Q
Why are you selling Max? Is Avery going to show next year?
Anonymous
A

Avery has out grown Max in size and has accomplished all of her goals with him. She is looking for a new challenge and showing in the 13-18. Are you looking for a Pony? What state do you live in?


Q
How many days and hours does Avery practice?
Anonymous
A

For the month leading up
To Congress Avery rode 5 to 6 days a week. She also rode 1 to 2 days a week at a hunter jumper barn and had at least one 4 hour lesson with her regular trainer a week. May I ask who this is?


We’re this close!

We’re this close!


When we were in the eastern part of Nebraska yesterday afternoon the thermometer in the Yennes truck read 108. A rain storm as we entered Wyoming was a welcome rest from the heat.

When we were in the eastern part of Nebraska yesterday afternoon the thermometer in the Yennes truck read 108. A rain storm as we entered Wyoming was a welcome rest from the heat.


It’s the Cornhusker state for a reason.

It’s the Cornhusker state for a reason.


The wagon train moves west. We rolled through Missouri, part of Iowa and most if Nebraska. Not bad for one day. Beats the 15 miles a day the pioneers averaged.

The wagon train moves west. We rolled through Missouri, part of Iowa and most if Nebraska. Not bad for one day. Beats the 15 miles a day the pioneers averaged.


Three days worth of asphalt ahead of us. Yennes lead out this stretch.

Three days worth of asphalt ahead of us. Yennes lead out this stretch.


What a trip. The Oregon crew had an amazing performance and once again showed the national POA scene that we’re in it to win it. Avery finished as the overall 9-12 highpoint and Adi as Reserve. Their one, two finish was about a hundred points ahead of third place. The two of them were a force to be reckoned with. Adi also won the Equitation High Point. Audrey Ogan took the top spot and a literal pile of awards in 8 and under. Ella won an English and Western championship in walk trot. Lucia had lots of high placings and JJ put some solid rides in as well. A great job by all!

What a trip. The Oregon crew had an amazing performance and once again showed the national POA scene that we’re in it to win it. Avery finished as the overall 9-12 highpoint and Adi as Reserve. Their one, two finish was about a hundred points ahead of third place. The two of them were a force to be reckoned with. Adi also won the Equitation High Point. Audrey Ogan took the top spot and a literal pile of awards in 8 and under. Ella won an English and Western championship in walk trot. Lucia had lots of high placings and JJ put some solid rides in as well. A great job by all!


As quickly as it began, it comes to an end. Turn out the lights. The partys over.

As quickly as it began, it comes to an end. Turn out the lights. The partys over.


Nine days of showing has come to and end and Avery has earned the title of 2012 POA National Congress 9-12 Overall Highpoint. She put together an incredibly consistent run of rides. Many of them were clear personal bests. Others, such as the jumping classes, saw her overcome a previous fear and reap the rewards of a lot of hard work. Namely jump lessons every tuesday, on top of her regular riding schedule, and a handful of jump shows that chewed up several prime weekends. Those new found jumping skills helped Avery in gaming classes like Scurry where barrels are combined with jumps. This in conjunction with Avery getting to open Max up a bit for games allowed her to place in all eleven events. 
With the addition of flying lead changes, her western riding skills were at a new level. A result of three hour lessons with Sarah, some private tutoring for Max at the Haimer’s and ride time from Mom. A higher level of understanding was clearly achieved this year as Avery embraced these finer points and subtleties of riding. In the western pleasure classes she did a phenomenal job sticking to the game-plan of “slow and low” as other riders boxed her in or jogged passed her. Even in Senior Western Pleasure where she made it into the finals out of forty six riders, Avery had a very nice ride against the much more experience 13-18 year old riders by staying focused and riding her ride. There were times when the hours of practice with Sarah were put into action and the results were not a surprise, but then there were the rides where she wasn’t quite sure if she could pull it off. In those moments, Avery impressed us and dug deep, fighting through the nerves, fear and uncertainty to either place very high in classes that are not her strong suit or win a championship. And of course her performance as a heartbroken girlfriend of a mariachi singer in costume class was entertaining as always and the judges agreed. 
Avery and Max put together an outstanding show. Her skill in trail was beautiful, she showed it in showmanship and Max stepped up for her in halter and classes like Hunter Under Saddle. They proved to be quite the team. 
She had the backing of her entire family and the unwavering support of Sarah to help her through, but in the end she had to go out there and perform. We could give her all the advice in the world, lay out strategies and last minute pointers, yet she was the only one who could make it happen. Despite the adversity, the hurdles, real or perceived, she did it. And we are extremely proud of her.

Nine days of showing has come to and end and Avery has earned the title of 2012 POA National Congress 9-12 Overall Highpoint. She put together an incredibly consistent run of rides. Many of them were clear personal bests. Others, such as the jumping classes, saw her overcome a previous fear and reap the rewards of a lot of hard work. Namely jump lessons every tuesday, on top of her regular riding schedule, and a handful of jump shows that chewed up several prime weekends. Those new found jumping skills helped Avery in gaming classes like Scurry where barrels are combined with jumps. This in conjunction with Avery getting to open Max up a bit for games allowed her to place in all eleven events.
With the addition of flying lead changes, her western riding skills were at a new level. A result of three hour lessons with Sarah, some private tutoring for Max at the Haimer’s and ride time from Mom. A higher level of understanding was clearly achieved this year as Avery embraced these finer points and subtleties of riding. In the western pleasure classes she did a phenomenal job sticking to the game-plan of “slow and low” as other riders boxed her in or jogged passed her. Even in Senior Western Pleasure where she made it into the finals out of forty six riders, Avery had a very nice ride against the much more experience 13-18 year old riders by staying focused and riding her ride. There were times when the hours of practice with Sarah were put into action and the results were not a surprise, but then there were the rides where she wasn’t quite sure if she could pull it off. In those moments, Avery impressed us and dug deep, fighting through the nerves, fear and uncertainty to either place very high in classes that are not her strong suit or win a championship. And of course her performance as a heartbroken girlfriend of a mariachi singer in costume class was entertaining as always and the judges agreed.
Avery and Max put together an outstanding show. Her skill in trail was beautiful, she showed it in showmanship and Max stepped up for her in halter and classes like Hunter Under Saddle. They proved to be quite the team.
She had the backing of her entire family and the unwavering support of Sarah to help her through, but in the end she had to go out there and perform. We could give her all the advice in the world, lay out strategies and last minute pointers, yet she was the only one who could make it happen. Despite the adversity, the hurdles, real or perceived, she did it. And we are extremely proud of her.


Friday ended with Avery still in the lead for the overall so we decided to let her spend Saturday gaming in hopes of securing a top five spot. With a few pointers from our resident speedster Sarah, Avery surprised us all and put together a great day of gaming. It was pretty fun to watch her get her game on, though she never placed higher than sixth, however she did place in every event and was consistent while having fun opening up her horse for the first time. Very proud of her for giving it her a go. Especially for a girl who was afraid to lope a couple seasons ago and was scared to death to jump last year. Great job Aves. Giddy up!

Friday ended with Avery still in the lead for the overall so we decided to let her spend Saturday gaming in hopes of securing a top five spot. With a few pointers from our resident speedster Sarah, Avery surprised us all and put together a great day of gaming. It was pretty fun to watch her get her game on, though she never placed higher than sixth, however she did place in every event and was consistent while having fun opening up her horse for the first time. Very proud of her for giving it her a go. Especially for a girl who was afraid to lope a couple seasons ago and was scared to death to jump last year. Great job Aves. Giddy up!


The Oregon girls make a clean sweep of Western Pleasure today. Ella wins the walk trot Title and Avery takes it home in 9-12. Audrey finished with a strong third place in 8 and Under WP. Now we root on Adi for the overall 9-12 Highpoint and Audrey for 8 and Under. All of the Oregon kids have put together spectacular performances.

The Oregon girls make a clean sweep of Western Pleasure today. Ella wins the walk trot Title and Avery takes it home in 9-12. Audrey finished with a strong third place in 8 and Under WP. Now we root on Adi for the overall 9-12 Highpoint and Audrey for 8 and Under. All of the Oregon kids have put together spectacular performances.


Congratulations to Avery!!!! She is the 2012 POA Congress 9-12 Western Pleasure Champion. She rode like an absolute pro as Max did everything he could to make sure she had to work for it. And Avery did. Once she was into the finals, she overcame a tired pony who was ready to be done and a little voice inside her head that was making her wonder if she could do it. Well she can and she did. A great lesson learned today about never giving up and always believing in yourself. Of course, we all new she could do it. With that win she joins her Mom and little sister as Western Pleasure Campions! Amazing job Avery.

Congratulations to Avery!!!! She is the 2012 POA Congress 9-12 Western Pleasure Champion. She rode like an absolute pro as Max did everything he could to make sure she had to work for it. And Avery did. Once she was into the finals, she overcame a tired pony who was ready to be done and a little voice inside her head that was making her wonder if she could do it. Well she can and she did. A great lesson learned today about never giving up and always believing in yourself. Of course, we all new she could do it. With that win she joins her Mom and little sister as Western Pleasure Campions! Amazing job Avery.


Time to celebrate. Ella falls in line with family tradition and takes home the Walk Trot Western Pleasure Title!!

Time to celebrate. Ella falls in line with family tradition and takes home the Walk Trot Western Pleasure Title!!


Hammin’ it up! Ella and Lucia will be riding in Western pleasure this morning and JJ will join Avery and Adi in 9-12 Western pleasure on Bodie.

Hammin’ it up! Ella and Lucia will be riding in Western pleasure this morning and JJ will join Avery and Adi in 9-12 Western pleasure on Bodie.