On Thursday August 27th I flew to Chicago. But I did not stop there, catching an internal flight onwards to Sacramento, California, where I had been invited to judge Welsh ponies the following day. It was quite an eye opener for me, not only in the different method of judging ponies, but also to see Welsh ponies competing in Western classes!
My worthy champion in the 'Welsh Classic' ridden classes (which were run UK style) was Laura Stevens who showed how it should be done on her lovely Welsh cob.
I had hoped to visit a few studs, but unfortunately due to unavoidable circumstances was only able to visit Tammy Burgin-Reitzell of Farmore Farms - I had admired her beautifully schooled ponies at the show.
I have seriously been considering trying to follow the Pony Express Trail to San Francisco from its start at St Joseph Missouri, and took the opportunity to visit the former Wells Fargo office at the Hastings building in old Sacramento which was where the pony riders galloped in with the mail before it went by boat to San Francisco.