I am still trying to catch up with everything that has gone on around here in the last week. I guess I need to find more time to write so I don’t have to catch up!
A big event for the equestrian program here at Judson in the fall is the Equestrian Demonstration Day. This is an event that is sponsored by the admissions department. Its purpose is to introduce prospective students to the equine program here at Judson. This event was started last fall and this year’s demonstrations took place last Tuesday, Oct. 13.
During this event all of the riding classes performed a routine choreographed to music on horse back. Routines included a reining routine, a routine demonstrating jumping and flat work, walk/ trot routines,and walk/ trot/ canter routines. The demonstration had a patriotic theme this year and included music like Stars andStripes Forever and America the Beautiful.
I enjoy doing presentations like this because I get to talk to prospective students about Judson, the Equestrian program here, and encourage them to consider Judson when they graduate from high school.
It is not all fun, though. After you have worked on the same routine for four to five weeks in a row, it gets a little bit annoying. On the other end of the spectrum, not having a routine until the day before can be very stressful. It also takes a lot of work to put it all together. Each class has to make a routine, put the routine to music, and horses have to be assigned to each rider. These things in themselves are not hard, but when the presentation includes seven classes with three-six students and only 15 horses, it can get a little confusing not to mention stressful.
Though I enjoyed being a part of this unique event I cannot say that I am not glad that it is over for this year so my riding classes can go back to being normal, and less stressful...