So proud of Sierra for winning 1st place yesterday at just her secone IEA Horse Show at MTSU. She also place 5th in her second class despite having drawn a horse that was tense and a little hot. It is so fun to see her grow as a rider and to be able to show an unfamiliar horse.
It was a big day for Elise! It’s been 2 years in tgr making and it was on her sister’s pony, but Elise cantered for the first time today! It had taken a lot of work to break through her nerves and fears, so today was huge! This kid used to cry and beg me to not make her walk alone, ride up or down hills, or trot. At one point in time she would just jump off if the horse did the slightest head shake. With the purchase of a sweet horse named Patches, a lot of patience and time, this sweet girl took off at a canter without any tears or begging. She took a breath, said “I can do this”, and with some cheering from me and her friend, Elise took off! Love this picture I got of her just doing from ear to ear. It was pretty awesome for both of us. Even better when she asked “can I do that again?”. HECK YA KID! It’s these moments that give me so much joy. I love what i have been able to do for Elise’s confidence. ❤ I could not be more proud of her.
It was a great day for two of Aelin’s students at two separate shows. Sierra and Scotch showed at the Freedom Reigns Charity Show and took Champion in the 2’3″ jumpers and Reserve Champion in the 2’6″ jumpers. They earned a first, 3 seconds, a third, and a fourth place in their individual classes. Super proud of these two as it was just Sierra’s second show pushing Scotch for speed in the jump offs.
Heather and Jax competed at the POA show in Murfreesboro, TN taking 2nd under both judges in Halter, and 1st under both judges in Walk/Trot Western Pleasure and Hunter Under Saddle!
Congratulations to both Heather and Sierra!
Last weekend Jessica and Blake competed in their first 3 phase event and came out with double clear and with a win! Her dressage showed some baby moments, but Blake was a beast on the cross country, taking on each fence like a pro! She did the same coming into Stadium not a bit tired. Congratulations to these two! It will be exciting to see how they develop.
The judging was tough at this year’s 4H State Horse Show. Sierra and Smooth as Scotch competed in Senior Ranch, Novice Hunt Seat, and Over Fences; and although they had some beautiful rides they just couldn’t quite capture a win. They rode a beautiful dressage test with a score of 69.2 placing them 4th and then end the show strong by placing 6th out of 20 in both of their over fences classes. I am proud of her for sticking it out and continuing to fight for the 3 day show.
I just need to brag on this young lady. Sierra has been riding with me for five years, training in Western Pleasure, Ranch, Showmanship, Horsemanship, Hunter Under Saddle, Huntwr Equitation, and Over Fences. In January, she was the first person to sit on Astronome and was responsible for putting his first few rides on him. Since then, I have ridden him sporadically over the past four months. Sierra rode him once last week and then this weekend, Sierra guided Astronome through his first show. She did such an incredible job with him and I am incredibly proud of the young horse woman she has become. There are many great years to come!
Congratulations to Jessica, Blake, and Blue for their success in the 2ft jumpers at the Brownland No Frills today. Jessica took 1st and 2nd on her 4 year old Blake, and earned two second place finishes on Blue in classes of 15 riders! Blue is currently for sale. Contact Aelin Herrington at 615-653-9733 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This is R Pippi Longstocking. She originally came to me 4 years ago to learn more about her job as a riding pony. She then returned to me months later to further her training by learning to jump. Pip had a bit of an up and down training career with various riders, but there were a few of us who believed this pony had huge potential. Roughly 3 years ago a girl named Kendall bought her and began training her for Eventing. They have been a fantastic team. They recently just competed in their first Training Level Event in Florida and finished in 3rd!
It is so amazing and heart warming to see how far this 14.2 buckskin mare has come. It’s even more amazing to see her competing at 3’3″ and placing so well!