Sunday, October 4, 2009

Stanford Invitational and Red Barn Festival

Ringo is a baller!!!!

Sorry, but that's the only way I can put it. He is so amazing!! Yesterday was the Red Barn's (where I board Ringo and home of the Stanford Equestrian Team) annual fundraiser, the Red Barn Festival. It included some community classes in the morning, including a Sit-a-Buck that my roommate won on the 15hh school pony Chocky and a pairs class that Justine and I survived with only a minimum of bucking and bolting on Stanley and Dreamer. The afternoon was devoted to the Stanford Invitational, which this year was designed as a 3 phase team competition, where each team member would compete in one leg and gather points towards a total at the end. The three phases were a 5 Bar, a 4'3" Hit-n-Hurry, and a 4'6" Accumulator. There were $7500 dollars in prizes and cash on the line to the winning team, so there was some incentive to do well!! KC, a fellow SET team member, and I weren't on a team but were given permission to join in the 5 Bar as individuals.

For clarification, the 5 Bar is a special type of show jumping competition that isn't seen that often. It consists of fives fences of progressive height separated by one stride each. The goal is to jump through the line without pulling a rail. The entire combination starts small, with the final fence only at about 3', but after each round the entire line is raised. The line is raised as many times as it takes for the field to be whittled down to one winner; it's ridiculously fun!!

Ringo and I made it up to 4'6" before getting knocked out - what a star!! He jumped fabulously and was a total gentleman the whole day, which was a really lovely change from his antics at Twin. He was definitely fiery, and got the crowd laughing a few times as he shot around the arena, spooking at all the other fences before getting to the first of the 5 bar, but he was never out of control and I had a total blast from start to finish. Good boy Ringo!!!

Good boy pats for the Ringo-super-Star

Coming into the line over the first in one of the first rounds -- RIngo was highly suspicious of those bricks from start to finish haha.

Clearing the 4'0" final fence with ease

Just before take off at the 4'6" - look how huge that thing is!!

Hands down, coolest horse on the planet.


and one more:

Ringo says "eek! so big! Must make more room!"


Andrea said...

Ummmmmm can I have your equitation please!? Pass some of that auto release my way!

Katherine Erickson said...

haha well it's easy to look good on him =)

I've been following your blog and am rooting for Gogo's speedy recovery!!

starrynights said...

Your horse is beautiful. What breed is he?

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