Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Williams First Show

  Two weekends ago on May 18th I took William to the Winters End Dressage show in beautiful Picton, Ontario.  This is a schooling dressage show that I help organize along with my mom, the owner of Winters End; Elaine, and our friend who is a dressage trainer Lori.  The idea is to have a quality schooling show without all the extra cost added you might have if you were at another high end facility.  The show is very laid back and encouraging for young horses and green riders, but set in a very polished and professional manner.

 I decided that William was ready to enter his first show off property, and,  since it is so low key there, and he has been there a few times for lesson I thought it was a good choice for him.  William was a super boy that weekend.  He stood perfectly to be braided and shined.  He loaded onto the trailer no issue, and when we arrived he stood quietly by the trailer.  

 I took him for a walk around the property for about 20 minutes and he was very settled and interested in what was going on.  I tacked up early to give him a nice relaxing warm up and we took our time walking on a long rein and standing around soaking up the atmosphere.  I was actually sort of shocked and surprised with how well behaved he was but I was not about to complain.

 Soon, it was our turn.  We were doing the Walk Trot Cadora Tests A and B.  William was an absolute gem!  I thought he was excellent for his first time doing a test at a show.  A few bobbles here and there but nothing that bothered me one bit and I was thrilled to pieces.  In his second test he had a tense moment where he had a mini meltdown after the first halt and did not want to go forward.  I tried to just stay relaxed but firm that he was to stand and then walk on afterwards and after that little mishap he continued on to do a beautiful test.

 I was so happy with William that I didn't even care where we placed or how we scored.  That is, until I saw the scores and that I scored a 51 for my first test and a 47 for my second.  I was sort of crushed.  Really mostly upset because William was so well behaved and tried his little heart out and did not get the recognition for it.  I do not want to get into a big spiel about the judging but needless to say there was an issue for me there.  If you care to watch the video feel free to comment on your thoughts.

 I tried my best to put that behind me and just be so proud of William.  He was such a little show horse that day and it has gotten me very excited about his future.  Williams first show was a big success!

*All photos are used with permission from Susan Dall Photography and are copyright protected.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hosting Our Second Short Course Event

  Not sure whose brilliant idea it was to go to Rolex, then book a clinic the end of the week we returned for 2 days, the days before hosting a short course event.  Not to mention take a course for work which requires way too much studying than my horse fed mind desires, but we survived.

 I have been away from my blog because of this.  I have also taken William to his first and second show, wrote my exam for my work course, and done all the spring cleaning around the farm....but more on that later. I finally have a minute to spare.

 2 weeks ago was my farm Catori Lane's second Short Course Event.  We are now part of the Kingston Short Course Event Series, where there is a group of us local farms hosting these short course events.  Points are tabulated and year end awards are given out at the end of season at what will be a great awards banquet!

 As I mentioned, Alayne and I months ago thought we were so hardcore that we could easily run the short course and attend a Diana Burnett clinic on the same weekend.  We were to clinic Fri/Sat and the have the show on Sunday.  I took a few days of work that week to prepare the grounds and tidy up loose ends.  I don't think I have ever painted so much in my life.  I don't think I slept at all that week.  To prove just how over worked I was - I forgot my saddle when we drove 2 plus hours to the clinic.  Luckily Alayne had a spare in her trailer!

  Regardless, we managed to pull everything together for show day.  The weather Gods were not playing in our favour and we had a combination of all weather that day.  Meaning; we had sun, clouds, wind, LOTS of wind, hail, snow, rain, and maybe even a mini hurricane.  The weather literally changed every 5 minutes.  It was cold and blowing, but somehow everyone was still smiling and having a great time.

My judge - Lady Z and friend Chris who braved our crazy weather and were in good spirits!
  We had a major dumping of rain for 2 days before the event and unfortunately, the parking area was completely under water.  Our first arrival got stuck and so we had to re route 30 some trailers to various locations throughout our property.  We had people parking all over the front lawn, in paddocks, the driveway, beside the barn...anywhere there was space.  That was definitely the biggest stress of the day for me, but in the end it all worked out and we managed to fit every last trailer!

 The rides ran very smooth and we received a lot of positive feedback.  Everyones horses were well behaved and their turnout was immaculate.  At the end of the day Alayne and I sat in the secretaries office and drank a bottle of wine, thinking, wow...I can't believe we got through that.  Everything caught up with me and I got very sick the following week and am still just recovering now.  Lesson learned....when planning horse shows, don't plan anything else! LOL

 Enjoy some pictures from our show day, and a video compilation at the end! 

 All photos are courtesy of Susan Dall and are Copyright protected.  They are used with permission for A Filly's Best Friend and Catori Lane Stables ONLY.  Any reproduction without permission is considered theft.

Nicole and Ruby

Ellie and Winston

Dana and Quartz (DQ)

Pam and Winston

I really like this mare!

and this pony!

Pam and Riley

Heather and Boom go over the hill log Rolex style

Katie and Harri

Erica and Destiny

Carrie and Blonde Ambition had the entertainment award

safe landing

Video :)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Rolex Kentucky Photo Dump

  Here are all of my pics from my lovely time in Kentucky!  There are more on my video camera but I will get those off another day.  We had a fabulous trip, I am so in love with Kentucky.  The people were so nice and accommodating too.  It was a real treat to get away somewhere so beautiful and horse crazy.

The goods!!

Sneaking in a pic with winner Andrew Nicholson.

Mary King signing autographs - such an amazing woman.

Boyd in the warm up - where the best action is.

Stallion barn at Three Chimneys

Caleb's Posse being turned out.

Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown

Ice Box 

Exchange Rate

War Chant

Seattle Slew Monument

Winners Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo.

Buck Davidson

Kendal Lehari and Daily Edition

Boyd Martin and Trading Aces

Mark King and Fernhill Urco

Hawley Bennett and the super Gin N Juice

Hawley Bennett and the super Gin N Juice

Peter Atkins and "Run Henny Run"

Phillip Dutton

Your winner, Mr. Stickability and the beautiful Quimbo!

My mom and Ace in the future lol

I just love this horse; Sir Archie?  Brilliant.

I just love Sir Archie lol

A demonstration of how horses were transported to the Americas.

The evolution of the horse.

Secretariats racing halter.

Secretariats racing silks.

The future trophy my mom will win lol.

Seattle Slew

The Kentucky Derby winning roses.

I just love these flower pots!

Cigar, world famous racehorse.

Ahh Kentucky...I will miss you.  Until next year.

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