This is a bit late as we're about two and a half months into the 2019 season, but we just had our local association banquet and I wanted to wait to post this until I had all the requisite photos.
Read all about my first season showing with Pam Herman Farms.
2018 was my first show season with Pam Herman Farms and my first show season without Wow.
The season began for us in late April and ran through November for VHSA Finals held in Lexington, Virginia
As I compiled all this photographic and video evidence of the season I was pleased to see the improvement in my riding. I've become a smoother, yet stronger rider. I'm more confident in myself and my ability and I have my wonderful trainer Pam Herman and Stella's owners, Signature Sporthorses to thank for the opportunity to ride Stella.
VBHSA Show @ Pam Herman Farms - April 28, 2018
My first show of the season, and first with Pam Herman Farms, and luckily a home show. The local circuit is a little different in Virginia Beach. Instead of showing at an equestrian center or typical show grounds, each barn in the area that's part of the VBHSA (Virginia Beach Horse Show Association) hosts two shows per season.
The Adults typically ride towards the end of the day at most of these shows, which is fine with me as that allows the trainers their pro rides in the Green and Working divisions.
Here's one of my rounds from my first show aboard Sorority Girl, a.k.a. Stella. I watch it now and while it's good, it wouldn't be good enough for the 1st it received now. But that's life and that's horse showing....continuous improvement and change.
We ended up champion with a clean sweep of the over fences classes and topping the field in the hack (which I didn't know at the time, we'd end up unbeatable in the hack for the year!). I also ribboned in the Open Hunter under saddle class with Stella; finishing second behind my trainer and another mare she had in training at the time.
VBHSA Show @ Crafty Fox Farm - June 02, 2018
This show was the epitome of a learning experience. I had just found a new home for Wow and I didn't know just how hard that would impact me. I was flighty and my mind wasn't in it and it definitely showed. Pop chips and long spots were the norm for me that day. The only bright spot was we won the hack.
This was the only one of two good photos from that day, and it doesn't even begin to show my crazy ride on the struggle bus that day.
VBHSA Show @ Pam Herman Farms - June 09, 2018
I wish I could say this was my redemption show from the Crafty Fox Farms show, but sadly it wasn't. It wasn't nearly as bad, but it wasn't the comeback I'd hoped for.
Everyone in the division was on their game and I just wasn't good enough. Again though, that's horse showing. Any. Given. Day.
Stella and I brought home a 5th over fences and a topped the field in the under saddle.
VHSA Associate Summer Show @ Deep Run Hunt Club