Tommy experienced a few more new "firsts" for him at this show, and that was good. Since my photographer husband had to work and I was there by myself, I took photos of everybody else. =:)
This show has the most unique way of entering classes. Instead of circling which classes that you want to do on a classlist sheet, you just count up how many classes that you would like to do that day. Then you can buy that number tickets. When your class comes along, you deposit your ticket into a bucket at the arena gate. If for some reason, you decide not to do that certain class and you choose to do another, your ticket can be used for a different class that you'd like to do instead. A good example is that Tommy and I decided to skip most of the equitation classes, (the western pattern was too complicated for my green horse, and my brain couldn't handle it either....) so we used our extra tickets to enter more english classes. This show has a nice ticket system that is uncomplicated and works for everybody, (for competitors and office staff alike).
Our judge Tony Jackson. He was a good judge and gave me a lot of help in the english classes. I rode in my endurance tack once again, and he made a joke that I was a "faux english" rider. It was a hoot. (My aussie endurance saddle looks like a cross between a dressage/western saddle.) But this what schooling shows are all about. You show up to work on your horse, and it doesn't matter what the rider and the tack looks like. There was a very nice older gentleman in the western classes that had his team roping tack on and he looked like he was about to go to a rodeo somewhere. But, he did very well because he spent time collecting his roping horse up and practicing his riding. It was awesome to see that. It doesn't matter what you look like, just how hard you want to work to improve your horse.
Tommy getting ready for the western classes. The only photo that I got of him all day. He had his first experience with the loud speaker system at this show. It was good for him to get used to it.
The judge asked a few questions about Tommy, like what I did with him, if he had been imported, and what part of the middle east his breed was from. After answering some questions, I handed him a Breeders Co-Op pamphlet before I left the show. He appreciated the info. The judge had recently been in Bahrain and recognized some of the middle eastern breeds, but not all of them.