Learning to Trot!

The first equestria13willowhill208n competition of the second session of summer camp, held at Willow Hill Farm, featured the usual array of classes for various skill levels, along with plenty of ribbons captured by Pok-O-MacCready riders.

On top of the usual routine, there were a few fun and interesting stories surrounding the horse show.  Normally, riding lessons – not the show – is the time to take your skills to a new level.  Not the case, for Annie C, who experienced trial by fire.  “I had never trotted before but, during my class, Laura (instructor) kept telling me to hold on to the saddle and go up and down.  It worked and I was surprised,” said Annie, adding that “I was the smallest person, and I was riding the biggest horse!”

Phoebe, riding in her first show of the summer, won her class and had an even bigger surprise.  “I thought my hand was jammed but nothing serious.  It started to hurt and it turned out to be a sprain!”  She now has her hand wrapped in an ace bandage, but “I hope to ride again real soon.”  Oh, by the way:  despite the injury, Phoebe won her class!

13willowhill201Phoebe was one of seven MacCready campers to capture blue ribbons; in fact, Remi, Maillane, and Sophie P won two of them.  “I was in the Command Class and my horse was really good,” said Sophie, continuing her modesty by adding, “While I felt like I was riding well, I was also in an easier class.  Next week, it will be more challenging.”

Interim riding director Hayley Higgs, managing her first show, also cited the excellent work of MacCready’s two jumpers – Hannah and Sarah – who both managed second place ribbons against a field or riders who ride full-time during the summer.

The next show, the final one of the summer, will be the 47th Big MacCready, with camp hosting riders from other camps and area programs.  It’s scheduled for Sunday, August 11 at 9:00am.  See results from the show (and all summer horse shows) HERE.



Pok-O-MacCready Camps
1391 Reber Road, Willsboro, NY 12996

Located in New York’s Adirondack Mountains

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