I saw them with looks of concern, when asked to jump something new yet take it on any way with boldness and land with smiles from ear to ear and more confidence in themselves than they've ever had. Kids who last year were struggling over poles on the ground who worked all year and came back this year and now jumping beginner novice and novice jumps with ease. These are the cream of the crop. The future of our horse sports and I am proud to be along for the ride to watch them grow and learn.
These are no ordinary kids. They work hard, they don't complain, they may weigh less than the manure bucket they are trying to empty but they figure out a way to do it. Because they understand that their teammate is the most important one in their partnership and deserve the best care no matter how hard. Each kid willing to help the other.
I saw some take spills and refuse to take a break and more determined to ride better and get it right. Not one get angry with their horse but instead heeded instruction to give a better ride. You truly get to see these kids grow in so many ways over the 5 days of camp. Now here are some pictures to make you too feel like a chicken shit.
Jumping the double bank down beautifully.
|Canter through the water and up and over the Novice rolltop.|
|He was acting squirlly to this jump but Elaina rode it well and she is learning young the benefits of "staying in the backseat!"|
|Again he got squirlly and she rode it out with success.|
And here are a couple of the other kiddos at camp. Really amazing little riders. Both of these young riders are 10.
Tuesday morning we leave bright and early with two other girls from our club(one of them being the one riding the big bay above) for Kentucky Horse Park for Pony Club National Championships and Festival. Where they will be competing in Pony Club Quiz. Wish them luck!!! Go Pony Club!