Panoshe Ranch Schooling Shows: Saturday, July 12th is Dressage and Western Dressage and Sunday, July 13th are English, Western, and Trail classes. Our schooling show is family friendly and fun for all ages and riding levels. Dressage classes run $20 each and E/W/T classes are $4.99 each (or $4.50 pre-entry). Please visit www.panosheranch.com schooling shows for more information.
Wow, did the exhibitors ever luck out with the weather at this years spring Gold N Grand! With rain threatening the whole weekend the schedule was planned for everyone to have a covered place to show, well, except the trail people! However, it never actually rained during the day. Trail was pretty muddy on Sunday, but everyone managed well. The reining pens were a little crowded since they had to cut down the arenas to make a small warm up area for them. Friday, the weather was beautiful, and Saturday was cold. English classes were only about 2 hours long, and everything else used most of the day. Most of the classes I saw were well attended, and there were plenty of vendors for shopping! Results have not been posted as of yet, but the awards were beautiful. Saddles for weekend high points, buckles to top five weekend circuit winners, and embroidered halters for AQHA weekend circuit winners. The photographer for the show was Shane Rux. Enjoy some candids from around the show.
Trail riding should be fun and relaxing, but every rider should follow some basic etiquette while on the trail and sharing it with others.
Riding in a single file line is usually safest with a group of riders. It is wise to keep about a horse length in between horses, especially when riding with horses you do not know.
Always pass another horse with plenty of room and in a controlled manner. Crashing through the bushes to pass another horse is just asking to put the other horse and rider in an unsafe position.
Do not hold branches as you pass and let them snap back in the face of the horse or rider behind you. Gently push them as you go by and warn the rider behind you there are branches.
Do not snap off branches that are in the way without warning the rest of the riders. The noise could spook the other horses.
Horseback riders typically have the right of way on multi-use trails. However, be courteous of all other trail users, but do not be afraid to speak up. Many bicycle riders and joggers use head phones and can not hear you or your horse.
Always make sure to okay any change of speed with the rest of the group. Trotting or loping off without warning can put other riders in danger.