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Elvis and the Versatility Class

Elvis and the Versatility Class

In certain open shows in North Carolina (and probably elsewhere), there is such a thing as a Versatility Class… and it is awesome.  Rules vary per show, but the format is always as follows: One horse & rider combination for roughly four classes with major tack changes back and forth.  The horse & rider must stay in the ring for tack changes, and can have 1-2 helpers.  The helpers stand at the edge of the ring while the classes are…

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Throwback Thursday – Elvis

Throwback Thursday – Elvis

Feeling a little nostalgic for the little old red horse lately.  Elvis is also probably the most photographed horse I’ve ever owned.  A few months after I got him, my beloved childhood horsie best friend colicked and was put down.  I took that as a lesson that there was no such thing as too many pictures, because I only have a small handful of Doodles. Anyway, here are some of my favorites from all facets of Elvis.  Keep in mind…

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The Family Palomino

The Family Palomino

I spent the weekend with my Dad while he visited in Austin.  While this was fun for me, it didn’t leave much time for the barn.  It did however remind me of a story y’all might enjoy.  If you asked either of my parents, they would say they had no idea where I got my love for horses from since neither of them are enthusiasts.  Even though this is true, it’s not 100% accurate.  Long before I was born, there…

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Transformation Tuesday – Beckett

Transformation Tuesday – Beckett

There have been some great Transformation Tuesday stories submitted so far.  When looking through some old photo albums, I realized I had my own transformation story to share about the horse I never talk about.  The horse that kind of haunts me a little.  This is the story of Beckett, my third horse. My former trainer has a knack for finding a diamond in the rough, and when she talked to an AQHA trainer friend of her’s I got super…

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Visiting Mr Elvis

Visiting Mr Elvis

One of the best parts of my NC visit was getting to visit my former horse bff, Elvis. When I first got the news that he would be retiring back to my friend’s farm, I immediately scheduled some time to go visit when I was home for the holidays. Armed with a bag of carrots, an apple and a big lump in my throat, I walked out to the pasture where my friend told me that he’d be in.  It’d…

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Mixed Feelings

Mixed Feelings

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit down in the dumps this past week or so.  The new puppy was a bright spot for sure, but now she’s sick and I’m worried and mopey about it this morning.  A friend also has really sad news about their animal, and all in all I just want animals to stop getting sick or trying to kill themselves in a variety of unusual and expensive ways.  Is that too much…

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Negative Nancy

Negative Nancy

That’s the best way I can describe me this past week and weekend. It’s a good thing I still have lots of photos and posts about Wellington to blog about, because otherwise I would drive all you great readers away with my negativity. Pre-Simon being very lame (still) lots of crappy stuff happened at work which I won’t get into, and then when I saw that my dear horse who has been on stall rest for three months was still…

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Elvis Turns 20

Elvis Turns 20

I talk a lot on this blog about Elvis, because more than any other horse he has shaped how I am as a rider and a person today. I owned him from high school through graduating from college, and sold him to a friend in a semi-retirement situation after college to pursue a nicer show horse… a nicer show horse that I ended up hating. Parts of me still regret selling Elvis, but in the end I do think it…

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Life Before I Became a Hunter Snob

Life Before I Became a Hunter Snob

I believe I’ve mentioned before, but I ride at a pretty no thrills kind of barn.  Meaning, we see a lot of white plastic schooling helmets, nylon halters decorated with glitter puff paint, and my personal favorite – a fitted zebra fleece english pad. Fitted zebra people… fitted! Really I’m fine with all this, because the ugly white helmets are safe and the tye dye polka dot polo wraps are done correctly… so who cares?  I don’t care but I guess my…

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Wordless Wednesday – Photos for Hunter/Jumper Lovers

Wordless Wednesday – Photos for Hunter/Jumper Lovers

I almost bit it last night, for real.  Was riding Winston, who is a horse that is really quite lovely and a solid citizen until something rocks his world at the canter.  He has hunter/jumper PTSO from years of a rider that has somewhat harsh hands, and will throw his head violently in the air with contact.  Last night we actually did some nice trot circles with him yielding to the inside rein and starting to relax in the poll –…

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Soyjoy

Soyjoy

Let me start off by saying that whatever shortcomings my barn has (as all barns do!), I’ve never been around a group of nicer people.  The silver lining to Simon being hurt right now is the incredibly generous people who are letting me ride their horse.  Lately I’ve been able to ride Viper (who will get his own post later) and last night one of the good teenage riders offered her appendix mare, Joy, for me to jump around on….

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County District Disaster – Part 4

County District Disaster – Part 4

And now for the long awaited epic conclusion of my first major horse show as well as the show that made me scared of showing (almost) forever.  As the record states, after doing remarkably well in mare halter I had managed to make poor riding decisions in hunter hack and gone off course in hunter over fences. All that were left were Hunter GAYP (Go as You Please) and Hunter Under Saddle.  Easy peasy…. not really. If you have not…

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