Riders from Four Star Farm in rural Winters participated in an SAHJA horseshow at Woodland Stallion Station on Sunday, April 22. Preparation for the show began very early that morning.
We get up super early, meet at the barn at 5:45, load the trailer and leave at 6:30,” says trainer Natalie Brady. “This gets us there just after 7 to get the horses ready and warmed up. The show starts at 8.”
She notes that six horses and eight riders rode in the show, which means that “a couple of our special horses did double duty.”
The riders included Shannon Johnson, the founder for TROTR the therapeutic riding center and off the track rehabilitation center in Woodland; Maddie Bailey riding Shoni in her first show ever, riding in the Walk Trot 8 and Under class, winning two blue ribbons; Anna Early riding Pluto, also riding in her first show; Arwen Early riding Cora, in her first jumping class, winning two second place ribbons in flat hunter classes and a blue ribbon in her jumping class; Dori Anderson riding Condi, who advanced a level since the last show, and won a second place in the cross rails class and a third in beginning jumpers; Elise Shearer riding Jedi, who “made it look easy as they always do,” said Brady; Rachel Over riding Pluto, winning two third place and one fifth place ribbon in her jumping classes, and also now preparing for a One Day Eventing show on May 12; and Syndey Pitts riding Shoni, in her first jumping class, winning two blue ribbons in two flat hunter classes, and a second place in the cross rail hunter class.