This event required the riders to navigate their horse through a series of obstacles and challenges to test the horse's agility, quietness and trust. Obstacles/challenges included things like dragging a pile of empty milk cartons behind the horse, backing within a specified course, a small trail type jump, walking over water and a small bridge, etc.
Denita's horse Reese wasn't too sure on a few of these, but overall did VERY well. Leslie - as always - was a hit because she is so darn cute!! This girl is truly a mini-Denita . . . Grandma Lentz came along to help too . . .
This is hard work . . . it was in the low 90's with no shade . . . we were all hot and tired by early afternoon . . .
We also learned that puppies and ponies don't always mix . . . I was trying to get a cute shot of Knox and Reese kissing when Reese struck out at him with her front hoof, just catching him on the head above his eye. The yelping will probably haunt me for the rest of my life. Jeremy was remarkably calm and held Knox until he stopped crying and we could try to determine if he was seriously hurt. The white of his eye is still red, but he seems ok. Needless to say . . . new rules about how close he can get to horses from now on . . .
Here are some of my favorites from Denita's class . . .