With today’s focus in eventing on the failures, the disasters, the misses, and the accidents, I’m afraid we might be missing the glorious moments… the smiles… the memories… the moments of a lifetime… the horses who love their job more than anything in the world.
Pongo is one such horse who lives to event. WOW… Today, Hannah took Pongo to the Sayre CT today. They both have fantastic attitudes, and they have been working incredibly hard to improve their dressage. They showed a great improvement today… In their dressage test, they accomplished great points of straightness, control, rhythm, and connection. That little warmblood-looking-pony is just gorgeous when he goes on the bit, and Hannah did a beautiful job in her dressage test. One missed lead hurt the score a bit, but there were some brilliant moments of improvement. Their showjumping displayed how much Pongo loves his job… They have really come along in developing a rhythm in the canter and around the course. I love this pair, and this pony… Watching this pony seek out the fences like a heat-seeking nuclear missile is an amazing experience. Ears perked, eyes twinkling, he waits for any suggestions from his pint-sized rider about where to go next. He waits patiently, eagerly, all the while itching to jump as many things as possible to fulfill his cravings. He knows his job–he knows that he must get from point A to point B, all while clearing the colored poles, all while above all keeping the pilot on board. He seeks his balance, seeks his distance, seeks to judge the height of the fence… THIS is a horse that truly loves eventing. THIS is why we all do it. It is the passion and the partnership that takes us out riding, day after day, working hard and dedicating ourselves to our sport. THIS is why I event!
I really enjoyed the day at Sayre today. Eliza, Holly, and Phantom each found out rather last minute that Eliza would be taking Phantom to the Novice CT. Like a great sport, Eliza jumped in on the opportunity and they had a great day. They are still getting to know each other as this was pretty much a catch ride, but they really improved all the way around. I am so excited to see how much they’ll improve as they prepare for their next event! Joe did a dressage test on Pongo today and had great fun, and Hannah ended up with a wonderful 6th place ribbon out of a big class in BNR. Congrats to all!