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Month: April 2014

WEF – Maclay Big Eq

WEF – Maclay Big Eq

I bet I wasn’t the only one who didn’t really know that “big eq” and the Maclay Medal Finals was a really big deal before the Horse Power  TV series on Animal Planet.  Since I didn’t grow up showing on any type of hunter/jumper (or any) circuit, I had no idea of the big eq world. Even when I did figure out the big eq existed, the classes weren’t usually big in NC and we don’t even have a decent 3’6″…

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My First Hunter Derby & Second Broken Finger – Part II

My First Hunter Derby & Second Broken Finger – Part II

When we left off yesterday, I had just finished up the ticketed warmup and changed my goal from “hunter derby domination” to “survive hunter derby with a smile on my face.”  Since I was almost at the end of the 2’6″ order of go, I put Simon in the trailer (since he could no longer be tied) and watched some of the horse show for a while. The course had a few “surprises” since we couldn’t school all the jumps…

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My First Hunter Derby & Second Broken Finger – Part I

My First Hunter Derby & Second Broken Finger – Part I

Overall?  We did the hunter derby!  I had a lot of fun doing it and checking that (hopefully first of many) item off the bucket list.  That being said, it was not without any shenanigans. I headed to the show grounds at a reasonable time to meet my trainer and the horses.  Since this was a one day show, we didn’t have stalls… which usually isn’t a problem.  Historically Simon has been great tied to the trailer.  Historically. On my…

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Fail Friday Hunter Style

Fail Friday Hunter Style

You know, I hope my derby jumps tomorrow look better than this… But if not… we’ll be wearing a shadbelly and having a blast!  Wish me luck, I’m off to my first ever hunter derby 🙂  Cheesy I know, but dream come true!

Appreciating What You Have Blog Hop

Appreciating What You Have Blog Hop

I love love love the Viva Carlos blog hop this week!  It’s especially topical since we all know how much horse showing can make you question everything about yourself including the quality and talent of your horse. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the Pros of our current ponies, whether you own them or just ride them in lessons. Simon has a lot of good qualities, and I probably don’t write about them on the blog as much as I…

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WEF – In Search of Color!

WEF – In Search of Color!

I am a total sucker for a colored sporthorse.  That doesn’t mean I don’t love my plain bay Thoroughbred, but if it’s flashy… I adore it. Bonus points for spots. Triple bonus points for palomino.  One day… one day I will have a palomino hunter, and it will be beautiful. Anyway, WEF is a sea of bays.  Even a chestnut or a gray stands out among the grays, but I did find some color few and far in-between.  I’m sure there’s a…

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Easter Weekend Show – Sunday

Easter Weekend Show – Sunday

Saturday night I drank one glass of wine, had bread and cheese and about 5 bites of sorbet before I passed out at 10:30pm.  A good night’s sleep helps a lot, and I drove to the show early Sunday morning determined to have a better attitude. Of course, that better attitude didn’t include being nervous for my first ever medal class. The 2’6″ Medal runs first thing with no warm-up.  I could have gotten up super early to school the fences…

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Easter Weekend Show – Saturday

Easter Weekend Show – Saturday

I know my instagram was suspiciously quiet over the weekend and I’m sure lots of folks are looking for a show update.  I’ll write one post for each day, but if you are looking for the overall synopsis here goes: I came into this show with a lot of hope (read: unrealistic expectations) and I’m a very passionate person (read: extremely competitive).  My horse and I stepped up a division and went from doing the adds to doing the strides, and there…

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Show Prep

Show Prep

More than anything, my way to get ready for a show is methodical planning over a series of days so I don’t feel like too rushed the night before.  Me feeling rushed is a sure fire way for my show nerves to take over, and I really do a lot of work to keep those bad boys away. Monday was quite the stormy day here in Austin, so I sewed new snaps on a show shirt in order to revive…

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Immediate Inspiration Blog Hop

Immediate Inspiration Blog Hop

Another fun blog hop from Viva Carlos!  Today’s topic is… Why do you train with your trainer? If okay or possible, share a picture of your trainer riding. I’m a difficult student to teach in some ways.  My self confidence is pretty low in my riding at times, but I also want to be pushed.  I strive for improvement and perfection, but I also really crumble at harsh feedback.  It’s a delicate balance and a tactful person who brings out…

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WEF – Scrim a dim dim

WEF – Scrim a dim dim

Maybe this is the case at all the big horse shows… it probably is.  Remember, I show locally and my A/AA experience is just as a bystander at mostly regional A shows.  Before I visited WEF, the biggest show I’d ever watched was the Duke Children’s Classic in my hometown of Raleigh, NC. At Duke there were lots of amazing horses, but I don’t remember scrim sheets.  WEF has tons of amazing fashion and beautiful horses, but I swear the…

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Braiding for Local Shows?

Braiding for Local Shows?

First off, thanks everyone to your kind words about my little freak out post yesterday.  I am feeling better about the situation, but still not great. Trying to tell myself that just because my dogs no longer fit into the family model they used to, they can still be happy and healthy creatures for the rest of their lives.  Not there yet, but getting there. Today I am genuinely curious about a topic I love – braiding.  Specifically hunter braids,…

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