I pulled my hair back to the nap of my neck, and I pinned in my satin ribbon with the delicate lace. I like this one for my English classes - for some reason it just seems fitting. I then pinned in my clips to keep those little side whispies tamed. I then went to work on make-up. I stopped for a moment to consider...lavender or orange? Which coat would I wear? I decided to stay with lavender....and so I reached for my eye shadow in the plum shades. I curled my lashes, applied mascara, blushed my cheeks, and added a little lipstick. I looked at myself in the mirror. Boy, I'm really doing this - and I laughed, a little proud of myself. Crazy, is all I really thought. I added a little eye liner for emphasis...and then decided I was about as ready as I was gonna get.
Next I donned my black show pants, my lemon yellow shirt, and pulled on my vest and tie. I rolled up my jods, pulled on socks and my Juicy Couture converse style tennis shoes. The shoes would serve me well on the walk over to the show grounds - even though they definitely looked funny with the rest of the outfit. I'd carry my riding boots and spurs, as well as my hat and show day coat. And put those items on at the very last moment...just before I went into the ring.
Pat, the hostess with the most-est, at the B&B, had my coffee and breakfast ready for me when I came into the kitchen. I was up early...and so she had everything ready for me, even though her other guests would be sleeping in and served later. She's been so wonderful...and despite my stomach being nervous, I have to say the cheese omelet, bacon and fruit tasted good, and went down well. I sipped my coffee and watches a few squirrels jump from branch to branch as I finished up my meal.
horses in the lineup.
The warm up ring was quiet too. Just a handful of groups, and only a few horse warming up. Wow, would anyone be in my class? Well, at least a few - from Hannah's barn at least -- so I was relieved I wouldn't be alone. However, as we got closer to my class, it got a little busier. And by the time my class was called, 15 or 16 entered the ring. Yeah...a nice sized class. Whew. I waited a bit, and entered the ring in the middle of the pack. As Hannah led us up the ramp into the Calsonic, someone had climbed the staircase to the right of us. This caught Bourbon by surprise, and he shuffled a bit and did a little side stepping as he craned his neck to figure out what that was. I pulled him back, and Hannah grabbed his head-stall to calm him. Then she smiled and released me and wished me luck. LUCK? Yikes... Hope he calms after that little startle. LOL. And, he did...he got up into the ring and went right to work.
|Running Walk Please!|
As I chose a spot to lineup, BobbiKaye walked over and sat in front of me, and gave me the thumbs up. It was a good ride. And I felt really good. As the ribbons were called, I received 6th place out of the group of 16 on the call sheet. Yeah! Another ribbon from The Celebration. Wow! As I pulled B into a gait to collect my ribbon, he walked like a champ. Again, that bitter sweet feeling came over me. As I neared the exit gate, I knew my Celebration was also coming to an end. Upon exit, Hannah was there to great me. She smiled, but she also snapped her fingers with a "aww-shucks"....she had thought we did great...and wondered why the judges were so hard on him. I just thought...I'm so proud that he got a ribbon. For me, it was a huge accomplishment. No one knows me. No one knows my horse. We are unknown...and still getting ribbons at the Celebration. And, while it must feel TOTALLY AWESOME to win a blue or reserve....I am feeling pretty good about what we have accomplished. And, that I have something left to strive for in 2013. Next year B will be 4, stronger, more coordinated, and I will have more experience under my belt too. Plus Hannah will have another year on his training as well.
|Bourbon poses in the Winners Circle.|
I took B back to the trailer and handed him off to get his tack removed. I helped a little, talked to the rest of the gang....and then grabbed up my day coat and hat box and headed back to my B&B as Hannah and Bub and the team readied to leave as well. The rest of the afternoon was spent organizing and packing for my ride home. I went out to Hannah's place and made sure all of Bourbon's tack was pulled and packed in the trailer as well. I was going to have an early morning...so wanted everything set and organized, so I could arrive, hook up, load up and get rolling quickly tomorrow. I also ran back to the Calsonic to buy a Celebration shirt and hat - for a keepsake. And, stole a few moments to lay down and nap. But in no time, it was 6pm, and I had to get ready to go over to the evening show. And Jane's text message was encouraging me to get a move on for happy hour before the show. Exhausted or not, I had to get a move-on.
|Jane and I enjoy watching Darden|
win his WC class.
So, as I walked back to my B&B, I thought back about the week. It was fun and a huge success. I was sad to leave, since there was so much more show to come. But I was also looking forward to getting B home for awhile. So, again that bittersweet feeling came over me, as I walked up the drive to the B&B, unlocked the door to my room and slipped between the covers. Morning would arrive soon....and I had a long drive ahead. Sweet dreams.