Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Almost wordless Wednesday

I still have too many pictures, but at least now I feel like I've made a dent in the backlog. Hurray! Today's last group of pictures were also taken at the USDF Regional Championships at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. Enjoy!

The best cowpony

It wasn't all hunters, jumpers and equitation horses this summer. I also photographed a few events and a couple dressage shows, including the USDF Regional Championships which were held in September at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado.
My friend, Andrea, and her Quarter Horse, Haidaseeker Playboy AKA Matt the Cowpony, rode in the Intermediare I Championship class.  
Matt looks and moves like the Quarter Horse he is.  
He doesn't have the big Warmblood gaits expected at this level...
but he and Andrea put in a solid, accurate test with lots of nice moments.
I thought they looked great.   
What a good cowpony!
After their ride, Andrea and Matt posed for photos...
and showed off a little bit.
Eventually, the scores were announced. Andrea and Matt placed third.
They won a big ribbon and celebrated with some fancy prancing.
Congratulations to Andrea and Matt the World's Best Cowpony!

Huntseat equitation

When I first started going to model horse shows, I was confused by all the huntseat equitation entries with patterns, judge dolls and cones.
Then, I went to a Quarter Horse show.
Lo and behold, Quarter Horse huntseat equitation is, in fact, a pattern class! Each entrant performed individually.
Then they all came back for a very abbreviated rail class.
That's not how it works at a hunter show.
A typical huntseat equitation on the flat class is a rail class. The entrants perform as a group, usually in a ring filled with jumps.
Riders are asked to walk,
trot (posting and sitting)...
and canter in both directions. 
Additionally, they may be required to halt...
and perform other tasks, such as lengthen stride at the canter.
At the end of the class, the entrants are called to the center of the ring before receiving their ribbons.
Currently, pelhams are the bit of choice in the equitation ring.
Boots, both front... 
and hind, are also common equipment choices.
Since I am a hunter girl at heart, I will always consider this format to be the "real" one. 
However, as far as models go, I have to admit that patterns, judge dolls and cones add a lot of visual interest. 
This is not the first time I've written about huntseat equitation. My older posts can be found here, here, here and here.

Too many pictures

In her most recent post, blogger Kristian Beverly discusses the problem of too many pictures.

I also have that problem.

I've taken thousands of horse photos in the past six months, only a tiny fraction of which have been shared here. A lot those pictures aren't particularly memorable, of course, but others deserve to be seen.

So, in the interest of problem solving, I've decided to post at least some of them today. The first group is a set of pictures taken at a hunter show at the Colorado Horse Park in September. 
At first glance, there's nothing particularly noteworthy about this horse or rider...
 at least not until they turned around.
Wow. That makes riding a lot more difficult.
Or maybe not. 
These two cruised around their course like it was nothing.
Not a problem! 
I don't know how they placed, because we didn't stay until the end, but I really enjoyed watching this team compete.
Nice horse, nice rider, nice round.