The show was held at the DevonWood Equestrian Center, which it turns out, is fairly close to where we live. It is right off one of the main highways in this area and I have driven past it many times, but had no idea of the beautiful facility hidden up behind the trees. It felt like a movie set. Over acres of rolling grassy hills, there are a number of outdoor arenas, stalls, barns and this impressive covered arena. We walked through the building and were a bit blown away by the luxuriousness of the accommodations. The stalls in this building are built from finely polished woods and brass hardware. The walls are lined with beautifully framed artwork. The whole thing is very upscale. Of course we learned, too, that monthly boarding fees for a horse are more than most of our monthly mortgage payments!
Jamie came with her riding groups from Idaho, who adorned their assigned stalls with posters and glittery decorations. We hung out at the stalls with the kids for awhile and I was impressed with how much hard work and attention to detail goes into these competitions.
Jamie and her pony, Amy, warming up before their test.
Amy is not Jamie's only horse, but she has had Amy for a long time. Amy is small and Jamie was hoping to sell her to a younger rider, which is one reason she came to this show. With any luck, this would be their last competition together.
The test in the sand arena consisted of a series of proscribed patterns and movements. The judges sit in the cute little "house" at the end of the arena.
Sunday afternoon was Jamie and Amy's last test together. My brother recorded it in photos and video.
This morning they headed back to Idaho, without Amy. Yes, she was sold to a cute young rider who lives in this area. Amy will be a wonderful horse for her. It is what they came to do, but it was pretty sad for Jamie and her parents. Amy has been part of the family for a long time.