The only better thing than showing at our local Summer Circuit is hanging out with barn friends and taking pictures all day. Another plus to this is that I can leave at will, and am not stuck at the Expo center for 4 days in a row. That is a long, long time to be at the Expo center in Austin. If you haven’t been there, you just have to take my word for it.
For some horses, there is no such thing as “too much horse show.” For others, there is a definite off switch that happens and they politely (or not so politely) tell you “No, thanks. I don’t want to play anymore.” Still more never want to play at all. If you’re lucky you have the first, and you’re still lucky with the second because you can always build on more and more good experiences.
Some combinations just have “it”. We should all be lucky enough to get this one day.
Also, when you hang out ringside with a giant telephoto lens to take pictures of your friend’s riding… you may or may not chase the official photographer away. Hopefully she wants to cool off in the shade for a few rounds instead of be angry at you for poaching (sorry! just take photos of my friends, ha).
If you bring a fluffy spaniel (or any dog that is not a Jack Russel, Corgi, or Lab) to the horse show, you’re going to get a lot of attention. This will include people riding by and asking “What kind of dog is that?!?” and many flocks of teenage girls coming to pet said fluffy spaniel. Your spaniel will probably shake paw and do tricks until he is on the verge of a happy collapse. If your dog needs a self esteem boost, take him to a horse show.
Riding is and will always be 75% a mental game. Don’t let your brain ruin your day.
That being said, there is no substitute for a good trainer, consistent program, and hard work.
Corgis are endlessly adorable. Also, they greatly enjoy chicken quesadillas.
2’0″ jumps no longer look scary. I no longer watch a round and think that my horse will necessarily be the worst one out there. We aren’t the best, and we aren’t the worst but we are getting better!
Fly bonnets were/are grossly underused in jumpers. Come on people, it’s like the most amazing horse accessory ever made. Jumpers owe this to hunters everywhere to accessorize as much as possible. It kills me that I can’t show in my 6 fly bonnets… and yes, I do have a problem.
Summer Circuit is an intense show, and the next one is in two weeks. Though I won’t be taking Simon to any of them, I’ll probably try to head out to Summer Circuit II to take more pictures and satisfy the horse show bug!