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Equestrian Blogging March Madness Elite Eight

Equestrian Blogging March Madness Elite Eight

Wow those were some tough matches last week!  The numbers are getting close and closer as we make our way to the final four, and the elite eight today will be no different.  I’m going to have to close my eyes and randomly pick one between some of these, because it’s so hard to choose between favorites! Let’s take a look at the amazing bloggers who have made it this far… After today I’ll be happy to announce the final…

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WEF – A Shopping We Will Go!

WEF – A Shopping We Will Go!

The Winter Equestrian Festival is a equestrian lover’s shopping paradise.  It’s also full of the 1% and many vendors cater to the 1%. Fun fact – I am not the 1%. Also fun fact, in the past two years I have only bought from the “WEF Boutique” (the souvenir store) and both of my purchases were well under $50.  But hey, this year I took pictures so y’all could see some of the smanciness that I cannot afford. What would be…

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March Madness 2nd Semi Finals

March Madness 2nd Semi Finals

Oh boy… it’s getting exciting folks!  Matches are harder!  The voting is closer!  The chocolate surprises are growing nearer and nearer for the Final 4… Who will it be?  Who will become queen of each region?!  Did I under estimate how much time it would take to host this thing? I only know the answer to one of those questions. So today in the interest of getting this over with blogging competition I’m hosting seven matches. What does that mean?…

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WEF – General Observations Around the Show

WEF – General Observations Around the Show

When I go visit WEF, I generally creep around with my camera.  Usually I talk to no one, and just walk, watch, listen and shoot. Of course there are exceptions, like the time that I took so many pictures of these two horses that their grooms heard my camera clicking, stood up, fixed their shirts and said “I’m ready for my closeup baby!”  Oui. So through my stalking around the horse show, I try to pick up a few things.  A…

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2014 Goals Q1 Analysis

2014 Goals Q1 Analysis

I think part of it is the winter, part of it is Simon being NQR for a few weeks and a huge part of it is my whole saddle debacle plus all the dog and personal life drama… but honestly I’ve felt a bit like a deflated balloon for 2014 so far. When I wrote these goals at the end of last year, I was on a showing high.  Now I’ve had a lot of financial setbacks and some mental…

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March Madness 1st Semi-Finals

March Madness 1st Semi-Finals

We’re getting closer to the final four!  Since we had an unusual number of teams compared to the NCAA style brackets, the voting this week gets a little wonky.  There’s kind of a semi-semi final?  Or maybe I just suck at making brackets, but anyway it’s just for fun so roll with it. Here are the standings so far: Today I will do six rounds of voting to get us closer to the final four.  Things should start getting tougher…

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WEF – The “10” Hunter

WEF – The “10” Hunter

You see it in ads all the time.  “Horse is a 10+ jumper”  “This one is your hack winner!”  “His trot is totally a 10”.  Those kinds of descriptions usually describe pretty nice horses. One of my favorite things about going to WEF and watching the hunter ring, is that you don’t really hear those phrases.. you see them.  You see them everywhere, because I’ve never been to a place with more nice horses in one ring. Say you’re chillin’ at…

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Equestrian Blogging March Madness Final Qualifier

Equestrian Blogging March Madness Final Qualifier

Today’s the day where we finish up all these qualifiers!  I’ll leave the voting up for about three days and then we’ll get to the semi-finals, woot!! The first match up today is also the final west coast qualifier.  Pony and a Payday covers aspects of various disciplines from hunter/jumper to rodeo while The Polka Dot Periodical focuses on Pongo, a beautiful leopard appaloosa eventer/dressage horse.  Cast your vote below! [socialpoll id=”2193076″] Moving on to the midwest, we have A Gift…

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How to Celebrate the Sound Horse’s Birthday

How to Celebrate the Sound Horse’s Birthday

Simon’s birthday was the day I left for Wellington, so we didn’t get a chance to celebrate “properly” until last night. This time last year I was throwing a party hat on a lame horse, so the fact that I could get a few photos and then go for a ride was just splendid! I warned my trainer that I was bringing birthday goodies for my horse, and even though she probably thought I was a crazy person… no one complains when…

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WEF World – The Finer Things

WEF World – The Finer Things

With this past trip to WEF, I tried to have a game plan of what I wanted to document and write about during my time there.  So instead of one giant ALL THE WEF THINGS post, I have a lot of topics planned out with photos to go along.  If you love hunter/jumpers or big horse shows, I hope you’re excited to hop along the WEF train with me for a little while! I know I’ve said it before, but…

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Equestrian March Madness 3rd Qualifier

Equestrian March Madness 3rd Qualifier

Now that I’m back in town let’s get crankin’ with some March Madness!  Since the real NCAA tournament kicks off this week, I wanted to speed things along a little bit.  Therefore I’m putting six matches up today so we can get on to the semi-finals next week! I would like to make a little disclaimer about an exploit someone put to my attention.  You can vote unlimited times on a mobile phone.  Yes, aka you can cheat.  I have put…

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WEF 2014 in the Books

WEF 2014 in the Books

You probably were hoping for a really detailed post about all the amazingness in my trip (and it was pretty amazing as always), but I’m here to disappoint. I got up at 3am central time to fly back. A cab driver tried to scam me on the ride to the airport and I had to put on my big girl pants and tell him to GFY. Both of my flights had lots of turbulence and the same screaming toddler. So I’m…

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