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!|
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|