This was Tucker’s first year in 4-H. To keep it simple we enrolled in the horse project and leather project. Both were things I did in my own years in the program and were projects that would be comfortable for him. When we started this whole journey the plan was to use Daddy’s horse, Wimpy. We had several practices with Wimpy. Tuck was learning the ins and outs of showmanship and showing his horse at halter. During his time with Nana and Papa he would practice with HIS trusted steed, Reggie. The week before the fair arrived and Nana and Papa told us that they thought Tuck would be more comfortable showing Reggie than Wimpy. It made perfect sense. These two had been together 3 days a week for several months. They were practically inseparable.
To merely say that I was pleased with their performance would be an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, they both have LOTS to learn and milestones to reach before I would ever anticipate awards to be won for showmanship. …but, I was very proud of Tucker. He kept his calm when Reggie wasn’t cooperating in the arena. He was confident and well poised and most important, REMEMBERED the pattern. He was cool as a cucumber even though I know he was a ball of nerves on the inside. He walked out of the arena with a goal reached.
Then it was time for the Aged Gelding class. This is a class in which the judge “grades” the horses in the class and their build/muscular makeup and places them according to his/her liking. We had no expectations. All we wanted was for Tuck to gain a little more experience.
To our surprise and his Papa’s great delight this was the result.
Tuck isn’t the only one who has gotten a few firsts with Mr. Reggie.
Monkey got to have her very first “big girl” ride last weekend. “Big girl/kid” riding equals riding solo in the saddle with Mommy or Daddy (or some appointed adult) in control of the reins/lead rope. It’s the way all youngsters of this age learn to ride.
She proved, again, to be my fearless girl.
Without a doubt, Reggie has found his place with these kiddos. He will be greatly loved as he greatly loves these two and carries them through many more adventures.
Peace, love and trophies!!!!!