Category Archives: Horse Shows

Long Time-No Post

Yep, I’m still using this blog. I still haven’t completed my new one. What have I been doing these last few months? Um…I got engaged! Woot! I accepted a full-time position in the lab (for now). I think that actually is it. I’ve been riding more and helping Mom nurse Ozzy and his E. Coli infection, which has officially cleared. Um. Um. I lead a relatively boring life.

School is back in session on campus and I will admit, on occasion I miss History classes but for the most part, I don’t miss school at all. My student loans are going in to repayment one-by-one which is really terrifying. I constantly worry about how I will pay for them and keep up my horsey lifestyle.  Yuck to being a grown-up.

I won’t be getting Congress this year, unfortunately. Ozzy’s vet bills just ate up any of the money that Mom and I would have spent going. Oh well, I’ve been watching some of it online.

Now, the real reason I posted is because I switched my banner to the “Halloween Edition.” What can I say?

I am still working on my new site including a bunch of merchandise to be sold…if I’d only take some damn pictures of it all! There will be a bit of a variety for horsey-folks that want more than just the run-of-the-mill products. Right now all have pictures of are the cosmetic bags I’m making. You can check out a couple of the bags I’ve sold and a few that are still available by clicking on the photo below which links to my Facebook page. I have quite a few more already made just no pictures yet! So if you see something you like or have an idea, let me know 🙂

The Weekend!

This past weekend, I finally go Tango in the show pen. We showed in halter, two showmanship classes, two English pleasure classes, and one western pleasure class. We placed 2nd in showmanship and 4th in everything else the rest of the day. Considering I didn’t ride her in the arena until our first class, she was great. The bleachers, flag pole with a waving flag, and plenty of people didn’t seem to bother her one bit! How’s that for an inexperienced show horse? Our patterns and rides were nowhere near perfect but they were fun. It feels great getting back into the show pen!

A few days before the show, I came up with an idea to make a stall sign for her. Without any real plan in my brain about how to make one, I was able to put together a pretty cool little sign for less than $5.00 and it lasted through the heat of the weekend. I think I’m going to make a couple more for the other horses and see what improvements I can make. Once I have, I’ll post a tutorial!What do you think? Pretty cute…huh? I think the 2nd and 3rd line could have been bigger; maybe next time. I liked the fact I could make it completely custom to me. I don’t think there is any limit to what could be added to this type of stall sign. Plus with the low cost, you could make a new one whenever you want. I also think it would be a fun project to do for a 4-H club!

Horses, Horse Showing, and Boyfriends

Me, Milo, and Todd last year on Milo’s birthday!

Todd won me over when he actually came out to the barn to ride with me, unlike guys before. Oh sure they say they’re interested and of course they want to come out and ride! If a guy doesn’t keep that promise, I have no time for him.

So like I said, Todd won me over by following through.

He had no idea what he was getting himself into.

His first barn experience was pretty hilarious. I forgot to mention the mounting block is a bit wobbly. He bit the dust before he ever got on the back of Ozzy. Later, I learned he thought he’d ruined his chances with me. I personally, thought it was HILARIOUS and was just happy he still got on and rode around.

That was a few years ago now. Todd has been pretty lucky when it comes to the horses and horse shows. I haven’t been doing much the last couple of years. School and, yes, Todd have been major distractions. Not to mention lack of money to show and get my horse and myself properly trained. This weekend, I plan on debuting Tango in western pleasure and english pleasure. Plus, showmanship and halter of course which she’s been in. It’s not going to be pretty but oh well, I just want to get in the show pen again!

Todd will actually have the weekend off for once and has promised to be there for the show. This is where it gets good. Today, he asked, “What time does the show start?” I said, “eight or nine.” He replied, “Oh. Ok. Well if I get back in time from that tour, I’ll come watch you show.” I laughed because he will be back from the tour by 10 am. I said, “Todd, horse shows go on longer than a couple of hours. They last all day.”  He was sort of confuse, having never been to a horse show for the whole time. He asked a few other silly (to me) questions about it but still promised he’d be there.

Minus catching the tail end of a few random open shows, he doesn’t have much experience. He was also bewildered by the prep time the day before a show. I’ve told him many times but this is the first time it directly impacts his plans.

Do you think he has any idea that he will be carting around my bottle of water, fly spray, grooming rag, and a brush all day? Or that it’s supposed to be 90 degrees and I expect him to suffer the heat right alongside me? When we first started dating, I told him the horses are non-negotiable. period. forever. He was ok with it. He’s offered to be there for the shows, the stall cleaning and everything. I’m not sure he really knows what he’s gotten into yet, but he’s about to find out.

Horse people are a special breed. We go to bizarre lengths or for blue ribbons, points, and belt buckles. Unless you’re a showman, we are a mystery. I think I will enjoy making fun of him when he whines about the heat or boredom, or being tired after the day. He will finally…begin…to understand horse showing.

2012 Hobby Horse Standouts

The 2012 Hobby Horse catalog arrived a few days ago. There are some really nice new options and a few I just don’t get. There are three new pieces that really standout to me. The “Gemma” blouse comes in three colors and is a simple yet showy option with its metallic accents and bright colors, but classic fit. The “Riverside” tunic adds a lot of dimension. Show clothes have been trending towards a lot of texture and depth; “Riverside” offers both without being overdone. It comes in four different colors/patterns, although my favorites are the “turqua” and olive. My favorite new addition to the Hobby Horse line is the “Dixie” blouse. It’s a simple white or black, button down, show shirt. I am thrilled to see simplicity finding its way back into the ring. A  well-fitted, button down shirt will always look classy in the show pen.

With fuel prices on the rise and everything else costing more, simple show outfits are going to become  more prominent at local, state, and regional shows. I think it will be nice to see.

Show Outfit Planning

After planning my budget for the Summer, I’ve realized breed shows are probably not going to be my aim. I’m still a poor, college student! With the price of diesel and entry fees…it just doesn’t seem feasible. So, I will be hitting the local circuit, having fun, and getting Tango some experience.

I’m actually OK with this because the more laid back atmosphere means I get to pick out a less extravagant show outfit. I really like this because right now, my fancy show clothes are still too tight!

My favorite show outfit is the classic white shirt, dark jeans, and black accessories. It can even be modified to be classy in the breed showpen. I’ve put together the look for under $500.00 minus chaps…which would add about $180.00 to the total. Since, I’m only doing open shows and wearing nice, dark jeans, I can skip chaps. I’ve priced everything from Rod’s Western Wear with my personal favorites. Here’s the look!

Stuff Riders Say: Part II

Another great video from SmartPak. I love these. So funny. So true!

Stuff Riders Say: SmartPak Gets Funny.

I just happened to see that my sister liked a video on facebook. I had to check it out because it was horse related and ended up watching SmartPak’s video, Stuff Riders Say. It is so true, and so funny! I can’t wait for more to come!