Picture by Sara Yacoub, Myrewyn Equestrian, LLC
This summer when Destiny arrived at the barn, she was an instant hit with the girls…especially Gabby who adores Pintos. (Destiny is a TBxMustang). My niece Mazey was scheduled to ride Destiny in the show. When Sara arrived to load the horses she discovered that Destiny had injured herself. Luckily another rider agreed to share her horse and Mazey ended up being Reserve Champion!
When we talked about taking Destiny to the show we (Sara, Destiny’s owner and myself) did not want a repeat of last time, especially since this was Gabby’s last show for a bit. So, before we loaded the horses, Destiny was wrapped from head to toe!
She did not like it ONE BIT! She kept stamping her feet, trying to get the wraps off. I tried hard not to giggle at her; I didn’t want to hurt her feelings. But she was so cute!
Once she arrived at the show arena we were able to unbundle her. She was a happy girl.
We spent a couple hours Friday night schooling the horses. Destiny seemed to be doing very well. We tucked her in for the night, fed her a late dinner (which made her VERY happy! This girl loves her hay!) and headed home to rest up for the next day.
Show time came early. Gabby was up at 5:30 to take a shower and prepare her hair. We left the house about 7:10 and arrived in time to tack Destiny and study the course. 9:00 the show started.
Gabby was scheduled for 6 classes. The first two were beginner trot & walk. Gabby won 1st place in the first class! She won third place in the 2nd class.
The next 3 classes were for beginners, so she was able to study the jumps. I snuck back into the training arena to give her some encouragement.
The first jump went perfect. Gabby won 2nd place. We were excited because she was in the running for moving up in the Blue Ribbon Series!
Unfortunately, Destiny had her OWN idea of how this show would end. Halfway through the course we began to realize that Gabby was either forgetting her course or Destiny wasn’t listening. My heart stopped as I heard my daughter whimper, “Destiny, slow down.” Next thing I knew my husband was panicking. Sara and another trainer raced into the arena trying to help slow Destiny down. Destiny stayed her course on the rail. Unfortunately on the sides there were jumps. She sailed over the jumps, which kept her going. Finally after about 11 unscheduled jumps, Missy was finally able to get Destiny to stop! SCARY!
There is NOTHING more terrifying than watching a 1000+ animal take off with your child and you can do NOTHING about it. I just prayed that she wouldn’t be thrown off the horse. We immediately raced down to where Gabby was. Her dad and I decided that Gabby was done.
I was proud of how my daughter handled the situation. She stayed on, controlled her emotions and held her head high. The judge commented on how nice Gabby was to Destiny. Everyone let us know how well she rode.
We don’t know what made Destiny run. None of us have ever seen her gallop like that. She’s usually a lazy mare.
Unfortunately Gabby was disappointed. She was disqualified for this class and forfeited her last 2 classes. She didn’t want to stay around for the after-show ribbon pictures. I decided to not press the issue.
I was able to get her to take a picture at home after much prodding. Later we found out that she won 5th place in the Blue Ribbon Series!
I’m proud of you Gabby! You did a great job!