06.15.14

Just Horsin’ Around

Posted in Horse Shows, Kentucky at 9:54 pm by Thomas

This time of the year is Great in Kentucky for so many reasons, the weather is warm, though usually not too hot just yet.  The Days are long as its not truly dark until 10, which makes for a Great Evening at a horse show, which are also very numerous this time of the year.  So this past weekend my family and some friends of ours loaded up 3 of our horses, my OTTB “Mont(e)y”, their Saddlebred “Kiss This” and Walking Horse “Pepper” for a fun all be it, very long evening at the Just Horsin’ Around horse show in Brodhead, Kentucky.  This was actually our second horse show in a week and certainly helped to lessen my disappointment over us not winning the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

We rolled into the show grounds just before 5 PM, the show wasn’t slated to start until 5:30 and we knew it might not get started right at 5:30 because these kind of shows are more about an enjoyable atmosphere then following some specific schedule, it was a Saturday night after all and anybody there wanted to be there and had no where else they wanted to be.  I tacked up Monte as soon as we got there and headed into the ring the warm him up and see what he thought of all the horses and people.  Speaking of horses and people, I don’t know that I have been to a horse show that was as packed as this one which of course makes me happy, because it means there is still a large population of people who enjoy horses and know just how important they are to the Commonwealth.

I entered Monte in one class, Western Pleasure just to give him that experience and spent the rest of the evening just riding around the fair grounds to see how he would react to all the people and horses.  I did un-tack him and give him a long rest at one point until he got bored with that and then I tacked him up again and off we went.  By this time it was after dark which can always present new experiences.  Monte wasn’t phased by anything, I was so impressed with how he behaved with all the different scenarios we encountered.  We spent a long time standing at the entrance to the ring watching a number of classes with numerous other people on horse back, certainly an enjoyable way to watch a horse show.  He stood quietly taking it all in, much like he did everything else that night.  By the time we left it was 1 AM and of the 8 hours we had been there I probably spent half that time on horseback which is where I wish I could spend more time.  The time I spend at horse shows is always quality time that always proves the point of how much horses are a part of Kentucky and how Kentucky wouldn’t be the same without them.

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Thomas P. Demond
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