|Halo checking out the show.|
I did get to ride Halo a few times. We'd wait until the show was over and bring him into the warmup. It was exciting to watch Hannah warm him up, and I rode a few times too. The last night we were there I rode. Scott watched and encouraged me to keep going. I felt like I was riding jello, but both Hannah and Scott said he looked good. The young ones always feel so tipsy. He feels different than my others, and I wasn't sure what he knew and didn't. But I did know he was floaty and fun, even though my power steering was hit or miss. Lol. I got him to hit it a few times around, and so that made me happy. And for a young boy he sure wasn't spooky, just went where you tried to point him. He needs saddle time for sure, but Hannah really believes he'll be ready to show at celebration. So my first official ride on him just may be in the celebration ring. Yikes! Not the original plan - to have the first time I show him be at the biggest show of the year. What a way to start! Can you say.... P.R.E.S.S.U.R.E. (insert nervous laugh here.)
Scott pulled halo out a few times during the days we were there. Hannah encouraged us to take him out and let him see the show and acclimate to everything. He was amazingly calm and inquisitive about it all. He was so good. Scott loved all over him and kept saying how sweet he was. And he really is sweet. But you can't take your eye off him for two seconds without risking him nipping you. He is like a baby - everything in the mouth. Lol.
|My show string. What a lucky girl I am!|
L to R - Diva, Bourbon, me and Halo. (Fash - not shown)
Socializing is the other constant. You do the rounds, visiting stalls. Between Carlan and Tami and myself, we not only had our row of AOT horses with Gale and Eileen, but Tami and I also had horses with Hannah Pulvers, and Carlan had horses with Joe Lester and Bobby Richards. So we had three trainer barns to visit on top of AOT row, to socialize at all day. A swing by Halo's stall in the HP aisle. A stop to see SNB by Joe's for Katie to pet a nose, and then a drop-in by the weanling for Carlan to show me her mare's baby.
It was fun to see friends and meet new people too! A cocktail with Janet and Jordan Howell up in the Miller Suite. A hug from the pretty Kimberly Coult who always has a smile. Catching up with a Bobby and Stacey. Then hanging out just about anywhere you bump into someone you know, to share a story of a ride, a win, a horse for sale, or to admire a saddle. It was fun to introduce Scott to many people he's only heard me talk about.
|Carlan and I share a "cappuccino" - that's|
our secret code for beer incognito.
(yes, I'm wearing a halo.)
We hang some show clothes out for sale, and by the end of the week Carlan and I sell almost everything we had put out there. And then turn around and buy something someone else had hanging - like a spontaneous tack swap. I end up meeting Tracy Pinson, who purchased a pretty new blue shirt from me. Tracy rides the top versatility horse in the world, and represents the walking horse in an amazing way! Hope the shirt brings her more wins.
Meals sometimes happen . Hannah invites us over for pizza or fajitas. We stop up at the consession stand or grab a donut in the show office. Late night dinners definitely happen. Even those are filled with stories and laughter. The last night we went to Red Robbin with Carlan and her girls and Rachel Allen. I think we laughed so hard, we were crying. Scott has a knack of making us all laugh, and in the process teaches Katie a few new thing that I'm sure Carlan will hate him for later.
|Tami and My Little Black Dress|
get the roses in the AOT all day pleasure
|Eileen & Gale with Hot Diamond|
after his 2yo class win!
So many happy memories are going home with me again. And deeper friendships than I could wish for continue to grow. They say it was approximately 2000 entries this week. The largest event in many, many years . Congratulations to everyone who won a blue, or achieved their own personal goals. And thank you to Tommy, Sis and the entire WHOA team for putting on this outstanding show. The DQPs who checked about 4000 hooves. Dee Dee, the best ever WHOA board ambassador who ensured we were all having fun. Truly, this was the BEST International so far….and its so sad it over. Can't wait for next year. Next stop, Celebration!