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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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Shake It Up/Off

Shake It Up/Off

You will perhaps notice a new look about the blog.  I’m not sure I’m 100% married to it yet, but the longer I looked at my last design the more meh I felt about it.  Too much pastel, even for me.  Anyway, I’d like to hear if there are any issues/concerns with the new layout.  I’m happy with most things, but may change a font here or there unless there are major complaints. Moving on!  I’ve been pretty quiet about…

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Slight Change of Plans

Slight Change of Plans

Well not really a change of plans, more an experiment in the planning department.   See it’s no secret that I love the hunters.  I love the perfection.  I love the outfits.  I love the overall goal. My horse jumps cute and has potential as a hunter, even with some obstacles (both his and mine) we’re currently working through. So I do love the hunters, and if I had to pick my ideal goal for Simon it would be to…

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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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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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CTHJA Manor March 1st

CTHJA Manor March 1st

Even though I decided to cancel my plans to show in March, I’m a horse show addict and I usually can’t stay away.  I headed out early to watch our hunters go, planning to ride Simon during lunch before the jumpers and then come back to the horse show to watch and photograph the jumpers in the afternoon.  Of course, we know how horse show schedules go and I ended up staying all day and getting properly sunburnt. The morning…

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My Experience with IHSA

My Experience with IHSA

I’ve seen different posts on blogs throughout the past year where people had a negative experience with IHSA, which is the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. Reading those posts always made me a little sad, because I absolutely would not be the rider I am today without participating in this program. Instead of being bummed, I decided to write about it… and here we are at today’s post. Disclaimer: I’m writing from my personal experiences only, and I stopped riding IHSA…

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In Which Simon’s Mom Proves She’s an Amateur

In Which Simon’s Mom Proves She’s an Amateur

I kept a bit quiet about it beforehand, but Simon and I went adventuring to a small hunter/jumper schooling show with Jen and Paddington Bear this past Saturday.  I’ll be 100% honest and partially wanted to go because I figured it would be a small show and we could win pretty ribbons.  Yup, I’m vain and shallow at times… sue me!  🙂  Because I had this thought there ended up being tons of kiddos in our division, go figure! Of…

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2013 Show Season Wrap Up

2013 Show Season Wrap Up

When 2013 started out, I was planning on showing my lovely creature as much as possible.  I wanted to get a lot of miles on Simon and hopefully mold him into my good little show horse.  Then he was lame for four months, and all my hopes were dashed.  At the beginning of his rehab we switched barns, and I was just happy to be riding again. Needless to say, the fact that we got our shit together enough to…

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