Sunday, November 8, 2015

friends in high (horse) places

So today is show day at Loch Moy - the MDHT Fall Starter #3, intended to be our fourth attempt at novice and final event of the season, had things gone to plan. By now we all know how that went, so womp womp.

But. BUT. All is not totally lost, because I still have friends competing today and hope to absorb as much of the energy and atmosphere as humanly possible. Living vicariously is the name of the game.

dis Wick's game face
This is Brita and Wick's third time competing at Loch Moy (their first event ever was this season's Spring Starter #3), and they're eager to give that BN course a whirl after moving up at Olde Hope two weeks ago.

Plus Kaitlyn and Tillie are out for their third trip of the season, looking to end on a high note after a summer full of set backs, injuries and stall rest.

Tillie looks ready!
One of our farm's trainers R entered Bali too (recall she successfully took him to Plantation earlier this year). Exciting!

don't think i'll ever get tired of this cute face!
I'm not totally certain how the day will go for me. After much googling and offers of selling my soul for a golf cart to get around the show grounds, my trainer P suggested reaching out to the organizers to see if they had one I could use. Turns out it's possible that I might be able to rent a cart to 'walk' the cross country course (provided the timing works out), but alas cannot use it for the whole time I'll be at the show.

Depending on where we park it could end up ok - most of the parking is level with the dressage and stadium areas. But if they send us back down to Timbuktu, where we parked last time (below the dressage warm up area) I'm gonna be shit outta luck. It's a long walk and steep hill to go anywhere. We'll see, I guess.

In any case, should be a fun day regardless. The weather should be crisp and clear, and how can you go wrong with good friends and good horses? So wish us all luck today - and hope you're enjoying your weekend too!

8 comments:

  1. I would hope they would be kind enough to let someone with a giant walking boot park somewhere convienient, but I guess you never know. Hope it works out :)

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    1. fortunately (or unfortunately? lol) we had to be there sooooo early that we ended up with prime central parking. phew! it was a crazy busy show and we were packed in like sardines, but it all worked out

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  2. Hopefully things will work out in your favor. Have fun and good luck to your compadres!

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    1. everything worked out perfectly! what a fun day, more to come later ;)

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  3. While I would never give up competing, sometimes its nice to be a spectator and be able to actually enjoy the show, instead of stressing the entire time and running from place to place. Also, I am so jealous of your weather. We have 5 inches of snow on the ground and the temps haven't gotten out of the 30s since I got back from California. :(

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    1. it was definitely nice to not have to deal with any of my own stress - esp given how worked up i was at my last show. so the spectating (and yes, GORGEOUS weather lol) was very enjoyable. i still wanted to ride tho...

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  4. I hope you had a great day :)

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