|Frequent Flyer Points gets me|
to Nashville. (my western hat box)
|Boomer - resting after the|
This trip I stayed at Jane's, but sans Jane. She went home to Illinois to visit, and so I was kept busy feeding her horses, little calf Joy and dog Boomer, and keeping her newly planted trees watered in this heat and drought. The first day I think it took me two hours....but I was a quick study, and by the last day could multitask and be wrapped up within an hour. That part of my trip all went without a hitch, until the last night. I tied up the trash before the horse show in preparation of a quick early departure the next day, and wouldn't ya know Boomer got into it! LOL. I can laugh now, as Boomer seemed to be no worse for wear. And, I guess if it would have all gone perfect, then there would be no story to tell here. My chance luck was that another friend of Jane's had the night shift and ended up with cleanup duty. I guess Boomer had done an outstanding job of sorting the trash all over the kitchen! (Sorry Easy).
|A practice ride on Bourbon at Main Gate Farms arena|
and Hannah Pulvers Stables
The week was hot hot hot. And we would literally melt in the arena at Hannah's. I learned the importance of Gatorade on my second day, when I didn't keep hydrated and almost didn't feel well enough to ride. But I rode fine and it was good to get me up there, even if just for a few minutes. I hung out a while longer that day to get myself back to normal, and ended up spending some time with Ed who owns the Main Gate Farm where B stays. What a great guy, and I learned all about his early days with Hewlett Packard and his wizardry salesmanship. Although he wasn't so wise on the digital computer study where he had advised HP that it would never take off. I laughed at that story, and then we both checked our text msgs and email, before continuing our conversation! LOL. I also learned his secret recipe for BBQ tri-tip and brisket, which he treated us all to on Friday afternoon for lunch! And it was really really good! I told him if he made us BBQ I would make my coconut cupcakes with buttercream frosting. He did, and I did...and the cookout was delicious, a good chance to meet some of Hannah's other customers and hot. Plus Terre and Wally were in town and came to watch B that day with friends....and stayed for the BBQ too. Terre and I had met Ed a few years earlier, ironically on the same holiday weekend at the Woodbury show. We had sat next to him and, well struck up a conversation. I know, so unlike me and Terre. How small of a world, to now have B at his barn, huh?
|Bourbon leans down to get a much deserved|
pat from Katie after the workout.
|The famous Bell Buckle Cafe - where I find out I am|
"pretty". A small detail that Emily will not let me forget.
|Enjoying lunch at the Bell Buckle Cafe.|
Me, Emily, Carlan and Katie. (L to R)
So, to keep this fairly succinct, the daily accounts are as follows..
- Tuesday, flew in, rode B, picked up some ribbon and shoes for Diva, and had pizza with Carlan and Katie.
|Roger, me and Ed -|
hanging the hammock.
- Thursday, drank tons of Gatorade, rode B on my most fabulous of rides on him while Carlan caught it all on tape, then we shopped until we dropped for horsey stuff, went to lunch at the Bell Buckle Cafe where a man came up to me and told me I was pretty (I do not lie!), and then shopped some more, and then went over to the Tony Rice show to watch....where the USDA showed up...so that show was short and sweet.
|Following horse "semi's" to|
the horse show!
-Saturday, slept in, headed out to Woodbury for the afternoon pleasure classes and showed B...unfortunately no placement, but this was an aged trail class. And while we had a few good moments, we also tripped twice for the judges (we do that so well, we did it twice) and I lost my hat in the wind as I entered the ring. Geez.
|In the shade!|
finger at him about the garbage, and he wagged his tail), tossed a hay bail to the four amigos in the paddock, and headed for the airport. And that's where I am now, typing on the plane. And all my flights were onetime this time. Double yippee.
This weekend certainly brought much disappointment in the show arena for me and B, but it brought new learnings and closer friendships. And I was once again amazed that at a moment when you are feeling low, a small comment or action comes from a totally unexpected place, and you realize you have folks pulling for you, and encouraging you to keep on trying. And, so you shake it off, and you brush off those knees and you get right back up in that saddle (literally), and ready for the next time.
|Flag horse at Woodbury.|
Game World - WGC '11.
Now I can't wait for what The International has in store for me in a few weeks. Plus, Bourbon rides in the Futurity just before that. Much to look forward to yet this month. Stay tuned.
Until then, keep on trying whatever YOU are striving for my friends. It's worth it, on so many different levels. And you will be amazed who around you cheers you on! Just watch. Maybe it's someone you didn't know was watching you, maybe its a 7 and 3/4 year old little girl (the 3/4ths part is important), it may be a mother, a new friend, or someone back at home routing for you or checking the webstream of your class. And you'll realize, as I do, how lucky you actually are, even with no ribbon.