Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2013: A list of hopes

I have not set my 2013 goals yet for several reasons.  For one, I have been busy enough to let blogging slide, and while I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I want 2013 to look like, I just have not had a moment to sit down and write.  Also, there are many things up in the air at the moment, so I just have not felt ready to put anything down "on paper", so to speak.  (How is that for a sentence full of cliches??  LOL!)  Hence, this is a list of hopes, not necessarily goals.  

My wonderful old mare is going to be 31 this June.  It does not seem possible that I have owned her now for twenty years!!  As always, I just want to keep her healthy and happy and sound.  She is a grand old girl and deserves the very best I can give her, since she has always given me her very best.

Just what in the WORLD can I possible accomplish with this mare, who has proven time and time and time again that she is one of the best ambassadors of a well rounded, versatile Standardbred!!  Dreamy will be 22 this year (OMG, that sounds old.....) and I always allow her to tell me what she is willing and capable of.  There is also no need to push a horse who has won everything and done everything.  Of course, I am not going to stop showing, but I am also not motivated to just show for the sake of showing or accumulating more ribbons or awards.  (It drives me insane to see people stay at the same level and just keep winning over and over at the same shows.  Move up out of walk trot!  Try a higher level and push yourself!  Do you really need more blue ribbons to feel better about yourself?  Sorry for the mini rant....but it is true!!!)

  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound (this is a given for all my mares)
  • Continue to compete in horse trials at the Beginner Novice level, as long as she is comfortable and happy to do so - maybe three of them?
  • Renew my Wentworth Hunt membership and try to attend enough hunts to attain our certified field hunter certificate
  • Create and ride a Training level musical freestyle at the local GMO schooling shows
  • Have fun - more team penning if there is an opportunity, marshaling at the track, trail riding in Acadia
  • Attend Adult Eventing Camp in August with Denny Emerson (OMG so much excitement!!!!!)

My Grown Up Filly is about to start a new chapter of her life.  She has been listed for sale since December.  While this is a bittersweet moment for me, I am very proud of her and know that she will excel at anything she does.  My goal for Reva is to find the very best new home for her.  

My plans for Snappy are a bit up in the air right now.  Do I try to race her again?  Just ride her?  Try showing?  There are so many possibilities.  I do not expect her to do anything specific right now.  I was not planning to own her, so it is not like I expect her to suddenly be my next dressage horse or eventer.  I would love to see her do something in the "pleasure horse realm" eventually but who knows what her capabilities will be.  

  • Keep her healthy, happy, and sound
  • Treat her ulcers (in progress...sigh...poor girl!)
  • Get her in race shape to either race or race under saddle?  Either way, get her into good shape under saddle, since she has pretty much been eating and relaxing and taking little mini hacks around in the snow for the past two months!
  • Try starting her as a pleasure driving horse?  I have all the equipment for her.
  • Bring her to a local show for in-hand or roadster under saddle?  I despise in-hand classes, but it would be a way to try showing in a super low key way.  And she would KICK ASS at roadster!! 
No matter what, 2013 will be a wonderful year!  :-)

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

2012 Year End Awards

Six banquets and a hunt ball later....the mares won several year end awards for 2012!  Yay!  I did not attend two of the banquets due to time and money constraints (NEHC and SPHO-NJ).

I already wrote about the Maine Horse Association banquet.  But I figured I might as well just do one blog post about the rest.  I only keep track of this for my own purposes, and writing up six different posts just seems, well, too much like bragging.  :-(

Maine Horse Association
- Champion Standardbred In Hand
- Champion Standardbred 2-Gait Pleasure
- Champion Open Introductory Level dressage
- Retired the Standardbred Challenge Trophy

Southern Maine Dressage
- Champion Introductory A - 70.33% average score
- Third Introductory B - 70.633% average score

Maine Dressage Society
- Champion Introductory Level - 70.25% median score
- High Point Standardbred HOY (certificate and medal)
- High Point SPHO-ME trophy (saddle pad)

New England Horseman's Council
- Third Single Roadster Horse

American Saddlebred Association
- Reserve Champion Standardbred Roadster Under Saddle

Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org. of NJ ("National" awards)
- Reserve Champion Introductory Level (with a trophy)

Southern Maine Dressage publishes their awards online.  This year, juniors and seniors were not pinned separately.
Standardbred Pleasure Horse Org. of NJ ("National" awards)
- Champion Combined Training (with a trophy)
- Reserve Champion Demo Award (with a plaque)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Coincidence? Maybe...

I don't know if I have ever told the story about how my son shares his birthday with my mare Dreamy.  Basically, as I was recovering from my C-section, I told the nurses that my horse was born on this very same day!  They looked at me with wide eyes, looked nervously at each other, and tried to assure me I had given birth to a CHILD not a horse.  I tried unsuccessfully to explain that I knew that, but my horse had been born on the very same day, just thirteen years prior!  LOL!

Posin' with his twin

How curious, then, that my new mare ALSO shares the same birthday!  And.....the date of ownership for both is Christmas???  Coincidence?  Or fate?  You decide!  ;-)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Shipping boots for sale!

Can you tell I am bored and poor??  ;-)

I just posted an album to Facebook with six items.  Well, five of them sold within an hour!  Yay!  This is the only item I have left.

Kensington SmartPink Shipping Boots!  Retails for $125, will sell for $80 firm with shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 (USA).  They are in great shape and I just washed them.  Took the pics before I washed so they are even cleaner now.  Slight discoloration on inside hinds.  Paypal only please!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How many horses do you have? TOO MANY.

Yup, four mares.  Just too damn many!  LOL!  

*SIGH*  I didn't mean for this to happen.  Honest!  But I couldn't say no to Snappy, who needed a place to call home.  She spent six weeks at a local Standardbred farm, and I was very lucky that it was a great situation for us both.  But despite the fact that the farm is only a five minute drive from my house and the board was very reasonable, I just couldn't do it for the long haul.  Plus, I felt badly about staying any longer; they are not a "boarding" facility and I had originally asked about a 4-6 week stay to figure out what I was going to do...

So, I did what any horse crazy girl would do who has four horses and only three stalls!  I created a REDNECK stall for my older mare Sparky!  LOL!!!  This is where I previously kept my shavings, a few trunks, my wheelbarrow and Vermont hay cart.  She is soooo super good.  I didn't even take down the windchime.  She likes to bump it gently with her head while waiting to go out in the morning.....

Who are you?  Meeting for the first time.  Sparky wonders why there is someone else in her stall...
Snappy realizes quite quickly that this establishment is no where NEAR the fancy barn I had her boarded at...
Buuuuuut, there is food.  So life is good..  Fat dirty mare!
 After a two week quarantine, which she was VERY unimpressed about, I gave in and put Snappy with Sparky.  They were doing this within minutes.

Such a cutie! 
After the ridiculous amount of sn*w last weekend....

You can see all four mares!
Snappy impersonating a Saddlebred....LOL!
Clearly, I am insane.  But I am happy.  :-)  That counts for something, right???

Friday, February 8, 2013

Gotta love a good deal

Not much going on around here, hence my lack of posts.  :-(  I am sooooo ready for winter to be over!

I did score the deal of the century with a brand new, never been used Stubben girth that matches my Stubben Juventus AP saddle perfectly.  Thank you Facebook horse/tack for sale pages!

I paid $45 including shipping.  This is what I would have paid had I bought it retail