Guys. This was one of the best horse shows ever. I also never actually broke the 60% mark. Weird. I know. Bear with me...
We went to Harmony in the Park Spring, which is one of my favorite shows in Indiana. The crew who puts on the show puts in sweat, blood, tears, and time. It shows. I've volunteered for these guys a ton, and they always make the experience wonderful. This show is one of the biggest reasons I have felt so welcomed and loved in the Indiana dressage community. I'm going to miss everything about this show: the atmosphere, the camaraderie, and the lasting friendships I've made.
One of the other reasons I love Harmony is it's attraction of big name riders and their young horses. Angela Jackson, Reese Koffler-Stanfield, and Rebecca Knollman all brought young rides. My reason for loving this was illustrated brilliantly while I was ring stewarding the quiet Sunday morning ring. I sat listening to Angela describe in detail her preferred methods for educating a young horse to the double bridle, and I realized this sort of education and idea exchange is one of the best things about going to recognized shows (as a rider or a volunteer). There is so much to learn, and so much access to great riding and experiences.
|Angela Jackson on Allure behind me at Harmony in the Park 2014|
"I'm enjoying a view of my future with this three year old," he said. "There's not a lot of hands-free moments going on right now."
"You'll get there!" I called back.
When I saw him ride his three year old later, I was just as impressed as ever with JT's quiet reassuring ride and the pure athleticism and beauty of his young horse. The need for patience and a sense of humor seemed to be the theme of the weekend, and really, aren't those lessons we all appreciate learning from time around horses?