Do I miss showing in freestyle reining? by Stacy Westfall

This week someone asked me the question; “Do you miss showing in the freestyle?”

For the whole week I didn’t really have an answer. At first I thought this meant ‘no’ I don’t miss it, but I wasn’t sure. I also didn’t give it much specific thinking time either though.

Tonight, while watching the Congress Freestyle I found my answer: Yes. I do miss showing in the freestyle.

But…I’m still happy I am not.

I have a specific way I like to show in the freestyle. Specific goals that I want to achieve, if, and when, I do show in the class. If I don’t think I can reach those personal goals…then I’m not interested in showing.

Each person has their own personal reasons for showing. For some it is a bucket list item. For others it sounds like fun. Yet others seek the challenge of winning.

Sitting in the stands watching tonight made two things clear; I do miss showing in the freestyle and I do hope that some day I will do it again.

Dan James, Open Winner Congress Freestyle 2014

Dan James, Open Winner Congress Freestyle 2014


Emmie Fisher, Congress Non Pro Freestyle Champion 2014

Emmie Fisher, Congress Non Pro Freestyle Champion 2014


  1. Heidi Schaefer on October 14, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    I want to see you at the midwest horse fair!

  2. horsegirl1 on October 12, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Hi Stacy,
    I was just wondering if you know what the midwest horse fair is. If so are you going this year?

    • Stacy on October 13, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      I do! I have been there before. If you want to see me there again, get a bunch of friends to send requests!

      • horsegirl1 on October 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

        thanks! I’ll try!

      • Heidi Schaefer on October 14, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        yes please come to the midwest horse fair! It’d be a dream come true!

  3. Rebecca on October 12, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Don’t think about it as “not showing in freestyle” …..

    Think about it as “preparing to show in freestyle”.

    One year or another makes no difference…. as dreams and visions bubble up in your heart…. as you collect ideas and make plans. As you practice on various horses.

    When the moment comes, all of those things will have had an impact, so why not call it what it is?

    Fan silliness:
    What about one of those fillies over at Gregs place? 😉 😉

  4. Wess on October 12, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I did enjoy watching Dan James (Lone Ranger & Tonto type), interesting disciplines, lots of hard work & developed skill sets, both riders & horses. Most memorable, Dan changing facing rearward to forward, effortless, quick, smooth & unexpected, also the dual spins, riderless.

  5. Sharon Hill on October 12, 2014 at 12:42 am

    I thought that was Louie but wasn’t sure. Way to go!

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