The Festival of Driving with Shrimp Scampi started with our arrival at Dale Creek Equestrian Center on Friday March ninth. I found our parking space and a stall for Scampi and got her settled in for the weekend. As the afternoon went on more and more competitors arrived and by nightfall the grounds were pretty full.
With the arrival of dawn I was up feeding Scampi and figuring out my approximate time of my first class. Being that it had been four years since I had shown Scampi, that she was now nineteen and she was diagnosed with PPID last year, I picked the classes that would be the best for her. We had scheduled four classes for Saturday and four classes for Sunday as not to over stress her.
Four of the classes were arena, there was a super reinsmanship class and the other three were cones classes. Now Scampi has always loved cones so I figured that she would do the best in those classes.
Of the three arena classes on Saturday morning of The Festival of Driving we placed a fourth and a fifth. I had some time after the morning classes to have lunch and Scampi was able to have a rest before the first cones course in the afternoon. The course was called Reverse Psychology. The horse and driver drives the course of ten cones in order with red on your right, then once you go through the number ten set of cones you turn around and go through the set starting with ten down to one with white on your right. It sounds easy but the driver has to rethink the red on right to white on right, and for as driver who has done a lot of cones courses it is a lot to rethink. As it turned out my memory was working well and we ran the course in the second fastest time.
The second day of The Festival of Driving with Shrimp Scampi was met with damp ground from some overnight showers. As the sun rose the day turned bright and sunny.
Our first arena class of the morning was the Red Hat class and there were a lot of red hats to be seen. We pulled it off and took first place!
Then it was on to the Super Reinsmanship class where we drove the pattern that we had practiced at home ahead of time. It was a fun class and we placed third in the pony division.
After a break for all involved for lunch, I was looking forward to the two cones classes coming up. The first class was Fault and Out, where you keep running through the ten sets of cones until the whistle for times up is blown. I don’t think any made it further than set one after the first time through. We pulled out a second place so I was pleased.
Out last cones class of the day was Your Route/My Route. You first drive the ten sets of cones as set and then you drive them in any order or direction that you want a second time for a total of twenty sets of cones. I think Scampi put it on full throttle and we won the class with a time of 02:45:62!