My time at the seemingly endless hunter/jumper show in the hellhole known as Oklahoma City is drawing to a close, for which I am very grateful. I’m super excited to sleep in my own bed, ride my horses, and spend my evenings hanging out with Johnny instead of drinking Nighty Night tea at 8 PM and falling asleep reading at 9 PM.
Here’s what’s on my radar this week!
If you aren’t following Denny Emerson’s Tamarack Hill Farm on Facebook, you’re missing out. He’s full of wisdom, real talk, and more importantly, jokes. This whole post is worth reading, but the joke is my favorite:
Q: “What do DQs use for birth control?”
A: “Their personalities!”
(My boss is fond of saying that she doesn’t need kids’ apparel on the dressage trailer because dressage riders eat their young.)
There are some good nuggets in here; I especially like Kimberly Herslow’s advice of “You never stop riding until you take that last step into the halt. Keep riding for every point you can get.”
THREE Spooks Coral Show Jacket
WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! I can’t even handle how obsessed I am with this jacket. I’m not a jumper, so where would I wear it? I think a better question is where wouldn’t I wear it?! Dressage schooling shows, jumper schooling shows, the grocery store– the possibilities are endless.
This is a nice rundown of the vet expenses that can be accrued during the first month of breeding or so; I’ve been looking for a resource like this, because Johnny keeps hassling me about how much it might cost to breed Gina. (I can’t believe he doesn’t want to bankrupt us in a effort to produce a nice sporthorse. God, what a killjoy.)
I’ve written before about my experience on an NCEA equestrian team at the University of Tennessee-Martin; I didn’t go to college with the intention to ride on the team, and I didn’t particularly enjoy the experience. I did enjoy the (small) scholarship, the excellent coaching, and the chance to learn about riding hunters. I’m glad to see the NCAA has tabled the recommendation to remove equestrian as an emerging sport. Some riders work very hard to get a spot on a team, and I think scholarships for equestrian are an excellent opportunity for student to defray the increasing cost of college. After all, not all of us are swimming in money.