Austin Equestrian welcomes another blog entry written by a local Austin rider – Delaney Brunker. We applaud the efforts and dedication of equestrians like Delaney, and are pleased to be able to bring things written from their unique perspective. Enjoy reading about Delaney and her pony, Penny. Penny has quite a bit to say!
Delaney, Penny's "Mommy," is 10 years old and has been riding since before she could walk, but got serious at age 5 when she began weekly lessons at Switch Willo Stables. Penny, or Song of Sixpence, is 11 years old. Delaney and Penny have been together almost two years and currently compete in the Central Texas Hunter/Jumper Association shows in the Beginner and Pony divisions. The pair has aspirations to move into competing in the Children's Pony division next show season at the Texas Hunter/Jumper Association Shows. Delaney currently trains at Switch Willo with Glenn, Lacy, and Kirk, and she learned all the basics from Allen during her time in the lesson program.
Penny’s Point of View
Hi, my name is Penny. I’m a chestnut pony with four white socks. My Mommy gets me out of my stall what seems like every day. She always seems to come when I just got my food, oh how mad I am at her. Ug, she just got the saddle out, and then I realize I’m being ridden - could this get any worse?!
When she gets on me and I feel those spurs stick into my side oh, that’s the worst feeling ever! Do I have to do this? We do at least start out slow and easy to get warmed up. Some of my friends are in the ring too, so maybe this will be better than I thought. Next, we start jumping, I’m so excited to show off what I can do. WHEEEEEEE, this is fun! Put the jumps up PLEASE!!
Before I know it, the lesson is over. That makes me sad. Thankfully, we walk around some more so I can hang with my pals. When Mommy gets off me and starts untacking me, man it feels good. Oh, I hope and pray she is going to give me a treat! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, give me a treat! I was good, so good, I did everything she asked. PPLLLLLEEEEEAAAAASSSSSSEEEEEEE!! AHHHHHHHH, I got TWO, count them, TWO treats. I am the luckiest pony in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD to have such an amazing Mommy.
Oh, I am headed for turnout, I can’t wait to see my friends, we have an amazing time. NEIGH NEIGH NEIGH, I call my friends on the way to go out. Lessons always start out as being a thing that takes me away from my food and ends up as an amazing experience. Yum yum yum, grass. Talk to you all later!