This past week, Nicole has been competing in the Horse and People Horse Show in Wilsonville, Oregon. This is another A level show similar to the Early Summer Hunter Jumper Classic she competed in, this past June. At this show she is riding a horse she started riding after the show in June, and she still managed to receive two first place ribbons, as well as quite a few others.
These shows are 5 days long. As Shannon and I recently took vacation, we were only able to watch her on Saturday and Sunday the final two days.
I posted pictures of the Eclipse Team led by Kathleen Dodd on my flickr account.
Here is a picture of Nicole Jumping on Strip who shows a Any Time Any Where.
Nicole on the final day of the show. Don’t let the pretty in pink deceive you, she is fiercely competitive.
Here is a picture of Nicole and Strip with her 2 first place ribbons they won during the competition. She won others, but she was most excited about the 2 first place.
These shows are long days for Nicole. She gets up at 5:30 or 6 to be out at the show by 7:00 am. The Eclipse team then stays at the show until 5 when the horses get their last meal of the day. Nicole is usually home by about 7 or 8. While at the show, the girls work hard to get everything prepared for the shows.
Nicole was upset that the day we came to watch, she did not do as well as the days before. She wanted to put her best foot forward to show her parents how far she has progressed. She needs to remember, and yes I do remind her that we are proud of her for getting out and trying her best. She has sure come and long way this past year and Shannon and I are very proud of how far she has come.