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WEF – The “10” Hunter

WEF – The “10” Hunter

You see it in ads all the time.  “Horse is a 10+ jumper”  “This one is your hack winner!”  “His trot is totally a 10”.  Those kinds of descriptions usually describe pretty nice horses. One of my favorite things about going to WEF and watching the hunter ring, is that you don’t really hear those phrases.. you see them.  You see them everywhere, because I’ve never been to a place with more nice horses in one ring. Say you’re chillin’ at…

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WEF World – The Finer Things

WEF World – The Finer Things

With this past trip to WEF, I tried to have a game plan of what I wanted to document and write about during my time there.  So instead of one giant ALL THE WEF THINGS post, I have a lot of topics planned out with photos to go along.  If you love hunter/jumpers or big horse shows, I hope you’re excited to hop along the WEF train with me for a little while! I know I’ve said it before, but…

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WEF 2014 in the Books

WEF 2014 in the Books

You probably were hoping for a really detailed post about all the amazingness in my trip (and it was pretty amazing as always), but I’m here to disappoint. I got up at 3am central time to fly back. A cab driver tried to scam me on the ride to the airport and I had to put on my big girl pants and tell him to GFY. Both of my flights had lots of turbulence and the same screaming toddler. So I’m…

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Why I Heart Hunter Derbies

Why I Heart Hunter Derbies

Hunter derbies make my little heart go pitter patter.  I love to watch them, read about them, take pictures of them and hopefully soon… ride in one.  Large or small I don’t care, I am pro derby! Even though I adore them, I know enough about derbies to be dangerous.  Not totally clueless, but it’s not like I’ve campaigned in the derby ring for a season.  In lieu of an “informative” post from someone who’s definitely not an expert, I…

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WEF 2014 Booked!

WEF 2014 Booked!

Life has been a struggle bus so far (more on that tomorrow), which is why I’m uber excited about my trip to Wellington this year! I’m going a tad bit earlier than normal, for week 10 instead of week 12.  While this means that the classes going on won’t be quite as spectacular, it’s still the best place to visit for any hunter/jumper enthusiast… and I get to hang out with one of my best buddies! Even though my trip…

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Hunter Princess Blog Hop – A Circuit Horse You’d Love to Own

Hunter Princess Blog Hop – A Circuit Horse You’d Love to Own

It’s time for another addition of the Hunter Princess blog hop for hunter/jumper enthusiasts all around! Today’s topic is a little more generic, and if you’re an admirer of a fancy show horse you may want to participate even if you don’t prance around in field boots! What’s a horse showing on the AA Circuit that you wish you could own? Is all of them an acceptable answer? Okay, so maybe that’s a cop out but it’s hard for me…

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Grand Prix Jumper Tack

Grand Prix Jumper Tack

When I was in Wellington, I mentioned to my friend that I wanted to get a figure 8 bridle for Simon to school in. “Why?” She exclaimed, “Your horse is a good boy. He doesn’t open up his mouth!” I didn’t exactly have a good answer, because my horse is a good boy and doesn’t open up his mouth. I realized the reason I wanted a figure 8 bridle is because they look cool and jumpery. I think a lot…

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WEF Warm Up Rings

WEF Warm Up Rings

My favorite place to shoot at major horse shows like WEF isn’t the big grand prixs or even the hunter derby… It’s the warm up ring. Sure, there’s no huge action there usually but I feel like the warm up ring is the pulse and the life of the horse show. Sure, there’s a lot of waiting (and hurrying!) but those dull moments look thoughtful and peaceful to me as a photographer.

A Tour of Grand Prix Village

A Tour of Grand Prix Village

Some girls dream about Cinderella’s castle, but I dreamed of ponies and a beautiful barn to keep them in. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was dreaming of Grand Prix Village in Wellington, Florida. This large loop right next to the horse show grounds holds the prettiest hunter/jumper barns I’ve ever seen. Imagine a neighborhood in the burbs, but instead of houses they’re horse farms. Not wide and expansive like in Kentucky, but condensed and beautiful. Each…

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WEF $500k Grand Prix

WEF $500k Grand Prix

Going to keep today’s post to mostly images. Went to the barn last night expecting to see my horse looking good and ready to start tack walking, and he was quite lame again. I’m really upset, worried and frustrated. Going to call a new vet out to get a full work up done so I can get some answers, but if you could send out some positive vibes for Simon I would really appreciate it. For now, lots of Grand…

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Styles, Trends and Observations at WEF 2013

Styles, Trends and Observations at WEF 2013

From so someone showing at the local circuit who’s had a progressing trend toward hunter snobbery, I spend a lot of time pouring over tack catalogs and equestrian style blogs. In those venues, there’s a lot of emphasis on higher priced goods being the best possible thing you can buy for the show ring. A lot of times that’s true, but I noticed a lot of trends at WEF that showed me that sometimes simple is better. Navy Braids I’ve…

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The WEF Pony Parade

The WEF Pony Parade

Giveaway Results! Before I get to our pretty little ponies – the results to the giveaway!  For everyone that entered, I gave them a number and then randomized them using randomizer.org and the winner is… Hillary from Equestrian at Hart!  I’ll catch up with you to speak design, but for now… on to ponies! I have a problem with miniature things. I love anything that is smaller than its full size counter part. This includes but is not limited to…

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