Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Out with a Bang

Peebs and I had another great weekend at A's this past weekend, with a breakthrough lesson and a couple good hacks.  But the real terror excitement happened when I was hauling Peebs home, about two minutes away from the barn.

To get to my barn, I take a little connecting road that goes between two main roads. It's maybe 2 miles long, if that.  In the direction I was heading, there's a S-curve going downhill and into the setting sun. Since I was hauling the trailer, I was going maybe 30 around the corners, which is the posted speed.  Once you drop out of the curves, there's about a 3/4th mile long straight stretch, ending in a four way stop.  One side of the road is grass seed fields, and the other has a couple houses, a hay field/cow pasture, a fruit and veggie farm, and a kid oriented boarding barn.

Apparently people were anxious to get home because a Jeep passed me, then a little blue sedan tried to pass me as we were on the straight stretch.  The Jeep gave me plenty of room but the sedan tried to pass me about a quarter mile from the stop sign.  I was worried because the sedan didn't step on it, and I knew there was no way they'd make it around me and be able to stop at the intersection without cutting me off and slamming on their breaks. So I started backing way off because I didn't want to rear end them.

As we passed the boarding barn, a silver car appeared in the driveway and I could see the driver look left to see if any cars were coming, then she started pulling out. She didn't look to the right, or else she would have seen the blue sedan trying to pass me. Blue car was at the front of my trailer, and had no where to go.  If they swerved, they'd go directly into the trailer. I was able to watch everything in my side view mirror. Blue car slammed on the breaks, but hit the silver car not quite head on. The crash was super loud and because it happened almost directly across from where Peebs was, and I had his window open, I could feel him spook and scramble in the trailer. I slowed down and stopped as quick as I could, debating weather to go back and check on the people, but I saw doors open and people get out of both cars so I continued on to the barn.

Peebs was super nervous when we unloaded and was calling to the other horses, something he usually doesn't do. I was super shaken and once I put Peebs in his stall I went and sat in my truck till I stopped shaking. All I could think about was what would have happened if the blue car had swerved on instinct to avoid the silver car. I'm sorry they hit the silver car, but thank the deity of your choice they didn't hit me. I drove past the accident site on my way home, and everyone only had minor injuries but both cars are probably totaled.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Finally Foto Friday

I finally got my fifth place year end ribbon in the mail, two months after we were supposed to get them.  So I of course had to take pics of Peebs with his big ass ribbons. The ribbons are about twice the size of past year end ribbons I've gotten so at least the size made up for the wait. Because seriously, size matters amiright?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

First Rides Post Injections

Peebs was cleared to ride last Wednesday, 4 days after his injections.  Unfortunately that was farrier day, and after holding him and Cinder for the farrier in 36* I was too frozen to ride. So Peebs got a light lunge and I bumped our first ride back to Thursday.

Missed that view
We had a nice long walk warm-up, with lots of lateral work because someone was feeling a bit fresh and needed to engage his brain. We did about 30 mins of walk-trot, mostly walk, and the whole time I was second and third guessing myself about his soundness. He did feel stiff, but it was more of the "its cold and I haven't loosened up yet" type of stiffness than the "I'm lame" type.  Peebs did get a lunge before we rode Friday, and felt much better.

Used to be terrified of puddles.  No fucks given Saturday
Saturday I hauled him over to friend A's to ride and spend the night as we were having lessons on Sunday. I had to work last weekend and wouldn't have time to work and haul over before my lesson so A was kind enough to let Peebs spend the night. It has snowed and rained Friday and A's arena was wet and a bit deep in spots, but it worked great for us.  The footing was just deep enough to make Peebs work a bit harder and tire him out, but not deep enough to be unsafe. Also, he apparently has gotten over his phobia of puddles, splashing through them without a care in the world and standing in one so I could get a pic.

We kept the jumps small for our lesson Sunday, mostly trotting cross rails. Peebs still wanted to get crooked and bulge right while tracking left cantering away from some of the jumps but it was better than our last few jump sessions.  My instructions was to disengage during those moments, let him be, then continue on like normal.  My normal reaction is to ride hard and try and correct him which usually makes him more upset, so trying the less is more approach is hard for me.  But I did it and we had some decent rounds.  We managed to string together a little trot course including cantering through a line on the left lead without incident.

BFF for lyfe!!
My original plan was to take Peebs home Sunday after lessons, but the weather was supposed to be nice Monday and A offered to let me stay another day to take advantage of her arena. She also wanted to use Peebs for an experiment. Her gelding Scottie can be a little herd bound when turned out with other horses so he's been on solo turnout for a while now.  She wants to try him back with other horses and since he and Peebs are BFFs we put them out together. Scottie really wanted to play with Peebs, but Peebs was more interested in eating.

When I got to A's Monday and took Peebs out of the paddock he and Scottie called to each other once, then both seemed fine.  In the past Scottie would call and pace almost nonstop but the couple of times I checked on him he wasn't pacing and seemed fine alone.  Hopefully he can start getting turned out with buddies again.

It felt like spring for a day
I'm so happy A let me stay for an extra day because Monday afternoon was perfect!  It was 60* and sunny and felt like spring might actually be on it's way. I took advantage of the jumps being up and did the same course we had done the day before then put a couple of the fences up to verticals.  We still didn't have issues cantering through the line, but Peebs wanted to get crooked cantering to singles so we went back to trotting.  Cantering off the right is fine, so we did some fences that way.  We have another lesson at A's this weekend and I have a couple ideas I want to bonce off my trainer about our left lead issues.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

IRL Blogger Meet Ups

On Saturday Nicole from Zen and the Art of Baby Horse Management came down to play with the ponies.  She's moved about an hour or so north of me, and we've been trying to meet up for a month  and the stars our schedules finally aligned. It was probably not the most exciting blogger meet up ever, since Peebs was on turn out only after his injections.  And I failed at getting any photographic evidence of us together.

But have a pic of Peeb's new shoulder guard. Superhero style for a super pony!

We hung out at the barn for a few hours, letting the ponies play (and in Peeb's case, take a nap in the sun) in the arena while we chatted.  I then whisked her off to Inavale, the home of Oregon's only rated 3day event which is about 10 mins from my barn.  We walked a very tiny portion of the xc course and wandered around the barn for a bit.

It was in the low 50s during the day over the weekend and Peebs was loving it. It's currently raining with some sleet mixed it and I'm NOT loving it.
I did take Nicole to my favorite taco shop ever and we scared down some delicious tacos.  Honestly, I could eat there every day. More bloggers need to come visit me so I have an excuse to have Taco Vino more. We finished off the day by heading over to the feed store to scope out baby chicks. Fluffy baby birds are always cute!

Monday, March 4, 2019


Do you, or someone you love, own or lease horses and pay vet bills? Have you, or someone you love, ever experienced nausea, sweating, dizziness, guilt, and/or anxiety when seeing your vet bill? If so, then you might be suffering from VBIPA or vet bill induced panic attack. Treatment can include drinking copious amounts of alcohol, eating ice cream for dinner, and/or calling your mother to talk you down from the panic attack.

I decided to have the vet out to check Peebs over on Friday.  He was still feeling a bit stiff, but wasn't actually lame. I was wondering if his naughtiness when jumping was more than naughtiness and wanted him checked out before show season started.  We did a lameness exam and Peebs was sore in his lower back, sore in both hocks, and very sore in both stifles. He also had the occasional funny step on his left front.

Dr. W and I talked it over, and decided that since his stifles were worse we'd start with injecting those. Dr. W felt that Peebs' sore back could be from the stifles, but we'll have to wait and see.  And the injections could help with his front end issue, or make them worse. Yay!

The bill ended up being about double what I was expecting. I honestly thought we'd maybe start him on Adequan or pentosan, maybe think about doing his hocks. The stifle injections are $350 more than the hocks, and Peebs need extra sedation. $$$$$$. I guess I'm luck though, I haven't had this big of a vet bill in 9 years, since we were diagnosing Phoenix's ring bone. And it's still nowhere near the vet bill from my first horse's colic surgery when I was 15.  My mom kept that one and gave it to me when I moved into my own place and it's still up on my fridge.

Peebs is on hand walking/turnout till Wednesday, then walk trot work till Saturday.  I tentatively have a lesson scheduled for Sunday but we'll see how things go.  I'm having Dr. W come back next month for spring shots so we might do another lameness exam and see where things stand.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Show Pics

The show photographer only got two of us but I bought both.  She looks darker in the pics, more liver chestnuty than I think she does in real life, or maybe she's changing colors and since I see her every day I didn't notice till now. She is definitely shedding something fierce right now, so who knows.

I love how she looks slightly up hill here.

I see you

Monday, February 25, 2019

OHC Icebreaker Schooling Show

Cinder had her second show this past weekend and it went way better than I could have imagined. I was having major doubts going into the show, but Cinder proved to be a rock star. Part of my worries was because the last time I pulled my trailer out to do loading practice with Cinder, I felt something pop while backing the trailer up to park. The trailer breaks grabbed hard and I almost couldn't get the trailer to reverse. Our local dealership couldn't get my trailer in to work on it till last Monday, and they promised they'd have it ready before the show. I picked it up Friday afternoon and drove directly to the barn to head out to the show.

Pretty sure she's going to get tortured
Cinder loaded well and we were off. We got to the show around 4pm on Friday and I let Cinder hang out in her stall for a while and munch hay. She was a little worried and called out a few times but seemed to settle in ok.  I took her for a walk around the facility (everything's inside) and when we got to the warm up ring she decided she wanted to play with the couple other horses being ridden.  There was some spinning, rearing, screaming, and cantering circles around me for about 10 minutes before I felt ok enough to do more exploring. We went in both the arena we'd show in on Saturday and the big arena with stadium seating. She mostly settled down but was still prone to spinning and screaming. I took her back to her stall, groomed her up and fed her dinner before getting my own food and going to the hotel. I was nervous enough to go back a few hours later for a night check and she seemed fine.

Taking it all in
We were in the first class of the day, 2yr old and under halter, first thing at 9am. I got to the show around 7 to feed, then hung out in my truck for a while to let her eat.  We went for a little walk around 7:45 and she seemed slightly more relaxed till a someone warming up their reining horse cantered up behind us and passed really close.  That sent Cinder spinning and snorting. I put her back in her stall and slowly started grooming.  It was really weird to think I had a 9am class, but didn't need to pull my horse out of her stall till 8:59am. It's not like you need to warm up for a halter class. They started a few minutes late which worked for us because they put a big whiteboard out by the back gate and Cinder was convinced it was going to kill her.  We spent the 5 minutes waiting for the class to start snorting and sniffing the board.

There were two yearlings in our class, one very little pinto/arab cross and a QH. We walked into the ring and the judge had us do 4 strides of walk, then about 4 strides of trot on a straight line away from her before walking and lining up. Cin behaved herself very well for the trot but didn't want to stand still for more than 15 seconds at time. Luckily while the judge inspected us she stood well. The judge asked her breeding and nodded knowingly when I said warmblood. When she moved on to the other two the show photographer came up to me and said he had gotten a couple great shots of Cinder. He should have them up tomorrow so hopefully they turn out well.  We placed first out of the three which thrilled me.  I thought the QH might have beaten us, after all Cinder isn't your typical halter horse and the other two stood still in the lineup better than she did.

Wants to know if she can eat the ribbon
 As we were walking out of the ring a local breeder (who actually bred the other two horses in the class) told me Cinder was absolutely gorgeous and congratulated me on the win. That felt amazing! I honestly expected to be a bit of an outcast at this show, what with my giant baby warmblood in a sea of stock type horses. We had a little over an hour till our green horse showmanship class so Cinder went back to her stall to hang out. I saw a family from my former barn's 4H group and the mom came over and gave me a big hug. We chatted for a bit and I watched her son go in his first ever class. It felt nice to see them, and to know that that relationship wasn't soured like most at my old barn.

 There was 8 horses in the green horse class. We went in in the middle of the group and again Cin had a hard time standing still waiting our turn. The trot portion was only about 30ft. Cin though that was dumb and did a lovely airs above the ground instead of halting. I stayed patient and once she stood we turned and walked to the judge. The judge commented that "Someone's been eating their Wheaties!" while inspecting her and thanked me. We placed 5th which again made me super happy.  I wasn't expecting to place since we can't do a trot-halt transition and our turns on the haunches are pretty much nonexistent.

I was so happy with how well Cinder handled herself.  The show was pretty big, with two rings going at the same time but only one warmup/waiting area. She had baby moments with not standing still, or halting at the cone, but that will come with time. For her first judged show, first time going away overnight, and first time around that much activity I couldn't be happier. I just want the show photographer to get his pics up!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Winter Doldrums

It's been a relatively mild winter here in my part of the PNW.  The past couple of weeks have been colder, with some snow, but overall it's been warmer and dryer than normal. But I've hit that point of winter where I'm done with the cold, and the wet, and have lost my motivation.

Smiling through the cold when my parents were in town last weekend
Peebs doesn't seem to mind the little break he's getting.  I've been trying to ride 2-3 times a week, and usually lunge him once a week as well. He had a week off and when I got on him Monday I was prepared for the worst.  But he was foot perfect and a little lazy. I do need to get both our butts in gear since our first show of the season is in 6wks. I've told my trainer that I want to do every other week lessons, if not weekly lessons if our schedules can work, and to hold me to that.

Whose a good baby getting on the trailer?
Cinder has been getting a little more work lately.  She was naughty for her last farrier visit so we've done a little work on basic manners again. I did sign her up for a halter class at an open show next weekend, so we've been practicing our in-hand work as well. The plan is to take her down Friday night and let her spend the night there.  I figured it's a good experience for her and that way I don't have to get up ungodly early, try to load in the dark, and make it to the show 45mins away before our 9am class. We did a little clicker training and I've been using it for loading practice. She seems to get it, but she's so mouthy I've started giving her head scratches as a reward.  She loves a good curry and will maul you for head scratches.

Must put mouth on everything

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Peebs' tag on IG is #goodboypeebers, because he's usually a good boy. But last night he got the #badboypeebers tag. We had a lesson that started out pretty well, if a bit energetic, but Peebs ended up losing his little mind.

I probably should have lunged before I got on, as Peebs had had Tuesday off.  He was forward and a little strong during our flat warm up but I was able to hold him together and figured I'd just ride it out. We started jumping by trotting two single cross rails on the diagonals, and he was great. We landed on the correct leads, cantered away nicely and had good downwards transitions. Trainer put the fences up to verticals and said to canter them. I was to do the same thing as when we were trotting, focusing on getting him straight and set up to land on the correct lead. Peebs though cantering the fences was awesome, and as my trainer put it, "his inner jumper pony came out".  But he was still listening to me and I wasn't getting unnerved by him being a strong little speed demon.

This was one of the milder moments
We took a walk break, then trainer said to do the left to right fence and around to the outside line. I trotted a circle then picked up the left lead to head to the diagonal.  As soon as I turned on the approach and opened my left rein Peebs flung his shoulder to right, and went sideways. I had a moment of thinking I was going to come off before I got him stopped and we tried again. Same thing.  As soon as I touched the left rein he turned into a drama queen and went out the right side. If I tried putting my right leg or rein on, he started hopping and tried to evade me more.  We went back to a trot and I asked trainer to drop the fence back to a cross rail. The first couple of times trotting it again he felt like a keg of dynamite but we made it without any hysterics.

Trainer said to pick up a canter and do a circle, or five, before the fence to fake him out and see if he chilled. The first circle was a little wonky and he tried to go sideways as we approached the jump (he was only protesting my left rein and bulging out on the approach, the rest of the circle was fine) but by the third circle he came back to me pretty well.  We then went to the fence and while I saw the incredibly long spot and tried to move up to it, Peebs made the right choice and chipped it. He kept his cool and so did I. We went back to try again, starting with a circle or two then going to the fence. As I went to turn past the fence Peebs realized we weren't jumping and had a major meltdown. He flung his shoulder to right, pulled my reins out of my hands, started crow hopping and ended up directly in front of the cross rail at a halt.  Then he jumped it. Thank god I had asked that it be put down.  I again thought I was about to eat dirt but somehow stayed on. I ended up jamming my right hand into his neck at some point and had a nice throbbing going on in my wrist and shoulder.

I really wish trainer had gotten it on video, as I'm sure it was hilarious to watch.  My trainer was laughing once I pulled Peebs up and she apologized saying it was one of the funniest things to see. She said you could see it on Peebs face once he realized we were circling and not jumping, and that he was determined to go to the fence. Once I had my breath back I was able to laugh about it, while calling him an asshole. We trotted a few circles before trying a canter circle again.  He was still pretty uppity but I was riding hard and determined to not let him have another fit. My shoulder was really starting to hurt so we ended with a couple nice canter circles and one final time trotting the fence.

Kinda looking like we have our shit together.

As we walked around cooling out Trainer complemented me on my composure. This lesson had the potential to turn into our awful lesson from a few weeks ago, where Peebs tried to same thing  but I got defensive and tried riding from the fetal position. Last night I was able to be much more zen and while I wanted to kill Peebs, I didn't take it out on him or shut down. Hopefully we can figure out his issue cantering fences to left and fix this problem.  He had his teeth done in November, he got adjusted by the chiro last week and he only does this on the approach to fences of the left lead. I see lot of left turns in our future.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Baby's First Saddle

While I don't plan on actually starting Cinder under saddle for over a year, I want to expose her to things and start laying the foundation. I was worried about putting my $$$ custom saddle on her for the first few times.  I had been talking with my trainer about it, and she offered me an old child size Wintec dressage saddle she had.  Someone had given it to her years ago and she has no use for it and isn't a fan of Wintecs. She gave it to me and said she doesn't care if Cinder destroys it.

Wanting to know where the treats went

Since the saddle weighs like 3 pounds (I'm not convinced there's an actual tree in it), I figured it wouldn't hurt to start putting it on Cinder a bit. I don't have a dressage girth, and don't really want to buy one just for saddling practice, so I used the girth off of my surcingle. Cinder couldn't have cared less about the saddle or girth and was more interested in seeing if she could eat the saddle than anything. She's super mouthy right now and wants to chew on everything.

Can I eat it?

I walked her around the arena for all of 5 minutes with it on and I was more worried than she was. We tried again a few days later and same thing; she didn't care about it at all.  For her third saddling, I wanted to introduce stirrups and let them flop around but was too lazy to pull them off my saddle and put them on the Wintec. So I put my saddle on her.

Saddle pad from my barn in high school, circa 2001

Peeb's 48" girth actually almost fit. She could probably wear a 44" or 46".  We started with the stirrups up and then I dropped them and bounced them against her.  Once again, she didn't care. I'm hoping to saddle her once a week or so, gradually increasing how much I do with her and how long she's wearing it for. And if anyone has a used 44" or 46" girth for sale, let me know!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

A Tale of Two Days

Saturday I hauled out bright and early for a lesson over at A's. It was hovering right around freezing and I was cursing myself for saying yes to a 9am lesson. Peebs has been a little up lately, and spookier than he normally is. I figured I'd lunge him a little at A's if I needed to, but he'd been worked pretty hard all week so I though we'd be fine. We haven't jumped much in the past month, so my plan for the lesson was to get back into the groove and flow of jumping again.

Peebs was very up when I got on, not spooking and taking off, but stopping to stare at things in the distance or my trainer setting fences.  He also got mad when I asked him to trot away from A's horse Scottie, his BFF, which is not like him at all. I think I cantered two strides before I got off and put him on the lunge.  He did buck and leap and play and felt marginally better when I got back on.

"Me, be naughty? Never!"
Trainer started us off by trotting two single diagonal fences in a figure 8. One was a cross rail and the other a 18" vertical. He got a little fast to the vertical and tried to play and go sideways when I corrected, but we made it over. I started getting a little nervous and tense when he wanted to play but kept it together while we did those fences a few times. 

Then I was told to trot into the outside line, that was maybe 2ft. Cue massive panic attack. If he wanted to play to the single fence, how would we make it through a line?! I voiced some concern to trainer and she told me to stop him between the two fences if he felt bold. So that's what I did.  Only I used way more hand than I needed and Peebs got rightfully upset and popped up his front end with his head straight in the air. It honestly felt like he was going to go up with me, but I'm sure it looked much tamer. We tried the line again but same thing, only this time Peebs took more offense and flung his body sideways and backwards to show his displeasure at my heavy hands. Which only fed my panic and caused me to curl up the fetal position holding onto his face even more. Trainer talked me down, explained what was wrong, and what she wanted me to do instead.

We went back to one of the diagonal fences and my instruction was to pretend to be a beginner pony kid, hold my two point, and for the love of God, DO NOT TOUCH HIS FACE. "Commit to doing nothing" was what she kept saying. The first time trotting up to the 18" vertical felt awful, and landing and holding my two point while not doing anything honestly felt like I was going to die. Peebs landed and cantered away fine, a little fast and unbalanced in the corner, but in my panicked state I felt like we were going down. It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. And then trainer made me do it again, then a third time. I hated every second of it. But it worked; Peebs was much softer and happier. When we went back for the fourth try and trainer said I could pick him up before the corner on the off side, I only had to use a tenth of hand I had used before. We quit with that since I still felt like puking and was mentally done.

Peebs loves all of Scottie
Trainer said I need to jump more.  Both for my confidence and keep Peebs from getting bored and wanting to play. She suggested I haul him back Sunday to ride with A again and A said they have an empty stall and I could leave Peebs overnight. After untacking I ran back to my barn, got Peeb's blankies and grain and then went back to A's to tuck him in.

What a difference a day makes
A and I agreed to ride Sunday afternoon together.  She ended up being a bit late which worked for me as I was able to do my warm up alone and focus on not being too handsy.  Peebs felt much better than Saturday; not as distracted or playful and more focused on his job. We trotted over the fences we had jumped the day before with no issue so I got brave and cantered them. Other than picking and not having as much pace as I should have, we were fine.  I wasn't panicked and using way too much hand and Peebs was his normal la-de-da self. I then got really brave and decided to try the single oxer, set on a long approach as a single on the outside. The first couple of times I was picking as we came to it, but on the third try I sat up and put my leg on and moved him up. All three times he didn't care what I was doing and landed in the same canter as he had before. It was a complete 180 from the day before.

I'm going to make an effort to jump more, for both Peebs' and my sanity. Even if they're just crossrails I need to get out and get the reps in.  As long as the weather's good I'm going to haul to A's at least once a month to jump, probably leaving Peebs there on a weekend so I can use her arena both days. And I'm going to be more diligent in setting lessons with my trainer. Hopefully we've had our very bad no good lesson for a while and we'll start getting back to bigger and better jumps!

Friday, January 11, 2019

They Grow Up So Fast

Since it's the new year, I've started calling Cinder a coming two year old. She's closer to two than one at this point, but it's still weird to think of her as a two year old. She still acts very babyish, has the attention span of a gnat, and is go go go all the time. It's exhausting.

Looks pretty grown up to me
She's taken a break from growing taller, but has grown longer and filled out a little. My farrier called her a wiener dog last time he was out.  She grew out of the 69" sheet I got for her in about 6 weeks, but thankfully the 70" blanket still fits pretty well. I figure she and Peebs can share his 75"-78" clothes next winter.

I had the two of them out together a few days ago. I haven't been putting them out together since they play pretty rough and last time Peebs got kicked hard and was off for a few days.  He probably deserved it.  This time he was really vocal to her and nuzzling her a lot.  I thought it was cute at first.  Till Cinder squatted and peed. My 20 month old filly is having her first heat, in January. There is something wrong with this. I'm not prepared for this. I don't think she was prepared for this. Do I need to have a birds and the bees conversation with her? There is a five month old colt on the property; I don't want Cin getting any ideas. I guess I'll add this to the list of things to talk to my vet about.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Blogger Secret Santa

Many thanks to Tracy for hosting the annual Blogger Secret Santa!!  My secret Santa this year was Amanda from Bel Joeor.  She nailed it with my gift!!

She made me a custom fleece saddle cover in my colors, with Peebs' show name on it.  I absolutely love it!!! The chances of it walking away in the tack room or at a show are minimal.  Amanda also included a bag of mints, that I fed before getting a picture and the ponies loved them.  Thank you again Amanda!

Monday, January 7, 2019

2018 Year End Awards

The Oregon Hunter Jumper Association Year End Banquet was this past weekend. this year Peebs and I pulled off a third (or as they called it, second reserve champion) in the long stirrup hunters, and a fifth in the long stirrup equitation. My trainer and I went up for the banquet and to get my ribbons.

The night before the banquet, at 9:30pm an email was sent out and a post put on Facebook saying that the 4th-6th place ribbons weren't going to be available at the banquet and would be mailed out at a later date. But only if you replied to the email saying you wanted your ribbon. After a few angry replies to the FB post, and I'm sure a few angry emails, they said that the vendor had an issue and it wasn't OHJA's fault. I was bummed to not be getting my 5th place ribbon that night, but quickly replied that yes, I want my ribbon.

OHJA took out a section of a local sporthorse magazine and published all the year end placings.  It was pretty cool to see my name in the magazine.
The banquet itself was pretty fun. They have a silent auction and a live auction during the event and I managed to get a division's worth of entry fees ($75) for a show for only $50. Both my trainer and I missed seeing the sheet for $150 towards chiropractic fees for my chiropractor till after the auction ended.  It went for $60 and I totally would have paid more for it.

Trainer and I

The 1st-3rd place ribbons were very well done, and very big! I know I'm short, but it's as long as my torso. Getting one big ass ribbon kinda makes up for having to wait for my other one.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 Plans

I'm currently praying to the god of horses and horse shows so this doesn't get jinxed, but I've got PLANS for 2019.  My big goal this year is to qualify for and compete at the Oregon Hunter Jumper Association's Medal Finals in the Adult Mini Medal.

 In order to qualify you either have to get 10 points or have shown in 3 qualifying classes and have 6 points. I don't exactly get why they have the difference, other than entries have been down over the past couple of years in the Finals and they want more people to show. The Finals are held at a rated show so this will be Peebs' first rated show, and my first rated show in 10 years. Luckily it's held at the same venue we show at most in the summer so I'm not worried at all about Peebs settling in. Same arena, same jumps, more money!

Medal Finals are held the last weekend in August, usually Labor Day weekend. So working back, I've started to plan out our show season. There's usually a few shows end of April/early May that I've gone to that I won't be able to do this year because my parents and I are going to Tanzania for 12 days. I know planning a major family vacation like this shouldn't revolve around a show schedule, but that was the first thing I thought of when my mom gave me dates. Luckily some of the shows have moved their dates so I'm only missing one show instead of 2-3.

So, without further ado here's my tentative show schedule for 2019:

April 7: Lake Oswego Hunt Club Spring Show
May 18-19: Quiet Rein Show (This is a maybe. I get back from Tanzania April 30th and will only do this show if we're ready)
June 15-16: Team NW Bedrock I
July 6-7 or July 13-14: Team NW Bedrock II or III (The series we usually do in the summer added a fourth date to their list, but two shows are on back to back weekends.  I don't want to do two shows in a row, so we'll see which date works better for us and my trainer.)
August 10-11: Quiet Rein or
August 11: Lake Oswego Hunt Club (With two shows on the same weekend, I'm torn between which one to do.  LOHC is cheaper being a one day, but I like QR's facility better. And QR has derby classes! Will play it by ear. Also if we have the points we might not do either of these and save $$ and Peebs for medal finals.)
August 28-Sept 1: Team NW Northwest Spectacular and OHJA Medal Finals