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First Show of The Season

We are gearing up for the first show of the season! It will be a low key show at First Choice. We will be taking the following horses: Joy, Blue, Bear, Rosie. Please send me an e-mail letting me know the classes your child would like to do and who they would like to ride. I am attaching the class list and the entry form. I will be finalizing the classes and the horses to be ridden by each student in these classes on Friday evening. The plan will be to leave the barn at 7am and as all horse shows we can not determine a time to return to the barn as it will typically be a “most of the day” horse outing.

Looking forward to a fun and educational summer of showing!

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More Modes of Transport

I’m not exactly sure how these came about. I remember the original idea was for the kids (8, 8 and 10) to pool their $$ and buy a small ATV, because I don’t allow anyone under 12 to drive the big one. Then there was some research into the price of that, then a discussion of how much they would argue over who got to drive it. Their older brother got involved. I consulted a friend with a somewhat different kind of country house than ours, (pizza ovens and lakes, not
Horses and ponds) and he suggested these things. We might have been drinking just a little….

Anyway, the upshot was that the three younger kids gave me all of their savings, and their brother part of his, in exchange for a cheap youth atv (still to come) and … These:

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It seemed like a good idea at the time.

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Hitching Post Show, Part One

We were already victorious today: Moss got on the trailer. I missed the first half hour or so (my job: packing breakfast and lunch) but arrived in time for oh, the last hour. Forgot to take pictures…I was too busy shaking buckets of grain, pulling a second rope, uselessly wielding a pitchfork and, eventually, bleeding. Kristyn and Greg did the real work. Mostly what I did was stand around exuding calm energy. I’m very good at that, since if he won’t get on the trailer there is a good chance I can go back to bed. Win-win as I see it.

Next up, speed tacking. We got to the show about 15 minutes before the girls were scheduled to ride. 20140719-090834-32914659.jpg

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They managed their dressage tests without disaster–although Lillypony did think, at one point, that she was quite done with this, thanks.

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One last thought: there’s nothing like a fresh Porta Potty early in the morning.

My job now? Hanging out at the trailer, re-tying Moss’s slip knot every time something disturbing happens. Hope my fingers won’t be too tired for Part Two.

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