Winning an California Championship All Around Champion award shows your strong desire to show. Which is your favorite class for you and your horse and why is it your favorite?
Reining is definitely my favorite class but the most challenging for me as a rider, which is why I think I like it so much. If you were to ask my horse, she would probably say Ranch Riding is her favorite. She is such a pro in all she does but that’s where she really shines! I’m also a big fan of the Ranch Rail classes.
What challenges did you face in winning a CA Championship All Around Champion award with your horse – or was it easy to win? What advice could you give to other exhibitors hoping to win this prestigious award?
Our first day of showing was rough. My horse and I were both acting out of sorts, we didn’t place well (or at all) in our division and even ended up adding a class to work out our kinks. I honestly didn’t think I stood a chance to win the championship. The next few days I stopped worrying about how I was going to place and just did my best to connect with my horse and come together as a team. And that would also probably be my best advice!
How did you practice and prepare to show in the CA Championship show? How often and what did you do (ie: patterns, lots of ride time, go out on the trail – or have more lessons with the trainer?)
Between running a business with my husband and being a mom of 2, I do my best to commit to riding twice a week, whether preparing for a show or not. Before a show we like to work on transitions in random spots more so than following or practicing certain patterns. I am really blessed to have Jennifer Ray and the Rocking JP Ranch crew for keeping my horse in shape and for the great work they’ve done (and do) transitioning her into the Ranch classes from being a Reiner.
What is a special memory you have from the California Championship show? Tell us why this is special and what you’d like to see added for next year.
Having my kids and husband there to watch me do what I love and hearing them cheer me on or wave from the bleachers are definitely the best memories of all. The best was my 18 month old son screaming “MAM” every time he spotted me!
If adding any cow classes is a possibility for next year, I think the rest of my barn mates would agree on that being a great addition to the CA Championships.
How long have you been showing and what is your next goal?
I’ve only been showing in this discipline for about 5 years now. My next goal is trying to improve my reining and start working on cow work!