Sunday, April 18, 2010
Why yes I am the Coach of the 5th best 4H Judging Team in NC, thanks for asking!
Friday, I bust out of work at 12:00, because my boss is pretty awesome sometimes. I head down to the capital and pick up some stuff for work because I was heading that way, and I got off 4.5 hours early, and I'm just nice like that. Then I met Eva and we ran 4.5 miles around a lovely lake. I want to re-locate there so badly, but thats another story for another day. Then, I booked it another 1.5 hours east to Martin County NC for my 7:30pm coaches meeting. I got the run-down on the schedule and all then headed to meet my team to let them know which classes they would be judging the next morning.
They had to judge:
Aged QH Geldings
2 yr old QH Mares
Mixed Sex Field Hunters in Hand
Mixed Sex Saddlebreds in Hand
Hunter Under Saddle
Saddle Seat Pleasure
Walking Horse Plantation Pleasure
It was a long day and I locked my keys in my car (thank god my parents came up to meet me for my birthday and had the ONLY spare-- what great luck). I wasn't allowed to talk to my kids AT ALL during the competition, so it worked out nicely that I got to see my folks and even watch a Miniature Horse show at the Ag Center next door to the Community College where my kids were competing. The day wrapped up about 9 hours later and the awards ceremony began by the "official" judges giving their placings and reasons. During this time some of the judges recognized some outstanding contestants... 3 of them? were mine!! Then they gave awards in a few different categories: 1) Halter Individual 2) Team Halter 3) Performance Individuals 4) Performance Team 5) Oral Reasons Individuals 6) Team Oral Reasons and 7) Overall Team
we had a 4th place individual in Halter a 5th individual in performance and a 6th individual in reasons. We also got 5th team in performance, 4th team in oral reasons and.... 5th team over all-- at the STATE competition, against teams that have done this before, and practiced for much much longer. I am SO. Proud! It was a great experience.
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