Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

June 15, 2012

Competition failed / Competición fallado / Compétition échouée

In English:

Milla (my granddaughter) failed her competition of show riding with her mare Tara. Tara’s height at withers is 176 cm or 5 ft and 9.3 inches.

What happened? Tara refused twice jumping over obstacles. The competition was over. It was hard to young Lady, who has been riding over 12 years. Well, that’s life, but sad for me, to her mother and to Milla of course.

My photos go in this way: 12 photos when preparing to the competition. Next four photos present the general view of the riding field with some riders. The rest of photos show her training jumps and the competition.

En español:

Milla (mi nieta) fallado su competencia de la salto ecuestre con su yegua Tara. La altura a la cruz de Tara es de 176 cm o 5 pies y 9.3 pulgadas.

¿Qué pasó? Tara se negó dos veces al saltar sobre los obstáculos. La competencia había terminado. Era difícil a la joven lady, que ha estado montando más de 12 años. Bueno, así es la vida, pero malgaja para mí, a su madre y, por supuesto a Milla. Mis fotos van de esta manera: 12 primeras fotos cuando se prepara para la competencia. Próximos cuatro fotos presentan el punto de vista general del campo a caballo con algunos jinetes. El resto de fotos muestran los saltos de entrenamiento y la competencia.

En francais:

Milla (ma petite-fille) a échouée avec sa jument Tara dans sa competition de la saut d’obstacles. Hauteur au garrot de Tara est de 176 cm ou 5 pieds et 9.3 pouces. Que c’est t’il passé?

Tara a refusée à deux reprises pour sauter par-dessus les obstacles. La compétition était terminée. Il était difficile pour la jeune femme, qui est allée à cheval plus de 12 ans. Eh bien, c’est la vie, mais triste pour moi, sa mère et á Milla bien entendu. Mes photos vont de cette façon: premières 12 photos lors de la préparation pour la compétition. Suivant quatre photos montrent la vue générale du champ du cheval avec des cavaliers. Le reste des photos montrent ses sauts d’entraînement et la compétition de Milla.

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Milla is training Tara / Milla entrenando con Tara / Milla s’entraîne avec Tara

Equitation / Equitación

60 Comments »

  1. So sorry to hear of the reluctant horse. Disappointment of course but maybe a valuable lesson for future life. We often see young ladies learning horse riding here. They take their horses on the open roads. Wow! That would make me nervous! I used to ride horses when I was very young but the horses always wanted to have their own way – in everything – all of the time.

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — June 15, 2012 @ 06:27 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      Thank you for Your compassionate comment. I have ride only once! That was in army. Everyone had to ride 100 meters. I was in artillery and at those days to know how to ride was obligatory.

      Riding is very popular now in Finland. Some farms are now making money by equestrian hobby. Here where I live, there are few horse stables. Sometimes few riders pass on an old huge sandpit.

      Have a lovely Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 06:40 | Reply

  2. Milla did well to just be in a competition like that! I’m sure there will be others. What a beautiful horse that is!

    Comment by montucky — June 15, 2012 @ 07:13 | Reply

    • Hello Terry.

      Yes, there will be others. Horses and riding is her “life”. As a hobby it is excellent. I see Tara very seldom, but it is “funny” how it looks at me and remembers me, the photographer. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 07:23 | Reply

  3. That’s a hard lesson for a young girl, but learning to handle disappointment is one of those growing pains we have to go through. Another time she’ll have better luck with the jumping but dealing with the emotions is hard at first.

    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 15, 2012 @ 07:15 | Reply

    • Hi Anneli.

      Yes, it is hard indeed. I think also in the same way as You wrote that handling feelings and disappointments is important for everyone.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 07:25 | Reply

  4. What a beautiful horse. But I guess it just goes to show, you can lead a horse to the competition but you can’t make it jump. What a wonderful sport for your daughter. A very lucky girl indeed.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — June 15, 2012 @ 08:27 | Reply

    • Hi Karen.

      Thank You. It is true that if a horse think that no jump, so it is. The same thing happened to Milla’s friend when her horse refused also jumping and she fell off the horse. Fortunately, no injuries.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 12:42 | Reply

  5. Stunning horse, you did not say how old Tara is, Horses like people can get stage fright, if she is not used to shows the noise and excitement can spook them I am sure your granddaughter will get her rewards by keeping at it I am sure they will both gain in confidence with each competition

    Comment by paulaacton — June 15, 2012 @ 09:20 | Reply

    • Hello Paula.

      Well, I am not about sure its age, but if I remember correct eight years now. When my daughter bought it has foaled previous years. That meant that Tara was not allowed to jump one year in competitions. Riding was allowed of course. The foal of Tara is sold to Germany and this year it competed in Portugal. So I heard from my daughter.

      Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 12:54 | Reply

  6. ¡Unas fotos bellísimas! Su nieta es muy guapa y tiene mucha suerte de poder practicar este deporte, el cual encuentro muy difícil, abrazos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — June 15, 2012 @ 09:49 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Muchas gracias haciendo tu comentario tan agradable. Me alegro de que te gusten mis fotos.

      ¡Un saludo grande¡ Abrazos.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 12:58 | Reply

  7. What a beautiful horseI can imagine how disappointed Tara must be! I wish her better luck next time.

    Comment by Madhu — June 15, 2012 @ 12:27 | Reply

    • Hi Madhu.

      I am glad that You checked my granddaughter riding photos. Yeas, next time better luck.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 13:02 | Reply

  8. Dear Matti, what a beautiful granddaughter! You and Anja must be so proud of her! Kudos on her sportsmanship! And good for all of you for being so supportive of all her endeavors!

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — June 15, 2012 @ 14:01 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      Thank You for Your words. Yes, we are proud of her. In our world there are a lot of different hobbies and this one is all well and good, although it is an expensive hobby.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 15, 2012 @ 14:05 | Reply

  9. Exciting and fun pictures. I never rode a horse before…crazy huh? One day, I’ll toughen up and just do it. Your post inspired me today. Thanks.
    http://thismansjourney.net/2012/06/13/weekly-image-of-life-happiness/

    Comment by island traveler — June 15, 2012 @ 16:57 | Reply

    • Hello Island traveler.

      Thank You for Your comment. It is not crazy although You never rode before. If You read in one of my answer, I had to ride a little bit in army. That was experience even somebody might have a smile on lips.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:25 | Reply

  10. Milla looks as if she is an excellent rider, it’s too bad her horse wouldn’t cooperate during the competition. Your photos are wonderful, and I hope her horse cooperates in the next competition.

    Comment by seniorhiker — June 15, 2012 @ 17:03 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. The cooperation between rider and horse is the key word indeed.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:27 | Reply

  11. The pictures of the horse jumping are beautiful all the same… Next time?

    Comment by megtraveling — June 15, 2012 @ 18:01 | Reply

    • Hello Megtraveling.

      Yes, next time better luck. Thank You for visiting my blog and for Your comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:28 | Reply

  12. I love your photos of Milla and Tara. It’s interesting to see what position she is in at each point in the jumps. Reminds me that it is much better to have tried and failed than to not have tried at all! Have a great weekend!!

    Comment by Travel Spirit — June 15, 2012 @ 18:07 | Reply

    • Hi Sherry.

      Thank You so much. I love also to see different phases of a jump.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:30 | Reply

  13. Lindas fotos! El esfuerzo, disciplina y responsabilidad tambièn merecen premios y tu nieta lo merece

    Comment by consueloq — June 15, 2012 @ 18:20 | Reply

    • Hola Consuelo.

      Me alegre tu comentario muchisíma. Espero que estes bien.

      Abrazos!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:34 | Reply

  14. Beautiful photos. I hope your granddaughter has more luck next time. I think it is hard to make the horse win every time 🙂

    Comment by Northern Narratives — June 15, 2012 @ 18:57 | Reply

    • Hello Northern Narratives.

      I am glad that my photos pleased to You. Always things do not go as we people think. Next time…

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:36 | Reply

  15. Hello Mattie, Beautiful photos of Milla and Tara. So sorry they didn’t have much joy this time. I know nothing about horses, but they certainly look like a fine pair to me! Better luck next time.

    Comment by Janice — June 15, 2012 @ 20:40 | Reply

    • Hi Janice.

      Thank You. Tara is to Milla very important in her life. I am happy that You left Your comment here.

      Have a wonderful week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:40 | Reply

  16. Sorry for your granddaughter – and you – I hope this beutiful horse will make it better next time🙂

    Comment by Truels — June 15, 2012 @ 23:48 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      I am glad that You checked my post. Thank You commenting.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:56 | Reply

  17. I enjoyed the photos because I used to ride and jump. Milla hasn’t failed -it is just an opportunity for growth. . Now at the risk of being offensive, I am going to offer a critique.As you say she has ridden a long time but needs to correct some habits Sometimes Milla is really with the horse and it looks great. Sometimes they are working well as a team but other times Milla doesn’t have her legs on the horse and is ahead or behind the motion and hanging on to the horse’s mouth for balance. I suggest Dressage to strengthen Milla and balance both horse and rider to get them riding together as a unit and will help the jumping. This will better enable Milla to correct the horse when it balks at a jump, and make it more fun for both horse and rider and prevent serious injury especially if Milla wants to go further in the jumping which I am sure she does..Sincerely, Jane.

    Comment by janechese — June 16, 2012 @ 02:42 | Reply

    • Hello Jane.

      Thank You. I am glad about Your critique and Your advices. Yes, Milla have to learn a lot of and the coop with Tara must be developed more.

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:48 | Reply

  18. She hasn’t failed, I’m sure she’s learned from it, will improve and will get ’em next time. Gorgeous pictures!

    Comment by Elisa — June 16, 2012 @ 05:17 | Reply

    • Hi Elisa.

      Wide words again. I am glad that You did like my photos.

      Have a lovely week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 16, 2012 @ 13:49 | Reply

  19. Awww – it will be better next time🙂 Tara is so huge – my arabian is only 147 cm “high” lol Happy Weekend!🙂

    Comment by wolke205 — June 16, 2012 @ 16:15 | Reply

    • Einen sonntäglichen Gruß Wolke205.

      Yes, next time. Tara is huge indeed, but got an Arabian.🙂

      Schönes-Wochenende!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 17, 2012 @ 07:12 | Reply

  20. Awwww….. I know how it feels, I’ve been a horse rider too many years ago. I feel so sorry for her ! But I’m sure she will have better luck next time🙂
    Your series about this competition is really excellent ! I know how hard it is to take these action shots, you just did an amazing job ! Congratulations !
    Have a lovely weekend Matti🙂

    Comment by Tamara — June 17, 2012 @ 11:20 | Reply

    • Bonjour Tamara.

      Nice comment. Thank You. Oh yeah, situations vary very fast and if the photographer is “asleep”, then situations are soon history.

      Belle journée á toi Tamara.

      Comment by Sartenada — June 17, 2012 @ 12:00 | Reply

  21. Wow… what a huge horse. Great freeze action shots.

    Comment by Preston Surface — June 17, 2012 @ 17:37 | Reply

    • Hello Preston.

      Very nice that You visited my site and left Your comment. Thank You.

      Happy Monday!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2012 @ 06:50 | Reply

  22. If that was her first competition and the horse jumps fine in practice, perhaps she felt nervous about competing and the horse felt that as apprehension about the jumps. They feel everything. You can get one to change direction just by turning your head.

    Comment by LBcruiseshipblogger — June 18, 2012 @ 01:07 | Reply

    • Hello LBcruiseshipblogger.

      This wasn’t her first competition, but always all the days are not successful in our life. That what You said how horses feel the apprehension must be correct and I believe it. I have noticed same kind of thing with dogs. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2012 @ 07:03 | Reply

  23. I hope that your granddaughter doesn’t take the loss too hard.

    The photos were lovely.

    Comment by Deb Platt — June 18, 2012 @ 02:24 | Reply

    • Hi Deb.

      No, she didn’t take it too hard. When she was small child, she was very shy and riding helped her to get rid of it. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2012 @ 07:16 | Reply

  24. Love the pictures. She’ll get it next time. Horses are sensitive creatures and may have sensed her nerves.

    Comment by writingfeemail — June 18, 2012 @ 12:46 | Reply

    • Hello Renee.

      I am glad that You love my pictures and left Your nice comment here. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 18, 2012 @ 13:40 | Reply

  25. Beautiful horse! Sorry to hear that the show didn’t go well! Better luck next time!

    Comment by jamisonphoto — June 20, 2012 @ 13:25 | Reply

    • Hello Jamison.

      Thank You for Your comment. Oh yeah, life goes on!

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 20, 2012 @ 14:14 | Reply

  26. What a beautiful horse and wonderful shots of the competition. Both your granddaughter and the horse did accomplish completing the competition and that is something to be proud of. Mighty courage for a hard competition! Your granddaughter will do fine in forthcoming competitions because of experience and courage.🙂

    Comment by Anna Surface — June 20, 2012 @ 14:03 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      I am very glad that You commented my post. My granddaughter is in love with her horse very much and next time everything will be okay.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 20, 2012 @ 14:17 | Reply

  27. Bonjour Matti,
    La dure loi du sport, et le devoir aussi d’accepter les petits écarts d’humeur des chevaux !
    J’espère que Milla a surmonté cette déception et que tout ira pour le mieux au prochain concours.
    Bises et bonne fin de semaine.

    Comment by Marion B. — June 20, 2012 @ 17:37 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Tu as absolument raison. Milla était très timide quand elle était enfant, mais équitation a donné à elle un fort sentiment de soi. Il était très agréable que tu as laissé ton commentaire ice. Merci beaucoup.

      Bises et belle journée!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 21, 2012 @ 06:32 | Reply

  28. Your granddaughter is very brave, riding and jumping such a huge and beautiful horse! And your shots of the horse in mid-air are beautiful. I love horses, love just being around them and their energy. I never had much of a chance to ride but always loved it when I could. When I lived in the country my morning walk took me by a pasture, and every morning I would rub and kiss horse noses before I went to work. That always was a nice start to the day.
    I hope your granddaughter comes to understand that just showing up and being brave enough to compete is quite the accomplishment.

    Comment by Heart To Harp — June 20, 2012 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hello Janet.

      So nice comment with lovely memories. I am sure that she understands very well that in our life there are ups and downs which belong to our life. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 21, 2012 @ 06:37 | Reply

  29. Merci d’avoir partagé cet événement important pour Milla et toute sa famille. Et Tara bien sûr ! Ta petite-fille est une belle cavalière qui réussira une autre fois, la vie nous réserve parfois des échecs pour mieux réussir ensuite. Félicitations pour tes photos et pour la persévérance , la discipline et la maîtrise de Milla.

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — July 13, 2012 @ 21:05 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      Merci de m’avoir fait un commentaire. Milla n’a prise aucune chagrin de cette pour longtemps finalement.

      Belle journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 16, 2012 @ 06:32 | Reply

  30. During the training It seems Milla succeeded to jumpsover some obstacles . She must not to discourage. The horse is really tall .
    Très belles photos
    Amitiés
    Michel

    Comment by fauquetmichel — May 26, 2016 @ 16:01 | Reply

    • Bonjour Michel.

      Thank You for Your praising words. I am very glad that You commented this post.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 27, 2016 @ 07:10 | Reply


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