DazlMy first pony was a Grey 41/2 yr old, 14.2 hand half Arab-half Quarter Horse pony named Dazl that my Grandpa bought
for me when I was about 10 yrs old. I had been taking riding lessons at Hillcroft Acres, which is where I first laid eyes on
her and it was love at first sight. She was the light of my life and I spent every free second riding, grooming and basically growing up
with her.

One of my fondest memories is of when I took her to The National Western Stock Show when I was 11 at
the Denver Coliseum. Every year they had one designated Saturday that was Free Admission to the matinee
rodeo/events performance for all children under the age of 12. It was a sell out with standing room only. On this special Saturday as part of the performance they held a class called Children’s Open Pleasure, which meant just that. It was open to riders under the age of 17, open to any breed and any discipline.

There were almost 100 entries of all different experience levels. Dazl & I were in the very green category. The class was split in two sections, which still put more than 40 horses in the ring at once. In addition to the 40 kids & their horses there were hundreds of people in the audience most of them kids under the age of 10 with vendors selling popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy and of course all of the whistles, noise makers, balloons and yes my personal favorite, those birds attached to a stick by a string that chirp as they are whirled around in the air! It was at best, less than civilized. Long story short Dazl and I took first place.

I went on showing for 20+ years and got more experienced horses but of all the Blue ribbons, trophies and championships I won, that one always meant the most to me.

Dazl – My First Pony & My First Big Horseshow by Dana Weber