One of my minions, Ellie, recently competed in her first 2 foot hunter derby, affectionately called the Tadpole Derby. I don't know what everyone was so excited about since I can prance over 2 foot jumps in my sleep. I guess she was pretty cute in her first shadbelly and even, Chase, looked kind of cute…if ponies are your thing. Rumor has it that Ellie had a great experience and learned what to improve on for the next time. In fact, the next day she nailed her equitation course. Maybe she will ride me in the next derby and we can show everyone my interpretation of a true hunter pace! Read below to hear, Ellie's, account of her first hunter derby experience!
Hi! It's PG Minion, Ellie, here and I want to tell you about my first hunter derby I did last weekend with my pony, Chase. It was the Tadpole Derby at the Harmon Classics Horse Show in Tyron, NC.
We competed in an Equitation Challenge at our last show in Camden, SC and it didn't go so great. I was really nervous before it was our turn and all that I focused on was getting Chase over the first jump. After he went over the first jump, I didn't push him to go over the second jump and he refused it, … twice. We were disqualified. I was upset and very disappointed. It was the first time we ever tried something like that. I wanted to do the Tadpole Derby to prove to myself that we could do it and get over every jump.
It was really fun because I got to compete with my friend, Emily Grace, and we both did great. I also got to wear my shadbelly for the first time. I loved it when the crowd cheered for us after we finished the course. It was a tricky course with 10 jumps and we made it over every one of them with no refusals. We still have some things to work on, like me not jumping ahead of Chase, and we still need to work on the lead changes, but it's all coming together and we're a great team. I can't wait until the next one!
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