We showed in March at the reining show in Hamilton. It was in the middle of nowhere! But, the facility was cool. It has a hotel and restaurant on the grounds, thank goodness! The town of Hamilton has very little in it, especially in the way of eating! It really surprised me, because Hwy 281 runs right through the middle of town. Plus they have a really cool town square, with a beautiful old court house. I always love those old courthouses! Anyway, the show was kind of a dud for us. Alli Buffington showed Priss (aka Playboys Last Fling) and had a good run. They had a few bobbles so the end result was like a 68. It was derby, so that wasn’t going to win her anything, but she looked great on the mare….and really taught her a lot for her next derby! Todd showed Canelo (aka Pick N Berries) and had a fantastic run, except the horse kicked out on the lead change. So his 74 run was quickly taken to a 68 between the penalty and maneuver score. Bummer. He also showed Willy (aka West Coast Willy) who marked a 71. Unfortunately, he swapped leads in the center a few times. They don’t give extra points for that. So, he too, was on target for a 73/74, but it was not to be.
We were at the NRBC, in Katy in April. I am convinced that no one in Katy has a kitchen in their house. There is never a time that you go out to eat that the restaurant isn’t packed! The show as always was big and action packed. Todd and Alli both showed in the Derby. They had good runs, but didn’t score high enough to make the finals. We stayed in a corporate apartment this year. That was nice! We have never done that for a long show like this. We usually stay in a hotel, but man that is a long time in a hotel. We will definitely do the corporate housing again!
At the end of April we went to the Graham Stampede in, yep you guessed it, Graham! What a lovely town. It was very picturesque and quaint. Beautiful homes, lots of restaurants and plenty of hotel rooms. The facility was good. Not my favorite facility, but definitely good for the competitors and horses. Us spectators have different needs than the people showing! We had a great show! Todd marked a 73.5 on Canelo and had a great run on him! Tracy and Envy (aka Such a Day) had a great show. She was reserve champion in the NHNP L2 and was 3rd in the Green Horse L2. Miko Garcia had his first time in the pen, ever, on Red (aka Red River Banjo). He marked a 66.5, stayed on pattern and finished in the top 10 of his first ever class! It was really awesome to watch!
Our next show is the Great Escape at the Greater Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy. We looked forward to seeing you all there and until next time, see you down the show road!!….Taumi
We made it back fromt the Waco Warm Up in one piece and no worse for the wear considering the temperature! The aptly named show was HOT! Todd won the Open Derby on Wimpy’s Lil Hollywood, owned by BJ Vick. Thank you BJ for allowing us to partner with you on such a fantastic horse! He is truly a gem! Our non pro’s survived the event, and even had fun! Everyone had a great show, it was fun to see all of them show and make progress. It is truly a blessing to see! Everyone works so hard and it is rewarding to see them give it all they got in the showpen. I know it means so much to everyone. Pastor Mike had services for Turn Around Ministry. That ministry is really taking off….it is great to see the reining industry embrace it.
Our next show is the Tulsa Ariat Reining Classic at the end of August. This show is home to our Affiliate Finals as well as a large derby and futurity. Todd is showing in both the derby and futurity. He has a handful of his non pro’s going to show in the affiliate finals. So we have our fingers crossed for a successful show and successful journey.
We are truly blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful people and horses. We thank God everyday that he allows us to do the work we love with people that we love.
Waco Warm Up is in full swing! Dwaine Rivers showed on Playboys Last Fling in his first futurity and was 4th! Well done Dwaine! Julie Crosby placed 2nd in her youth class on Mistress Gotta Gun. They looked fantastic together. Todd was 4th on Down By the Seaside in the Open. Mike Seay won the year end custom hat award on his horse Diamond! He was so thrilled, and it was a joy to watch him mark a 72.5! We have a few more showing today! Will keep you posted!
We are back from the Derby, and it was a great show! It was incredibly HOT, but in the end Todd made the Level 2 and Level 3 Open Finals on Wimpys Lil Hollywood. He placed 5th in the Level 2 finals and 11th in the Level 3. Congratulations to him and to all of the finalists. Tell Edgmon showed Black Magic Starlet in the solid paint class and won. So congrats to him too.
I also want to welcome Candy James to the barn with her horse Hobbs. We picked Hobbs up at the Derby and he is settling in nicely. Last, but not least I want to congratulate Sergio Elizondo on his purchase of Show Your Guns. He is a very nice horse and an excellent addition to the barn. We look forward to seeing you guys show and grow!
The Waco Warm Up is in the books and it was a success! We had a great time seeing everyone and as always enjoyed getting to show.