Thursday, October 6, 2011

We Visit the Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo in West Allis, Wisconsin

Three weeks ago, daughter Sally was getting ready for her final Wisconsin 4-H Horse Expo, known here in our home and among her horse friends simply as State. 4-H students under the age of 19 may participate, so it was the final 4-H show of her life. A huge deal to her.

2011 Expo-September
State Fair Park, Ag Village, West Allis

Trailering didn't go as planned, and we ended up getting to the Ag Village after 10:30 Friday night. Then Sally still had to unload, get Mickey hay and water, wash his real tail and his fancy fake tail. We left the grounds for our hotel around midnight and the alarm went off at 4:15. Those types of hours are not uncommon--ask anyone who shows horses. I find it tough. Sally never complains. She does try to get caught up on her sleep when the shows are done, though.

Sally was in the first class of the day: Showmanship. The class was absolutely huge and the competition was tough. Somewhere between 40 and 60 girls-I should have counted. Sally was thrilled to make the call back and then earn a Top Ten ribbon. Mickey was awesome. Sally was perfect. Western Showmanship is one of her strengths.

Trail didn't go quite as well, but was still a fine ride. There was a water hazard that looked like a bottomless pit, and Mickey and the majority of horses were smart enough not to step into it.  The ones who walked through it had a much greater chance to win. Oh well.

Denim held Mickey after the Trail competition. Her mom, JennyWelhouse is Sally's new trainer.

Mickey and Sally had a terrific ride in Hunter-Under-Saddle. There were almost fifty competitors in that class. They showed in three heats. Sally didn't place, but had a wonderful ride! Mickey is such a beautiful mover. Sally was happy with their performance in the event. 

Sally and Mickey are the middle horse and rider


Next Post: Going with definition #4 of Verse as defined at dictionary.com:


  [vurs]  Show IPA ,noun, adjective, verb,versed, vers·ing.
(not in technical use) a stanza.
a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orallycomposed as one lineone of the lines of a poem.
a particular type of metrical line: a hexameter verse.
a poem, or piece of poetry.
metrical composition; poetry, especially as involvingmetrical form.


The Prude said...

So glad Sally let you put up the photos. She and Mickey are beautiful.
But- FAKE TAIL?????
How hilarious!
Looking forward to #4 tomorrow!

Lori Lipsky said...

I told Sally that you said she should let me put some photos up and she hasn't argued. Yet. Thanks for the help!

And yes. They all have the fake woven in for that full look. It's what everyone does.

What's #4?

Lori Lipsky said...

Oh, definition #4 of verse. I get it. A bit late.

Robin J. Steinweg said...

Wow, my first thought was "What a beauty!" and then I couldn't make up my mind which one of them was more so---but of course, Sally won out! I enjoyed hearing this AND seeing the photos.

Thanks for sharing!

Lori Lipsky said...

Thanks, Robin.