Speaking of Owen, my riding has been limited since me injury last month, so I've been working him in the long reins. We've made real progress and can now canter down the long side on both reins, tho' I have to stop and puff once we get to the end of the arena. Even more amazing, we've worked out a full working canter pirouette left, the left canter halfpass, and even a flying change in the long reins!
But I must post something sidesaddle related, and during my clearout I've come across a lot of old photos, including these from the archives. This series is of me and my arab/welsh pony, Foxy, at my first sidesaddle show. The little guy (13.3 hh) competed in all three seats against horses and won some good ribbons, even winning one class. As I recall, Jeannie was at that show, too, riding a mare called Sapphire...or something like that. These were taken back in the 80's, and I apologize for the quality and the cropping; they are 11 x 14s, and my scanner bed is only 8 x 11.
Saddle Seat...that bright pink coat was
quite daring back in those days!
And finally, working hunter, and yes, they
allowed ponies to compete in the working
hunter in this show.Foxy, however, was
the only one that did.
Quite the versatile little guy, eh? I sure do miss him, and could use another just like him.