Last night's Maine Horse Association banquet was so much fun! Here I am all dressed up with a fun place to go! LOL! Is it wrong that the only time I dress up is for horse events? Show attire for competitions and fancy outfits for banquets......tee hee! I decided against my tiara and pink crystals........BAWAHAHAHAHA! ;D Guess it would be no use dressing as a dressage queen when I am not one.
I went with my friend Shelly and we always have a good time together, no matter the destination. It was a bit funny at first, since thought we would not know anyone there, so we sat alone at a huge table. LOL! At least Shelly can see dead people, so she did not have to sit completely alone. ROFLMAO! (Inside joke, sorry....but let's just say that even mentally crazy people who try to make life negative are NOT successful!) It was not a big deal, because I was there to be with Shelly, and who cared where we sat!?! Midway through the evening I ended up seeing the nice Friesian lady we met a DEHC this summer and a childhood friend with her mom. All of them laughed at us for sitting alone, but seeing as we arrived so early, we just took seats in the back and called it good. It was way more fun to be silly alone together than have to be "upstanding" with a group of acquaintances. LOL! And we were drinking water, so that makes it even more funny. :D
The Maine Horse Association folks overall do a great job, but especially the ever talented Rick Drew. We had a yummy buffet, a large silent auction, and they gave out 212 awards! WOW! They award only champion and reserve in each division, and award champion through fourth in the youth divisions. Then there were a handful of challenge trophies. So all told, there were 212 awards! Yes, I went through the booklet and counted......LOL! It was great to see the MAINE horse community doing so well! :)
Shelly and I did well in the silent auction, as she won a free night at a hotel located close to the Skowhegan Fairgrounds, and I won a free stall for the entire weekend of the Downeast Congress! So that was a fun plus! I donated three small items to the silent auction, as I was told they needed things that would be affordable for the younger kids. Shelly was the biggest auction stalker ever.....which I fully attribute to her father. LOL! Apple does not fall far....... :)
All in all, it was a great night, especially to have the Standardbreds back in the awards for MHA. It has been many many years since the Standardbreds have had a breed division with MHA (and it is the only STB breed division in rated shows in the entire state!). I am proud to say it is because of my effort contacting MHA and securing sponsors that made it happen (with some help from Nonni too!) Next year looks to be even bigger, as I have already secured sponsors and the MHA has agreed to add the division to more shows. YAY! And we have already submitted a plan for a Maine Standardbred Challenge trophy for 2010 as well. I am very pleased to be the driving force behind such a cool promotion for a great breed! :D
Great work to our fantastic horses, McKeever Hanover and Dreamy Starlet!
Reserve Champion Standardbred In-Hand
Reserve Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure
Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure