Friday, November 4, 2016

fotos for the fourth

Using this title for the post bc I can't be the only one who is a little uncomfortable by how quickly time is going right now lol. Bc damn. I'm still not quite ready for October to be over... and yet. Here we are.

So in lieu of one complete, thoughtful post on a single subject, here's another collection of odds and ends. Some will be expounded upon further. Some are just here for the giggles.

Like that time we all went to watch cross country at Fair Hill!! AustenMegan K, Alli and I all met up to enjoy all sorts of shenanigans (well, Megan had to catch up to us after jump judging all day lol). Twas much fun, I took a zillion pics and video, and we laughed at WAY too many things that probably weren't really very funny. lol. One day I'll do a full post, probably right around when I do my Plantation post too... 

I made a video tho. and I'm super annoyed that somehow a couple more clips from the two side-by-side waters (at the beginning and end of the course, one of my favorite spots to spectate) somehow didn't make it into the video. But I was too lazy to go back and edit. so. um. sorry? Pics will be in the (eventual) post tho!

(Also. I looked as closely as I could at the footage while editing, and it's perhaps too blurry and grainy to tell anyway, but there's no indication of blood yet on Scandalous's mouth as she gets through the coffin complex. According to reports tho, it became evident not very long after)

Anyway the big bay boy is doing well too. I continue to amass all sorts of pictures that will hopefully be eventually filed away in the "Before" category lol. This one in particular serves as a very nice "before shoeing" pic lol (as Charlie was actually at that moment waiting to get those damn toes trimmed. sheesh. homeboy is officially moving to a 4 wk cycle!). 

In addition to the work we're doing under saddle in the transformation from racehorse to riding horse, we're slowly ticking off the other boxes too. There's still plenty left on the list of "Things I Want To Do For Charlie," but we're getting there. Tho of course it never really ends, does it? lol

On a slightly different note, I had claimed to be inspired by Megan K and Stephanie's examples to do more event volunteering this summer, since I wasn't doing much competing with Isabel anyway. But good intentions and all being what they are, it actually never really happened.

Lately tho I've maybe made up for it a little bit. Brita and I did some pinch-hit jump judging a few weeks back at OF, and then I filled the gap by scribing at a local MDA schooling dressage show at Tranquility. 

I've always wanted to try scribing and was quite satisfied by the experience. Sure, most of the riders during my shift rode through training and intro tests. But the judge was insightful, funny and chatty - and had lots of feedback for all the riders. Most common? FORWARD. ENERGY. BEND. Forever and ever, amen.

And, of course, as these pictures might suggest: We also got to judge a costume class lol. I thought they were all super cute, but this majestical race horse was easily my favorite. But for reasons that might surprise you. Does this lovely creature look.... at all familiar to you?

What about from this view? Anything about that mare stare that catches your eye? Virtual cookies if you figure it out. (And even MOAR cookies if you figure out why the familiarity!)

Lastly, tho. I just want you all to know exactly how much thought and energy went into 2ptober. Not just the charts and graphs, but our grand schemes for public shaming those who dropped out of the race prematurely.

Alas, basically everyone jumped back onto the bandwagon (most admirably, Carey - who heroically recovered from her concussion in time to add 1% to her baseline, and Olivia - who determined to show us exactly what was up by taking her 0% improvement and turning it into a second place finish).

But I just want you all to know - we were ready for ya (with the expert assistance of meme genius Aimee) had you not coughed up those times!! So enjoy these pics anyway lol ;)
Happy Friday everyone!!

27 comments:

  1. you kind of make me wish i could be heckled. the heckling on this was awesome.

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    1. ha glad you liked it lol. we maybe had a little too much fun with it ;)

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  2. I'm a little sad there wasn't one for me... I was pretty terrible at timing myself.

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    1. lol had you not gotten in your week 3 time you would have certainly been on the list.

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  3. Oh the public shaming would have been epic with those excellent memes 😂 looks like you've been having plenty of fun lately!

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  4. Ha, public shaming! One of my favorite things.

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    1. oddly satisfying tho all in good fun, of course ;)

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  5. Oh I'm so sad the shaming memes never made it to publication! They are fantastic! We also definitely need another MD/PA blogger outing/gigglefest soon!

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    1. yas needs more meetups!! and in fact those memes DID make it to publication (as in, they are published in this here post), they just weren't as applicable as originally expected since those three riders ultimately put in a little more 2pt work

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  6. Okay I want to know about the mare now...

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    1. not gonna post the answers yet... but it's a question most easily answered by readers familiar with my pre-Charlie riding life.

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  7. I'm really glad I was not publicly shamed... not sure how I feel about it..

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    1. lol very true... it's a shady line for sure. tho not without ample warning!!

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  8. Well the blaze seems like a mirror image of izzy..and I thought maybe the bay could be Bali but I checked and nope!

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    1. well bali WAS a bay... but he was also an ottb, and that lovely little mare above is an arab. the blaze is mighty similar to izzy's, isn't it ;)

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  9. OMG, did you make that meme of Nilla because it's amazing and I need it.

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    1. Never mind, now I see Sprinkerbandit made it, but can you send me a copy because I loves it. LOVES IT.

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    2. ha yay i'm so glad you like it!!! check your inbox for the originals ;)

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  10. Yeah... I deserved that. I am so bad at committing to things. If there are more of these, I definitely need to see them! Haha.

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    1. ha but you did in fact finish with an even better time - so kudos!! all the same tho i totally tried to get aimee to make a meme for all 23 competitors. alas, she claimed that 'funny can't be forced.' not sure i'm buyin it tho!! ;)

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  11. That blaze looks a LOT like Isabel's. She actually kinda looks like Isabel in bay. I'm probably just finding evidence for my own beliefs here, but Isabel's baby?

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    1. Cousin, actually. If horses can be said to have cousins lol. Isabel is by Admiral, who was by Enzio. This bay mare is an Enzio baby. Basically all these Arabs have the little thin crooked blaze that reaches their lips too.

      This mare moved very much like Izzy too - cute fancy trot, very free through the shoulder but weak canter lol. It was fun to watch!!

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  12. I had to double check that it WASN'T Isabel. And for those who were shamed- don't worry- I think I will try this next year and that should take the heat off of you. :)

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    1. if you want to see another even MORE uncanny resemblance, scroll to the bottom of this post for a side by side picture of Isabel and another Enzio baby. these two are about the same age too so they probably grew up together.

      http://fraidycateventing.blogspot.com/2015/05/jenny-camp-xc-re-cap.html

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  13. Touche. Shaming was well done and called for. And Funny. Fuel for the fire for next year!

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  14. So glad I read this late enough to not be kept in suspense about the mystery mare ;)

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