Sunday, May 23, 2010

Half-assed performance

Yesterday I attended the Devilish Kokopelli Live Show. This is a large, multi division show held each year at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, Colorado. I look forward to this show all year long, largely because it features an extensive performance class list.

This year, however, I almost didn't show performance. I've had so much going on in my life that I just haven't had the time or energy to think about my set-ups. I was ready to call it quits before I even started, but then at the last minute, I had a change of heart. It occurred to me that half-assed performance set-ups might be kind of fun, particularly since the model I decided to show was, in fact, half ass.

I tentatively planned to show my mule Balthazar in a few classes in each division. Things did not get off to a good start when we completely missed the Parade class because I'd left the cinch at home. My redeemed ourselves, however by winning the Other Performance class with this scaled down Endurance entry. The half-assed quality of my performance efforts continued into the Scene class. In the past, I've shown this with Balthazar tied to a hitching post. This time, however, I forgot to bring the hitching post, and I had to ad lib. Still, it was good enough for second. Good thing the judge didn't count off for dust!
Two good ribbons in two classes were enough to make Balthazar Reserve Champion of the Other Performance division. Yay, Balthazar!
The English division was next. I skipped the first four classes (Cross Country, Jumper, Hunter and Saddleseat). Balthazar is not a saddleseat mount, and although there are ways to use a standing model in the over fences classes, I don't find any of them to be particularly pleasing. I really don't like setting up class filler, so I waited things out until the Huntseat Pleasure class.

Balthazar was the only standing model in this class, which can be a disadvantage. He was also, however, the only model with a doll. A well dressed doll that is properly positioned can be a huge asset. My rider doll was dressed by Sheri Wirtz with field boots by Corinne Ensor. She is absolutely top of the line and I give her most of the credit for this blue ribbon.
English Trail was next. Balthazar came in second.
I didn't have anything prepared for the Other English class, so I asked my friend Teresa for help. She immediately set me up with this card...
and the matching prop. Another winner--thanks Teresa!
Dressage was the last class in the English division, and Balthazar continued his winning ways with this training level set-up. Go mule!
We ended up skipping the Western division entirely. I took one look at the horses in the first class and knew we would be completely outclassed. Like I said before, I don't like setting up class filler. I decided my time would be better spent taking pictures and talking with friends.

Here's Balthazar again with his winnings for the day. It wasn't quite enough to earn him an Overall title, but still... Six NAN cards in six classes is pretty impressive.
Maybe it wasn't such a half-assed performance after all!

(Lots more pictures to come!!!)


  1. I always love your setups - you are so knowlegeble! Thanks for talking to me about doll boots too!

  2. Congrats to your successful mule! Love him! Keep those pictures coming! ;-))

  3. Well, darn, was hoping for you to get another win in Parade You had some lovely set ups, so not surprised you did so well. Love the idea of musical mats! I might have to give that a try myself with my standing and walking models!
    Congrats on your lovely mule winning again!

  4. Vicky--I tried so hard to get that darn mule in the Parade class. I had two cinches in my own tack box but they were both the kind that only buckled on one side. I needed tongue buckles on both sides. I even tried to convert one with the things I had on hand, but that didn't work out so well. Still not giving up, I tried to borrow one from Teresa. She had one but it was the wrong color. I tried it but it looked terrible! So, that's when I gave up. Oh well, maybe next time!

    Numberswise, Balthazar now has enough NAN cards for his NAMHSA Performance Versatility Merit Award. I think he needs to have English cards from more than one show, though. I'll have to check on that. It was fun showing him in the English division but I really do want to get back to something that's cantering...