My kind of competition.
We had a gymkhana at the barn last week and it was the most fun I've had since I've been riding. And it was silly and crazy and basically, a bunch of women and one man in a tizzy on horseback.
Here's what we looked like to start:
It looks like we're starting a race, but it was just so everyone could be in a picture together. 13 people on horseback in an indoor ring.
It sounded like a recipe for disaster. I was sure some horse would pick that situation to pull a total nutty and go storming into another horse and someone would die.
Amazingly everyone behaved. No one kicked or bit anyone else.
The horses didn't either.
My favorite part was that we were all bareback. No saddles, no stirrups and no saddle pads. This was my first time and I'm hooked. As my sister a-ster said, it's hard to imagine how you can move up and down and do anything without stirrups, but it's magic.
We played 3 games and I was a total loser at each one. Thank GOD there were no prizes or I would have been mad because I am a tad competitive. There wasn't much organization and the "judges" didn't do their jobs. Bascially, it was a bunch of people doing their own thing!
First, we all had to put a dollar bill under our right upper thigh and it had to stay there throughout a whole course of things. Mine stayed on for quite a while, but I was the first one out.
Here's a view of what it looked like. I don't know where I am. I must have been out at this point and in the corner.
Then we all got a spoon and had to carry an egg around the ring. I was fine until I started trotting. I don't have a video of that one.
And the final task was to hold a length of toilet paper between 2 riders and ride around together.
I was with a girl I've never seen before and her horse had a little bigger stride than mine, so we didn't last too long, especially once we had to make a circle!