This weekend I had the pleasure of acting as groom at the Benton County Fair Pony Show. This little show is put on by Traci Durrell Khalife, who is also a long time hobbyist and organizer of the NW Expo Live Show (which was the 2012 NAMSHA Member Show of the Year!)
First up was the costume class. Jupiter and Malen were a mighty knight and his faithful steed. Malia was Laura Ingalls Wilder and her faithful pioneer pony.
Besides our two, there was a fairy, an Indian, and a tropical beach pony. I’m a little biased, but I thought ours were the bestest.
The judge walked around talking with each entrant, asking them about their pony and their costume.
I don’t know how the judge possibly made her decision! There was so much cuteness. Malia/Laura Ingalls Wilder won second place…
And Sir Malen was fourth.
There wasn’t much time between classes, so Malia kept her dress on for her next event, In Hand Trail. This class had a surprisingly difficult pattern, and Malia did a great job showing off Alice’s ground manners even though Alice was a bit transfixed by the rodeo horses in their pen on the other side of the arena.
She was rewarded with another second place ribbon!
We had a bit of a wait while the harness classes ran (next post, I promise!) We scrounged for shade and the ponies grazed happily next to the bleachers.
Our last class was leadline 6 and under. Sir Malen transformed into Cowboy Malen and the lovely lady into a trusty cowgirl.
Malen was definitely the Best Dressed, and came away with a red rosette in his class of four little riders.
This was a great, low-key little show for kids just starting out. Malen and Malia are already excited for next year! And I am too!