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October 26, 2010

Waredaca Madness

It took all day to film enough footage for a 30-second commercial.

The past week has been a slow one. With all the advanced horses on vacation, this is my chance to work on clipping and trimming up the younger horses in the barn. I am not sure that the yearlings appreciate my attempts at making them look tidier!

Wednesday was an unusual day in the barn. Cosequin representatives and a camera crew were at the barn to shoot a commercial. Phillip had to cross-country school a horse and then do an interview in the barn aisle. A couple of our working students got in on the action having various video shots taken of them.

It’s amazing what goes into these commercials. It will probably only be 30 seconds long, however the shoot went on all day. The crew was not used to working with horses. When shooting in the barn they wanted complete quiet. Try telling horses to stop eating, coughing and squealing!

Waredaca was this past weekend. Luckily we only had horses on Sunday, however all were in the same prelim division. The division was being announced as “Phillip and friends" throughout the day. We had seven of the 18 horses in that division! The secretary did a great job with the dressage times and with help from Amanda, a working student, we managed to get all the horses to the warm-up on time for Phillip to do a quick switch.

The jumping volunteers were awesome. They waited for Phillip to warm up and jump the horses. We ended up show jumping all the horses first and then shuttling them down to cross-country. Phillip was basically the only person on course for the last hour! Thank you to all those that stayed around to allow him to run all the horses.

We ended with six horses in the top seven. Not a bad days work! It would have made a good photo—we were literally the last vehicle pulling out of the show grounds. I have to say, we go to every recognized show held at Waredaca, so I was quietly relieved that this was the last time I would be making this particular drive for 2010.

We leave for Virginia on Thursday. Phillip is only riding five horses, so it should be a relatively easy weekend. I hope all have a good Halloween.

Until next time,
Emma

 

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