Valentine RAT Barbara Stewart and Usache Second level test four Mandi Krasney and Arabesque,Second 1,2 Clio Rooney Charlie First 1,2 Cyndi Craig, Faxxsimilie Tr.1,2 Dela Huss Henry Tr. 1 Megan Rahlfs, Tabasco Tr. 1 Mala Murthy, Merlin, Tr. 1 Share a ride Darian, Megan, Mala, Carlan, Mandi, Darian Tredennick Helpers: Eliz Copper, Carlan Hassoldt, Diane McManus, Stefni Tredennick, Mandi Krasney, Dela and Mike Huss, Valerie Jefferis, Jamie Bruns So what’s a Valentine’s Day RAT? Although the day began a bit cloudy and gloomy, we had a wonderful time at the first Valentine’s Day RAT (Ride a Test) at Solstice Farms. Nothing makes a gray cloud disappear like a bunch of riders and horses dressed in pink and having fun. OK so maybe it was the day after Valentines (Feb. 15) and perhaps we made hangovers disappear but I digress . . . The day began with a serious ride a test that Marie Morgan judged. Mandi Krasney/Mattie and Barbara Stewart/Usache both rode Seond level tests taking advantage of this educational opportunity to improve their showing skills. Clio Rooney and Charlie took their first level performance to a new high focusing on details. Cyndi Craig brought her fabulous new youngster, Faxx to show us all how it should be done! Dela Huss, Megan Rahlfs, and Mala Murthy dipped their booted toes in the dressage waters for a test. Then the real fun began! We tried a new idea that everyone seemed to enjoy. The “Share a Ride”. Suitable horses were volunteered and their names put into a hat. Eager (sort of ) volunteer riders drew a name and then rode training level test three on a horse unknown to them. I hear there was some bargaining and bribery going on in the barn after the names were drawn but who knows! A special thanks goes to all our riders, helpers and volunteer horses for being such good sports! We hope to do this again in about two months. It is a wonderful way to work at dressage but feel like you are at a party. Join us next time! By the way, our next event is a big money class at our St. Patty’s Day Show on March 15. Details to follow.