Ahh, the regular show season for the Judson Equestrians is over. After a good season of hard work it is time for a break, but not quite. We had one of our riders qualify and place in the Regional show which means she will get to move on toSemis. So the work isn't over yet, because we have to get her ready to win.
Jordyn Blackwell a 3rd year at Judson college pointed out of class 14 during the show season this year. That qualified her for Regionals during which she won FIRST place. Since the top two riders from each regional class move on to Semis, Jordyn will be representing Judson College at this years Semis in Texas. This was Jordyn's second year on Judson's Equestrian Team, but she does have prior showing experience. After pointing out of class 14, Jordyn concluded the regular season competing in class 16 reining and class 15 open horsemanship. These are the two highest classes in western IHSA, and she has done very well placing within the top of her classes several times.
The final Regular season show was saturday of this past weekend at Berry College. It was a very good show for our team, we didn't all necessarily place as well as we may have liked, but we all had very good rides. For many of us, it was our best show of the season. We worked hard to get ready, or should I say, played hard to get ready, and we remembered how to relax and have fun.
My ride during Saturdays show
Regionals was on Sunday at Berry and though we only had one rider showing we were there as a team getting her ready and cheering her on and, as I mentioned earlier, she did not disappoint.
When most people think of showing and competing the last thing that comes to mind is being part of a team. But I am proud to say that I am a member of a close team that is there for each other, encouraging each other and helping each other achieve their goals. We get each other on the horse, cheer from the rail, and when things don't go as hoped for, we are right there to pick each other up and get ready for the next show. I can't talk for any other school, but I know that showing at Judson is definately a team sport and, when you join the Equestrian Team, you have a team that has you back.
Shaping hats for Saturdays show