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The Riding Test
by Karen C Vanderlaan

Sunday, July 29, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Riding tests are given in Pony Club from the time a child begins at age 7 or 8 up to the time they are 21 they are detailed, but fair and level appropriate-giving them is very rewarding as children are so earnest in their desire to do well at what they love

With earnest hope she leads her pony to greet me, her examiner.

A smudge of dirt across freckle-specked cheeks

And her half-tucked shirt tell of elbow grease used

To present to me herself,

And her perfectly groomed pony, Snowy


The saddle is clean and the bridle too

Beauty has been washed, maybe more than once

Her feet are clean and so is her tail-

Even the green from the grass she snuck

Has been wiped away from bit and lips


Time to mount left foot in then up she goes

“Walk then circle-Show me twenty meters

On to trot: up-down, up-down,

you must show the correct diagonal.”

Little Sarah shows she knows-she has come prepared.


Canter then, on the correct lead-heels must be down, eyes up

A bit of power-steering lost but she makes it round the turns

Jumping now, “just trot them all”

Snowy is NOT in the mood she heads for the gate every time

But sweet Sarah loves her so, “Come on girl, you can do it”


So persistent little girl wins over obstinate pony

Corrections are made and the two make it round the course

As frustrated tears streak dirty cheeks

Snowy is patted and told, “Good girl”

“You are done now, Sarah. Put Snowy away then come back “


Back she comes, tears wiped and cool drink in hand.

Now the questions: horse colors, and markings

How do you tell if she’s sick?

Name twenty parts of a pony and how do you feed her treats?”

“All done now Sarah-You passed”-nothing else is heard but I hear


Snowy! We did it! We passed!


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Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 8/3/2007
What a wonderful time for that little girl and her pony.Enjoyed
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 8/1/2007
Great .. I sent this on to my friend whos's grandaughters are learning to ride......M
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/31/2007
Very rewarding indeed and wonderful information, thank you for sharing.

Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 7/31/2007 the details...straight to the heart on this....and i love her attitude with that pony
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/31/2007
Enjoyed this much my friend...I'll have to get a photo of my three year old granddaughter riding her pony, she lead the show two weeks ago...she is very proud of her first trophy, and I know one of many memories to come!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/30/2007
I love this Karen. It must be very rewarding to teach riding. Horses are very special...Thanks for sharing!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/30/2007
So persistent little girl wins over obstinate pony
Corrections are made and the two make it round the course

A marvelous story, Karen. Good for Sarah, and for Snowy!

Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 7/30/2007
I loved this, dear Karen! The memories it brings, of that special, almost incomparable thrill... even after so many years, so many tests, so many shows, and so much riding. Wonderful poem!
Best wishes, from a lifelong Horse lover,
Reviewed by Randall Barfield 7/29/2007
Fun experience. Thanks for sharing. Cheers
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/29/2007
Oh, how this just tugs at my heartstrings. What a sweet poem. Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful words.

Peace, Love, and Light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Walt Hardester 7/29/2007
Snowy! We did it! We passed!

don't that make you feel grand?
good job here Karen

Reviewed by D Johnson 7/29/2007
Karen, it appears you've done this before. A truly enjoyable read.

Reviewed by George Carroll 7/29/2007
Nothing like living on a farm and all its treats as you grow up.
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 7/29/2007
Karen, you've painted a beautiful picture here, as well as, captured the love of a youngster and her pony. Her love and patience for the pony shows throughout the poem. Your voice comes through strong and with assurance also throughout this writing. You've got a great poem here, one I'll bet many will enjoy.

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