Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I'm back at Hunter Farms today to finish catch riding in the Junior Hunter division and to show in some of the equitation classes. Stacia and Krista trained us while Frank stayed back at Beacon Hill giving lessons. I was especially enthusiastic this afternoon because my horse, Whimsey, was entered in two classes. He has only showed sparingly since February after sustaining an injury at Capitol Challenge in 2004. The vet examined him on Wednesday and said he was ready for competition. It was really thrilling to be in the show ring riding him again. Of course, Whimsey was really excited as well and proceeded to buck several times in the first class! I let him gallop around the indoor to help settle him and the second class went very well. I'm thankful for Whimsey's continued recovery, for all who have aided in it and for the opportunity to compete with "my partner" again.

7 Comments:

At Fri May 05, 05:00:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I love reading what Maria writes. that's so great she's doing this. I watched her on TV and felt bad when she lost Amigo. Glad to see she is kept busy with other horses. Can't wait to read on her blog what she's doing next, since I can't always get to the shows (sigh). But when I do go, if I see her, I want her autograph!

 
At Sun May 07, 04:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maria:

We so enjoyed the series on Animal Planet. It was exciting to be on the road with all of you to the Maclay, and to meet the cast of Beacon Hill fame.

I have followed your progress through Nancy Jaffer's articles on EquiSearch along with her wonderful pictures of your "elegant and effective" riding style. Your blog reflects your kind personality and your love of horses. You are definitely an influence on both the young and old, who adore animals. You are proof that balancing education and a passion for a goal can be accomplished.

I am sure that your blog is being appreciated by many readers. My question to you has been answered by your recent blog -- you are back in the saddle with your buddy and partner, Whimsey.

Wishing you continued success and happy times together.

 
At Mon May 08, 01:46:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria!!!

It's so cool to read your blog. I am a big fan of you and all the Animal Planet horse show kids. I have a mare I am showing in eq classes and hope to some day be as good as you are!! please keep writing and letting us know what you are doing. thanks--carrie k.

 
At Mon May 08, 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Kay Butler said...

Hi Maria,
As a retired ASHA Judge and Steward I want you to know how much I enjoyed reading your posts.

I believe you are doing a service for the industry by letting people outside the horse show world get a look at what showing horses is all about!
Kay Butler

 
At Mon May 08, 03:16:00 PM, Blogger CaraSusanetta said...

It's heart-breaking when your buddy is hurt, but such a rush when you can see them getting back into the groove. Best wishes. Hopefully you'll be able to get him in shape for your Maclay rides this fall.

 
At Mon May 08, 07:24:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
It was so great to see you at the Garden State Horse Show in Sussex this past weekend. Dennis and I really enjoyed watching you ride- you are so talented! You really make it look effortless. I am living vicariously thru you - being at the show made me miss my old horse show days more than ever! :-)
Keep up the good work - wishing you all the best for continued success. Looking forward to seeing you again soon.
xoxo,
Your cousin- Sarah

 
At Mon May 15, 06:31:00 PM, Blogger Abigail Cathcart said...

Maria,
I'm sorry about Amigo but, I'm happy to know that Whimsey is fine now.You and Briane are the best riders I have ever seen in my lifetime.Well I would hope so I mean I'm only 10 but, I also ride horses so hey.I loved watching you ride It was really cool. I'm sorry you did not win The Mclay. I plan to compete in a couple years when my training is finshed. I just started riding in May 2005 at that point my dad thought it was safe but when I was 4,5,6,7,8,9,and 10 my dad took me to horse shows.If I would have never gone I would have probably never started riding. I'm getting another horse this summer. I used to have one named Salt but he broke 2 legs in February and the vets said there was nothing they could do so......(sigh)

Abigail Cathcart.

 

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