Horses and riding has always been something I love and happily enough, my daughter Kate has wanted to learn to ride also. We knew that a few years ago a wonderful new arena and horse facility was built not to far from the MTSU campus but we just found out this past year that school had a riding team and that you could take lessons and classes in horsemanship. This past fall, Kate joined the team and began taking lessons. She's had a blast and done well in her beginning class. They offer all types of riding from western to hunt seat which is used when you jump. She decided on hunt seat, which made me happy cuz that's what I ride! The school club competes in a lot of shows around the area which is a lot of fun and great experience. Toward the end of the first semester, her instructor approached Kate about showing in a couple of classes at the last show in KY. She was freaked out to say the least, the really big thing was they wanted her to ride in the beginning western walk and jog class! Keep in mind, her lessons had all been in English which is totally different! Well, she decided to give it a shot, they managed to give her 2 quick lessons in the basics of Western and off she went! I was sad cuz I was unable to make it to watch her compete in her very 1st show! She had a great time and managed to get a 6th place in her first class and a 2nd place in her last class! Very exciting! Unfortunately, I don't have any photos of her all dressed up in her western "duds" but do have a pic of her very cool ribbons! One of her friend's Mom and Dad own one of the best training stables here in town and have offered her the opportunity of comming and helping out at their stable a couple days a week in return for lessons! Very coolI do have a few photos of her working on a couple of the horses out there, this 1st gorgeous horse is the one she got to take a lesson on. I took these pics not thinking they would end up here so bare with me, some of
them are not the best!
This is the gorgeous horse Kate got to take her lesson on
This is the inside of the barn which is big enough to do some basic riding in, don't know
what happened to this photo, but hopefully you get the idea!
These are only a portion of the ribbons hanging in the lounge
Here are Kate's very first ribbons!
I was so excited to watch her riding, I forgot to take any photos during her lesson! Hopefully next time I will have it together a little more and get some shots!
Till next time......
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