Jennibray may have been my most successful performance "horse" at Springamathing, but she wasn't my most versatile. That distinction went to the lovely Lady Liberty, who showed in all three performance divisions.
Her first class was Harness, which is not my strong suit.
I did a reasonably good job of tacking her up, but the traces of this borrowed harness were a bit too short for my cart. That would have kept her out of the ribbons at NAN, but it was good enough for Springamathing.Other Performance was next. I cobbled together a showmanship entry that almost but didn't quite work. It's back to the drawing board for this one!
Saddleseat was better. She won this one...
and should have won the English Trail class, too. Unfortunately the bit fell out of her mouth, causing her to finish out of the ribbons. Darn!
She placed second in the Other English class with a simple but nice bareback entry. Then, it was on to the Western division, and the live show debut of my long planned Donut Race entry (complete with Donut Eating Dog). I'm not going to lie--this was my most satisfying blue ribbon of the day.I was still mad at myself for not blowing the English Trail class, so I recycled that entry in Western Trail. This time I triple checked the bit, and my diligence was rewarded with another blue ribbon. Yay!
Lady Liberty's last class was Western Pleasure/Standing, and she, once again, she claimed the top spot.
With three blue ribbons to her credit, Lady Liberty was named Reserve Champion of the Western Performance division. Hurray!
Although she didn't do enough to earn an Overall title, Lady Liberty's performance debut was a rousing success.
Like Jennibray, she's a big, pretty model with personality galore. She looks great on the table, and I really enjoyed showing her. If I go to NAN in 2015, I'll definitely bring Lady Liberty with me!