I showed English, jumping, cross country and, just once in dressage, as a younger person When I emigrated to the USA I gave up my English riding and eventually bought a mare that I though "did tricks" only to find out she was a Reiner.
I have been hooked on the sport for 23 years now. I showed that mare until she was 13 and she finally said "No" when I took her to a show in 1997. We made it through the pattern using 2 hands, a lot of leg and more than a few naughty words, and then, as she walked out of the pen, she retired
Since then I have owned, bred and ridden reiners but all my good horses have been with trainers and I have not had one to show myself.
My Smart Starbuck gelding that was injured in his 3 year old year and then again in his 4 year old year has taken until late last year to get sound again and his new trainer has really done a fabulous job with him, finishing in the 2011 year end top 10 of the rookie pro class of our affiliate.
Now it is time to step it up!!
We are going to the EPRHA show in NJ this weekend and the trainer will show him in Rookie Pro on Friday and Sunday.
In between these 2 classes I will be getting back into the show pen in Green Reiner.
I am 62 years old and this is the first time back in the pen for 15 years. Wish me luck and I'll post here next week on how it goes (At least as soon as I stop hurting enough to type