Monday, 12 September 2016

Weekend Fun, Show Planning

Originally, I was going to surprise you all with a trip to a games day with Midge, but then she was a little sore after her trim AND the organizers got back to me and said I wasn't allowed to compete in English tack. Some barn mates were still planning to go in their English gear. It seems it's more local politics at play than anything...I do have western gear but I definitely got more than a whiff of drama, so Midge's feet gave me the out I needed. Our old club at home has a fun day every summer with very few rules so it might be an idea to plan to travel up and attend that next year. I could catch up with my old friends and race Midge around all at once!

Midge says away show stall doors are too tall anyways.
We still had a fantastic weekend.  Midge's feet were happy again 24 hours later,  so I had a great dressage ride in the arena Saturday, then Sunday we went for another trail ride. It was the same 90 min loop we did last weekend, but with different company. Our company this time included my favorite 7 year old who loves to race his pony, so we got some nice gallops in, even a super one up a very steep hill in the forest. It's nearly vertical at the top,  so I don't think I'd want to ride it coming down...but going up its pretty fun and probably excellent for building up Midge's butt muscles! Midge was having a blast and getting a little ramped up and competitive as the ride went on...I love It! It was an excellent trade off for our games day,  and honestly,  I think Midge probably had more fun.


Moving forward, I'm skipping the hunter jumper show this coming weekend in the name of more downtime and a trip up the coast. The following weekend, we're going to a dressage show that is thankfully close enough there are no overnight stays involved. We're going to try out Training 3. I waffled forever between that and a First level test, but our 15m canter circles aren't consistently great day to day, and we all know what my show nerves are like. Better that nothing in the test worries me!

Cat pic for Emma..our cat grew a lion mane somehow.
I've also cancelled out of the final 'big' event of the season...I'm sad, but just beyond tired at the moment and have to go away this weekend, followed by a week away for work conferences, followed by the above mentioned dressage show weekend,...tacking on another 3 days away from home the weekend after that for an event seems too overwhelming. On the bright side, the $ saved can go towards a new saddle!

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  1. It's good to take a break when you need it. Have a great time at the dressage show and enjoy your rest!

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  2. Saving money is good (not as much fun, but new saddles are kinda fun!). Good that you avoided the drama :) Hope you enjoy some downtime!

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    1. Oh, how I wish I had a savings acct :)

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  3. Saving money is very good and pushing yourself when you're tired or it doesn't sound like fun certainly doesn't make it fun. That trail ride sounds like so much fun!! I need to find a fellow rider that wants to go out on trails :)

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    1. I wish you were closer, we'd totally go trail riding!

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    1. It's the coast, so it's mostly rocky, mucky hills in the forest (our trails are built by the downhill mountain bikes to give you an idea), but there are a few lovely spots with nice footing and we are lucky to have such a network in our back yard :)

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  5. O.M.G. That lion mane. OMG. Haha your cat is basically awesome lol.

    Bummer about the weirdly political games day but it sound like missing it was for the best haha. Exciting about the upcoming dressage show!!

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    1. I try to smush his mane down before pics but it will not be tamed...he's ridiculous but we love him. Yeah, who knew english vs western was a real world adult issue and a hot political topic? ;)

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  6. THAT CAT!!! Amazing! Girl you are still busy beyond belief even with not going to those shows! Can't wait to hear about the dressage show!

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    1. I'm fantasizing about a month off at home to just ride Bridget and hang out with G (and the cat!). Stay tuned, because it might actually happen this winter :)

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  7. That's frustrating about the politics... I know at the games days we have here, people are more than welcome to compete in English gear. Glad you missed the drama, tho.

    And taking some time off to rest and recoup is not a bad thing - nor is saving money!!

    Looking forward to hearing about the dressage show!!

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    1. I'm excited for some time off, and the show too, of course!

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  8. That does suck about the drama but sounds like the alternative of going (staying home and good riding) was well worth skipping the BS

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