What an awesome two weeks! Lots of old and new friends to hang out with and the ponies and kids couldn’t have been better.
The ponies overnight with our friend AJ at the Blue Skies Riding Academy in Emerson, Georgia. We stop to visit with AJ every year coming and going. She takes such good care of the horses and ponies. Sparkles loves it cause she keeps the window stall for him so he can keep watch.
This year Kingsmeade staff took care of our ponies and six other ponies from all over the country. Bibby made the arrangements and Jorge et al did the work. We had ponies from California, Maryland, Pennsylvania and, of course, our Florida boys. It was so much fun to meet everyone and hang out.
There were lots of jumps for the kids to jump, bounce houses and of course FREE ICE CREAM! Bibby says free ice cream is the best part of pony finals. Faith Rupe jumped all the jumps everyday! All the vendors knew her and welcomed her to their establishments. The people who sold the Breyer horses and barns and minature jumps had a big barn with lots of horses and tack for the kids to play and seats for the parents to sit in to watch all the jumping. There were also some really cute rescued mini’s that everyone just loved.
Sparkles just loved all the attention he got! Everyone stopped and looked and inquired about him when he was out and about! Avery Franke hacked and jumped him and Faith Rupe did some trotting just to stretch his legs. He loved being out with the big boys and will be ready to come out Small Green for next year!!
The big week finally came and it was all up to Fred! He and Avery were 10th over all out of 160 after the model and hack! They also had a great round in the medal on Sunday!
It was sad for us to leave Bibby and Glen and all our new and old friends, but it was time to head back home.