... a little rain must fall.
And fall it did. Today. When we had a barrel racing jackpot.
Good grief what was I thinking? Oh yeah, that there hasn't been a jackpot in a month! lol
So Kimfer and I loaded up Isis and Applejack and were on our merry way.
(Incidentally Applejack races under part of his registered name, Raincloud, how fitting was that today!!)
We got to Holly & Al's were the jackpot was being held and were surprised at the turnout. We thought there would be more people with enough common sense to stay home and dry, but no there were quite a few people there.
Including Erin and Shaunna that we met at the team sorting competitions! I was so glad to see them come give barrel racing a try, neither of them has done it before. Of course, they thought we were crazy to be having a jackpot in this weather... as Erin said "At least last night at penning we were INSIDE!" lol
Our first run we came out of 1st a little crazy and I had a bit of trouble with my wet (leather) reins. Almost ran up the wrong side of 2nd but got straightened out in time. Was happy to get around it and head to 3rd. Not a great run but no "issues" which I was worried the brisk, wet weather would resurrect. (*ahem* bucking)
Second run was MUCH better. Nice turn on first, slipped a bit (ground held up until the last few runs) but came out of it well. Decent second, still need to work on finishing it so he doesn't blow out so wide. Went in a little too wide to 3rd (due to another small slip) but that ended up okay because the instant I lowered my hand and grabbed the horn Applejack wrapped that sucker and we were on our way home!
Kimfer and Julie both had good, solid runs on their fillies. Erin and Shaunna both had good runs (especially for the first time doing it!)
After humans and horses alike were thoroughly soaked (and I mean thoroughy!) We got the horses unsaddled, coolers on and loaded them in the trailer. We then headed over to the shelter of the garage to check on payout (I have to collect the timer and office money due to being the club secretary/treasurer) and I was very happy to learn that I won 2nd in the 3D!!
We said thanks to the jackpot hosts and headed back to the trailer to try to get dry and warm. Kimfer and I ducked into the living quarters area of the trailer to change into dry clothes.
(THANK YOU Kimfer for lending me your extra jeans and hoodie - mine were in my Chevy, at the acreage!!)
And then we hopped in the truck... I was SO grateful that we took Kimfer's dad's truck, with the leather seats and butt warmers! :)
Oh, I think Erin and Shaunna are hooked, they both bought memberships!
BECG - I am going to try to get Kimfer to take some pics but today was way too miserable for that!