So Stephanie Stratchar and Confidential rounded out a good week at the ApHC Youth Worlds with a solid 6th in Walk/Jog 10 and Under Trail. The girls had a great week and we wish everyone ... exhibitors, horses and supporters safe travels home and we'll see you soon at the next ESWHSA show Sunday, July 9th!!
And now all eyes are on the riders. Day 5 ushers in the Horsemanship classes and our girls met them head-on. Ashley Bullock and Willies Lovely Lady started the day off with a 10th, looking rock solid in plenty of competition in Novice Horsemanship 13 and under. Stephanie Strachar and Confidential proved they were in it to win it by finishing 4th in Walk/Job Horsemanship 10 and Under and then came Sierra Kane and Chipnotized battling to a well deserved 3rd in Horsemanship 13-15, the LARGEST of the of the Horsemanship classes.
Proving what we already know, these girls can RIDE!
The girls got to sleep in a little on Day 4 but that doesn't mean they weren't ready ... and the success started off with the littlest competitor, Emily Strachar who is the 2017 ApHC Youth World Reserve Champion Leadline rider!!!! Her sister, Stephanie tried to follow in her footsteps and was 11th in a tough Walk/Jog 10 and Under Pleasure ... both of them on their trusty partner, Confidential. Sierra Kane and Chipnotized hung tough in the 13-15 Western Pleasure for a 6th place finish and Ashley Bullock and Willies Lovely Lady finished the day off with a 10th in Novice Western Pleasure 13 and Under.
Another Great Day!!!
It's pretty daunting to be in the first class of the morning at a major show like the ApHC Youth Worlds ... even worse to be second in the Order To Go ... but that didn't stop Ashley Bullock and Willies Lovely Lady from turning in an eye-opening pattern to finish THIRD in Novice Showmanship 13 and Under on Day 3. Not to be outdone, Stephanie Stratchar and Confidential repeated that kind of performance to finish THIRD in Showmanship 10 and Under. Brilliant morning girls!!
The Showmanship 13 - 15 was a big class with VERY tough company. Sierra Kane and Chipnotized met that challenge head on and finished 10th and Ashley and Willow hung in for 15th overall.
Now That's the way to start a Day!
ApHC Youth World Show Day 2 ends with a whirlwind.
Ashley Bullock and Willies Lovely Lady - 5th in Novice English Equitation 13 & Under!!!
Sierra Kane and Chipnotized makes it in a touch cut and comes away 12th!!!
Way to represent!
A Fairy Tail come true, an Angel that's definitely smiling, Confidentially the ESWHSA girls come out with a strong start at the ApHC Youth World show!
Day 1 at the ApHC World Show in Fort Worth Texas saw our ESWHSA off to a strong start. Ashley Bullock and A Fairy Tale finished 6th and Sierra Kane and Moves Like An Angel finished 9th in Hunter in Hand Mares. Ashley and Willies Lovely Lady came back to finish 10th in a tough English Showmanship 13 & under and Stephanie Stratcher and Confidential was 5th in Walk/Trot Hunter Under Saddle. Not too shabby and it's only Day 1!
Last Sunday we were all glad to have the cover of the Harrington State Fair's Quillen Arena to show in. The weather was hot, hot, HOT!! Just like our exhibitors. Here are a couple of our littlest exhibitors after competing in the Showmanship class.
What do you get when you take about 3 dozen horses/ponies and miniatures, 37 classes and 153 entries and add a nice spring day?
An awesome schooling show!
A lot of excited and slightly nervous exhibitors rolled into Caroline County 4H Park on the morning of Sunday, April 23rd to kick off the 2017 show season with a “less-stress” version of the activities that will make up the ESWHSA class roster this year. ESWHSA VP, David Walbert, started us out right by his inspiring rendition of the National Anthem and we were off and running with the halter classes. Our judge, Caitlin Ginn, placings provided much needed feedback on how prepared we are for the up-coming shows and where we might need some work and most were pleasantly surprised that they were more prepared than they thought, including the high point award recipients who received either $25 or a $25 gift card:
High Point Mini(tie): Overtimes She’s Got Spots/Donna Urian
Reese’s Best Bet/Donna Mullins
High Point Horse: Moves Like an Angel/Sierra Kane
High Point Pony(tie): Custom Blue Chrome/Joan Smith
Miss Lily Belle/Lauren Edger
High Point Youth: Sierra Kane
High Point Adult: Kelsey Walls
High Point Limited Youth: Stephanie Stratcher
High Point Limited Adult: Dawn Jacobs
We’d like to shout out “Thanks” to all those who helped put on the event:
- board member, Cathy Moore and youth exhibitor, Emalee Edgar, and her Mom, Melissa Moffett, for selling that very profitable 50/50 that netted Darlene Parker $206!
- board members, Nina O’Bryan, Tina and Rob Joiner for helping the exhibitors with their questions and entry forms and calculating the high points
- President, Mary Gooden, and board members and sponsors, Doug Sherwood and Tammy Short for lending a hand wherever is needed … setting up courses, setting up the PA system, cleaning up the grounds
- Board members, Tina Kane and Sandy Tucker, as ring steward and announcer, for keeping people where the needed to be.
- K&R for keeping us well fed … yum!
- and last but never least, the girls from the Delaware State University Women’s Equestrian Team (Abigail Buckwalter, Molly Gara, Blayne Bell, Hayley Anderson, Angelina Watts, Eva Epstien, Peightyn DeMara and Paige Slater) for volunteering for anywhere we needed help!!
When it was all over, we’d seen many old friends and met some new ones and basically supported everyone (people and equine alike) to get our showing groove on.
MOST OF ALL, THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO CAME AND PARTICIPATED!
Coming Up on 5/7/2017 – Holly Glen Farms will continue their long tradition of hosting the first ESWHSA show at Caroline County 4H Grounds … CYA there!!
The Easter Bunny hasn’t cornered the market on cute!!
On April 8th, some of the ESWHSA’s own stopped by Dover Place assisted living facility to give the Easter Bunny a hand greeting all the residents and their families at the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Three of the miniature horses and exhibitors that show on our circuit, traded in their show apparel for bunny ears and were a huge hit with everyone young and old. Nina O’Bryan with her 20 year old veteran, Knollacs Rowdy Julie aka “Julie” led the way . Nina works there so she definitely knows her way around. Two of our youth exhibitors, Jazz Petersen and Donna Urian and their minis, Knollac Starmakers Notta Reflection aka “Notta” and Overtime’s She’s Got Spots aka “Bubbles” waltzed right in the facility with Nina and Julie and all three were an instant sensation. They even visited some of the residents in their rooms! The little horses, donned with bunny ears and their feet wrapped in colorful vetwrap to keep from slipping seemed right at home in the break rooms and hallways, posing for pictures and pats. Like everyone they greeted, the minis really seemed to be enjoying themselves.
This activity is a wonderful way to give back to the community and raise awareness of horses outside of the show arena. The girls enjoy doing these visitations because the little horses make everyone happy. The minis like all the attention and the occasional treat. Happiness was in the air and the smiles were popping up on people’s faces just like flowers in the spring!