Monday, December 26, 2011

A Jolly Time Was Had By All

Thank You Sheldon Feed for sponsoring the prizes for our Jingle Bell Show!

It was with great pleasure that we hosted our Jingle Bell Academy Show and Luncheon last week for our wonderful students here at Dragonfire. We were treated with a fabulous display of what our students have been learning in the Academy, as well as visiting with all of the supportive family members later in the lounge over a delicious lunch provided by Melissa. Not only that, we had absolutely PERFECT WEATHER, something that we have been dreaming about without much success in our Academy Show Series.

a few Pre-show Pophams
riders line up for the judge in a youth class

Those who have their own horse were decked out with holiday spirit and were festively turned out for the show.  Kammy Bhala won the Best Dressed Award, along with a pair of wins in her flat class and pattern at our show.

Kammy and Merlin dressed for success

Mia Bouslaugh has newly partnered with Masto for the season and the match is already drawing accolades with a win in their flat class. His quiet rhythm  is perfect to showcase Mia's growing confidence and grace on a horse.

Christina congratulates Masto and Mia after their big win
Winning the large Advanced Pattern class was Megan Watkins aboard Maggie. Megan did well to keep the pattern even and exact, which really impressed me since they had to perform a four loop serpentine including two canter loops and two trot loops with a halt at the end.

Megan and her family pose with Maggie
Ben Snyder was overwhelmed with his win after a strong performance in the Beginner Pattern aboard Aida. His enthusiastic acceptance of his prize was such a treat to watch, reminding all who were there that horses are so good for a child's soul.

Ben is all smiles after a great ride on Aida
With poise and obvious joy, Daniella Zarate piloted Khan to a win in the walk/trot rail class. Her exuberant smile whilst performing with great style made her stand out to win the Best Performance Of The Show.

Daniella and Khan strutting their stuff
Focus being displayed during a pattern

Happiness is this

Congratulations to all of the riders, as your performances showed how hard you have been working to improve your riding skills. We are very impressed and can't wait to see you all again during our 2012 Show Series!

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