Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pippin's Going to Championships

Ready or not, September 17-19 Pippin will be attending the Equestrian Institute Horse Trials Area VII Championships at Northwest Equestrian Center. Pip hasn't been to a single horse show since he qualified at Training level in early May, but I've been riding him regularly all summer around the farm. All of my competition focus the past several months has been on getting Brico out. Now that Brico has finished his first show season, I'm finding it a strange (and welcome!) transition going from jumping a green, unbalanced 16 hand Thoroughbred back to jumping my 14 hand super pony!

Hanoverian Sporthorse For Sale

Our friends Kathy and Jessica are offering a lovely 6 year old, 16.1 hand Hanoverian x Thoroughbred sporthorse mare for sale, "Winney." Winney is out of the Hanoverian stallion Winnetou.This mare has fabulous gaits and amazing natural jump talent. With her classic looks and open stride, she would clean up in the hunter ring. That said, her athleticism makes her well suited for dressage or eventing. She is well started in basic dressage and over jumps.You can visit her ad on dreamhorse, here. The ad features a video.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Painting Party

This summer Kelsy and I were faced with the daunting task of painting the dog yard, paddocks, and outdoor arena fencing with two coats of white. We know from past experience that this can take a significant amount of time and energy. With part time jobs, horses in training, horses of our own, limited summer weather, and in my case the approach of Fall Semester; we were despairing about how to get it all done. But in the depths of our despair we saw a glimmer of hope--we came up with the idea of hosting a Painting Party. Honestly, at first our plans to invite friends, family, and friends of friends to a Painting Party were all in jest. After all, who in their right mind wants to come and paint other people's fence? Nevertheless, we opened a painting invitation to anyone and everyone, offering free food, beer, soda, and farmy fun.