On May 14th, three days before all the news about the outbreak of EHV-1, I took Zaina to her first show – the Way out West Arabian Community Show. Everyone told me it was a fun and casual show, and it was!
Leading up to the show we worked on trotting with me (check), standing still (sometimes), backing up (most of the time), introduction to clippers (get those things away from me!), introduction to water (that’s really annoying, unless I can eat grass), having our legs brushed (that tickles), and loading/unloading from trailers (no big deal). Phew! It’s a lot of stuff, but we’ve been working on it for several months.
So the day of the show came and it was the first time I was going to lock her into a stall in a trailer. She’s been trailered 3 times before, always loose in the trailer. She wasn’t too thrilled at first when the gate was shut on her and her head was tied, but after a few minutes she settled in.
Luckily I didn’t have to drive. Linda did that, taking a ton of stress of me since I have very little experience towing a trailer. This also meant Zi had a buddy with her for the trip. Fortune is an old hand at going to shows and he was a perfect role model for Zi.
When we got to Sandamar and unloaded the horses Zi was a little bit sweaty, her hind legs were shaky, and her tummy was sucked in. Poor baby! I walked her around for a minute and then took her to her stall to brush her. She had a bit to eat and calmed down.
Before I knew it, it was time for our class. The judge was SUPER. She explained to all of us the relatively new rules for Arabian/half-Arabian halter class. We had to enter the arena at a trot, but we had 3/4 of a circle before we had to stop in line. Of course, after trotting in I had a
slightly fidgety baby on my hands!
In the end though – the most important thing is that she had a good experience going out to her first show, no one got hurt, and she behaved pretty darn well for a 2 year old. Oh, and surprise to me she got a 2nd place ribbon out of 4 horses in her halter class!
Now she says, when’s the next show? I would like to take her to a couple more this Summer once we stop having new outbreaks of EHV-1.