How about this weather? We have been blessed with mild days and breezy evenings.
During the last month I had an opportunity to show Larry in his very first show under saddle! We made it to the local W&KRP Open Show in Sanger Ca. W&KRP holds a special place in my heart and has given me many memories. I have been showing there for as long as I can remember.
W&KRP offers many classes like reining, ranch riding, discipline rail, trail, halter, showmanship, horsemanship, pleasure, equitation, walk/trot and a full slate of english classes. Im sure that I am missing a few other classes. This show offers something for everyone and the option to go for the all around champion of your division. In order to earn points for the all around champion in the ranch horse division you much show in each of the classes that I listed above.
Since this was Larry's first show I wanted him to have a good quiet experience that wasn't too long or emotionally taxing for him. I didn't know what to expect from him in the crowded warmup pen or working through the various classes. Im happy to report that he handled himself very well in the warmup pen. Larry only took interest in one horse, however he immediately moved on when I talked to him.
Once he was initially warmed up Larry was good for the rest of the day. Larry won many classes including reining, trail, showmanship, horsemanship and discipline rail. I was so proud of how he kept himself composed and stayed versatile throughout the various classes. The last thing I expected of this show was for Larry win All Around Ranch Horse Champion. We came ready to do as many classes that Larry was willing to do without him becoming back sore or too emotionally tired. I wanted this to be a good experience for him, I can confidently say that it was.
I had a blast showing him and seeing just how far he has come. I found little holes that I can work on to improve his training and performance in the show ring. I just love how easy going he is with the willing attitude to get up and move when I ask. He took everything in stride and didn't find anything to be scary. Larry is pictured spinning in our reining class. Thank you Spurred B Designs for this great photo! The second photo shows Larry proudly sporting his big ribbon seconds before he began playing with it. Now for a quick update on his training. I have started working Larry on cows! He does not lack bravery, courage or enthusiasm. I believe he is one that will get cow fresh when he doesn't get to work live cattle. I have been working on stepping up our large fast circles with smooth lead changes. Right now he is nailing his transition to the small slows and holding a nice canter after. In my eyes Larry is ready for this next step up in training, he is really bulking up and looking like a 3 yr old. Larry will be three January 18th of 2020.
I am looking forward to our next adventure in the show pen and furthering out experience. If you would like to see more pictures and updates of Larry you can find him on
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