This is what Maddy would look like if she were a pony! I went to the Country Classic this weekend down in Wilsonville, Oregon. It is a big Hunter/Jumper event. When I go to Hunter/Jumper shows, I have no idea what I am watching. I don't understand the scores, the patterns, or the divisions. All I know is they are not supposed to knock down a pole. I go because there are just lots of beautiful horses, good vendors, and the tickets are usually free from my work. This little pony caught my eye, because she looked just like my girl---even running with the head high--classic Maddy! I went with my boyfriend who enjoyed watching peoples expressions as they rode by, more than the horses. He said, "they either look scared to death or in pain." I told him, "it is just concentration."
Probably a combination of all three:-). There really were some impressive horses. Lots of beautiful dappled bays. One rider flew in from France to compete and his horse balked over one of the jumps. I felt pretty bad for him. I do have to learn more about the sport. I filmed a hunter/jumper group out at the Hood River Classic a couple years ago that is on my website if anyone wants to watch it. That was my first experience with the H/J world.
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