Kelly McKnight and his Grand Prix ride Zan Chin, jumping best in just a halter.

“The first time I showed up for a grand prix in a halter, people thought I was looney tunes,” recalled McKnight. “Then they watch for a minute and see it work. In a bridle she was kind of bouncy and fractious. Put on a halter and she’s smooth as silk, and she’s simple to the jumps. Before it was up and down and right and left. Now it’s just smooth, crazy fun.” - Kelly McKnight.

Also pictured is Zan Chin out in her 4 acre field (which she shares with two mares), and conditioning work on the Californian hills with Kelly’s other Grand Prix horse Highland Elegance being ponied.

x (photos by Sara Jorgensen, Erin Gilmore and Kelly McKnight).

End of hibernation is coming, some Mount Eerie shows are planned:

Weds. March 19th, 2014 – Seattle, Wash.- Heartland, $9, 8pm (with Lori Goldston‎ and Erin Jorgensen)

Thurs. March 20th, 2014 – Portland, Ore.- Information Warehouse, 411 SE 6th Ave. $9, 8pm (with Malaikat Dan Singa)

Fri. March 21st, 2014 – Boise, Idaho- Treefort Festival

Sat. March 22nd, 2014 – Enterprise, Ore.- OK Theatre, 208 W. Main St., 8pm (with others)