Believe In Dreams Ranch

Welcome to Believe in Dreams Ranch where horses are trained using gentle "John Lyons" methods. I Apprenticed under "Ken McNabb" after 25 years of training.

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Cheyenne's 4-H Achievement Days in New Rockford

Cheyenne did a great job at her 4-H achievement days. She showed "Grace" a two year old with 5 weeks of training and did a super job.

Cheyenne has been a "Believe in Dreams" girl for two years now and doesn't give up easily. She has her own 3 year old "Flash" that she has been riding since he started training here as a 2 year old. She has many hours of riding in on him. However, shortly before her fair he decided to be a real , well lets just say a jerk. (children read this) So deciding it would be safer for everyone she took on the task of learning to ride Grace.

She planned on doing Showmanship and Horsemanship. Which is plenty on a two year old with five weeks of training. We weren't too worried Grace is super quiet and has a great temperament, plus like I already mentioned Cheyenne has been riding Flash through his two and three year old year and as a three year old he has had some supremely difficult moments.

Cheyenne made it through Showmanship and got a Blue Ribbon, placing Fifth. I was as proud as mom was. Showmanship is so hard for the kids no matter how much we practice.

Then it was on to Horsemanship. Except for not wanting to lope she survived. She also got a Blue Ribbon and placed Fifth. Hey not everything can go our way. You kept on trying and that is always a good thing Cheyenne. *grinz* These young horses are tuff to get going even for me.

But then they say to get the premium money you have to ride in Trail. Cheyenne says sure I'll try it. I'm skert for her. Oh well no guts no glory. Well she makes it through the gate and gets it closed. Hey I have the video (that's why no pictures) I think Grace helped with her head and her butt. It was cute. They make it over the walkover, the edge maybe they looked awful scary to Grace *shrugs* . Then the dreadful back thru. They sure did give it a go. Then there was the side pass with the tires. But it was the mailbox. Grace didn't shy from that at all, not even when it tipped over with that huge steel base on it. She was like oh are we done now and just walked on. And another Blue Ribbon. Good For You ! Cheyenne I do admire your determination. That took a lot of determination and try just to go out there and you did GREAT !!

In fact your whole day was great and I am so proud of You !

And all that Premium Money sure didn't hurt either. I am so happy for you that all of your hard work paid off over the last two years. I keep thinking of you with that great big pitchfork and how small you are ( I won't say what it is usually full of)

And one more big thank you to Larry and Jessica Hoefs who own this fine filly !


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