One thing that I really love about showing here in Nova Scotia is how supportive everyone is. Throughout the whole weekend I could hear happy chatter and laughter in the barn. When one of us was feeling apprehensive or tired the others would encourage them.
|tired, hungry and all smiles at the local pub. I've shown with these|
two characters for years.
|on Saturday the judge commented twice about how pretty she was|
We should get a picture! Someone said. I took out my phone but taking the photo would mean I wasn't in it. But there was a father and his son in a car watching us. The boy looked excited to be this close to horses. I asked if he wanted to take a photo and he was a bit surprised. In the end the father took the photo and after the boy held on to Suzi (the sweetest of horses despite Carmen's opinion).
|This is why we were here|
In this photo are an Andalusian, a Quarter horse, a morgan, an arab, a friesian and a TB/Draft cross. All showing dressage and having a blast. If this was high school they all would fit into various characters:
Suzi (QH)- small and cute- the leader of the pep squad and very popular.
Raven (Friesian) - the dark, handsome broody guy we all had a crush on
Jake (TB/Draft)- the strong and lovable jock with a heart of gold
Smuggler (Morgan)- the handsome temperamental artist (and possibly sells weed behind the school)
Navigator (Arab)- the serious student who gets perfect scores on all the tests and wins the scholarships
And last, but not least is Carmen (Andalausian) and I am sorry to say that she is the princess who can be the 'mean girl' (but really isn't. Honest guys). Kind of like Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
It was a fun show, mare tantrums not withstanding. This is a different angle of her spook. I like it because it helps me to see what happened.
On another note, this weekend Ed and I are headed to Calgary! We have tickets to the Masters at Spruce Meadows, thanks to our friends Cynthia and Andrew. I am so excited. Any other bloggers going to be there?
Enjoy Calgary! I used to go every year but haven't since the Equi-fair got much smaller and became less horse focused (not interested in window blinds and hot tubs).ReplyDelete
Packing suggestions - take a winter coat, toque and long johns, and shorts and sun screen - I've worn them all over the same weekend!
Darn. I was looking forward to the equi-fair part!!! Well Ed will be happy :DDelete
Love the mix of breeds and the characterizations! Have fun at SM- how cool!ReplyDelete
I love the variety at our shows. And I am so excited for SM!Delete
Sounds like a fantastic group of people (and horses)! You're doing so well with Carmen. Enjoy Spruce Meadows!ReplyDelete
Thanks! They are all pretty awesome.Delete
I love the way you handled her during that "spook." Very gentle, but kept her going forward, too. Friends are great--that's a lot of what having horses is about for all of us. It's a great community. Have fun on your trip!ReplyDelete
It is a wonderful community! I am also looking forward to vacation. :)Delete
Heading out to Calgary on Friday, riding in Kananaskis on Saturday and its Spruce Meadows on Sunday. We will be in the rush section. ;-)ReplyDelete
We’re going to be in the British house. Send me an email mail and I’ll give you my cell phones n case we can meet up. 😁🥂Delete
We arrive Friday as well. Riding in kananaskis sounds fabulous.
Oh, and I love your position throughout the spooking business. You were balanced the entire time. If only I could ride my horses spooks so well ... ;-)ReplyDelete
I used to ride nothing but grey mares for years, and now find myself with a whole lot of bay geldings! Carmen's antics make me kind of nostalgic for the group of sassy, boss-lady divas I used to ride. Not too much, though, since this spring I'll be starting two of them back into work. They're both young, one is an Arabian, and one dumped me in the show ring last season, so there are good times ahead. LOL.ReplyDelete
On a more serious note, there really is nothing like a good mare. They might be a little loopy around the edges, but so are the best of us <3 And once Carmen grows into herself, she might just become that battle princess type that will do anything for you!
You can always come and ride Carmen. That should give you a sassy mare fix. 😁😁Delete
I will be at Spruce Meadows on Saturday! I will email you!ReplyDelete
What a motley crew! I love it! It sounds like a wonderful atmosphere there. Have fun at Spruce!ReplyDelete
We are a definite mix of types! The atmosphere is almost always great.Delete
It's great to have friends with the same interests and a good support group. Have fun at Spruce Meadows!ReplyDelete
It is nice! It's one of the main reasons that I show.Delete
what a great group - i've definitely found that showing with friends can be such a game changerReplyDelete
It really makes a difference.Delete
I love this so muchReplyDelete