Monday, November 03, 2008

Let's Show Photos

These photos are courtesy of Linda, who boards her horses at the training barn.

Hunter Class on Friday Afternoon.

Watching the others go before us. Yes, Mom, we can do this. No problem.

Heather and Luke.

Hunter Class on Saturday.

Hunter Class on Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Halloween Show

Well, we survived the show. And exceeded our goals (maybe I should have set them a bit higher). Na, that is what next show season is for.

It was a blast. Luke and Heather did well in the Level 2 Jumpers (three foot, three inch fences). They were first one day and had fun the others. Not bad for the pasture pony who only gets out once or twice a week. Luke and I did well too. He was the star, babysitting me like a good pony. I wasn't too bad either. I remembered to jump all the fences in the correct order, (unlike the show in July). I didn't stop at any fences. (Note: Luke never stops, only I do). AND I nearly cantered an entire course without breaking to the trot. Very pleased with our progress.

Here are some photos of the week. Our barnmate, Linda, also took some photos of Luke and me, but I don't have those yet, so I will post when I receive them. We didn't participate in the costume contest, because our last class didn't finish until about 30 minutes before hand. I also couldn't find that last piece.

The barns ribbons. One of the blues is Luke's.

Our headless monster (above) and our barn setup (below).

Heather and Lumley, the motorcycle speeding patrol. They won again this year.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

It's Let's Show Halloween Time

Well, Luke and I are off to the annual Halloween Show. He was a very good boy today, but didn't place. We moved him up a division and he has to work a bit harder. I ride on Friday and Saturday. Photos to follow. Hopefully, by Sunday, but Monday at the latest. (There it is writing, now I HAVE to follow through).

The costume class is Saturday night. If I can find one more piece to the outfit, we are going as Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore and a honey bee.

Ta, Ta for now.

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Almaden Farms Summer Show 2008

I scanned these two photos incorrectly, so follow the links and you will see how the weekend went. The tale of two horses. The tale of two minds. Our next assignment, and WE HAVE DECIDED TO ACCEPT IT, will be to get our minds as one and that means gettiing my mind in the correct state. Details will follow.



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July 08 12 of 12: Better late than not at all

Well, it was a fun and exciting weekend. More on that later this afternoon. When I get caught up. For those readers who are new to 12 of 12, the credit goes to Chad Darnell. Check his blog for more photos from all over the world.

Saturday was an eventful day. I was at a USEF rated (B) show in Watsonville, CA. The host was Almaden Farms and this was their 30th Summer Show. It is a Hunter/Jumper Show and was held at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.

Since I was riding in the first class, the morning started off early.
Our Show sign at our barn area. Taken about 8:30am Watsonville CA.

The groom preparing the horse. This is the stabling area. Taken 8:40am Watsonville CA.

Awards presentation for the Enchanted Farms Jumper Class. Three of the women I ride with placed in the class. Stabling area can be seen in the background. Heather Whitney, our trainer, is assisting with the presentations to the winner of the class, Teresa and her horse, Even Steven. Teresa is the friend who loaned me her towing rig to attend the confidence building clinic. If I told you how old Teresa is, I would never blog again. Let's just say, Luke and I have many years of happy jumping ahead of us.

The warm-up arena. On the left is Kendra and her horse, Keven; and on the right is Mackenzie walking Luke, my horse, out. Luke had just finished winning his Jumper class and Heather was on to the next rider. I had already taken off my boots and hat, so Mackenzie who loves to ride, but doesn't really like showing, was our working groom. Taken about 12:45pm. Watsonville CA.

This pony was stabled near us. We called him "Mini-Me, Luke" because he looked and moved like a miniature version of Luke.

The washrack. Getting preped for another day.

Waiting at the back gate. Watsonville CA

The posted course. It is a bit tough to see, this is the roadmap to success in the ring. The jumps without numbers were not used in this particular class and jumping one of them makes you off course. (More on this concept in a later update).

The dreaded-horse-eating zebra and quad. In the barn area. 5:20 pm

The empty back gate area. Although you can't really see them, there are people walking the course for the big event of the evening, the Mini-prix. Walking the course helps you visualize what was written on the posted course to how the jumps actually are. Taken at 5:25 pm.

On Saturday evenings, there is a golf cart decorating contest. (These people have WAY too much time on their hands. And I am grateful.) The creativity is amazing. This is the "Circus Cart", entering the arena. Although you can't tell from this angle, the cart is decorated like a lions cage. It was awarded best most creative golf cart. 6:30 pm

This golf cart is an Olympic ship carrying US athletes. It won for most patriatic.

The Los Altos Hound Group Demonstration. They don't chase foxes anymore, but do go on "hunts" like in days of yore. Very cool demonstration. I just don't think I could handle all the dogs under foot.

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