So you may remember on Tuesday I blogged about Miss Ellie and her horse promising black and whites for today's post - I love when I get to be true to a promise, even the "little" promises of life. So, here we go.
Great thing is since Tuesday's post I talked to Ellie's mom and got the full scoop on how her event went. It is quite a story, with some drama, so hang on to your riding hats and enjoy!
About an hour after I left the horse barn Ellie got to go in for her trials. But, unfortunately, her horse didn't like the look of the arena, and began to back out, tripped on a rail and began to fall - scary stuff here. Ellie was moving forward about to go over her horse's head when the horse appeared to realize Ellie's predicament, and caught itself, bent her front knee and gently lowered the dangling Ellie to the ground. Quite a horse!
Being only six, Ellie did what I would do at 51 and started to cry from the fright. But, apparently she got it together and pulled off her trials with success - something I'm not completely sure my 51 year-old self would be able to do.
There was also a horse that completely threw it's rider that day, and the rider's foot got caught in the stirrup resulting in a kneed injury to the rider that will require surgery. Seeing that also got to Ellie and she had some tears again - her heart is very tender and seeing another in pain was difficult.
But Ellie is a courageous young lady who loves working with her horse and she continues on! The relationship between a horse and it's owner/rider/trainer is an amazing thing, and I love that the camera can capture so much of that.
Can't wait for Ellie's next riding performance - hope to stay and catch the whole thing, and praying it is uneventful for her!
All photos taken at the Epona Horse Barn and Arena in Bozeman