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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Eventing Bingo

Me: Hey Carmen, would you like to play a game of bingo with me? We could win a fabulous prize! 

Carmen: What are you talking about? 

Me: Emma at Friday Cat Eventing is hosting a contest. We were assigned a bingo card and we need to get a line. We might win a $25 gift card from Riding Warehouse. It's all about eventing. 

Carmen: What is eventing? 

Me: It's a competition where we would ride a dressage test, jump a cross country course and then a stadium jumping course. 

Carmen: Jumping? I'm a dressage horse, not some rowdy hooligan. 

Me: Well fist of all it's fictional. Also, do you remember when we first met? The other horse I tried, Agente, is doing eventing......

Carmen: Well I didn't say I couldn't do it- let me see this 'bingo card':


Me: So let's start with the warm-up. 


I want to start keeping you relaxed and focussed on me

Carmen:  But there's this horse that keeps cutting me off and breathing the same air as me. I have to show him who's boss so I pin my ears and kick at him to get him out of the way....

Me:....and before we know it we have one end all to ourselves and the steward is glaring watching us carefully. And now it's our turn to go in. 


Carmen: And of course you don't need any of those nasty crops or spurs...


Me: Which means that when I asked you to go into the ring you flatly refused

Carmen: Well I had to check for trolls first....

Me: And the gate person had to lead us in. It was embarrassing and I was wishing that I had brought my crop. The bell rings and we trot down the centre line and slam to a halt at X. 


Carmen:  And I notice the judge for the first time and I jump 10 feet sideways from the halt and try to run away. 


Me:  That gave us a '4' for that movement. But we keep it together for the rest of test and we have some really nice movements. 

Carmen: And then we do the cross-country course and I totally rock it. 

Me: It was pretty fast though- I barely remember it. But we survive and now it's time for the stadium jumping. 

Carmen: I don't see the point of the meandering course and I decide to take a short cut to the gate. 

Me: Yeah, that's called going off-course and it's not allowed. 

Carmen: I did try to tell you that I'm a dressage horse. 

Me:  Yes you did. I thought it might be fun to try something different. 

Carmen: But you were proud of me, right? 

Me: Always. 



See- I can jump when I want to! 



32 comments:

  1. Omg haha I did not anticipate the "jump from a halt" happening in the dressage court - but I should have never underestimated Carmen and her teleportation prowess!! Masterfully done Carmen - with whipping around xc like a blur you'll be a eventing champion in no time!!!! :D

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    1. LOL I have my doubts that that's the career path for us....

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  2. That's hilarious. I went over to her site and checked out the other cards too. A lot of horse blogs I didn't know about.

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    1. There are some very good blogs there.

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  3. Hahaha oh this reminds me I need to get my act together and write mine! Probably won't be as funny as these conversations you have with Carmen :)

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    1. Oh I know you - it will have your flair!

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  4. HA!!! Carmen did warn you....

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  5. Hahaha I bet Carmen would be exceptional in any path. And I totally sympathize with Carmen in the warmup ring. Sharing air is simply unacceptable. :)

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    1. Ha! All the air is hers so back off!

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  6. Carmen, you are such a good horse.

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  7. Carmen is definitely a hoot and I love her take on things! Very funny.

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    1. she's really developing her sense of humour.

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  8. This blog hop is cracking me up.

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  9. That is so fun! Carmen sure is a character!

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  10. How cute! I bet Carmen would enjoy jumping.

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    1. I hope so. I do plan to do some with her

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  11. Funny! What an interesting game. I had to flip over to the site to see what it was all about. It's mostly over my head because I know nothing about eventing or dressage, but I enjoyed Carmen's snarky comments! And her competitiveness. ;)

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    1. LOL- Carmena and I might be the same on that score. :)

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  12. This is awesome!! What a great idea for a hop :)

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  13. Hahaha this is the best one yet! Oh Carmen....

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  14. Carmen is a 'lady' and don't you forget it! Lol

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    1. She reminds me all the time. Except when there's food involved....

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