Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sunday Showing

Today was a little schooling show at a local riding club. Ophie and her mom entered into it to get ready for next weekend's "Ride and Review." Ophie was such a good girl. She looked like a seasoned school horse! I was a very proud aunt!

I did get to do one thing today! I got to meet one of my readers. :) The fun part of having my blog! I'm sure he thought I was a crazy stalker, but who could forget his beautiful horse's face!

Ophie's mom's boyfriend and I sat by my care and judged the classes ourselves. I think we did pretty good if I do say so myself. There was one rider who didn't seem to do anything correct (it was equitation) and she still placed in 3rd a few times (out of large classes.) We were very confused!

I didn't bring Ms. D with us. Next time I'm going to do showmanship with her, that should be funny! I should have brought her, but wanted to be able to help with horses if I could.

My trainer also did really well! I love her horse, she's so sweet and is a great girl! I had to do my "homework" tonight and e-mail her my "plan" for the week. I love it! I'm glad she's asking me what my plan is. What I do know is I am going to put any doubt out of her mind. I guess if you looked at me you'd think it was a bad match, since I haven't really tried to make it work. This is my little extra kick in the butt I needed.

I didn't bring Denali because I didn't want to deal with a hot/crazy/wild Thoroughbred at the show. After watching some of those horses Denali looks dead broke and super quiet. There was one girl who walked past us with her horse. She was super buff! Muscles everywhere. After watching her on her horse I think she needs them to keep from dying! There were some horses who were just all over the place! It gives me hope. As long as I stay on!

After the show I ran to the barn to say hi to my girl. She nickered at me and I gave her some grass and loved on her for only a few minutes. I had promised my hubby I'd be home and spend some time there. I ran to Olsen's Tack Shop because they were having a sale, and I had a 20% off coupon that was burning a hole in my purse. I found some paddock boots that were nice. I was going to get them then remembered that although they were more than 1/2 off, I don't really NEED them. I really like riding in my field boots.

While I was there I talked to their saddle fitter. She's a wealth of knowledge and it was nice chatting with her. I have a really long femur, so she said the best option for me and my horse is a custom saddle (which I knew.) I asked to see what it looked like and she pulled out the 2000 Dressage Prestige. I sat in it and didn't want to get out, EVER! It was amazing, and it's not even fit to me. I am in love, now I need the $2,800. If anyone wins the Powerball remember me! :)

I have 3$ in my "saddle jar." My husband was trying to figure out what percentage of my saddle I have saved for. It was pretty funny.

I have a new "plan" and decided I want to lose 30 by 30. I have 8 months to do that. Along with my plan of 30 by 30 I have the equally important plan of "Ride my damn horse" and after those two are accomplished I am going to fulfill "Operation New Amazing Saddle." That's after I sell everything I own!!!


Leah Fry said...

The show sounds like fun. I picked up a flyer for a little schooling show around here that I'm hoping Heather will use for some of her up-and-comers. You made me laugh with the comment about the buff rider needing to be buff to keep from dying. I can relate.

Whew, that's one high dollar saddle. I paid $1,200 for my Tucker trail saddle, ended up not liking it, and traded it for a $700 barrel saddle that I like a lot.

Good luck with the weight loss. I am down 24 lbs. since January and feeling good, except I need to be buff to keep from dying -- no padding!

Laura Maynard said...

Sounds like everything is back on the upswing! Goals are a wonderful thing to have and to really strive for. I try to set some "must do" goals for the season and some "shoot for the stars" goals. For me, the must do is to move up a division and show at at least one rated show. My shoot for the stars is showing at four rated shows and debuting at 3'6 by the end of the season. I've also toyed with the idea of needing to change barns though and it's a major struggle. Good on your trainer for finding a plan that works with Denali and you both. Have fun!

Nicku said...

happy things ar going so well for you! having a plan and goals is really key, even if the individual steps are small. i too am selling everything i own, LOL...I've managed to collect $600 from miscellaneous furniture/household items i no longer use on craigslist and have another $600 or so on ebay as we speak! i plan to SAVE my money! after last years unreal (and unexpected) vet bills i've found serenity in a well padded savings account :P

SprinklerBandit said...

Wow, excellent restraint. I'm impressed. Good luck saving for your saddle.

Kristen Eleni Shellenbarger said...

Veganism!! You will DROP lbs fast and it's super healthy and u get energy from it...good for riding your girl in the future! :)
It worked for me, (at age 32) but I need to start riding something soon b/c I'm a flabby flabster right now.
GOOD luck-you'll do great!! :)
Keep all adds up quickly and if u do any 'little' things like coffee, or lunch out-start bagging and saving for that lucious saddle