Well, we pulled it off. Another great Carmel Valley Ranch Roundup has come and gone. Our event was well attended, with more competitors from a greater distance than we have ever had. The Clifford Horse Training gang made a fantastic showing. There are many performances, too numerous to mention, for me to remember everything. But here are some performances that I found especially noteworthy, for a variety of reasons:
Grace Davis, third out of 32, included professionals, in Trail
Kelly Saunders, fourth out of FIFTY, including professionals, in Cutting
Mei Mei Dorrance, youth champion, in Ranch Riding
Mei Mei Dorrance and Grace Davis, Reserve Champions in youth Ranchers’ Choice
Dawn Poston, Reserve Champion (out of 30) in an extremely competitive Buckaroo class
Grace Davis, fourth in the same Buckaroo class…..and TWO flying lead changes!!
Dawn Poston and Cheri Gladstone for MOST IMPROVED (in my book) in Reining. Eight solid stops between these two. And joyous, free, relaxed, correct circles.
Brittany Connell in Cutting, Buckaroo, and Reining. Brittany and Jessi were competing together for the first time ever, and I was SO IMPRESSED with the composure of both horse and rider. The future is bright!
Karin Zofcin for amazing sportsmansip. Karin’s romal broke in the middle of what was looking like a winning reining run. She gracefully exited the ring, excused for failed equipment, and cheered on her teammates and fellow competitors. I love our team!