Caitlin and Hoot 'n Holler
1998 VHSA Year End Special Hunter Horse Champions and Hunter Hack Champions
Hoot 'n Holler
- Lives: USA
- Age: 10
- Breed: Thoroughbred
- Sex: Mare
- Colour: Dark bay with a big star.
A Bit about Caitlin
Cait's '97 Show Results
Update June 15th 1999
Sorry I didn't update Cait's page earlier - her first show for the season is below these latest results - Leah
MEADOW RUN HORSE SHOW- June 13, 1999
Special Working Hunter Horse- Reserve Champion, one 1st and one 2nd
Low Working Hunter- one 2nd, one 3rd, and one 5th
Hunter Hack Horse- 1st
judged warm-up- 4th
We began preparing late so I didn't get the time to give her an extra work
so I came to the show fully expecting to have an incredibly excited horse on
my hands. Well, I'm now on the cover of foot-in-mouth magazine. She was a
perfect lady. The footing was REALLY deep so she really had to work to get
her feet out of the muck and over the fences. Holly was being very honest.
We all know she has a thing about in-and-outs, but thankfully she trusted me
and we got through alright. Our neighbors have a better ring (ours is
serviceable, but not as good) and we'll be going down there a few days a
week in the next two weeks before the next show and work some more on
getting her relaxed with them. She should be absolutely fine before the next
show two weeks from today.
MEADOW RUN JR. SHOW- June 6, 1999
Novis Eq. over fences- 3rd
Hunter hack- 6th
Pleasure Horse- did not place
Considering it was our first real show and all other outside influences
(heat, HUGE thunderstorms, etc...) we did really well. Everybody was a bit
rusty. The judge was really odd, which unfortunately is typical in this
area. Poor Holly was SO tired! Everybody made fun of her weight, as usual.
After not seeing her all winter their eyes need to adjust to her galaxy
sized barrel. However, hopefully they won't have to adjust too much because
we are putting her on an "official" diet. None of this "we'll try to peal
her down" stuff, she NEEDS to lose the weight. The picture of her on this web
page was of her in 1997. Add 75 pounds to that and you might get the jist of
what she looks like now. Yikes. Our next show is this coming weekend (June
13) and this is a full show so it will have the Low Working Hunter and
Special Hunter Horse divisions that we usually show in. YAY!
Update November 16th 1998
YEAR END CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR 1998
Special Hunter Horse Champion
Low Working Hunter Third
Pleasure Flat Third
Hunter Hack Champion
I would like to thank my Mother and Trainer who has been training me
from the beginning of time, and putting up with me for all that time, and
I hope she will do the same for a while longer. I also have to thank her
for finding Holly, the poor cast-away who needed someone to listen to
what she had to say. Of course, I thank Holly for putting her heart into
it and behaving herself when it mattered. I need to thank my
Grandmother, whom without which, I would have never been able to afford
to go to all the shows. SHE made this summer happen. I thank the rest of
my family for supporting me. My friend and riding buddy who rode with me
all summer long. My old pony, Promise who showed me the ropes of riding
a horse instead of a pony without being TOO far from the ground. (14
hhs) Without her, learning to ride Holly would have been a far FAR
**FAR** greater challenge. I could go on forever. Thank you!
This was Cait's first season with Holly, and her first season competing on a horse - well done Cait, what an amazing effort. (Leah C.)
Update 29th September 1998
The Hunter Finals at Justntyme Farm- September 27, 1998
Special Hunter Horse- 1st and 3rd
Special Hunter Final- 5th
Low Hunter and the Pleasures weren't offered at this show. :-(
In the morning I woke up at 5:20 a.m. to a HUGE thunderstorm, but my
friend and I decided to rough it anyway. Good thing too. We got up their
and the sky was cloudy, but not a drop of rain. Holly was feeling good.
Alot better from two weeks ago. We had a good warm-up and a good first
round. Coming around after a diagonal in the middle of the second class,
we took down a rail and she bucked, put her head down, and dragged me
out of the saddle onto her neck for about 5 strides. And there I rode
around the corner one foot in front of the saddle. Just in time I pulled
myself back up, (From a near fall. It's hard to ride a horse with it's
nose in the dirt.) and finished the course with flying colors. Never
gotten such big applause in my life. There, my day's brush with death.
(Well, not really, but hey.) She went great in the flat class. Then we
had a few missed distances in the Final. Though year end points are not
completely calculated yet, it's looking like I ended up pretty high in
Update 21st September 1998
Steeple Ridge Horse Show- September 13, 1998
Special Hunter Horse Division- 5th
Low Working Hunter Division- 5th
Warm-Up (not pointed) 2nd
We all have to have a few of *those* days. Holly started out "higher
than a kite" if you pardon the expression. She was rather spirited. In
her antics both in and out of the ring she must have strained something
because after Specials we had a long break and then she was sore in her
right shoulder during Lows. She seemed okay for the first round, but
then it got worse, so we took her out of the pleasures. :-( Today we did
mostly walking and she seemed alot better but we can't be sure yet. This
really couldn't have happened at a worse time. We're just finishing up
the year so she's still working hard and the competition in the pleasure
classes is intense. People scrambling for year end points. The weekend
after this coming weekend are the Hunter Finals. I really hope she is
better by then and not just to get the points and awards.
Update 26th August 1998
Oh My Goodness Gracious!!!!!!!!!!! WE ABSOLUTELY *****CLEANED*****
UP!!!!!!!! HOLLY WAS FABULOUS!!! MY GOD WE COULD HAVE
SOLD FOR A PRETTY PENNY IF I HADN'T BEEN SO INSISTANT ON KEEPING HER.
Alright. Here is the outcome.
Spectrum Youth and Family Benefit Horse Show- August 21-23, 1998
Spectrum Special- Champion. two 1st
Special Hunter Horse- Reserve Champion. 1st, 2nd, & 6th
Low Hunter- Champion. 1st, 2nd, & 6th
Pleasure Horse- 2nd
Hunter Hack- 1st
It must have figured that the date of the final day of the show, one
year ago, I bought Holly for, pretty much, pennies. This is by far the
best showing we've ever had. My eye for distances to the fences appeared
at the previous show and everything else fell into place. This is my
favorite show of the year. (It almost always has been.) The footing was
good. Courses great. The people running it were polite and happy. Holly
had just the right amount of energy and I wasn't sleeping at the wheel.
Congratulations Cait and Holly! (webmaster)
Update 18th August 1998
Meadow Run Equestrian Horse Show- August 16, 1998
Special Hunter Horse- 1st and two 6ths.
Hunter Pleasure Horse- 3rd
Hunter Hack Horse- 5th
We had a pretty good show. Holly has been a little sore through the
shoulder so we decided not to put her in the Low Hunters which is three
feet. We had nice rounds in Specials and won the flat class. That was
good. In the pleasure, I suspect the judge wanted their heads a little
farther out. Though I don't know why, but she pinned a nice horse with
his nose out. Holly is well framed that she wasn't the judge's style.
All in all, it was a pretty good show.
Update 3rd July 1998
Justntyme Horse Show- June 28, 1998
Special Hunter Horse Division- one 1st, and two 6ths.
Low Hunter Division- one 2nd, one 5th, one 6th.
Hunter Pleasure Horse- 2nd
Hunter Hack Horse- 1st
In the Specials she was feeling fresh and she bucked a little bit, but
we got the flat class. In Lows she was tired and the distances were big
so we had to move on, but I couldn't quite get the pace I needed. She
was behaved in the Pleasure class, and went even better in the Hunter
Update 23rd June 1998
We had a pretty good show. Not the best, but pretty good.
Here's what I got:
Meadow Run Equestrian Horse Show. June 21, 1998
Special Hunter Horse Division- one 1st one 4th and one 6th. out
of who knows how many.... Alot.
Low Working Hunter Division- one 1st.
Hunter Pleasure Horse- 1st
Hunter Hack Horse- 1st
We were doing okay in Specials, but she touched a few fences and I
buried her at a fence so that is why I got the lower ribbons int he over
fences. In Lows, I sort of fell apart. The courses were REALLY hard so
I went off course. I knew the course, but I fell asleep at the wheel. In
the second over fences class she refused one fence. She didn't see it
really well. It came off a hard turn and I wasn't there to support her.
In the flat classes in both divisions she did very well. She showed off.
Same in the Pleasure and Hack classes. The judge really liked her on the
Update 7th June 1998 (sorry this is late - webmaster)
We went to a show this weekend! Holly was wonderful. She was the fattest
horse there. Here's how I did:
Lupus Benefit Horse Show ;
Special Hunter Horse Division: One 1st, one 5th, and one 6th.
Low Working Hunter Division: One 1st, one 5th.
Hunter Pleasure Horse: 2nd.
Hunter Hack Horse: 1st.
Maiden Equitation Over Fences: 1st.
(not pointed) 2'6" Warm-Up: 1st
Holly was very well mannered, even when she was feeling a bit high
strung. I can't wait for the next show. She is doing SO well.
Update 1st June 1998
We went to G.M.H.A.! Holly was a perfect lady
even though she was higher than a kite.
We went in the hunter pleasures at that status. Little did we know she
had the energy in her. She was fairly well mannered. Then we took her in
the 2'6" warm-up and she did a little buck 5 strides before the first
fence, but still remembered that this was business time. I came out of
hte class and said to my trainer/Mom,
"Would you lunge her just to see what's REALLY in there?"
Well, if I had any idea of what I was sitting on I would not have got on
in the first place. She settled down. I got back on and we went in the
special hunter classes and she was a doll. I was SO proud of her. The
first show and she was better mannered than 90% of the other horses
there! What a business woman. So, here are the exact results:
G.M.H.A. Hunter/Jumper Horse Show - May 31, 1998;
Hunter Pleasure Horse on the Flat- 3rd place out of 7 horses
Hunter Pleasure Horse Hack- 5th place out of 6 horses
Special Working Hunter Horse Over Fences- 2nd out of 12 horses
Special Working Hunter Horse Over Fences- 6th out of 12 horses
Special Working Hunter Horse Under Saddle- 3rd out of 12 horses
(not pointed) 2'6" Warm-Up- 3rd out of 20 horses
Side Note- Holly did show better in the pleasures than what she
received. We have had previous experience with that judge and he is not
to our liking. She probably would have placed better with another judge.
Update 25th May 1998
We are now riding courses. The first one I rode was a mess. I wiggle
too much, but Holly and I are now finally becoming a true team. I trust
her more. I know she can do the height and distance, that was never an
issue, but when Holly was 5 another girl owned her and boarded her at
our old farm. My only memories of Holly at that age were not ones you
would care to remember as a 9 year old. I would have cringed if I knew
than that I was going to own that naughty thing someday. We recently have
had better and better lessons. We're making steady and almost rapid
improvement. I just have to remember,
Here's a tip to all nervous, or wiggley riders. Sing. Pick a song with a
great beat and a catchy tune and SING! It really calms you down. You
sound rediculous, but if it works than whats the problem? Would you
rather have a rep of a sane but timid rider or a slight bit crazy and go
for the gusto win everything rider?
My first show is May 31. I will be showing in Special Hunter Horse
which is 2'6" Hunter Pleasure Horse and Hunter Hack Horse. I'm
skipping the Low Hunters just for this one. It's 3' and we're not
polished at that height yet. It probably will also not have any effect
on the end of the year out come. It's a small division. Would you like
me to explain what the classes are? I will anyway. hehe.
Special Hunter Horse is a division of 3 classes. 2 over fences and 1 on
the flat. The jumps are 2'6".
Hunter Pleasure Horse is a flat class that is judged on Holly's manners
and how pleasurable she is. Hunter Hack Horse is the same thing except
you jump a line of 2'-2'6" verticles. Holly is an excellent pleasure
horse. I have high hopes for her in those two classes. In Specials the
compition is immense. All the hot shots are in those classes.
Update 9th May 1998
I jumped Holly for the first time in 6 months on Tuesday. Wednesday was
her birthday so I gave her the day off. Thursday we did ring work and I
fell off. She darted out the gate and bucked. We were practicing with out
stirrups and that is what got me off. If I had had my stirrups I would
have stayed on. On Friday we went out on a trail ride in the evening.
It was so much fun. It was getting nice and cool and the sun was just
above the mountains. Today, we did more ring work and I jumped her
again. Our first times were horrible, then we began cantering them, the
fences got higher and we did much much better.
I'm so excited about our first show at the end of May!! I probably
won't be going in Junior Limit because the fences are only 2'3" and
Holly almost trips over them. She takes down rails and drags her hind
end. She is so neat and tight with both ends when she's jumping solid
fences. It's amazing the difference between 2'3" and 2'6" because the
Hunter Horse divisions have brush boxes, roll tops, etc. 2'3" is just
verticals and small oxers. No flowers, no brush boxes, no roll tops, no
hay bales, no nothing. Pretty boring if you ask Holly and I.
Update 21st April 1998
I'm finally able to ride Holly almost every day now. It is really hard to ride in the winter. The roads are icy, and we have no indoor. She is progressing quickly. I've heard that she is hard to start up after the winter, but I'm not having any trouble. We put the German Martingale on her yesterday and she was really responsive to it. It is not allowed in the show ring, but all she really needs is just a few weeks in it to get her seasoned again.
I am also beginning to trust her more. I don't have to worry about her spooking at a garbage can or something. She was really skittish when I first got her, but she has become a lot braver this spring.