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WEF Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

WEF Horseware Ireland Grand Prix

For each week during the Winter Equestrian Festival, there is a “Saturday Night Light” class that is open to the public and hosts a big show jumping (usually) or occasional hunter class.  These vary in difficulty and prize money, and every year I’ve previously visited I’ve been lucky enough to go for the $500k WEF Finale Grand Prix… which is massive and filled with the best of the best. This year I went during week 10 instead of 12, and…

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WEF – General Observations Around the Show

WEF – General Observations Around the Show

When I go visit WEF, I generally creep around with my camera.  Usually I talk to no one, and just walk, watch, listen and shoot. Of course there are exceptions, like the time that I took so many pictures of these two horses that their grooms heard my camera clicking, stood up, fixed their shirts and said “I’m ready for my closeup baby!”  Oui. So through my stalking around the horse show, I try to pick up a few things.  A…

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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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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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Welly World!

Welly World!

I’m back from Wellington, stomping grounds of the rich and famous pony people, and had a fabulous time. It’s really like submerging yourself in another world where the rules of my former reality do not exist. Some of that is thrilling (getting lunch right next to Reed Kessler and seeing George Morris at the grocery store!) and some of that is kind of stressful and exhausting (feeling like the lowly TX pudgy amateur local shower among the world’s elite equestrians)….

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Day 24 – Your Best Riding Friend

Day 24 – Your Best Riding Friend

My blog got severely hacked on Friday night, so it’s been pretty interesting around here. I had to delete a ton of plugins and stuff, and it’s not 100% up to snuff yet. There’s no security risk for any visitors though, so don’t worry about that. I’ve also installed a bunch of security stuff to WordPress, which means it shouldn’t be happening again. Ah, the life and fun times of a web designer. Now today’s challenge might as well be…

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