May 5th Games Show Notes

It’s only the fifth of May and already the temperature is soaring to 30 degrees.  This has to be one of the hottest May Games shows on record.  Sadly, attendance was anything but hot and we managed only 17 riders on 15 horses.  Where were the rest of you games riders?

We barely broke even on this show, once the cost of watering the arena and concession supplies was subtracted.  But, let’s not let a poor showing ruin the fun for those that did attend because they did have fun.

I want to welcome three great Friesian riders to their debut at the Mission Horse Club, and their first games show ever.  Amber Bradley on Klaske, Meshell Simms on Ema and Nicole Lee on Arten all put on great performances, and as always the Friesians were crowd pleasers with their high stepping gait.  Welcome you guys, we look forward to seeing lots more of you throughout the year.

Also debuting at this show, in the Leadline division, was Samuel Chambers riding a Clydsdale named Dayton.  Young Sam took first place in his division and won a high point ribbon.  Not too bad for his first show ever.

We had no riders at all in the Masters or Intermediate divisions and only one rider in the Junior division.  I know there are lots of young MHC riders in these divisions; I just don’t know where you all were.  We sure are missing you guys.

The highlight of this show, for me at least, was seeing founding MHC member and longtime President (16 years I think) Larry Mapstone out there helping young riders through their tough spots and officiating for the Keyhole and Egg Stomp.  Larry judges big shows all over North America and to see him helping at an entry level club like ours really is something special.  Thanks Larry.

Besides Larry, special thanks go to our volunteers Tanya Perry, Chris Everrit and Colleen Kocsis.  Also a special thank you is in order for Kelsey Mooney who helped both Jeremy and me in the show booth.  And of course, thank you to the usual group of board members who work so tirelessly to make these shows happen.

Don’t forget our next show is an English/Western event on May 26th, followed by a Games show on June 2nd.

Ride safely. We’ll see you soon,

Paul Knapp

MHC Secretary

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