Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hi friends, I have left you alone to long again..... I have all good intentions of sitting down to visit with you and then ten thousand things happen. It has been a very long and cold wet winter here in Kentucky. Matter of fact as I write you there is snow on the ground! Let's catch you up on things. Frank has enjoyed his time off this winter, with the footing being so crummy I think we have ridden three times since October. I saddled him last Saturday since it was a balmy 54 degrees and sunny. It was just as if I had been riding him all along.... he hadn't forgotten a thing. There is certainly something to be said for a horse that can have that much time off and still behave and perform beautifully. Love my boy! Pearl.....where to start? Pearl had been with trainer Jed Lawrence, who trained Frank for me. In January, Jed took a job with Craig Schmersal in Oklahoma. I shopped around and found what I thought was a good fit for a new trainer. I sent Pearl to West Virginia for the month Of February. There was a complete lack of communication from that trainer and my gut told me to run and fetch Pearl. I brought her home before her month was up. My good friend who trains in Ohio offered to take Pearl. I was hesitant not because of her abilities but felt funny about business and friendship mixes. Well, Terry has had Pearl about a month and it was the best thing I did for her. I plan to go up and ride her next week and make a decision on whether to put her up for sale or continue on with her. Here are a few pictures Will keep you posted on progress of both my beauties. Happy trails.....

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It was a busy summer

Since I have been absent for almost a year, I figure we have lots of catching up to do. As I mentioned last post Frank and I had a busy summer of showing. We started out in Bowling Green, Ky in April and I am proud to tell you all that I finally got the nerve to do a reining pattern. It was super slow and I did not slide very well but we finished and were on pattern and even managed to place. May took us to Missouri and boy was that a long haul for us. June brought us to Michigan to show, It was smoking hot there for so early in the year. We had our best trail pattern of the season there and placed in all our classes. We also did an open show in Indiana that month and won our first money!
Don't I look mighty happy here? June also took us to Indiana and all my ranch horse friends finally got to see me show Frank. See for years I have been running show offices and not showing, a few people even said that they did not realize I even owned a horse! August we traveled to Tennessee for another show and despite my only riding twice that month Frank still placed in all classes, we even placed third out of 20 in our ranch reining class! I had the biggest smile on my face as I finally got the slide!
This picture is from a rail class, I didn't realize how much he blends into the wall! September we finished our show season in Kentucky again and I am so proud of all that we accomplished as a team. We really are clicking together and he is such a good boy. I am a little sad that we didn't get any trail riding in this past year but there will be lots of time for that in the future. Thanks for riding along... Happy trails...