Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Willow Tree performance

The performance division at the Willow Tree Live followed a somewhat unusual format. Instead of being divided into the standard English, Western and Other subdivisions, there were simply thirteen classes, followed by callbacks for the Overall Champion.

The first class of the day was Harness. Alison Martin's stablemate was the sole entry.
My first class was also my worst class. I do own a dressage doll, but she has been living with Erin since last year's Breyerfest. My huntseat doll was pressed into duty, but I really don't like the way he looks in this set-up. The judge didn't either. Formal Attire placed third...
behind Teresa's Invitation to Unzip...
and Fabian's King of Sorrow. These three horses dominated the Willow Tree performance division and competed in nearly every class. 
The combined Hunter/Jumper/Cross Country class was next. Formal Attire won this one...
and was third in English Trail. At this point, it looked like Teresa, Fabian and I would be trading the top placings all day.
Then Formal Attire won three classes in a row. These were English Pleasure,
Other Performance,
(this Versatility Challenge entry was my single favorite entry of the day!)
and Costume/Parade.
The winning streak came to an abrupt halt with Stockwork. Fabian won this one...
and Rita Tupa placed second.
The best Formal Attire could do was third. Oh, well!
Barrels/Poles/Games was next. 
This was a nice big class with several new faces, including Teresa's Some Kinda Flirt...
and Carra's Mellow Yellow Fellow.
I recycled Liam's hide race entry for this class, and it placed first. Hurray!
That was the start of another winning streak. Formal Attire also took the blue in the next three classes. These were Western Trail,
Western Pleasure...
and Other Western.
With eight first place finishes, Formal Attire was the obvious pick for Overall Champion,
but the competition for the Reserve title...
was really tight.
In the end, the certificate went to Teresa's Invitation to Unzip, making it a BHR Loper sweep.
This was a small but tough performance show. Fabian and Teresa made me work hfor every placing, and I am proud of that Champion certificate!


  1. Clearly it was a good weekend for lopers. I got mine back with his new spotted jammies a couple weekends ago and he scooped up a champ in performance on Sat as well.

    1. Congrats!

      The BHR Loper is a very nice performance horse. I had a lot of fun showing mine.


  2. Congratulations for doing so well! Your entries look like they were really awesome! I've had kind of a question about performance showing recently. Are models you use for performance held to the same standards as halter horses? I mean, can a performance horse have minor flaws and still be successful? I'm not talking about chips or breaks, just small but still noticeable rubs and shiny marks as well as small shiny marks. Also, does the confirmation of a performance horse have to be perfect? Thanks for taking time to read this! I'm considering showing performance someday and I would like some more information .

    1. The answer, as always, is going to be "it depends."

      It depends on the judge, and it also depends on the competition.

      Generally speaking, small condition issues aren't a problem for performance horses. It's better not to have them, of course, but most judges (myself included) are pretty forgiving.

      As for conformation... that's a real can of worms. Personally, bad conformation does not bother me nearly as much as bad anatomy and biomechanics. If the model looks broken or lame, it really isn't going to be a good performance horse. It might do okay depending on circumstances, but correct models are more correct.

      Hope this helps!