Bluebonnet Classic

This weekend we participated in the Bluebonnet Classic here in Austin.  We took four horses and had a great time.  There were some problems, but nothing we can’t get over.  Jajan was eliminated on one test because we had an “unapproved” bit.  What made it so frustrating, is that we had asked prior to entering the class about the bit and were told it was ok.  ARGH!  Oh well, we won’t even take that bit to the show again.  I rode Xena (Banbury Damascada) for my first ever dressage test.  We scored a 49 in Training Level test 1 on both days.  I was a little disappointed because I thought my second ride was better than the first (but apparently the judge didn’t think so).    Savanna rode Xena in Dressage Equitation (taking 1st place both days!) and Training level test 3.  This was also Jajan’s first rides in Level 1.  Since our arena is still rocky, he hadn’t even ridden through the tests ever so I was really happy with his scores (his score on the eliminated test was a 64).  Jorik and Sonata showed in hand.  Sonata took 1st in her filly class and placed 3rd in the championship on both days.  Jorik won 1st in his colt class and Grand champion and reserve in the colt/gelding championship.  He sure looks good in blue!  Here are the rest of our scores:

Jajan:
Saturday            Sunday
Training Level test 1 –  58.103                64.310
Training Level test 2 – 56.757               eliminated
Training Level test 3 – 59.355                 63.226

Banbury Damascada (Xena):
Training Level test 1:     49                          49
Training Level test 3:     55.6                       54.8

Our Champion Jorik Kula!

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show

March 22-24 found Rancho Godinez in Katy, Texas at the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show.  This show is always top-notch and lots of fun.  This year we took 5 horses:  Minuet, Jajan, Ganador, Helada, and Sonata.  This was a major difference from last year when we were only able to take Helada due to Ganador’s injury.  Pedro was in charge of the in-hand classes, and Anna and Savannah covered the riding classes.  This was Minuet’s first big show (with us) and as far as we know her first time in riding classes.  We have only had her under saddle since February!

Friday night was a special treat since the Friesian horses were doing a demonstration.  We got a chance to spend time with our friends Julee and Paul Kula from Wind Spirit Friesians.  It will be awesome if Pin Oak decides to add in Friesian classes next year (of course then I will be hauling even more horses to the show!)

While all the horses did well, the champion of the show was little SK Sonata.  While she placed 2nd in her Fillies 2 and under class and the Dressage Sport Horse Prospect 3 and under, she won the Yearling Filly Futurity!  Then, she made our day by winning the Andalusian Best Movement class!!!!  We are so proud of our little champion!

Our Champion - SK Sonata

Jajan did well in his classes, but he had some really “off” moments.  He took 2nd place in the dressage phase of the Working Equitation class.  He did good on the obstacles until he saw the fake bull.  His reaction was beyond spooking.  It was so extreme in fact that I’m pretty sure he had some kind of a traumatic experience with a bull in his past (maybe that is where the scar on his hip came from).  After being shook up by the fake bull, it took quite a bit of work to get him back into a decent frame of mind and he lost focus often.  So much for doing well in Working Equitation.

Overall, we had a great time at Pin Oak.  We got to see many beautiful horses and hang out with some great friends.  We even got to celebrate our “Team Grandma’s” birthday!  (We also added a “team Aunt” position to our group). The mares did not have their babies while we were gone.  Add to that the show is a charity show and you can’t get much better!  Thanks to all the Rancho Godinez team!

Jajan LGD:

5th place – Andalusian Stallions Amateur Handler (Isaias Godinez)
3rd place – Andalusian Heritage Tack and Attire (Isaias Godinez)
2nd place – Andalusian English Show Hack Amateur (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Dressage phase Working Equitation (Anna Young)
4th place – Andalusian Country English Pleasure Open (Anna Young)
5th place – Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Amateur (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Andalusian Hunt Seat Equitation 17 and under (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Andalusian Western Pleasure Jr. Exhibitor (Savannah Harrington)
5th place – Andalusian English Show Hack Open (Anna Young)

Minuet GPA:

3rd place – Andalusian English Pleasure Hunt Seat Jr. Exhibitor (Savannah Harrington)
3rd place – Andalusian Country English Pleasure Open (Savannah Harrington)
2nd place – Andalusian Dressage Suitability Amateur (Savannah Harrington)
4th place – Andalusian English Show Hack Open (Savannah Harrington)

Ganador RC:

5th place – Andalusian Jr. Stallions 3/4 years (Pedro Toribio)
4th place – Dressage Sport Horse Breeding Colts 3 and under (Pedro Toribio)

Helada ROY:

4th place – Dressage Sport Horse Prospect Fillies 3 and under (Anna Young)
3rd place – Andalusian Fillies 2 and under (Anna Young)
5th place – Andalusian Mares Amateur (Isaias Godinez)

SK Sonata:

1st place – Andalusian Best Movement (Pedro Toribio)
1st place – Andalusian Yearling Fillies Futurity (Pedro Toribio)
2nd place – Dressage Sport Horse Prospect Fillies 3 and under (Pedro Toribio)
2nd place – Andalusian Fillies 2 and under (Pedro Toribio)
4th place – Andalusian Mares Amateur (Twila Godinez)

 

Results from Windy Knoll Dressage Show

I’m running quite behind due to the busy show schedule, breedings, births, and substituting at school.  Hopefully, I can get some of the results posted in the next few days and give some updates including some of the new baby pictures!

The Windy Knoll Dressage Spring Show on March 17 and 18 was not a fun weekend for us.  First of all, the hotel we stayed at was horrible!  The people were rude and our neighbors finally were quiet after the police took one of them away.  Let’s just say the stress level was a bit high at this show.  Nevertheless, despite all the problems, Jajan did great!  He pulled some of the highest scores he has ever made in Training level tests.  Also, this completed the requirements for Anna and Jajan to get their Training Level Certifications.

Saturday’s Results:                                      Sunday’s Results:

Training Level Test 1:  61.3                           Training Level Test 1: 66.67
Training Level Test 2:  68.57                          Training Level Test 2:  70
Training Level Test 3:  63.8                           Training Level Test 3:  70

Jajan took home 2 first place ribbons, 2 second place ribbons, and 2 third place ribbons.  The score on Sunday’s Test 3 made him eligible for the Great American Insurance Group Regional Dressage Championships!  These great scores sure helped make up for some of the stress.  Congratulations Anna and Jajan!