When your filly's breeder is also the photographer, you get some fantastic pictures. It doesn't hurt that's she's growing up just gorgeous. All photos courtesy of Studio Equus.
I love this last picture as we're both looking at the judge going 'huh? You want us to what?'. I did not do well in amateur handler but the judge was also kind of a jerk. I couldn't hear him and he did not like to repeat himself. I also did not need the extended lecture about forgetting my phone in my back pocket after braiding nine horses and needing to coordinate across multiple barns. Or the comments about my fitness and how it was clear I don't do this kind of thing. But worth it for the picture of us both looking utterly confused. Breeder said she trotted off nicer for me than the professional handler so we're taking note: Kiki loves people but currently isn't cool with working for strangers. She does it but with a big question mark over her head.
Entries are going in for the breed show in September. We have no illusions of grand winnings, the pony fillies division is apparently very hot and Miss Kiki appears to be one that will show better once she's matured a bit more. The 'toe out' and 'cow hock' comments are fine for a filly that's going to gain a lot of width as well as height in the upcoming years. I'm really looking forward to presenting her as a three year old, all grown up and confident with lots of ground work to develop the in hand trot.
For her yearling year? Polite, calm, happy is the name of the game. Oh, and her very first sugar cube. Baby pony worked very hard and hard working show ponies get sugar cubes. Her pupils immediately dilated, I might have created a monster.