TSRC Crystal Crown JPR June 29, 2019

July 4, 2019

Our JPR team for the day – left to right – Heather on Tag, Krista on Possum, Val on Babyface, Carly on Remi, and Tommy on Quibble.

Although I am supposed to be taking my riding lightly while my finger heals up a bit I had already signed up for a JPR (Judged Pleasure Ride) with some of my friends and there were no refunds (I checked). So clearly I had to ride, right?

We just happened to all pull into the venue in a line. One, two, three in a row. We checked in, had a chat and a mimosa and then tacked up.

It was a super hot sunny muggy day but luckily most of the ride was in the shade.

We were delayed on our start out time due to a back up at the first obstacle.

Obstacle 1 Video:

In this obstacle your time starts as you cross the cones, you walk to the mailbox, stop and stand, open the mailbox, remove a piece of mail, close the mailbox, and then ride to the other mailbox. Here you stop/stand, open the box, deposit the mail, close the mailbox and then ride through the end cones.

I went first on Possum and I was u sure how he would do. I have gotten the mail at my house on him quite a few times but this was his first obstacle. He did really well. I was super impressed.

Heather and Val has nearly clean runs, Remy started off a bit jumpy, and Tommy talked quibble all the way through.

Krista – 10

Val – 9

Heather – 8

Carly – 7

Tommy – 7

Obstacle 2 Video:

This obstacle has a white circle painted on the ground. You had to ride through the start cones and place your horses front hooves in the circle. Then do a turn on the forehand in either direction around the circle keeping the front hooves in. Then ride through the exit cones.

You would think this wouldn’t have been too hard for us. Our ponies cross lines all the time. But “lines” are not circles in the woods. Val and I were a mess. I never got Possum to touch the circle. Tommy sort of walked around it, making his own circle but did make contact. Carly got a little contact but was still pretty far from perfection. Heather was the most successful of the group.

This is the only obstacle any of us got as low as a 1 at.

Krista – 1

Val – 1

Heather – 6

Carly – 3

Tommy – 1

Obstacle 3 Video:

The Barrel Walk – in this obstacle you enter the course at a walk, collect the end of the pole from the jump standard, walk a circle around the barrel and standard, keeping the other end of the pole on top of the barrel. Then you replace the pole and exit the course.

This obstacle went pretty well for all of us. The only real issues derived from making too small of a circle and having the end pop off the barrel. I enjoyed this one.

Krista – 9

Val – 10

Heather – 7

Carly – 8

Tommy – 5

Obstacle 7 Video (this Obstacle was purposefully out of order)

This one was set up on the field in the sun. There were three bending poles with a shoot at the end. You trotted in and through the poles and then into the shoot and halted for a three count before trotting out. There were two wooden dog cut outs at the shoot.

The cutouts were scary to Possum and I think Babyface was a little u sure what this stop and halt after bending poles was all about.

Krista – 6

Val – 7

Heather – 7

Carly – 10

Tommy – 9

Obstacle 4 Video:

The Ghost. For this obstacle you rode in quietly at the walk, collected a rope that was hanging from a tree, then while backing up you pulled the rope to lift the ghost. You continued until all four hooves crossed a line on the ground.

The ghost was surprisingly heavy. It had rocks in it and if you released it too quickly it crashed loudly. I accidentally did that and Possum jumped. For the most part we were all successful at this obstacle just not as tidy as we should be.

Krista – 7

Val – 8

Heather – 7

Carly – 7

Tommy – 7

Obstacle 5 Video:

The walk on stuff obstacle. This obstacle was very short. Two jump standards marked the start, with a muddy spot just before it and a rug laying on the ground just after it. Touching the rug was a small wooden bridge which touched the edge of a tarp that finished up at a second set of jump standards to mark the end. It was maybe 10-15 feet long in total.

I did terrible at this obstacle. We did not touch any part of it. Tag marched on over like a champ. Everyone else successfully crossed but with jumpy ponies.

Krista – 2

Val – 8

Heather – 10

Carly – 5

Tommy – 5

Obstacle 6 Video:

The backing obstacle. For this one you rode in a shoot, turned right and after a few steps stopped and stood next to a jump standard with a bell on top of it. You rang the bell and then backed up the shoot to a second standard with bell. You range this bell then trotted forward and out.

Possum did pretty well at this one for not having the strongest back. When I got to the second bell we were too wide for me to reach the bell and in moving him over (not much lateral skills) Possum stepped out which lost us some points.

Carly was very similar to me and stepped out at the same point. Tommy and Heather has near perfect rides. Val’s run was much more entertaining. Babyface got stuck towards the end of his backing and reared up rather big, knocking the stand and such over. Val held on just fine and all was ok.

Krista – 8

Val – 6

Heather – 9

Carly – 8

Tommy – 9

Obstacle 8 Video:

The car wash. Ride forward and through the hanging tarp at a walk.

We all did really well at this one. Possum, Remi, and Quibble paused at it. But otherwise this was no big deal.

Krista – 9

Val – 10

Heather – 10

Carly – 8

Tommy – 9

obstacle 9 Video:

The flag carrier obstacle. Walk in and up to a barrel. Collect the flag, trot with the flag vertical around the cone and then break down to a walk at the line, placing the flag in the second barrel at a walk.

This was a fun obstacle too. Tommy attempted it all at a moving trot which was sort of funny.

Krista – 9

Val – 8

Heather – 7

Carly – 8

Tommy – 7

Obstacle 10 was – push the ball.

Using your horse only you push the ball through the standards.

Obstacle 10 Video:

This one was fun but took forever. There was a slight hill and the ball inevitably went down the hill and then it took some maneuvering to get it back up and to the side through the standards.

Heather has the least success with Tag being sure this was not ok. Remi kept trying to pick up the ball, biting it, but the rest of us were mostly successful.

Krista – 7

Val – 7

Heather – 3

Carly – 5

Tommy – 5

We got back, untacked and cooked out. Then we enjoyed the lovely provided lunch.

It was a really fun ride with some really fun friends. Although it was super hot and humid and it took forever, but really about four hours to complete. There was no where to really move out and making up some time either. They really could have cut some of the riding through trail to shorten it up some. I also felt like some of the judges were not consistent in their scoring, possibly too generous sometimes and not generous enough at other times.

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