Honoring women’s contribution to training North America’s horses, a first-ever event displays exciting performances!
Two of my Liberty Foundations students, Mary Kitzmiller and Krystle Pennington McCormack, were chosen to compete in the Challenge, so naturally I became very interested and volunteered to help with check-in, which involved much paperwork, but I was rewarded with getting to know incoming horsewomen and horses from across the United States and Canada! I also met Producer Jim Hutchins, whose brainchild was this competition involving only women! The son of a strong woman and brother to four equally strong sisters, "Hutch" knows women have the strength to make a horse feel safe and protected. Women know how to form bonds and nurture relationships. These skills were apparent in the competition, as well as solid horsemanship!
As we worked, Hutch asked me if I'd do a Liberty Demo at the Opening Ceremony the next night. Feeling privileged to speak for the Free Horse, I agreed, not knowing the plan...and therein lies my story!
Krystle, an accomplished award-winning rider and teacher, brought Zoe to me two weeks before the competition for help with Liberty; we had made great progress. I had never seen the other horse, a Morgan gelding named Pocket. Knowing what I know now, his name could have been Destiny!
What Happened in the Opening Ceremony
With one day to prepare for the Liberty Demo, I found my own amazing horse had injured his hip and needed time to heal. No problem, I thought! I work with new horses all the time! I asked Krystle's permission to work with her Morgan gelding, Pocket, knowing he was on site! Pocket had no liberty training, so it became my own Challenge to see what we could do.
Friday night's Opening Ceremony was beautiful, from what I could see in the distance! I was at the far end of the arena with Pocket, Krystle Pennington McCormack's champion Morgan gelding, sealing the bond. Plans for the show had changed, and the script called for beginning with a young girl on a stick horse in the arena, progressing through the stages of a woman's life with horses. Much beauty in the horses, women, and live music from Michael Martin Murphy and Templeton Thompson. Pocket and I closed the show alone in the arena at Liberty. That blessed horse united with a woman he barely knew in a remarkable way; I was so in the moment with him that I was hardly aware of bright lights, music and the audience. He moved with me, turned with me, stepped away, returned to me. He arched his lovely neck, leaned down toward me, and I kissed him on the muzzle, exchanging breath. Please watch the slide show below of special moments in that lovely time.
How it Happened
How did I make connection and convince a horse that I was a Caretaking Leader in little more than an hour? I used the power of Liberty Foundations, which I teach in lessons, clinics and online classes. I've been practicing this on a professional level for enough years that it is second nature to me, and horses recognize their own safety in the practice. I went to Pocket's stall, greeted him and went inside, sitting in a corner of his stall in Meditation. In a few minutes I arose and moved with him in that small space.
A roundpen was available the next morning at sunrise, as high winds and 40-degree temperatures signaled a cold front from Canada. It was on green grass, but still Pocket was available to me, listening and making his decision about me. That evening I entered the Lazy E, met him, hoping for the best. Opening the gate to the huge arena, I removed his lead rope and set him free.
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