We got to the ferry terminal early from the show, and decided to let Napoleon out for a walk and a graze...
We had a great day....dressage in the morning, and jumping soon after. The dressage went great for all, Zoe had to ride both test without any practice since she had been in Seattle for 2 weeks and had not been able to ride...she was a great sport and rode well! The second test she had never even studied, we read it out to her and she even got a better score on that one!
Penta went to his first show! He was very well behaved!
We got to jump an extra round and that helped tremendously building the horses and riders confidence. The jumps and the whole seen is quite spooky at Stanwood, and in the middle of the field they have huge loudspeakers playing music all day long. And the trains going by...made some of the horses almost jump out of their skin...so it was a very good exposure for them all.
Below is Jenny on Pasabi.
Zoe on Paelka
Amrita on Penta
Sonja on Kegas
Marina on Napoleon
Our whole team got a ribbon!
Jenny got a 5th place at Novice with Pasabi, Zoe got a 3rd place in Beginner Novice on Paelka, Amrita got a 2nd place in Beginner Novice on Penta, Sonja got a 7t place at Hopeful with Kegas and Marina got a 4th place in Hopeful on Napoleon.
We are signed up for a schooling show in Stanwood, and went to school the day before the show at Sunset park.
Marina rode the pony Napoleon, Sonja rode Kegas, Zoe rode Paelka, Jenny rode Pasabi and I rode Penta.
Pasabi has thin soles, and we decided to give him shoes. We choose the plastic Epona shoes, and we are very happy with the results, and so is he!
He is a pleasure to ride, and his gates have improved tremendously, needles to say his dressage is
Jenny and I had dressage lessons a few days ago. As busy as we are they are hard to squeeze in, and when we do, we realize how much we miss them! Here is Jenny on Penta and me on Paelka.
We found a name! Since he will turn grey, we named him Ak Tultuk, it means white and soft.
He has had many visitors already in his short life, and he is a cuddler!
Here he is with our 6 year old student Nakayla.
Her younger sister likes him too.
Here are pictures Jenny took yesterday. We scrutinized the placenta, made sure the placenta passed, admired the colt...
After checking at night, and again first thing in the morning, there was still no foal,...but as I had some coffee and sat at the computer the little one was born! At around 8 am, this handsome colt was born.
Thank goodness for the help of Sonja to get Etoscha to pass the placenta.
Heidi Kuheim of Friday Harbor offered her services to photograph our horses on the beach!
We have been wanting to do this for years...but it means trailering the horses to the beach, getting everyone tacked up, it is quite a production.
And it was well worth the effort!!!
South Beach looks a lot like Turkmenistan.
Some of our riding students came at 2 in the afternoon, and Kegas and Pan Tau got a bath, Penta and Pasabi did not need one. Then everyone got fitted for their clothes, hair got braided, I did some last minute repairs on the antique tack...loaded everything up, packed drinks and food because we were supposed to start shooting at 7pm...
Pan Tau was on his best behavior, he had not been in the trailer for a few years, and he had not been ridden since last year,
he is such a good boy at the age of 17! He still looks like a young horse!
It was so much fun!!!! And everyone looked so good!!!
Too bad I forgot to bring reins for 3 of the bridles!!! I made reins for Pan Tau out of his lead rope, for Penta I made them out of 2 alaja's, Pasabi sadly stayed in his halter, I simply ran out of resources...
Guess we'll have to do it again sometime soon!
We got home at 10.30 pm! Another long summer day...
We were lucky this year to get our hay in dry...It is always a rush, the weather man predicts sun, and nature gives is rain...
But we got it done, thanks to many hands of help! Every bale is in the barn..even the few we lost on the road!
Amrita Ibold, perfectly Teke crazy in every way.