Yep, you read right, I was outbid. But, more on that later, first let's talk about the competition!
1st place went to Jazz and Suzanne Myers!! They did a great job and were the most consistent pair throughout the entire competition. Jazz also went home with Suzanne for $5,000.
2nd place went to Travis Dittmer from Texas and his gelding, Elko Sage. He sold for $1,700.
3rd place was Dave Robart and his mare, Carolina. She sold for $2,000.
4th place belonged to Dan Grunewald and Trust. She sold for $7,000 back to Dan.
Those are the placings I know for sure, but I'm not sure how everyone else stands in the top 10, but here they are and what their horses sold for.
Danee Rudy was able to buy her gelding, Rave, back for $2,000.
Lalo Govea's horse, Elvis, sold for $9,000. Lalo also got the professional trainer sportsmanship award.
Rachel Gullickson's, Guardian, sold for $2,900.
Firecracker, trained by Glenn Cyphers sold for $2,000.
Ryan Rose sold his horse Vegas for $1,300.
Finally, Jumper, trained by Cody Keller sold for $2,700.
Lots of trainers were able to bring their horses home, including Tracy Porter, who was able to bid $2,000 to take back her little mare.
I will be posting a highlight video of the top 10 when I get a chance to put it together. I wasn't able to film everyone, but I did get a couple performances.
The horse course will be up on youtube soon, so watch for it. Rem was really good, and if he didn't have such a nervous rider I know he could have performed better. He picked up the wrong lead a few times, and he was tossing his head a lot, but he did try for me. I was shaking by the time I made it into our freestyle time, so I just decided I had had enough. Rem wasn't a fan of that coliseum either. So, instead of wasting more time trying to get a nervous horse to do things I just bowed out and headed for the gate.
So I am sure you are all wondering, if I was outbid, then who took Remington home?
Well I was crying even before we made it into the arena, I just couldn't comprehend the notion of having to give up my horse. It was so hard, and as I sat on my horse crying my eyes out, Weslie Elliot announced that I had won the amateur trainer sportsmanship award, (thank you to all the trainers who voted for me!) so that gave me an extra $500 to put towards Remington. So that made $1,000 to bring my horse home. I was STILL hysterical as the bidding started, and as it climbed. To $1,000 then $1200. Aubrey still had it at $1400, but as it rose to $1500 she gave it up.
She gave it up to the Colbert Ranch (also headquarters of the Mustang Heritage Foundation)!! That's right!! Patti Colbert sent Remington HOME WITH ME!!!! Not only did they buy Rem for me, but they sent Nash home with Jessi Schmitt as well!! It truly was a dream come true, I couldn't believe it. I still feel like I'm going to wake up at any moment and it won't be real anymore.
Over all I think they raised about $90,000 for the Mustang Heritage Foundation. It was a great success. Like I said, I'll get some video up of the top 10 as soon as I get a chance, but right now I need some sleep!!