she could sit back and watch!
We arrived only just in time to enter the 2'3" Jasmine quickly warmed up, learnt the course and off she went getting a lovely clear round. Bearing in mind that this was only the second time she had ridden him, and he's not the most straight forward of rides, this was excellent work. Another clear round in the jump off and Jasmine came in fourth! Fabulous!
We then found a friend to enter the 2'3" pairs with and they both jumped brilliant rounds to win the class! Jasmine came out with a huge grin all over her face the like of which I haven't seen for months. If only she could achieve this buzz with Sonny.
Unfortunately I have no pictures because in the palaver in the morning I forgot the camera - typical!