This past weekend, Sophia entered her first equestrian show in Plantation, Florida. We arrived around 0745 on Saturday for her first five classes in the Hunters division for Beginning Crossrails.
[Yeah, yeah, this entry is supposed to be "wordless," but rules were made to be broken.]
The tent where Sophie's stable, Miami International Riding Club, was situated
Sophie's instructor, Daniela, tying her back number around her show coat.
[She was #398.]
Almost ready to start warming up
After a few canters around the warm-up arena, Sophie was ready for her first Beginning Crossrails Flats class.
Anne-Marie and Meghan letting Sophie and Buddy out of the warm-up arena
Sophia and Buddy waiting with Meghan, Anne-Marie, Delfina, and Dani
Waiting to be judged in Beginning Crossrails - Flats
Next up, Sophie entered the Beginning Crossrails jumping portion of Hunters.
Sophia and Dani hugging it out after the Medals class
Waiting with Anne-Marie to find out her standings in the five classes of Hunters she entered on Day One
No matter what, Sophie was thrilled to have been at her first horse show!
For Day One, Sophia received two 6ths and a 7th place!
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Sophia watching while Anne-Marie tacks up Buddy
Dani making sure the stirrup lengths are just right for Sophie
Remember, Sophia: Heels Down!!
Walking Buddy, flanked by Daniela and Anne-Marie, to warm up before her next five classes
After a great warm-up in the practice arena, Sophia and Buddy were ready.
Pats and smiles for Buddy
I could tell Sophia was nervous for her second day, but she was all smiles just before entering the Hunters arena.
She and Buddy took a 5th Place ribbon in the Flats portion of her morning.
For enormous Buddy, Beginning Crossrails isn't much more than a step over the jump!
Look at that ginormous grin, greeting Dani for the first time after riding her Medals class! She knew that ride felt great.
Anne-Marie giving Sophia a huge hug after Sophie learned she took 2nd place (Reserve Champion) in the medals class on Day Two. There were definitely tears for Sophia!
Letting Buddy-Budster graze in the grass after an amazing morning
Sophie rigged up her ribbon and medal after we arrived at home. [Missing: an 8th Place brown ribbon]
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