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2014 Show Season Wrap Up

2014 Show Season Wrap Up

Honestly alert – I am feeling pretty bummed about this year’s show season.  A lot of that is because we ended on a not-so-amazing note, but what readers don’t know about are the goals and pressure I had put on myself this year.  Why?  I don’t know.  It’s not like I thought my horse would magically get lead changes or that I would mysteriously become an amazing rider… I didn’t.  I did want to have a shot at qualifying for…

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2014 CTHJA Year End – Sunday

2014 CTHJA Year End – Sunday

First off, thanks everyone for their encouraging comments yesterday.  I didn’t get a chance to reply individually to all of them (crazy trying to get ready for vacation and work and life!), but I really appreciate all the support.  I am feeling much better about all this!  Now, back to day two of the show. Sunday morning rolled in, and I wasn’t exactly feeling bright eyed and bushy tailed.  My throat hurt, my head hurt, I was nauseous from worry and…

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2014 CTHJA Year End – Saturday

2014 CTHJA Year End – Saturday

I have both a ton to say about this show, and nothing at all.  Luckily (or not so luckily) for you, I’ll write out the ton I have to say in two parts.  For those of you who want the cliff notes, I have both a pessimistic and an optimistic version. Pessimistic:  I spent a decent amount of money to go to my year end show, and kinda sucked. Optimistic:  I had one of those ‘learning experience’ horse shows that…

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LOPE Benefit Show II

LOPE Benefit Show II

When we last left off, I had completed the hunter derby successfully but hadn’t yet fallen off.  When do I bust my bum?  Stay tuned! After the hunter derby we had what was supposed to be a brief break before the jumpers start, but it ended up being much longer.  The 2’0″ jumper division had a decent amount of riders, and they decided to let people take a break before their jump off… which made things take a lot longer….

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LOPE Benefit Show I

LOPE Benefit Show I

There is too much to tell about my fun day at the LOPE Benefit show!  Instead of writing a novel, I’ll break it up into chunks.  For those of you who like the cliff notes, here they are: I was ridiculously over dressed and wore a shadbelly Had some of my personal best riding over fences (in my opinion) NECK RIBBONS I fell off! Now, the nitty gritty details! 7:45am was the first posted ride time for our hunter/jumper gals…

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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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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’6″ Jumpers

After a brief break for Simon to eat some hay and me to change his bit back to our normal setup, we were on again for the 2’6″ jumpers. Our first course was the same as my previous 2’3″ class, so I didn’t have to do any more memorization (score!).  Waiting for our round I was super relaxed… which is a big deal for horse show nerves me.  Therefore, Simon was also super relaxed.  None of the jumps looked big to…

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Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’3″ Jumpers

Jumper Debut – Saturday 2’3″ Jumpers

If you like cliff notes, here’s the high level overview: I had so much fun this weekend.  Simon was an absolute rock star.  Seriously y’all, he was just so good.  I could brag about him for days… and I guess I will be since I’m breaking up the show write up into several posts.  There’s just a lot that happened and a ton of photos so I wanted to write everything as detailed as possible without making the show post into a…

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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!

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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