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Difference Between Local Shows and AA Shows

Difference Between Local Shows and AA Shows

Last week, Diary of a Horse Obsessed Girl wrote an excellent blog post about the differences between local and rated horse shows. Since she has a lot more horse show experience than I do, I can go ahead and tell you that her post will be way more informative and accurate than this one. So go read that if you want to know the nitty gritty. This post however, is more about pictures and silliness.  Since I haven’t actually shown rated,…

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Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

See my “2014 Show Schedule” in the right hand side bar of my blog? Get a good look at it, because I’ll be taking it down in a few days. Why?  Because at this point it’s kind of a joke and extremely inaccurate.  I’ve officially shifted my mindset from “We will show all the shows!” to “We will show when it seems fun and financially feasible.” I bring this up, because I made the decision this week to skip all…

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June Show – What Worked, What Didn’t

June Show – What Worked, What Didn’t

I know y’all are probably tired of hearing about the show… but hey it’s a slow week and I promise this is more entertaining than me blog about trying to lunge Simon over the log jumps last night when I went out to pay board and check on him. Overall this show pointed out to me (roughly at times) how much I have to learn and how much work we have to do.  I already went over how the classes…

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June Show – Class Rundown

June Show – Class Rundown

This post may be kind of boring, because it will most likely contain less of the usual flair or introspection.  I want to be detailed so I can look back and remember just how these classes went at the show, so I can track our improvement and progress in the future!  That being said, let’s go through the classes we entered – the 2’0″ Beginner Hunter and 2’0″ Beginner Equitation division. In the morning, I lunged Simon for maybe 20…

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Something So Right

Something So Right

I’ve got both a horse show hangover and a post horse show high today! Yesterday had its ups and downs, but I came out of it feeling pumped and ready to work harder. I’ve also decided on a show name for Simon that will finally stick – Something So Right (a Paul Simon song). We have to keep it, because now we have CTHJA points! I’ll do a better write up tomorrow, but the overall summary is we showed in…

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Day 20 – Your Favorite Horse Show

Day 20 – Your Favorite Horse Show

I grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and while it is certainly more horsey than many parts of the US, a culturally epicenter for hunter/jumpers… it is not.  We do have some nice barns and many levels of local shows, and a handful of AA shows each year. Of those rare local AA shows, by far my favorite is the Duke Children’s Benefit Horse Show. Every year in November, the big deal in Raleigh is to go to the Duke…

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Collegial Equestrian Blog Hop

Collegial Equestrian Blog Hop

Since there won’t be any major Simon updates for at least 30 days and there are only so many 30 day challenge posts I can do, I saw this Blog Hop from Collegial Equestrian and thought it would be fun to participate!   Share a memory from: The first horse experience you can remember.   My grandmother knew someone that had a horse farm and did lessons, and she arranged for me to go there on a glorified pony ride….

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