Monday, March 4, 2013

A Schooling Show (Hosting) Success

  One of my closest friends Alayne and I organized an indoor hunter schooling show at her stable on February 24th.  We wanted to have a small schooling show to get everyone out for the first time in 2013, and make it a fun and encouraging experience.  We worked our butts off for the last few months, building jumps, painting, cleaning, and preparing.  The night before we were out in the barn until midnight making the final preparations.

ready to rock

  We had a great turnout for the day, everyone seemed very excited to get out for the first time, despite the fact we are in the middle of winter.  We set up a nice canteen, and TV with eventing videos playing for the day in her heated workshop.  This was a major bonus for those wanting to warm up on the day! We lucked out though, and it was a nice 2 degrees on show day.  

 Everyone was given ample time to warm up and adjust to the ring, since riding outside to warm up would be out of the question with the two feet of snow we had outside.  All the riders and horses did great, including my bestie Dana who kicked major derriere in the hacks and the cross rail division.   Dana is making a comeback after some bad falls last year and nothing is going to keep her from getting out there and doing it!

Dana and Q rockin' it
  Alaynes students, very young riders Nicole and Mike also rode like little superstars.  Nicole is only 11 years old, and has been riding for a year.  She rode Alaynes OTTB former broodmare Ruby who has never done anything but make babies!  They were a simply amazing team. There was plenty of fun had by all and people commenting that they can not wait until the next one on March 24th!  

Nicole and Ruby

Michael and Vinny

 It was a lot of work but a great success, and that always makes it more than worth it in the end.  IO hope you enjoy the pictures and the little video at the end.  Thank you Susan Dall for the use of the photos.


Zoe getting a little excited with Katie piloting.

Pam and Riley

Until next time!


  1. Great job putting it together. It looks great.

  2. Looks like fun! Much nicer then any indoor schooling show I've ever been to - great job!

  3. Those kiddos were adorable! Glad it was a success :)

  4. Fun! Great job! Love the photos :)

  5. How cool!! It must take such a lot of work to organize a show like this but it would be fun at the same time.

  6. How cool!! It must take such a lot of work to organize but it would be a lot of fun at the same time!

  7. What a great time! I would have loved that when I was young :)

  8. You've done such a great job. Well done guys! Love the pictures!

  9. Glad it worked out well! Sounds like the perfect winter pick-me-up to get people excited for the summer.

  10. That gray likes to play! lol :)

  11. Looks like it was a lot of fun!


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