I can't believe it ... but I leave one week from today for the NTASHA - North Texas American Saddlebred Horse Association Show in Fort Worth Texas!!! This will be the first time for me to show Sport! Although he is a 5 gaited Saddlebred, I will only be showing him in a 3 gaited class called Park Pleasure. I am going to ride him sidesaddle. This way, I will get to experience showing him for the first time without the concern of moving through all 5 gaits.
Lillian completely rebuilt my broken Knoud sidesaddle and I am praying it gets here before I leave. I hate going to a show without a back up sidesaddle. Also, the Owen saddle needs to have a tweek here and there. I have ridden the Owen weekly without exception since I bought it and 2 of the keepers need to be reattached. What a workhorse that Owen saddle is!!
In early November, I have been invited to participate in a reinactment in Beaumont, TX. I will be doing this with others at Bluebonnet Farm, so I expect it to be nothing but FUN!
The first week of December is the TASHA show held closer to home, held in Katy, TX. This is where I would love to present Sport in the 5-gaited class for the first time solely because of this shows atmosphere. It is a fun, relaxed show that is big enough to replicate the big show experience without being so large that you lose the family feel!
I will keep you updated.
Below are pictures of the inside of my Knoud sidesaddle with the broken tree. The second picture shows the modern repairs partially done.