This past Saturday Cut-N-Jump's pony diving club came my way and put on a competition at the fairgrounds just down the street from me. I gathered my camera equipment and raced out the door to try to catch her in her first class. I found her hooking up her trusty steed Kat to his carriage. Cut-N-Jump is one tough cookie. She recently obtained a painful injury doing yoga that makes it uncomfortable for her to do just about anything, but that didn't stop her from competing. Here she is saluting the judges at the start of one class.
The morning got colder as it progressed. I've been spoiled by these wonderful 70-degree days all winter, so I wasn't prepared for this cold snap. My fingers and ears felt like they were going to fall off, so I went home, ate lunch, and returned in the afternoon with a heavier coat, gloves, and the winter cap that Lisa of Laughing Orca Ranch made for me years ago. Cut-N-Jump's navigator joined her on board in the afternoon trials. You can see they are bundled up too.
I had to cut my photo shoot short because it started raining and I hadn't brought a plastic bag to cover my camera. Right when I was leaving, a team of four horses was headed out in the rain to compete. It's raining again today and my horses are bundled in their blankets in their stalls.