My daughter Gracie and I headed off early this morning to the last show of the season. She was all excited as she was to ride in the leadline class for the second time. This time though, she had her own saddle, boots and clothes. I showed Scotch in halter and we placed 1st and 3rd in the first class and in the Championship class we faired better and placed 1st and 2cnd. All the while though, it was a miserable time as it was raining. So I got the horse saddled up and ready for the class. Gracie was a trooper and never complained she was cold or wet. We stopped around the show photographer and got some pictures taken: Anyway, we walked around a little more and stopped to chat with some other folks that were getting ready. While chatting, Scotch decided to shake the water off his back and while doing so, the brand new saddle broke! Little Gracie fell right off. Fortunately she was not hurt, a little scared, but all in one piece. The horse was standing there kind of confused wondering "What just happend?". The saddle could not be fixed for the class and we had to scratch. It took Gracie about 15 minutes to process the fact that she wasn't going to ride and she had a small melt down. The show secretary was very nice and gave me a Championship ribbon for Gracie to take home and that put a big smile back on her face. Anyway I am very proud of her and wanted to share her cute little pictures. I am also proud of my horse as he has only had 30 days under saddle training (last fall) and has been a very good boy for Grace.