Monday, September 9, 2013

Easterns

Me sitting on Maggie at the
2013 Eastern US Championships
Well,  I'll cut down to the chase.. Maggie and I finished second.. I was sitting about .5 seconds out of first place after the first day... then after the second day... I got out ran by like 5 seconds...
Maggie just wouldn't run.. and it wasn't for lack of me trying to make her run..  and she wasn't doing anything wrong.. she was on point and didn't miss a step.. just wasn't running fast enough to not get out ran.....
So Saturday.. I was still in the money.. and I made it back to the double downs.. which is one run for double your money or nothing... but, you are running against the top 10 out of the ladies level 3 and 4 (I'm a 3) and Maggie just wasn't going to make the cut against a few of the girls in the level 4...  so after about busting out into tears at the realization that my buddy for 6 years now hasn't got what it takes to be the winner... I asked My cowboy for his horse, Tattoo...   apparently it was against his idea and a few other people's idea.....  because that horse runs level 6 times... which is smoking fast...  
I finished up running the AQHA on Tattoo's baby, we call her Charly (Ropescharcoalcharly is her name) and I was about to just run her in the double downs because she was out running maggie by 2 seconds a stage.. and she is 4 and has only been broke for 90 days...  but, Clint told me to get his horse out of the stall.. and I went and got him... put my saddle on him.. and took him to the warm up arena.. and got familiar with him..  I've only ridden him 2 times.. once he dumped me because I used inside leg on him and he's an outside leg horse.. and then once again in a competition when he was just new to shooting.... well I'm in that arena figuring out his buttons and took off from a dead stand still and that joker ran....  I was having my doubts about this and I was nervous because I was about to run the double downs.... but, I went in there.. and a good friend of ours told me to get rough with him and don't take no for an answer.. to be aggressive and take charge.. haha...   So, about 2 riders out... I made it back in the number 4 hole out of 10, which meant I had the 4th fastest total time out of the 10 girls there... I started back peddling and wanted to ride Maggie.... So they start calling for me.. and here is when it all became a blur...  I found my line... dropped the reins and Tattoo jumped straight up in the air at a dead run.. he took about 2 big power steps and I rattled the bit and it was on..... I held him back through the first 4 and motored across the arena to the 5th.. then rounded that run down barrel and it was going by so fast it was all a blur.... I came down that rundown with the biggest shit eating grin in the world.. and that was it.... I have got the need for speed...
So, we talked on the way home about horses and what not... and decided that I am going to leg Gracie up, since she is ok... so last night when we got home... I decided to get on her and check her out...
we trotted and loped a bit.. and she felt good... so I'm excited..  I may be taking me a rat tailed leopard app to worlds :)

just jumped on

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