Friday, August 21, 2009

A Sneak Peak at Archielicious

I have some videos of one of my lessons on Archie. This is about a month and a half old. I only have this one up so far, I will put the other two up tonight, after I go to the Britney Spears concert!!

Archielicious - 8 year old, 17h off the track Thoroughbred. Future eventing star.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Burghley Horse Trials - Course Walk on Site

The virtual course walk is up for the 2009 Burghley Land Rover Horse Trials. I personally think it looks ugly, plastic and ridiculous. Where has my old school eventing gone! Maybe I'm biased because I hate the course designer so much. Ah well, check it out for yourself.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Do All Dogs Really Go to Heaven?

It was a very sad day on my parents farm yesterday. My mom's beloved Jack Russel and my best friend for 12 years passed the pearly gates into what I believe is doggy heaven.

Ben was the first dog I rescued. He was a mutt of what we believed was lab, collie, and quite possibly greyhound. He was famous with my friends in highschool for loving to have his butt scratched, and talking. He was always talking. Ben was my best friend, my shoulder, my man all through highschool and held a big spot in my heart in the years I left home and grew up. He was unable to win the fight he was struggling with and was laid to rest last night. RIP Benny

Indy was a Parson Jack Russel my mom rescued a few years ago. He was an apartment dog and tried his hardest to fit in on the farm. His specialty was spinning in circles for minutes at a time. He also liked to fake growl fight with you, and hop into the bath tub. Indy was the most affectionate guy, and not your typical Jack at all. He was involved in an accident while my parents were doing hay. It will be hard if not impossible to forget Indy.

"Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... "
... Author unknown

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Fandango Shines at his Second Event

Well it was a long, hot, but fabulous weekend! We headed down to my parents farm Saturday morning after I worked. The weather was perfect for driving - warm and over cast. Not too bright, and not too hot to need the AC. The horses all travelled well and arrived at the farm bright eyed and relaxed. We went for a short hack and did a small dressage school that afternoon before heading to the event location to walk the course.

This is one of my favorite events. I've been to it so many times from the time I was young, and schooling that I really feel comfortable on the course there. So we walked the stadium course first which looked really nice. Not too simple, but not asking anything crazy. This event is known for its difficult stadium but I have always loved their courses. The jumps were set at the appropriate height for the pre-entry as well. I find some places have them a bit large for such a small level. I was really happy with the stadium course.

After walking the stadium we walked the cross country course. I took pics of all the fences but my camera has been burried in the mess of my show stuff so I will have to post them later. There is a virtual tour on the hosting farms website so I will share those photos here. The course was beautiful, well groomed and nice footing. The fences were gorgeous. Very inviting and level appropriate. Nothing too scary but not just logs on the ground. The second fence was a very interesting question. It was just a little hill with a steep decline on the other side that was flagged. I thought that was a great question for pre-entry. Something different, but easy if ridden well. The second half of the course was all heading back towards the barn so I knew I would be lucky and not have to push too hard. Ian liked the look of his course too, and we were all really excited to get out on it the next day.

We got back to the farm, washed the horses, went for a swim, had a few drinks and hit the hay. Our earliest ride time was 11:45 for Ian so we didn't have to leave the farm until 9. We all got up early and braided, while Ian made us a delicious breakfast! We arrived on schedule and Ian was the first to do his dressage. After a tense warm-up John John put in a nice steady test which landed them in third after the dressage. The pre-entry dressage wasn't until after 1 so we had some time to get ready and visit with people I hadn't seen in awhile.

While we began to tack up for dressage, the skys opened up and the heavens poured down. A MASSIVE thunder and lightening storm hit! We quickley scurried the horses onto the trailer - thank god they all load like angels! We waited about 30 minutes and the storm slithered away. The sun showed its face again and it started to get HOT. There wasn't much delay since they were running early, so off to dressage we went. I had a great warm up, but Fandango died in the ring as soon as I lost my whip. He was really distracted and was drifting towards the other ring the entire test. I worked my butt off to keep him in the right place. Overall, it could have and should have been better. We were in third after dressage, not too shabby. Susan also had a ver nice flowing test, and was 4th after dressage in the Open pre-entry.

Ian had to head straight to cross-country from the trailer so I was sad to not see him go. When I finished my test he was hosing his horse off and told me they had gone clean! Whoo, I was so happy for him and John John. Susan and I had to head straight to stadium after dressage. I walked the course again and was confident the pony would be fine. The footing was a little slick so I wasn't too sure whether I could ride it as forward as I had hoped. Susan went two ahead of me and I watched from down the rail. Joy came into the first fence nicely but slid at the base, then oops! she deer hopped awkwardly over it sending Susan airborne. She had a spectacular fall, and thankfully, was not hurt. It could have been a lot worse than it was, but she survived with a bruised elbow. The worst part was she was eliminated. Maybe they would let her do the cross country still I hoped. So, into the stadium ring I went. Fandango gave some big looks around but after my salut picked up a nice bouncy canter and popped the first fence. He slid a bit down the hill the second and took a rail, but I kicked him on and he jumped the rest of the course beautifully. One rail, a huge improvement from the 3 rails at his first event. He was such a good pony I gave him a huge hug and a kiss. Time to prepare for cross!

I can confidently say that cross-country is my strong suit. I wasn't really nervous about the course, by now the pony has seen and jumped a lot of different things at that height. I was ready to have fun and see what this pony could do! The course really really nicely, and Fandango didn't bat an eye at anything. He was game over everything! His only thing - he called for Joy and drifted left towards the barn for the entire course. I spent the whole time booting him over. I was laughing though, it was fun, and he was such a good pony. When I got off the course I gave him a hose off and untacked him. Ian was going into stadium so I headed down there to watch. He jumped a beautiful round with an unfortunate stop at the second fence. I would like to say the footing was to blame. We got permission to take Joy cross country once all the divisions were finished, so I hoped on her for Susan and got to do the course a second time! How fun is that? She was great and jumped around everything easily.

All in all it was a great day. Ian finisehd 7th, and I was 2nd. Fandango won a leadrope, some treats, and a nice saddle cover. He is really turning into something. I can't wait until our next outing!

Monday, August 10, 2009

One Thing I HATE About Being a Libra

"A Libran female is total woman, complete with the charming manners and delightful elegance. She can also argue with the convincing male logic and beat you at any argument. However, the male side may come in front of you after sometime. Debate attracts her and she weighs both sides of the situation with total fairness. A Libra girl may start an argument alone and finish it alone, with your contribution being only some occasional comments. While she is arguing with you, she may smile every now and then." I Love India

I don't know about you, but I am very true to my star sign. Some of the traits that are supposed to be traditional to a Libra are me to - a - T. The common traits:

Positive Traits

• Diplomatic and urbane
• Romantic and charming
• Easygoing and sociable
• Idealistic and peaceable

Negative Traits

• Indecisive and changeable
• Gullible and easily influenced
• Flirtatious and self-indulgent

Libra Love Traits

  • Librans are quite expressive about their feelings. They will exhibit their love for you in many ways.

  • They are very considerate and loving.

  • They wait for their true love and once they find them, they are very loyal.

  • They are peace loving people and do not create chaos.

  • They are highly romantic and very passionate.

Libra Likes: gentleness, sharing, conviviality and the "finer" things of life

Libra Dislikes: injustice, violence, brutishness, disharmony, quarrels and bad manners

I would have to say my most libra-ish traits are my indecisiveness, and my strong connection with love. Libra's are very romantic, and passionate...naturally, since they are ruled by Venus.

"There is no doubt that Libras enjoy being in love and the sexy, shimmery sheen which this blessed state can bring. Love is a beautiful affair for the Scales, and as one who admires beauty in themselves and others and seeks pleasure, it's hard to imagine a better place to be. A Libran is a stylish conquest and can make the art of love a sensual state for both partners. Librans tend to prefer a lover stronger than them, perhaps one who can teach them about themselves and help make them a more evolved lover. It's all in keeping with the Scales' desire to appear fair and do what's best for everyone. "

So, to put it simply, Libras love to be in love, and love to give love. But why is this a problem? Simple. As a Libra, sometimes I have a hard time filtering out those people who I really shouldn't be falling for. In my head I can't see the things that say "bad idea" to everyone else. I just get all movie story line eyed and think things can work no matter what if two people want it bad enough. I don't meet people who interest me that often, but when I do they tend to be men who are just inappropriate for an obvious reason; like they live half way around the world, or we are in two totally different places in our life. It's very stupid to think these situations can work but for some reason my brain tells me they can - because my heart won't let it believe otherwise. I like to blame this on me being a Libra.

Along with thinking there are no boundaries in who you can love, being a Libra means I put it all on line. I always give %110, and maybe that scares some people, but that's who I am. Libra's are honest and diplomatic. They do not play games with others emotions, and nor do I. If I like someone I tell them. If I'm confused I confront them, and if I love someone, I love them. It's not a game, it's not a lie. It's a true emotion, that doesn't die. My problem here of course, is that I get all googly-eyed for someone, who I should never even let myself get attached to in the first place, and set myself up for months of anguish when it inevitably and unsurprisingly comes crashing down. It takes me a long time to get over someone. Once I have feelings of sentiment towards them, I feel lost when they aren't around. I also feel stupid for ever believing anything so ridiculous could have ever worked.

By then it is too late. I have a hard time letting go, and moving on. Every time I see them, I think about the time spent together. I think about how unfair life is that we can't be in the right situation to make it work. It's mostly a selfish thing, because I want to be with them now, and can't bear the thought of someone else eventually getting to be that persons girl. I want to be their girl because I feel I am the only person who sees just HOW great they are. I hold on way too long every time because my Libra brain keeps me thinking that somehow, someday, it could work. I'm going to guess that Noah in The Notebook was a Libra too. I'm sure there is more to it than my zodiac sign, but for now I will just sit here, wishing, waiting, for a Noah of my own.

See this blog post about Libras compatibility, it's cute: Matthew The Astrologer

Some More Libra Traits:

"Librans are sensitive to the needs of others and have the gift, sometimes to an almost psychic extent, of understanding the emotional needs of their companions and meeting them with their own innate optimism - they are the kind of people of whom it is said, "They always make you feel better for having been with them." They are very social human beings. They loathe cruelty, viciousness and vulgarity and detest conflict between people, so they do their best to cooperate and compromise with everyone around them, and their ideal for their own circle and for society as a whole is unity."

"In their personal relationships they show understanding of the other person's point of view, trying to resolve any differences by compromise, and are often willing to allow claims against themselves to be settled to their own disadvantage rather than spoil a relationship. They like the opposite sex to the extent of promiscuity sometimes, and may indulge in romanticism bordering on sentimentality."

"Their marriages, however, stand a good chance of success because they are frequently the union of "true minds". The Libran's continuing kindness toward his or her partner mollifies any hurt the latter may feel if the two have had a tiff. Nor can the Libran's spouse often complain that he or she is not understood, for the Libran is usually the most empathetic of all the zodiacal types and the most ready to tolerate the beloveds failings." astrology-online

"Libras are one of the most admired signs in the zodiac because of their kindness and compassion towards others. They make wonderful friends and great lovers who make you feel loved and appreciated."

Friday, August 7, 2009

Event Numero Dos

So, this weekend I am heading back to my home town for Fandango's second event. My boss, and my good friend are all taking our horses down and staying at my parents farm Saturday night. Sunday morning we will head over to the event!

I am very excited as I love this event, I've competed there for a long time and won it a few times. It's a great venue and they always up date their courses. Now that I know we are ready I am kicking into high gear to be competitive.

Should be a nice weekend overall. Hopefully the weather is nice and I can get a swim and a hack in at my parents. I'm excited to see the new interlock in my mom's barn and the arena has been painted. I'll take some pictures for the blog.

This is short and sweet but I have to run and get packing. Working in the morning and then heading to the home town. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

More Pics of Adrianna and Mum

Here are some more pics of my mum at her last show with her little mare Adrianna.

Still trying to convince her this horse would make a much better eventer and should come to my
city for a

All photos are copyrighted Lone Oak Equine Photography.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sometimes With One I Love

SOMETIMES with one I love,

I fill myself with rage, for fear I effuse unreturn'd love;

But now I think there is no unreturn'd love--the pay is certain, one way or another;

(I loved a certain person ardently, and my love was not return'd; Yet out of that, I have written these songs.)

Walt Whitman

A poem, to help ease my busy mind today.
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