Litter Race Progress

I blogged a while ago here that I had been working with Simon to improve our Litter Race.

The litter Race requires riders to ride to the far end of the lane with a 4 foot dowel in hand.  At the end of the lane are a line of 4 litter cartons with the open end facing away from the start line.  Riders circle behind the litter, scoop one up on the end of the stick and then ride back up the lane, dropping their litter in a trash bin on their way.  They then hand the litter stick over to the next rider who repeats the race sequence.

I am sure this all sounds a lot easier than it is.  I challenge you to give this a try at home.  If you do not have any MGAA standard litter, you can use a tennis ball tube or really any drink container that has the end cut off.

Photo: Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

 Previously, I had to stop to pick up my litter because Simon was having issues making his turn at speed when I leaned over to scoop my litter.  I was working to improve this portion of the race so we could pick the litter up while moving.

scooping on the move
Mid-Atlantic #2 June 9, 2012
Photo: Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

Sadly, the progress on this skill has been slow for Simon, but we are now picking our litter up at a walk, and on occasion, a slow trot.  Not exactly a flying pick up, but we are moving, and that’s a big step.

and off we go
Mid-Atlantic #2 June 9, 2012
Photo: Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

MGAA’s Mid-Atlantic Games #2

This past weekend team Old School competed in the MGAA Mid-Atlantic Games Series #2 in Centre Hall, PA at the Grange Equestrian Park. 

Dunking in the Old Sock Race.
Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

The competition had a pretty full roster with 10 intermediate teams, 13 masters teams, 1 green pony team (that rode during the fossil session) but only 3 fossil teams. 

We arrived Friday afternoon, got the ponies settled in and set up a massive camp that we shared with close to 20 friends.  I tried to get a good photo of the camp set up, but there was no angle that really showed the awesomeness. 

Placing the final mug in the Mug Shuffle Race
Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

Saturday morning after an outstanding camp breakfast prepared by teammate Linda, we started our first session at 8am.   We whipped through 11 races, when we had a scary pause, as green pony rider, Leah, had a mishap.  She turned too tight and set her pony off balance.  He fell, and landed with her under him.  It was scary, he just laid there with his legs up in the air like a turtle on its back, with Leah under him.  Luckily one of Leah’s teammates and an assistant referee were able to roll him off of her.  Also we were lucky an EMT was on grounds and able to check Leah out. 

Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

 As a team we rode pretty well.  We had a few mistakes throughout the session, perhaps a few more than ordinary.  I know I made a mistake, although exactly what has slipped my mind.  Oh darn, guess I can’t tell you about it.  The mistakes were enough to leave us 3 points behind Time Flies.  Like normal, they were our greatest competition.  Red Solo Cup, the other team in our division also held their own, only 5 points behind us leaving the spread; 28, 25, 19.  

That afternoon we rode our second session of 12 races.  We had a few mistakes but as a team we were a bit more on than the previous session.  I missed my ball pick up in High-Low and had to hop off to retrieve it.  It was an out of character mistake, reminding me that I need to practice this skill more frequently.  We tried a few different orders in a few races, and that seemed to shave off a few seconds here and there.  We left the ring one point ahead with 27, followed by Time Flies with 26 and finally Red Solo Cup with 19 points.  Of course that still leaves Time Flies in the lead since points from each session are combined, but whatever, we took that session, even if it was only by one point.  Got to take the glory where you can, right?

Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

With so many heats across all divisions, the final one of the day didn’t end until nearly dark.  After a quick potluck dinner and some perfectly roasted smores prepared by expert marshmallow toaster, Lucy, everyone turned in pretty early. 

Bottle Shuttle Race
Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

Our final session started at 8:30 Sunday morning and with us entering the ring only 2 points behind Time Flies.  Unfortunately we did not perform as expertly as necessary, myself included, making two mistakes, and Time Flies brought their A game for the 15 races.  They whooped us 42 to 27, with Red Solo Cupholding steady with 20 points for the session. 

Joust
Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

The total scores in the end were Time Flies taking the blue with 96 points, Old School in the red with 79 points and Red Solo Cup taking 3rdwith 58 points. 

Sword Race
Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

It was a fantastic weekend, and most of the races were finished with the three teams crossing the finish line just lengths apart.  Although all teams made their share of mistakes, as always, the fossil division ran relatively clean, with nearly any mistake taking a team completely out of the running for a first place finish.

Dunking
Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

Team Old School decided not to take part in MGAA Nationals this year which is being held in Batavia, Ohio.  This means we have a lengthy break with no multi day competitions until the end of July when we are hitting Charlestown, WV for the International Pairs competition.  We have already planned a few practices and some of us will be keeping our game on at the Nearsville, VA afternoon mini competitions, the Summer Sizzlers.

Photo by Genevieve of EquiStar Photography

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