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Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 10, 2003, 03:31 PM
Put those cheers on hold, BarbaraG - we had a deluge this morning, and the dressage rings are ankle deep in muck!

So the show has been postponed until next weekend.

Sigh...

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

kt-rose
Oct. 10, 2003, 04:20 PM
My husband gave me the dressage saddle I have been wishing for as an anniversary gift -- early cause we are moving up to Novice and he thought I should have it for that -- am I a lucky girl or what!!! Now, if I can just manage to RIDE decently this weekend!

Kate

barbaraG
Oct. 10, 2003, 04:56 PM
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But Rar, you Wanted rain!!?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

kt rose, please let us know if the New saddle brings you luck!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
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Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 10, 2003, 05:17 PM
I live in the desert, remember? Rain is a Good Thing - as is the occasional cloudy day, just for a change of pace.

I'd just rather that it not rain this hard all at once just before a show.

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

kt-rose
Oct. 10, 2003, 06:19 PM
BarbaraG/GWV -- It will certainly bring my husband 'luck' but Sunday will tell for me!!!!

Kate

barbaraG
Oct. 10, 2003, 07:16 PM
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I meant I want to Know how it goes at the Horse Event http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Married 28 years...and he does laundry!

Pol
Oct. 12, 2003, 08:50 AM
So, the good news is that Char has had 2 years off and has been slowly getting back into regular work, since about the middle of August. The thing that is so much fun is that he still has all the right buttons to push. Even tho he is fat and out of shape, he zooms off my leg, the medium trot is right there, the lateral work is all there, waiting for the summons. He is just as naughty as ever, thinks he has to bounce the trot poles to the X, etc., but he is so cool and happy to be in work again that I just don't care! Chaaalie. What a bad horse! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 12, 2003, 10:41 AM
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That's Wonderful, Pol!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

It must feel Great that your boy remembers his lessons! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

I need Happy News myself today! Just housecleaning like a Madwoman while the GP is out. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Feeling not a little sorry for myself. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif The Event Season is over. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Sometimes blue

baileygreyhorse
Oct. 12, 2003, 12:58 PM
Bailey and I just got home from our first BN event. Our first time jumping 2'7"! He was great! He never looked at anything; just sailed over. Dressage was not so good so we ended 7 of 9. But I am so happy with his jumping that it really doesn't matter what place we got. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://community.webshots.com/user/pnekman

barbaraG
Oct. 12, 2003, 01:24 PM
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That's Great!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif Congrats! One step at a time! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

3dazey
Oct. 12, 2003, 02:09 PM
Oh Great Warrior, remember that event season is never REALLY over. How bout a visit to Georgia for Thanksgiving and volunteering at Pine Top? (Always fun, we would love to have you and GP.) Or maybe a trip to Florida in January for Rocking Horse? (Would welcome you with open arms!!!) So many areas, so little time! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 12, 2003, 04:34 PM
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Thanks, 3dazey!

Very sweet of you.

BarbaraG
GWV http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

kt-rose
Oct. 12, 2003, 06:26 PM
BarbaraG -- my report on the horse event!! Rose and I did our first Novice at Elysian Hills today and we WON!! I am thinking it must be some sort of mistake but am totally excited. We got a 28 in dressage -- she was WONDERFUL -- and then clear cross country where I -- being 45 and out of shape -- pretty much turned into a sack of potatoes 1/2 way around the course but Rose took over and said 'Don't worry, Mom, I'll get us home! Show jumping we had a rail -- it was one of those jump and turn courses and I am pretty bad at the steering thing so it could have been prettier but it got done -- as the course had me just a bit intimidated I was happy with that. So we finished with a 32 and a big blue ribbon and a lot of aching muscles although Rose who is only five seems just fine.


It was a whole lot of fun!!

Kate

barbaraG
Oct. 12, 2003, 07:48 PM
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Wonderful News!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Knew you could do it!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Now, all you need is a *shared* hot soak! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Not with your horse! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BarbaraG
Cheerer of the COTH Eventing BB and old married lady! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

WendyWDS
Oct. 12, 2003, 08:10 PM
My tall boots fit again! Well, the calf part fits, the foot part is too small. Who knew that my feet would get fat? I've worn size 8 forever but now I'm an 8.5.

Not too long ago, I bought a pair of XW calf Devonnaire field boots, but they were too big. I thought about having them cut down and a gusset put in to fix the gaping tops. The marketing people must have read my mind, because the latest State Line catalog has Devonnaire field boots with a zipper and gusset, for under $200!

One of these days I'll put the XW calf (foot size 8.5) pair on Ebay. For now they live under my bed, never worn, in the original box.

Wendy in Chandler, AZ
http://www.pbase.com/wendywds

karenza
Oct. 12, 2003, 09:13 PM
BrarbaraG - There are still many events in Area 2 - until Nov 9 - don't be blue, come play with us!

"Life is not a dress rehearsal" - My Auntie Janet

karenza
Oct. 12, 2003, 09:14 PM
And the GP too ;-)

"Life is not a dress rehearsal" - My Auntie Janet

Cobee
Oct. 13, 2003, 05:11 AM
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Have to post my VERY HAPPY NEWS
We did our first Novice yesterday, my 5 yr old mare and I have done 5 events total!
and yesterday
Course brook was AWESOME !!!!
We got a 44 on dressage, minus 2 points for my dumb error of halt salute in the wrong place, means Cobee earned a very respectable 42....(dressage is not our strong point)
No faults on Stadium, course was slick and really a tuff ride, all the lines were 3 1/2 strides or 4 1/2 strides.... and for crazy speed girl she was awesome!
BUT
X-country was the best.....even with slick wet deep footing. Cobee was a super star !!!! She didn't even look twice at the ditch, which was part A of a combination she did the bank like log jump with out a thought, and went in the water like she had done it a million times!!!!! On top of that it was the best ride, good spots in control, x-country we have had.

barbaraG
Oct. 13, 2003, 07:04 AM
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A Bright, beautiful, sunny day here in Area I And lots of Happy News!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

I love it! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Off to food shop! Even the Great Warrior needs to eat. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 14, 2003, 03:46 AM
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Ok, Folks.

It's Tuesday! I know it feels like a Monday...but it's Tuesday. A Short week! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Time to post Your Happy Thoughts with the Wonderful Great Warrior Volunteer http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

I especially want to hear from Area II people, whose Season is not over yet!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Raise and Shine!

BarbaraG
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Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 14, 2003, 06:18 AM
Feels like Tuesday to me - I worked yesterday!

Happy News... hm...

Had a peaceful and enjoyable trail ride this past Sunday. It's fun to watch Prozac Pony and his buddy Sully take turns being the leader.

Started reading a great book about web design last night.

And I have the Happy News thread to remind me of all the great horse people out there!

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

frugalannie
Oct. 14, 2003, 11:56 AM
Well, eventing may be over for this season, but field hunting isn't! Yesterday, a very large hunt field came down the road right in front of my barn, and then into (and through) the field next to our pastures. It was a beautiful day, with the leaves just starting to turn, and watching the field of some 60 riders was awesome. My event horse was busy having a heart attack in the barn, but I rode out to the edge of our pasture on a greenie to see what she would do, and she just watched calmly. Good girl!

Also, my retired event mare had a good 90 day preg check! For the record, we think it's a boy!

barbaraG
Oct. 14, 2003, 06:10 PM
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My Happy News for tonight! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Just made reservations for the 2003 Annual Meeting and Convention in Boston! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

We are staying at the hotel! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

It's gonna cost an arm and a leg, http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif But I'm going with the GP of course. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Now the question is...what to wear....what to wear?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/almost past my bedtime! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Janet
Oct. 15, 2003, 07:34 AM
Thanks for reminding me I need to do that too. I am going to use some of my frequent Flyer miles, so I need to get organized.

But my good news is that, after being too slow at EVERY training event with Belle (sometimes with good reason, as I decided i didn't like the footing), we finally "made time" at Elysian last weekend. Unfortunately, I OVER compensated, and we actually got 2 "speed faults"

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

Foxygrl516
Oct. 15, 2003, 07:42 AM
I may be alittle late joining in on this thread, but hey... good news is good news. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Foxy has been doing so well this week!!! I am just about to burst I'm so proud of her! I'm proud of myself too for actually asking her to jump those big 'ole things! haha. Ok, so they aren't huge, but now at home on my coarse of 10 jumps, 7 of them are 3' or more! (that's good for me). I have 3 at 3'3" and 2 at 3'6"! Monday when I jumped Foxy we jumped every jump out there and never touched a pole!!! I was so proud! We're getting there!

~Keeping the Faith~
Stephanie and Foxy

barbaraG
Oct. 15, 2003, 11:44 AM
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Happy News is Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Welcome to the thread! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/founder of the Happy News....Please thread! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 16, 2003, 03:42 AM
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Almost the Weekend, Folks!

Let's hear it from you folks at the far-flung corners of the Eventing BB!!

Donate your Happy News now and beat the rush! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Me?? I'm making plans for the Annual
Meeting...Oh, what to wear! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ now wearing her jammies! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

CluesGirl
Oct. 16, 2003, 03:59 AM
Happy news from Boston....

The beloved Sox have dragged out the ALCS series to get to game 7, which is tonight!

And on a horsey note, an old Pony Club buddy of mine has invited me over to watch the game at her house with her new husband, and more importantly - her NEW 60" Plasma Screen TV!!

(Plus I get to go out back and play with her old pony...he is 35 this year!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif)

AAAAANDDD....this weekend Clue is entered in the Apple Knoll schooling 3-phase with his summer buddy!! They are psyched. I unfortunately have to work, but will be getting the play-by-play over the phone!

Pol
Oct. 16, 2003, 07:19 AM
I wondered if anyone would mention the RED SOX!!! YAAAY!! I have to watch the game all alone bc my rotten wretched husband will be IN yankee stadium!!!!!! But, I can call my children every other minute for cheering and excitement. GO SOX!!!!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

CluesGirl
Oct. 16, 2003, 09:08 AM
Pol -

What is he, the king or somethin'?
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Go out to the barn and watch the game with da boyz!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif (Boy? how many are left??)

I think you said one time the hubby watched a game already with a pony of yours, so they should know what it's all about!!

BelleBoyd
Oct. 16, 2003, 10:33 AM
I had been avoiding this thread, as I have been pretty grouchy and ungrateful all year. However, last night, I read ALL of it and it gave me a little boost. It also made me feel a little sad when I read everyone's eventing plans and I remember when I was there. When I moved up here from FL 3 years ago, I sold my Quarter horse to a little girl who events him and keeps me updated. He was 18 and I just could not rationalize putting him through the trauma of the haul and then living in a totally different climate with snow & stuff.

Now, not only am I horseless,I really have not hooked up with anybody so I can at least ride someone else's horse. Whah, whah, whah!

On a brighter note, I dug deep and came up with some happy things...

I am going to watch the Virginia Horse Trials in Lexington at the end of the month and hope to meet some BBers while I'm there. I'll be the chubby one that used to be the lean, mean riding machine.

On an OT note: GWV, my boyfriend and I visited your fair state in Sept. and we absolutely adored it. We stayed in Woburn and took the train to Boston and then drove to Salem. Everyone always says you New Englanders are rude and abrupt, but that is simply not true! We had a wonderful time and cannot wait to go again. Our next goal is Maine!

Thanks everyone for just being here. My boyfriend calls y'all my cyber-friends.

Zetra

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

barbaraG
Oct. 16, 2003, 11:17 AM
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Welcome!! Welcome!! So very glad to have you join this thread! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

And now that you are here, parhaps folks here can help you realize your plans! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Lots of good people on this BB.

My favorite place in Maine is Freeport,Lots of good shopping! Places to stay! Places to eat!!

And L.L. Bean!! Open 24/7 for shopping!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Welcome!

BarbaraG
GWV/ who is sometimes blue too, but tries to post happy news every day! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BelleBoyd
Oct. 16, 2003, 11:34 AM
GWV, Thanks for responding! I feel better already. Sometimes I feel invisible here. Just need to get to know everyone, I guess.

OMG, LL Bean STORE! We will not tell Hubby until he is already through the doors!

Have a great day!

Zetra

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

barbaraG
Oct. 16, 2003, 04:53 PM
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Not only the L.L. Bean Store....All the L.L. Bean storeS!! Kids, Hunting, Fishing....and the Outlet!! The Best part of Bean's is the Staff!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif Jeans that fit!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

They know Everything! I've talked to them about having more womens' sizes in the outerwear...which would be Great for Eventing. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Outlets Everywhere!

Go to Maine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif loves all of Maine!

If you want more infomation about here, my e-mail is attached to my profile! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Pol
Oct. 16, 2003, 05:10 PM
AAAAAND, in Maine, they are ALL RED SOX FANS!!!!!
5 minutes till the 1st pitch of GAME 7. Hold on to your hats. It has been a great ride. Let's hope we will have HAPPY NEWS...PLEASE after the game. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 17, 2003, 03:46 AM
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No joy in Mudville, Pol.

Soooooo, let's have some Finally Friday Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Mine?? I can sleep late tomorrow! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sleepy.gif

BarbaraG
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baileygreyhorse
Oct. 17, 2003, 03:58 AM
My Friday good news is NO Horse Trials this weekend. We have gone the last 3 weeks in a row and we need a little break! I am going to get a haircut, go shopping for fall clother, get a new cell phone, go to the B of B tent sale and go over to Fair Hill to practice galloping (since I was 90 seconds SLOW http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/uhoh.gif last weekend!). Looking forward to a relaxing weekend! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

http://community.webshots.com/user/pnekman

CluesGirl
Oct. 17, 2003, 04:03 AM
Sigh...ugh...blech....no pennant for the Sox this year.

MrToad - is this the same grey who was for sale about two years ago? From NY? If so, first of all I saw him at an event in our area this year....and second of all, my trainer and I were ohaboutthisclose to bringing him up to MA so he could teach us a few things. Curious now!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

And don't worry, you're not invisible...everyone plays a small role in the fabulous BB!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BelleBoyd
Oct. 17, 2003, 07:25 AM
Happy Friday Everyone! My happy thought is not horsey...Since I have moved up here, I have not seen my Beloved FSU Seminoles play a single game live (I have gone to FSU games since I was 10 years old!) and I am going to UVA tomorrow to watch them play! Cannot wait!

CluesGirl: My Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (barn name KC)is a bay-boy, so definitely not the same. Although, I'm sure he taught his new owner a thing or two about eventing. I miss him so and I really wish I hadn't sold him. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

GWV: I am definitely northbound soon! I have never been in a COLD ocean before. The ocean down home is like bath water in the summer.

Zetra

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 17, 2003, 08:05 AM
Going into the weekend still smiling about yesterday's jumping lesson, which started out in stadium with a grid exercise that had Prozac Pony using his heinie, then continued out on x-c with two rounds that made me wonder what horse I was on - I've never felt him jump with such power before!

Schooling HT on Sunday - I'll be listening for you, BarbaraG.

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

AppJumpr08
Oct. 17, 2003, 08:30 AM
Mr.Toad - you should TOTALLY come to maine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif I live about 40 minutes away from Freeport, and it is a great place to go shopping...L.L. Bean is awesome at midnight...you're the only ones there!! Way fun.

Umm...happy news...I actually have time to RIDE today (and it's beautiful out!!) - my mare is doing very well in her first months of pregnancy, and her yearling colt is looking more and more like a horse every day!!
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~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

BelleBoyd
Oct. 17, 2003, 09:03 AM
AppJumper: Gosh, how cool is that?! I just wonder if I'll get up there before the snow and ice comes.

Good news, good news! Finally...I am a medical transcriptionist and work for a bunch of docs. We just got a new doc and I had been talking to him about playing blue grass with my boyfriend. He asked me if I played and I told him I was working on the fiddle and had not gotten very far. He said he was trying to teach his wife to play guitar, but all she could think about was HORSES!! They just bought a 13-acre place with barn and 5 stalls, but they haven't gotten the horses yet. Then I, not so subtly, said that since I lived on the side of a mountain, I really had nowhere to keep a horse. His next words, "Come board at our place." He only lives a few miles away. I am bouncing in my seat and I cannot wait. Pretty soon, I will be able to get on DreamHorse.com and not just window shop! Yipee!

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

barbaraG
Oct. 18, 2003, 08:12 AM
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And you will keep us updated....won't you? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/loves Happy News http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 19, 2003, 12:29 PM
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Any Happy News out there?? It's a sorta cold, raw, day here in the Land of the Great Warrior Volunteer. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

But, I am packing up Award Ribbons for my Young Riders in Maine!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif And the Beautiful Trophy is almost ready to go to the Winner!!
And my Sunday laundry is almost done! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Remember, you read it here first! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Happy News Momma! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

[This message was edited by BarbaraG on Oct. 19, 2003 at 06:58 PM.]

Pol
Oct. 19, 2003, 03:12 PM
Ya, I'll give you some happy news for a dreary Sunday...Mike and I had our first lesson today in 4 or 5 months and he was very, very good. Life with Mike is quite different, now that I am feeding him according to the EPSM rules. He is a delight.

barbaraG
Oct. 19, 2003, 03:57 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif That's Great! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Knew I could count on you, Pol! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ getting housework done. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Mary in Area 1
Oct. 19, 2003, 04:18 PM
AND Mikey was VERY,VERY good if you consider the fact that all my horses were screaming and running around all during Pol's lesson! It made me SO mad, because I had to catch them rather than watch the lesson. Bummer.

weezie
Oct. 19, 2003, 04:35 PM
Pol, I didn't get to see you after you finished and I want to tell you that Mikey looks GREAT. Good job!! Hope you survive the clinic with Stuart.

Pol
Oct. 19, 2003, 06:25 PM
Well, ya, the running and screaming made it interesting, but the big LUMP in the corner behind the mounting block made it EXCITING!!
Thanks, gals. It was really fun. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 19, 2003, 06:45 PM
Somewhat belated Good News from the Valley of the Sun, where it was supposed to top 105 today... the day of the first of our schooling HT series.

Sigh...

Anyway, Prozac Pony was honest, obedient, and even generous a couple times - what more could I have asked?

We had a 47 in dressage... sigh... not great, but not dead last, at least. Then a double clear in stadium moved us up to 6th, and a double clear on x-c moved us into THIRD! (out of 12 total in Beginner Novice). 2nd place was one of my munchkin teammates on her new horse - she had a 46, also finishing on her dressage score. First was an inspiring friend from another barn to finished on her dressage score of 26 (we'd love to be able to hate her, but she's such a COOL person...)

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barbaraG
Oct. 20, 2003, 04:27 PM
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Any Tuesday Happy thoughts out there?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

My Maine Membership, (Mecta), is in the mail tonight And the Year-End Dinner invitation!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

I will present lots of ribbons and a Wonderful Trophy to a Young Rider!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

The GP and I will have a Wonderful Long Weekend Together in Augusta, Maine!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/loves Maine http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

weezie
Oct. 20, 2003, 06:52 PM
I just bought a new horse!

Even though I'm a DQ in practice, many of my eventing friends on this board know that I lost a horse recently. I had only had him 4 weeks when he started showing neurological symptoms in August. Anyway, he was put down in Oct.

The new guy comes on the 28th, and I'm really looking forward to being back in the saddle again. It's time!

PS GWV he's coming from near Augusta Maine!

Mary in Area 1
Oct. 20, 2003, 07:09 PM
YEAH WEEZIE!!!

YEAH SINCLAIR!

We look forward to your arrival http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 21, 2003, 02:20 PM
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That's Great!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

How about some pictures, when you can?? http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif


Are you going to the meeting in Boston?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ spreader of Happy News http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BelleBoyd
Oct. 21, 2003, 06:40 PM
Hi,
Congrats, Weezie, on the new guy! My time is coming!
Good News: My fiance is a fine furniture maker and he has started building tack trunks. (Just started) He has almost finished the first one. It is solid wood and beautiful! This first one is made of pine because he wanted to make sure he got it perfect before going on to more expensive woods. Today, I picked out the most beautiful wood for the second one...Purple Heart. We are picking up the lumber tomorrow and he will start it the next day. Of course, purple is my very favorite color and the wood is deep purple. It is really an exciting venture and I cannot wait to let the public drool over these trunks. Of course, my real MO is getting him involved in the horse world - and it's working! Have a great evening everyone.

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

barbaraG
Oct. 23, 2003, 03:32 AM
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Yeah!!

BarbaraG
GWV/ Thinking of Spring http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Pol
Oct. 23, 2003, 05:03 AM
It is SNOWING today. Real snow that is sticking. Everything is white over here.

weezie
Oct. 23, 2003, 06:31 AM
It is snowing today 10/23. Last year the first snow was 10/22. Hope the winter doesn't turn out like last year too.

For those with a mind for Chemistry, it's MOLE day!! Happy Mole Day!

BelleBoyd
Oct. 23, 2003, 08:11 AM
Snow?! Did someone say SNOW? I know you guys are all used to it and stuff, but just coming from FL 3 years ago, it is still just a miracle to me. I hope I never lose that feeling of my breath being taken away when I feel that first soft kiss of a snowflake on my cheek. Last year was a hoot! Everyone kept asking me, "Have you had enough, yet!?!?" I love it even though I chipped my kneecap in it last year (with the help of Sadie the wonder dog, as she was just 4 months old and quite full of herself).

By the way, my fiance and I are having dinner with the doctor and his wife who are going to let me board at their house as soon as we get the property fixed up. I love to organize and I kind of hope she doesn't so I can put everything in its little place.

Oh, and I almost forgot...HopefulHunter on this board gave me tickets for the WIHS Saturday and I'm dragging said fiance along, too.
Happy, Happy Thursday!!

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

barbaraG
Oct. 23, 2003, 02:22 PM
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I just did my 1,000 th. post!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Gosh, Do I really talk That Much!!?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Happy 1,000 th. to me....Happy 1,000 th. to me.
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Anyway,

Who's coming to the USEA Dinner in Boston??

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Oct. 24, 2003, 05:25 AM
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Happy Weekend!! Happy Friday, Everyone!!

BarbaraG
GWV/happy it's Friday!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BelleBoyd
Oct. 24, 2003, 06:30 AM
Happy Friday to you, GWV and Happy Thousandth! I look forward to happy news every day. Anybody else out there have any exciting news? Have a great weekend everybody.

Zetra

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

Pol
Oct. 24, 2003, 06:57 AM
Goin' to Fair Hill in a couple of hours to work in the 10-minute box tomorrow. Yipee.

frugalannie
Oct. 24, 2003, 08:00 AM
I got the most fantastic package in the mail today! Thank you, thank you, thank you, GWV and GP! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

And we'll be looking forward to your 2000th!

(Hope to get an insider's perspective when yop get back Pol.)

barbaraG
Oct. 24, 2003, 04:55 PM
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You are welcome! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Annie,

Hope to see you soon!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AppJumpr08
Oct. 26, 2003, 08:58 AM
Totally OT, but I went to the BEST concert last night! CMT's Most Wanted Live tour came to Portland - Chris Cagle, Brian Mccomas, and Rascal Flatts....WAY too much fun (I'm half hoarse today...never screamed so much in my life! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_redface.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Oct. 26, 2003, 01:37 PM
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Well, I just cleaned my Masterbath! Happy News is Happy News! And all my horse related projects are done too! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/and Sunday housework goddess http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Tux61096
Oct. 26, 2003, 02:34 PM
Through CANTER New England I was able to find a lovely prospect for my employer! She is a 4 year old 16.3 hand filly who is just the sweetest girl. Really looking forward to playing with her!

"Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff." George Carlin

barbaraG
Oct. 26, 2003, 03:50 PM
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oh, well done, Tux..! Well done!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 26, 2003, 06:31 PM
Prozac Pony and I did a schooling show today, and we took 4th in the 2'6" jumpers (would have had a better time in the jump-off, but I didn't think carefully enough about the approach to the next-to-last fence, so we missed the inside turn). Still, we were double-clear, and he was jumping well.

And then we won the 2'6" derby class - 4 stadium fences - jump out of the arena - 8 x-c fences, including an up-bank and a water obstacle - jump back into the arena - 4 stadium fences. Optimum time was 3:03 for the 18 jumping efforts, and we came in at 3:03... even though I hit the wrong button on my watch, so had no idea what our time was!

All in all, a good day... and it's FINALLY starting to cool down!!!!!

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Oct. 28, 2003, 03:28 AM
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Anyone have any almost Halloween Horse Happy News out there?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Me????? I have Six still unopened bags of candy in my Refrig!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif I'm being sooo good! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Shay Darra
Oct. 28, 2003, 04:51 AM
RAR - Way to go on the Derby Class!! Sounds like great fun. And I can relate to the "forgot to set my watch" syndrome. When Zeph and I go cross country, the first thing I say to the starter is "help me remember my watch". We've done that more than once! But then I figure at my age it's understandable to forget sometimes. At least I've not forgotten where the jumps are!!

Congrats on your fine performance!!

ZM

barbaraG
Oct. 29, 2003, 03:31 AM
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Oh, Yeah, Rar!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 29, 2003, 05:34 AM
Thanks!

And another fantastic jumping lesson yesterday afternoon. Prozac Pony is starting to use his hind end, and I'm learning to stay off his face and out of his way when he jumps (thank goodness for manes! ;-)

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Oct. 29, 2003, 08:37 AM
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One of my instructors Ages ago said,

"You are Never too old to grab mane!"

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BelleBoyd
Oct. 29, 2003, 09:11 AM
Can't wait to go to Lexington for the VHT! I'm even taking off Friday so we can get down there early. Looking forward to meeting some COTH BBers. Happy Hump Day. (It's really Thurs. for me)
Zetra

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

Risk-Averse Rider
Oct. 29, 2003, 09:26 AM
I saw Beezie Madden do it on OLN's coverage of a Spruce Meadows derby once - she was going to that airy vertical at the base of that bodaciously steep downhill, and she grabbed mane.

I figure, if Beezie "My Legs Must Be Super-Glued to My Horse" Madden can grab mane, so can I!

(Plus I think now that Prozac Pony takes it as a signal that it's safe to jump...)

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Oct. 29, 2003, 11:14 AM
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Soooooooooooo, Rar,

You are right in Style!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

retreadeventer
Oct. 29, 2003, 03:57 PM
Barbara, I must tell you I have discovered yet another item that must be included in the GWV's Official Volunteer Kit. Dog biscuits!!! (I did have aspirin, Aleve, Claritin, Pepcid and Advil in the pack for Fair Hill but needed NONE of them!!!) Holly

Horses will make a fool of you, it's only a matter of when, not if.

barbaraG
Oct. 29, 2003, 05:02 PM
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Well, I never thought of that!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

I do give out a large number of "free pats to friendly puppies" wherever I am. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

My pack Always contains some Excedrin.

A GWV with a migrain is Not a happy person! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/uhoh.gif

Dancing Lawn
Oct. 30, 2003, 08:40 AM
Yesterday was my birthday, and unlike my sister's last birthday, we DID NOT set the cake on fire! Had a delicious dinner, with good friends. Today the sun is shining, for the first time in weeks. It's mild, and I have a potential puyer coming to look at a large pony. Does it get any better?

less hard work, more fine dining.
www.dancinglawnhorses.com (http://www.dancinglawnhorses.com)

BelleBoyd
Oct. 30, 2003, 11:04 AM
Hey, Everyone, Early tomorrow morning, we are heading south to Lexington! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif I cannot wait. I know I will be meeting at least one COTH, Near Miss, and I hope to see lots more of you. The weather should be good and I am really excited about going to the first event I have even watched in 3 years. We will be inside the coliseum and we are called Timber Mountain Woodworks. Please come say hi.
Zetra

One must think when looking at a horse in motion, that it hears music inside its head.

LisaB
Oct. 30, 2003, 11:21 AM
You'll see a lot more. Canterlope, CJMicro, possibly Janet? ColliesMom.
Good luck
Kick on! (a little hard to judge time because of the hills, just a hint)

Janet
Oct. 30, 2003, 11:51 AM
Nope, Not me this time.

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

barbaraG
Oct. 31, 2003, 03:29 AM
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Booooooo, Booooooo, http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Happy Halloween to all of yoooooou!!!

And your horse friends tooooooooo!!

BarbaraG
GWV/ saying boooooo! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Whimbrel
Oct. 31, 2003, 08:13 AM
I saw my first Northern Lights last night! I had just finished a fanatastic dressage lesson and was standing outside chatting when the sky started lighting up a brilliant red. As we stood there watching, stars started emerging through the red and vertical white striations appeared. The folks in the know say they should keep appearing through the weekend.

Whimbrel

barbaraG
Oct. 31, 2003, 08:32 AM
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Yes, I saw rhem too!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BarbaraG
GWV

AppJumpr08
Oct. 31, 2003, 01:54 PM
I saw them too!!!! Amazing...never seen them so bright in my life http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

Pol
Oct. 31, 2003, 07:53 PM
The Northern Lights are happening now bc there are solar flares blasting about. The biggest in 30 or 40 years. We haven't seen the NL yet but I am going out now to look. My good news is that the shoe that came off yesterday got put back on tonight and, with fingers crossed for soundness in the morning, I will hack across town to ride in the clinic. I hope Mike will have some fun to close out the running&jumping season.

Pol
Nov. 1, 2003, 11:11 AM
HA!! Guess who was quite perfect today in his clinic. He had a jolly time and was good as gold. More tomorrow. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Foxygrl516
Nov. 3, 2003, 06:45 AM
I heard on Paul Harvey (the greatest radio news guy ever haha) that there was a big explosion on the surface of the sun that created this huge magnetic disturbance. He said that (this was like Tuesday or Wednesday) in Alaska they could see fire explosions in the sky all night and that by the weekend people should be able to see it all the way down in Texas. We went out on a secluded hill top thursday and friday nights and thursday night alone I saw 37 shooting stars and we kept seeing these crazy comet-looking things that were really wide and looked like fire. They life a crazy green tail after they disappeared. It was really neat

~Keeping the Faith~
Stephanie and Foxy

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 3, 2003, 06:52 AM
<ahem... cough... cough... tapping microphone... "is this thing on?">

Risk-Averse Rider is proud to announce that
SHE PARKED HER TRAILER ALL BY HERSELF YESTERDAY, successfully backing it straight in between a tree and another trailer.

Oooooooooh... that makes me feel so MACHO!!

<g>

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

asterix
Nov. 3, 2003, 07:02 AM
OK, at the risk of completely jinxing myself (I can't believe I'm even doing this)...
my horse, once so lame (caudal heel syndrome) he couldn't walk on a flat surface without limping, happily zoomed up the "sweet spot" on the trail yesterday so fast that I could barely keep up on my speed-lovin' leased mare (I've been inviting all my friends over to hack my big guy cause I'm so excited he's sound)...
Watching that big fuzzy butt galloping off in front of me was just about the best moment of the year.
Now, if I could just get him to stop "free schooling" over the XC fences in his field until we are ready to jump, I'd be all set...

barbaraG
Nov. 3, 2003, 11:45 AM
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Great to have so much Happy News!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Trying to decide What to wear to the USEA Dinner! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Maybe, I need a Whole New closet full! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ clothes horse! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

frugalannie
Nov. 4, 2003, 04:46 AM
I successfully backed my 2 year old filly yesterday! (No flames, please. I did it with the vet's permission, and I only get on for 5 sessions lasting 5 minutes each before giving the whole winter off.)

My filly didn't turn a hair, accepted my leg (doesn't know what it means, but didn't mind it), and we even trotted one long side of the ring. Yay! I didn't even feel she was thinking about bucking. Double yay!

Hilary
Nov. 4, 2003, 05:46 AM
frugalannie - be warned - you will find yourself grinning like a fool while doing things like walking 4 steps, stopping and just standing there! Those first rides (oh, hell, I'm still doing it and I've been riding her for 2 months) are just amazing!

Congratulations!

My happy news is that Star is learning to canter on the lunge without a buck with each departure (the lunge line is the safer place for this), and Clancy is going to an Anne Kursinski clinic Thursday. I'll report when we're back.

barbaraG
Nov. 4, 2003, 11:36 AM
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Congrats, Sounds like a couple of up-and-coming entries for the Masters Trophy to me! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Keep that Happy News coming!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ looking for future Champions! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 4, 2003, 08:30 PM
Two good things happened during my dressage lesson on this crisp, bright, COOL November afternoon:

1. Prozac Pony USED HIS BUTT!!!! OMGiH - I've never felt him move like that before. I actually had horse up in front of me while cantering.

and....

2. I finally met muley1 ;-) Confused the heck out of my poor trainer, as the muley's trotted by, and I called out, "Is that Muley?" And then, upon receiving an affirmative response, "This is Prozac Pony!"

A good day to be us.

(And did I mention that Prozac Pony used his butt today?)

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Nov. 5, 2003, 03:32 AM
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Good Pony!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif Cheers!! YeaH!!

The GWV will now "use her butt" and go dry her hair! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ sitting here in a towel http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Dancing Lawn
Nov. 5, 2003, 03:50 AM
It has been raining here every day for the last 7 weeks. (not exagerating!) This morning, IT'S NOT RAINING! It's still grey, though.

less hard work, more fine dining.
www.dancinglawnhorses.com (http://www.dancinglawnhorses.com)

If guys can do it, how hard can it be?

barbaraG
Nov. 6, 2003, 03:35 AM
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Thursday Happy thoughts, Anyone??

One day closer to the Weekend! I know some places have clouds and rain...but the sun Must be shining somewhere!!

Payday for the Great Warrior! Maybe I'll buy Rita Mae Brown's new book...about horses and hunting! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Off to work,
BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 6, 2003, 05:31 AM
I expect we'll have sun here today, once the sun actually rises!

Kinda dark still at 6:30 am...

But I have a jumping lesson today. That's happy news. And Prozac Pony had a lesson yesterday with his favorite little munchkin. He wasn't terribly impressed with the size of the fences, but he was a Good Boy nonetheless. And as you can see from the munchkin's face, *she* had a good time.

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Nov. 6, 2003, 08:49 AM
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Nice...very nice! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/sighting a Future World Champion! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Thokki
Nov. 6, 2003, 01:50 PM
The Royal Winter Fair opens tomorrow in Toronto. YAY! I will be hitting the tack shops and volunteering at the Ontario Icelandic Horse Association booth.
I'm finally recovered from the 5 hour trail ride I was on a week and a half ago at my Icelandic foals breeder's. Riding my foal's dam was awesome. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Icelandics - Tolt-ally wonderful!

fanfayre
Nov. 6, 2003, 03:13 PM
It's been sunny here all week! Cold, but sunny. And it's supposed to stay sunny for a few more days yet before the rains return.

barbaraG
Nov. 6, 2003, 06:16 PM
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Great to hear from you folks in Canada!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

The Roots of the GWV are in French Canada!

BarbaraG
GWV/ granddaughter of a French-Canadian shoemaker! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 6, 2003, 07:15 PM
My mom's side of the family are all Canucks - in fact, my mom (although born in NH) was raised in Montreal for a while - in a CONVENT, no less! - and didn't learn to speak English until she entered first grade, back in NH.

But I digress.

I really came here to boast SHAMELESSLY about Prozac "I'm a Jumpin' Fool" Pony, who several times in our lesson today cleared a 3' vertical from a loooong approach, never blinking an eye.

Almost all the fences in our lesson were solid Novice, which is a HUGE step forward for us. (I still remember all too vividly being terrified of a 2' vertical ;-)

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

Gnep
Nov. 6, 2003, 10:19 PM
Well season is over and now I can post the happy news, we are still in one pease.
It was a very rough season for The Girl, Harlekin, and me. She aint a girl any more, but one tough woman.
We started out great in Trojan, wining our training division. Than came her first Prilim in Trojan, it was a tough one, she took a serious beating. 60 points plus a lot of time, and some real hart hits.
The next one in High Praerie did go rather well, we took time but had no jump penalties in X-C, she hit the jump out of the water very hard with her hinds, bone jaring, it hurt.
Abe Ranch was very bad, 60, three refusals, I rode my skinny but of to get her through it. I thought I had lost my horse, That she had lost her heart.
We went to Goose Downs, Dressage was horrible, lucky to keep her in the arena. It did not matter any more. I took my heart and threw it as far as I could and followed. She blew through stadium, absolutly nuts, same in X-C, rekles, no brakes, just full out. It was absolutly exciting, Never rode Goose Downs so fast. I had my girl back. A big thanks to the Goose Downs.
Jackson was next, dresage was again terrible. the Indoor ate her alive, X-C was a dream, just point and shoot, naturally absolut nuts, incredebal intens, Her way. Stadium the same.
High Praerie, good dressage. X-C, already in the start box she was going bonkers, tore out of the box and blew over the first three jumps.
On jump 4 we had a last second discusion on how to jumps the corner and nearly flippt over the jump. It pissed her of, she was mad and ripped through the rest of the course. She needed some stitches after this one and we called it a day.
Infection plagued her the next 2 weeks and I was about to call Galway of.
Galway. Our best prelim dressage of the year, shortly after it stadium. A strange affair, for some jumps she was going like hell and others she was very hesitant. She was very sensitive in her back and i had to put 2 vertebras back to where they belonged.
X-C was awesome, absolutly nuts, but her stile.
Turning after jump 15 the ground just gave, despite studs, it just blew away, big time. We hit the graound very hard. She was confused when she got up, and waited for me. I took the rains out of the martingal and was ready to take her back to the barn, when the jump judge asked if I would get back on her to continue. Geeeeee, she did judge this one not as a fall of horse, I put the rains back through the martingal, climbed back on her, troted her, clean, galloped and she blew through the rest of the course.

Middle of the season I thought I had lost my horse, but I learned that when it gets realy tough, when it hurts, that is just the moment when she grows.
I am very glad to have her, willing to put up with her tantrums and absolut madnes, becuase I know, when it counts she will be there.
I just hope, to survive her.

Dam its winter now, no shows to go to, to enjoy Her madnes.

Irrsin hat keine Grenzen

barbaraG
Nov. 7, 2003, 05:23 AM
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The Sun is shining And there's Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

What more could anyone want??!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/founder of the Happy News...Please thread! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

barbaraG
Nov. 8, 2003, 06:10 PM
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think of Next Season, Gnep!! Don't just sit there! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

Make your plans now! Ours is no longer a Sport where Cross-Country alone will win the day! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/no.gif

Imagine that Power in Dressage!? Held together, she could take a judge's eyes out! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

You can't throw that phase Away! Nor Stadium!

She sounds like a Wonderful Holy terror! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Can you find a way to work on the Dressage in the Off Season? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

The Season is over for me too, up here in Area I and my husband can barely stand me! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

I'm cleaning closets and going a bit mad! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Good luck,
BarbaraG
GWV/http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

AppJumpr08
Nov. 9, 2003, 08:28 AM
Did anyone see the lunar eclipse last night?? Too cool...the moon turned PINK for a bit - very pretty http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It's finally SUNNY!! (FREEZING cold, but sunny!) - the Power Pony is certainly feeling frisky....kept popping STRAIGHT up in the air yesterday when he was turned out...he'd land on the ground again and just stand there...no running, just acting like a poptart http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!
"Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the pacific which does not... oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings
Cross. Come naked.
~Q&A Posted on an Australian Tourism Site

Pol
Nov. 9, 2003, 08:47 AM
The eclipse was amazing!
My good news today is that my vet wants me to write up my horse's medical history for the clinic's newsletter. This is the horse we thought had ulcers but turned out it was EPSM. With new studies showing that 30% of all horses (not just heavy breeds) can have varying degrees of EPSM, this is great news. The more people who learn about this condition, the more horses can be helped thru diet changes. YAY.

AppJumpr08
Nov. 9, 2003, 09:00 PM
Pol - that's so cool http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I actually got the chance to RIDE today! It was such a beautiful day, and after a few frisky spooks, Newt settled and we went for a nice, stretchy walk.
(And I'm ever-greatful for his calm demenor in the barn...my JRT came flying through the barn with a stick for me to throw, and ran right into one of Newt's hind legs with the stick http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/uhoh.gif! He just turned his head and looked at her...oy vey...put YEARS on me until I realized he wasn't going to levitate and take off!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif)

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!
"Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Australia? (USA)
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe. Aus-tra-lia is that big island in the middle of the pacific which does not... oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Kings
Cross. Come naked.
~Q&A Posted on an Australian Tourism Site

barbaraG
Nov. 10, 2003, 03:32 AM
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Monday Morning, folks! Time To wake up and post Your Happy News for the New Week!!

Me?? Thought you would never ask!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Going to Maine this weekend for an Awards Dinner! Lots of Horse talk....food and No dishes to wash!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Rise and Shine!

BarbaraG
GWV/ tring to rise and shine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

frugalannie
Nov. 10, 2003, 03:18 PM
Sign me up for the headshrinker! I went out and bought a CANTER horse today. Don't even have a stall, but a nice roomy run-in, so she's bundled up in a blankie tonight. I was going to be Oh so grownup and wait until I'd actually sold one, but it was a last minute opportunity. Now, how do you all feel about changing names? Is it bad luck?

barbaraG
Nov. 10, 2003, 04:15 PM
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Well, don't just tease us!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Tell us All about her! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

I look all the time, but can't have one. Hard to keep in a condo. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ waiting to hear about the New horse! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

KRC
Nov. 11, 2003, 05:26 AM
Happy News for Tuesday:

Let's see.. first time replying to this thread. I was too intimidated by it at first.

I got up this morning and started running--something I've been vowing to do for a long time.

I have two ponies to ride tonight, and my own pony jumped very nicely last night. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

frugalannie
Nov. 11, 2003, 06:21 AM
Barbara, you are so sweet to ask! Count on you to know that eventers want and need to talk about their XC rides (I loff the debriefing you and the GP do at UNH) and about our new ponies.

She's a 4yo 16.2ish plain bay mare with a sweet disposition and quite lovely movement. We had seen her when we went to the track 3 weeks ago and of the 20 or so horses we looked at, she was our pick. But she was lame behind and we were very skeptical when the trainer called two days later to say she was sound, and didn't go back. Fast forward to Monday morning when my coach and I both get calls from CANTER saying that this mare has got to go today. It seems someone had vetted her (squeaky clean) and then decided not to buy her, but the trainer was shipping out. So, off we went to the track, a wad of cash and a horse trailer in tow, and a few hours later she was turned out in a small safe paddock at home. Can't wait to start playing with her!

Now about the name. She comes with Golden Bangle. A very nice name, to be sure, but there is a strip joint outside of Boston called the Golden Banana. You can just guess how long it took all my barn friends to make that leap! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif What do you all think of Gabriella?

barbaraG
Nov. 11, 2003, 07:48 AM
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Welcome to this Thread, KRC!! The more the merrier! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif Glad to have you!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Frugalannie,

NnnnnAaaaaaaahhhhh! Keep Golden Bangle! Call her Goldie, (a nice horseie name! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Besides you can have her, http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif she's too tall for me! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Actually, I'm hopping to adopt another cat, not a horse http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif but more practicle http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Keep those stories coming! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

nhjules
Nov. 11, 2003, 08:31 AM
Just a little happy news... my horsie got clipped yesterday and my trainer, who clipped him, said he was the only one this year who didn't need a twitch or drugs... stood up nicely the whole time... I'm so proud http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif And, she was amazed at the great condition of his coat where he was clipped. Those sunnies are doing a GREAT job keeping the oil in his coat. Being a first-time horse mom I get excited about the little things!

Pol
Nov. 11, 2003, 09:34 AM
FRUGAL ANNIE!!! You crack me UPPPPP. You need that mare like a hole in the head!
Golden Bangle is a pretty name. You'll get used to it, and you can call her Shirly if you want. Nevermind the Banana- you don't frequent that part of town anyway, altho now we will all have a chuckle at your expense whenever we go past on 95!
Actually, I changed Mike's name, now that I think of it! He never raced, but his jockey club reg. is (r u ready?) Silver Morningwood. Good gawd, the poor guy.
Anyhow, congrats. When I see you next, I can tell you a little story about that mare. I am thrilled you picked her up. Good going.

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 11, 2003, 08:24 PM
Just too cute...

I was looking at a CD of photos one of our show moms (who also happens to be a great professional portrait photographer) took at Grass Ridge HT this past September, and I found this.

Too cute not to post!

Happy News for the future of eventing. This was this pair's last outing together - she's moved on to a somewhat larger mount, and he's teaching some littler kids how to ride (I think he's in his late teens, at least).

Hope it makes you smile and say, "Awwww..."

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barbaraG
Nov. 12, 2003, 07:03 AM
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AaaaaaaaaaaWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!

Actually, I'm home with a cold today and Really needed some cheer! Thanks, R-A-R!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Whimbrel
Nov. 13, 2003, 07:48 AM
I'm still tired from an exhilarating dressage lesson last night, but GRINNING. I can finally feel that we are going to have major canter breakthroughs this winter. I plan to focus mostly on flatwork this winter - weekly lessons locally plus a monthly lesson with Judy Westlake. However, my body tells me that I should not put jumping totally on the back burner - these old joints don't flex so well when out of practice. So my barn buddies & I plan to help each other every week and get our instructor in every couple of weeks. Suddenly, I'm starting to really look forward to the winter!

Hope to make it to the USEA meeting.

Oh yes, and I have already signed up for the Area I adult camp at GHMHA for June - CAN'T WAIT!

Whimbrel

barbaraG
Nov. 13, 2003, 11:28 AM
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That's great....Save some stories for when we meet in Boston! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

The Whole World is coming to the Land of the Great Warrior!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ all these riders are mine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

barbaraG
Nov. 13, 2003, 02:21 PM
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Happy Friday, Everyone!! Happy Weekend!!

I'm going to Maine!! I'm going to Maine!!

BarbaraG
GWV/ loves Maine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

3dazey
Nov. 13, 2003, 04:33 PM
GWV we will forgive you for jumping the gun (slightly) on the TGIF thing. I'm so glad you are going to Maine; better you than I, I'm sure the cold would kill me!!!

http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/uhoh.gif 3dazey...scared of snow!

barbaraG
Nov. 13, 2003, 05:08 PM
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But, I won't be here tomorrow!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

And I'm going to an Awards Dinner!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

And I get to give out Ribbons and a Wonderful Trophy to Young Riders!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

And Someone Else will make my bed and cook the Meals!! And I'll get to go Shopping at Outlets in Maine!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

And I'm going to Maine!! My most favorite place in the Whole World!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

And I get to talk about horses with all my Friends and eat and sleep in!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sleepy.gif

And yes, it's cold...that's because it's Maine and this is November!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

What more could a Great Warrior Want!!?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ did I mention going to Maine? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

frugalannie
Nov. 14, 2003, 11:04 AM
Since Barbara is away today, I thought I would enter the weekend kickoff greeting in her honor. I know it's not the same, but bear with me.

Hooray! It's Friday! What's everyone doing this weekend? Enjoy! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

..sigh.. It's just not the same without you, GWV. Hope you're having a great weekend!

The Frugal note is that the good news is that the wind is blowing the cobwebs out of my brain. The bad news is that they were the only things holding my gray matter together. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

barbaraG
Nov. 16, 2003, 04:04 PM
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Thank you, FA, for "holding the reins" on this thread while I was away! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

I'm bbbbbbbbaaaaaaaaccccccckkkkkkk! had a Wonderful time in Maine, Augusta, Wisscasit, Bath!! Antique shops, horse talk, fun! Nearly blown away too! Instant changes of hairstyle! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

A New Week Tomorrow, people!

My Happy News is my Wonderful Weekend and a Great Young Rider who won my trophy! Maybe, she will make the Team some day!

A gracious young lady! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/all these riders are mine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

FA,

How's the new Mare doing?? Would love to come see her.

[This message was edited by BarbaraG on Nov. 16, 2003 at 07:17 PM.]

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 17, 2003, 11:30 AM
Cattle and sheep dogs and mules, OH MY!!

Well, BarbaraG, while you were off in the wilds of Maine, Prozac Pony and eight of his barn buddies were off in the wilds of Prescott, Arizona, doing an eventing demo at the 2nd Annual Equifest.

My friend Karen and I trailered up early with Prozac Pony and her horse (Sully), in hopes of getting "the boys" settled down a bit before we had to do our thing. After getting their stalls set up, we hand-walked them down near the arena so they could see the sights.

You could just hear them thinking, "What the FUH? This must be a horse show, because we've got stalls, but we've NEVER seen a horse show like this!"

Cattle. Sheep. Sheep dogs. A gazillion Western horses. Trick riders. A fake cavalry charge, complete with cannon and gunfire, and a chuck wagon drawn by mules. Horses wearing silver tinsel hula skirts like breastcollars. Kids. Balloons. An indoor arena, complete with blaring PA system. (Prozac Pony hasn't been ridden indoors since we moved down from Michigan in 1999, and we expect that Sully, an OTTB, has never been ridden in an indoor.)

I must say, though, that Prozac Pony has NEVER had suspension at the trot like he did on Saturday!!! My trainer said later that she kept catching sight of him and wondering, "Who is THAT?!?!"

All in all, quite the adventure. And one of my friends who was there with her OTTB has issued a decree that I may never, ever again be wussie about going to an event ;-)

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frugalannie
Nov. 17, 2003, 03:13 PM
Welcome back, Barbara! Glad you had a good time. And thank you Risk Averse for proving once again that eventers will do anything to promote our sport (even if we have varying opinions about the proposed amateur division rule).

New mare is doing wonderfully and is running around barefoot in a field until January when we will address the issue of riding. We'll have an unveiling once the shaggy coat is shed out, and maybe even get a picture posted somewhere to share with all.

Meanwhile, she's acquired a barn name: Allis, as in Allis-Chalmers tractors, because until I can get a horse sold or find a super good home for my pregnant mare, she's living in the tractor shed! (Hey, it beats Kubota! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif)

AppJumpr08
Nov. 17, 2003, 05:14 PM
Barbara, who got the YR trophy??
I was in Wiscassett this weekend too http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif (I'm from Damariscotta...and my boyfriend lives in Wiscassett...right above Sarah's http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif)

As for my good news-I rode my boy tonight bareback for the first time in AGES, and he was perfecthttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Trotted groundrails and what not...I LOFF having such a quiet boy!!http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

ksbadger
Nov. 17, 2003, 08:33 PM
Barbara & Jessica,
Hope you didn't max out your credit cards in Kittery - know it well from when we used to join all the other Quebecers in the annual migration every Victoria Day.

Here in the extreme South of Area IV it was a balmy 65 and we had fun helping out our barn's schooling dressage & CT. Apart from the locals, we had half a dozen YRs from Tulsa, OK doing the CT - which is a good omen for next year when we start our "I-35" series.

Weather was so good Sunday that Mrs. KB decided she needed to blow the cobwebs off & do some of the Prelim jumps. A big difference from our old hunting grounds with the Lake of Two where it's already dropped below zero (C).

Have fun in Boston, we'll be SCUBA diving in Belize.

Brock

Brock n. (Anglo-Saxon) badger as in Brockenhurst, Brocklebank etc

barbaraG
Nov. 18, 2003, 03:42 AM
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Jessica,

Did Bruce sell "My" little Eva,

Memorial Cap?

I would have bought her, but it's hard to keep in a Condo! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Off to Work!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

We "discovered" Sarah's!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AppJumpr08
Nov. 18, 2003, 06:49 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif I don't know if Ave has been sold or not...I'm supposed to talk to Buck in the next few days, and will ask him when I do!

Isn't Sarah's nice? Very convienient for take-out runs when we're too lazy to go drive somewhere! (His apt. door is between the Pub and the resteraunt door!!http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 19, 2003, 08:29 AM
Happy News for a Wednesday...

Just TWO more days until the Eric Smiley clinic!

I don't suppose I can get any sympathy for the fact that it's predicted to max out at 71, 58, and 57 degrees F Friday, Saturday, and Sunday... ???

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barbaraG
Nov. 19, 2003, 08:57 AM
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And we expect a Full Happy News Report!!

Counting the days with you! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Momma of Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

barbaraG
Nov. 20, 2003, 03:46 AM
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Pay Day for the Great Warrior! It's raining, but it's one day closer to the weekend!!

Waiting for Your Thursday Happy thoughts! Happy horse News to Cheer up this blah day! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ coming to you from her Jammies! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 20, 2003, 05:13 AM
24 hours from now, I should be at the barn getting Prozac Pony ready for our first session of the Eric Smiley clinic! (While freezing my buns off... it's 51 degrees right now!)

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Pol
Nov. 20, 2003, 05:17 AM
RAR- I am LOL...51 here in November means we are taking OFF the turn-out rugs, letting the fellas bask in the lovely warm temps, wearing short sleeves to muck and ride bc it is so WARM!! Have a great clinic http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 20, 2003, 06:20 AM
Pol - I know what you mean. The first "winter" we were down here, I couldn't figure out why people were putting on coats. Now, I get goosebumps when it's in the 70s.

I'm such a wimp.

I even borrowed a friend's quartersheet for warming up tomorrow morning...

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VetRep
Nov. 20, 2003, 11:29 AM
Hello All,

This is my first post...please tell me if there is anything I should know or if I am doing something wrong...hey, we all have to start somewhere, right?

I like to keep abreast of things going on in the eventing world, as I am not in it "full force" anymore. I MISS IT!!! So, I browse this site occasionally, and I have to admit you all have some pretty funny things to say!

I just had to chime in with my happy news...I am going to New Orleans for the AAEP meeting tomorrow. The location changes every year, and I've never been to New Orleans. Not as quaint as Maine, I am guessing, but it should be loads of fun.

Yippee!

frugalannie
Nov. 20, 2003, 12:04 PM
Vetrep: welcome and bring us back some beignets!!

barbaraG
Nov. 20, 2003, 12:08 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif VetRep,

Welcome, Welcome!! Allow me to be the First to Welcome you to this Board and the Happy News...Please! thread!

The More the merrier!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

There are a Great bunch of folks here, we all help, cheer and support each other! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

I am the Great Warrior Volunteer, the founder of this thread and Warrior Guardian of All I survey http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I do not ride, but have Volunteered all over the Sport of Eventing for more than a decade! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Hope to hear lots from you! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Cheers,
BarbaraG
GWV/ all these riders are mine! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

VetRep
Nov. 20, 2003, 12:39 PM
Thanks so much for the warm welcome! I promise to contribute whenever and wherever I can. My computer time is limited, unfortunately, as work keeps me on the road a lot (too much) these days.

This work thing really gets in the way of my riding (and my social life!) I could really use just a few more hours in the day...or a million bucks! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Thanks again!

barbaraG
Nov. 21, 2003, 04:08 AM
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Well, Folks,

It's Friday!! This time I won't jump the gun, as I did last week, when I was going to Maine!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Today, I need to work all day. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

So, let's have some Happy News from all of you out there in Eventing Land!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

We need some Happy Happenings! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ up, dressed and out the door! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

IFG
Nov. 21, 2003, 04:46 AM
Not quite horse related, but we just heard from Poodle Rescue (hey, they are hypoallergenic). We are getting a black standard! My kids are besides themselves with joy, and I'm pretty tickled too. I hope he takes to the barn, horses, and ponies OK!

barbaraG
Nov. 21, 2003, 05:31 AM
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Thanks, That's Great!!

Everyone should adopt an animal!
JMHO

Save Two lives! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Pol
Nov. 21, 2003, 06:51 AM
Well, OK, Barbara. Here's some good news. As you know, I have a horse with EPSM. He has been on his radical diet for 8 months and has truly become a different animal. (you've all gotten quite sick of my blabbing on the subject http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif) So, yesterday, I decided I would try to clip him without tranqualizer (last year he was so averse to the idea I nearly lost my life before giving him the drugs!) So, on the cross ties, alone with me, with no meds what-so-ever, I clipped him. Easy-peasy. He stood like a rock. Never moved 1 foot, looked at the view and snoozed. It was delightful!

baileygreyhorse
Nov. 21, 2003, 07:57 AM
Totally OT- I passed my National Boards! I am now a National Board Certified Teacher! Many hours were spent on this project; hours that I would have liked to spend on my horses. But today it is all worth it! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Founder of the Packrats Anonymous Clique
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tuttifruitti
Nov. 21, 2003, 08:59 AM
Pol, I was noticing a horse I have on the EPSM diet(variable, 1 cup of oil, 2 qts. grain with 6% fat,alfalfa hay at lunch, and weight builder) and I am confused with her weight. She looks soooo good everywhere but her haunches - I mean sorta concave. I haven't had her in consistent work lately due to other commitments. What do you think? Should I up her feed. Oh, she is on beet pulp, too.

Pol
Nov. 21, 2003, 01:11 PM
tuttifruitti, i am going to PT you...

AppJumpr08
Nov. 23, 2003, 08:16 AM
*doing a little happy dance*
I talked with Buck yesterday, and I'm going back to Florida this winter to be a WS at his new barn! (he's renting his own property this winter....24 stalls!) My trip to FL has suddenly become VERY affordable! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif So I'm off to the South the second week in January and staying until I feel like coming home http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

Anyone else going to FL this winter?

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Nov. 23, 2003, 08:25 AM
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That's Great!!

Would you have a teeney, tiny bit of room in your luggage??

BarbaraG
GWV/ teeney, tiny person http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

AppJumpr08
Nov. 23, 2003, 11:54 AM
Of course I'll have some room http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif
I'm actually be driving down with my gelding, so I'll have more then just a tiny bit of space http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif
Now I've just got to make sure my boy is FIT enough to go to Canterbury on January 31st! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

tuttifruitti
Nov. 23, 2003, 01:25 PM
Pol, finally got a chance to respond...check your messages.

barbaraG
Nov. 23, 2003, 06:41 PM
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Jessica,

I'm a pretty fair groom too! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AppJumpr08
Nov. 23, 2003, 09:08 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif Well come on down! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
We could even get you grooming some of Buck's horses...he'll have both of the geldings you met at Over The Walls with him down there http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Nov. 26, 2003, 07:03 AM
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Tomorrow is Thankgiving! I are grateful for all of you, out there in Eventing Land! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

a Happy and Safe Holiday, Everyone! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif
BarbaraG
GWV/ Warrior Guardian of All http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Nov. 26, 2003, 07:34 AM
And we are grateful for you, GWV, and the massive corps of volunteers you represent!

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

msj
Nov. 27, 2003, 04:38 AM
My happy news for the week is that Wednesday was my LAST day of work. I retired on an early retirement plan. I'll get 1 yrs salary plus a decent pension and since I was only planning on working 2 more yrs anyway I can make ends meet easily.

Now to be able to have more time to ride the pony!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Susan

"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticism." George Elliot

barbaraG
Nov. 28, 2003, 08:55 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif Well, Folks it is the day After Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a Wonderful Day!

But some of you may be working, maybe regreting how much you ate yesterday, it's cloudy and rainy here in Area I this morning.. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

So let's have some Happy News...Please! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Post your Holiday Horse Plans!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

If 2003 was not your Best year http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/no.gif It is not too early to start planning for next Season!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

And a New More Wonderful You!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

What does your horse want for Christmas?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

I'll bet not a rider sitting around feeling sorry for themselves! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif

Maybe some new tack?? Brushes?? More one-on-one time with their main human?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Heinz 57
Nov. 28, 2003, 11:23 AM
I'll play http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

2003 wasn't the best year, by far.. in fact, it managed to be closer to the worst. I ended up bouncing from horse to horse and not really being allowed to commit to one, and not getting anything accomplished.

So.. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif My plans for this winter are to buy myself a seatbelt and buckle myself in, recondition Rhapsodee and see if we can make some waves in the spring. She's a willing partner and, as I was told when I first took her out, she'll give you as much as you give her, and more. SO, that means this winter we are going to have to do some hardcore flatwork and strengthening. Its like walking on a tightrope, though; the past few weeks I've felt around and tried different things to see which way she warms up and works best. She seems to work best when I stretch her legs for her before I get on, especially the left hind- it is always a tad bit tight in comparison to the rest.

I'm thinking that if everything goes well through the winter, we'll maybe try a xc school when the weather is good, and if all goes well there, attend an unrecognized 1 day HT. If not, we'll stick to being a dressage horse- her owner would like to focus more on dressage than eventing at this point, anyway, and her eventer isn't the best dressage horse.

*Murder She Wrote*
"So here's to second chances, broken hearts, and new beginnings." - Taryn

barbaraG
Nov. 28, 2003, 03:13 PM
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Thanks, Taryn!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Now we are getting some where!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Anyone else?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ hates gloom!

VetRep
Nov. 28, 2003, 04:16 PM
Update: The AAEP meeting in New Orleans was SO much fun. Equine veterinarians from around the world gathered to learn (and play). Maybe it was the location, but the meeting was way more interesting than in prior years.

Now I know why frugalannie suggested I bring home beignets (I had no idea what she was talking about)..oh my! They are a local delicacy--greasy, sinful, fried dough. Just what I needed before Thanksgiving...

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. - Margaret Thatcher<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

barbaraG
Nov. 28, 2003, 07:17 PM
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Well, I told you there would be good advise here!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

And FA is one of the Best! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/thruth sayer http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

frugalannie
Nov. 29, 2003, 09:48 AM
Aww shucks, GWV. (blush, blush) Thanks for the compliment. You just made my week!

And since you're head of the Terrific Persons Brigade, I'd happily follow you anywhere.

barbaraG
Dec. 1, 2003, 09:50 AM
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Hello, Out there!! Let's have soon Happy News for the New Week!!

The Big Meeting of the USEA is coming soon! It's a Bright Beautiful Day, here in Area I! My house is clean and I passed my job review!

Starting to pack for the Meeting as we are staying over for the weekend!!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif having a second cup of coffee!

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 1, 2003, 10:15 AM
Yesterday, Prozac Pony & his favorite munchkin (AKA The Future of Eventing) were 3-for-3 in hunter classes at our schooling show.

4th out of 13 in the crossrails OF
3rd out of 12 in the crossrails EQ
6th out of 11 in the 2'0" - 2'3" OF

This was their first show together, and they've only had 4 or so jumping lessons together. Plus, the munchkin and her 23-year-old QH mare got a 3rd and a 2nd in the walk-trot and the walk-trot EQ classes.

Happy smiles all around.

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barbaraG
Dec. 1, 2003, 11:19 AM
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What a Cute Picture!!

Hugs to Everyone from the Great Warrior Volunteer!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 2, 2003, 04:04 AM
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Anybody out there beside the snow flakes?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Big Flake! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 2, 2003, 06:30 AM
Sunny blue skies, with just enough clouds to make things pretty, here in Arizona...

<tee-hee-hee>

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barbaraG
Dec. 2, 2003, 09:09 AM
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Well, the roads are soo bad here this morning that we had to turn around and come home! Total gridlock!

So, I'm going to read, (about horses) do some holiday Shopping, clean my bath, do some dusting, make my bed, maybe even take a Nap! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

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BarbaraG
GWV/ Make your own day! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 2, 2003, 10:18 AM
Ahhhh... reading and naps on snow days... now, THAT's something I miss about winter...

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barbaraG
Dec. 3, 2003, 03:33 AM
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My Happy News for today is that I'm gonna try to get to work.....before I lose All my Vacation Time and miss the USEA meeting!

Wish me luck!
BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

CluesGirl
Dec. 3, 2003, 04:08 AM
I was early enough to avoid the mess yesterday (left for work at 5am!)!! Couldn't believe it when I saw it on the news!

The SO and I planned and booked our warm weather vacation in February last night so that is something to look forward to, also managed to get a good amount of Christmas shopping in!

Tonight after work I am off to ride the Clue-man, something that is few and far between these days!! Must dig out the winter riding boots!

R-A-R - I think I hear Arizona begging me to try the Southwest life! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

17 degrees this morning (yes, Fahrenheit!) with a -5 windchill!

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 3, 2003, 08:26 AM
CluesGirl

C'mon dowwwwwnnnnnnn!

It's loffly here right now.

Of course, it gets a bit toasty in the summer time, but it truly IS a dry heat... ;-) And the heat never makes it impossible to get out and drive - and you never have to shovel it off the driveway!

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barbaraG
Dec. 3, 2003, 09:59 AM
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Well, I made it to work! I guess that's Happy News. And tomorrow is Payday!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Trying to find Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 4, 2003, 05:10 PM
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How about an Early Start on Friday's Happy News!! Folks, we might get snowed in this weekend! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Time to sort your tack and other horse stuff! Figure out what presents you want for your horse!

Let's hear from you folks down South, Area I may get 6 inches up here! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Happy Friday, Everyone!!
BarbaraG
GWV/

barbaraG
Dec. 6, 2003, 08:08 AM
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Any non-Snow, Horse-Related, Happy News out there??!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

It Can't be snowing Everywhere!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Hoping for some Happy News....Please!

AppJumpr08
Dec. 6, 2003, 10:16 AM
Barbara - Bruce hasn't sold Squire's Cap http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif She's just recovering from an injury she sustained at Foxhall...but she's in FL and doing well http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AND I met two of High-Scope's babies yesterday...can't get much more special then those two!!! One is out of an Irish mare who is from the same line as Eagle Lion (a colt...he's going to be HUGE!) And the other, a filly, is out of a Chesterland homebred by Lion King out of Easy Honey (Bruce's best broodmare of all timehttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif)
They're both grey, and the filly has the LONGEST eyelashes...too perfect! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AND (aren't I just full of happy stuff today?!http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif) I sold my mare yesterday ( http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/cry.gif), and the owners LOVE her - she's a complete princess, and they think she's perfect http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif She'll be used in their Irish SH breeding program - she loves being a mommy, so it's perfect http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sadsmile.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Dec. 6, 2003, 11:08 AM
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Hearing from you is Perfect! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Pol
Dec. 7, 2003, 02:26 PM
Hey AppJumpr, What ever became of Gweniver's Gift? (Sorry to botch the spelling!) I saw her at Radnor years ago and thought I'd die. Good gawd, what a beauty. One of her babies has just moved into our neighborhood- He looks pretty special, but not like his Ma...

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 7, 2003, 04:59 PM
BarbaraG wrote:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> Any non-Snow, Horse-Related, Happy News out there??!! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Prozac Pony and his friends Poco and Chance went on a trail ride this morning. It was a LOFFLY day, and fun was had by all (even though Poco's little rider, aka Prozac Pony's favorite munchkin, was disappointed that we only walked).

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AppJumpr08
Dec. 7, 2003, 05:17 PM
Aww Thanks Barbara! I was just too excited to see Scope's babies...he was such an awesome stallion.

Pol - I actually don't know. Bruce isn't competing her now, but she's still registered to him on the USEA's site...As far as I know she's not out in the field having babies (at least she hasn't had one in 2 years...) I'll try to find out http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

CluesGirl
Dec. 8, 2003, 05:34 AM
30 inches of snow here on the South Shore of MA!!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

I'm taking care of a friend's two horses for two weeks while she's in Florida...

Plowed until midnight Saturday night, set the old alarm for 5am to get over to feed and muck, of course I woke up at 8:30am with no power!!
It took about an hour to shovel the plow truck out and finally I raced over to her house.

Her Shetland Popcorn was not in the barn where I left her... She made it to the far end of the field, and then got stuck there! I didn't know how to get her back without carrying her, the drifts were up to my underwire... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Finally I jumped on old trusty Clem (her old carriage boy) and we trudged through the snow, three times back and forth, to make some sort of a path for little Poppy. Could still hardly see her head! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif She was fine, miiiiiighty sweaty when we got back!

Pol
Dec. 8, 2003, 05:58 AM
Good Gawd, CG, what an ADVENTURE!!!!! Naughty pony. She must have been horrified!
It is a glorious day here, Mike and Chaalie are going hacking. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 8, 2003, 08:22 AM
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Can we have some Mundane Monday Happy News reports??!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I'm at work and I'm the only one!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

getting lots done!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ just another Boring Workday! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 8, 2003, 08:44 AM
This is pretty mundane...

Neither horse pooped in the trailer on the way to & from our trail ride yesterday! And there was very little snot to clean off the walls ;-)

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Perfect Pony
Dec. 8, 2003, 09:03 AM
I might be bringing a filly to my barn for a weekend trial this coming weekend. We'll see if it's happy news http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif She is a 2 yo OTTB but never made it to a race, just too slow. Underdeveloped but cute cute cute.

barbaraG
Dec. 8, 2003, 12:03 PM
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Fingers and toes crossed for you! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 8, 2003, 04:44 PM
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Just hired a limo to take us to the Hotel on Thursday Afternoon! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

No driving, no parking!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ I can hear my plastic "melting" http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

AppJumpr08
Dec. 8, 2003, 08:22 PM
Barbara, There's a picture of you in 'The Horse's Maine' presenting your trophy at the MECTA award party http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
How did you end up sponsering a trophy for MECTA? It's not exactly close to Mass..do you just travel New England being fabulous, or is there a more specific reason? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Dec. 9, 2003, 09:13 AM
Well,

Maine is a place very close to my heart, having spent childhood summers at Old Orchard Beach.

The GP and I have volunteered at Snowfields for several years. When the Danny began, I thought it would be nice to have something for the Young Riders too!

Figure was a real horse, the best "schoolie" in the World!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif He taught me anything and loved my too!!

So, that's the Story. Our Young Riders are the Best in the world and I hope we have done something to encourage and support them. The Horse's Maine also provides a Scholarship for them to continue their education.

Beyond that I Like to give out Ribbons and trophies!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Mother of all the Young Riders!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

AppJumpr08
Dec. 9, 2003, 12:53 PM
Neat-ohttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif
It's so nice to see good eventing stuff happening in maine...it's such an isolated state when it comes to riding... http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif
Don't get me wrong, I love it here, but it took a winter in Florida as a WS to open my eyes to "the big picture" http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Dec. 9, 2003, 02:11 PM
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And it's all Bruce's fault!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif A story of long ago and far away! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 10, 2003, 08:25 AM
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Last day of work Today!!

Tonight, pack and get ready to go to the Meeting!! Tomorrow!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

AppJumpr08
Dec. 10, 2003, 09:01 AM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif Sure is!!!
Buck used to yell "what are ya, from Maine or something?!" when I did something foolish while riding (or when the only duct tape I could find for my WOOF boots was green... http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif)
Only 35 more days 'till I leave for FLORIDA!!! *happy dance*

~Jessica
Personal slave to Newt, Image, and Dina!

barbaraG
Dec. 10, 2003, 11:25 AM
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Bruce gave me this Whole World! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
Once a GreenHorn-Now the Great Warrior Volunterer! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 13, 2003, 08:13 PM
An absolutely happy day today in Arizona...

First a jumping lesson this morning, in the crisp "winter" air.

Then, this afternoon, my friend Suellen and I went on a trail ride (well, a trail mosey, actually) in the glorious sunshine. We ambled along for about an hour and a half, enjoying each other's company and the pleasure of being out with our horses.

Doesn't get much better than a trail ride on a sunny afternoon with a good friend, does it?

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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Dec. 14, 2003, 01:45 PM
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I'm back!! Been in Boston all weekend for the Annual meeting!! It was Great!!

Most fun was finally being able to put faces with the Coth names of folks!!

Also, finally got brave enough to introduce myself to John of Coth.

"you might know me....I'm the Great Warrior volunteer."

He's very sweet. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 15, 2003, 04:52 AM
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Cold, Rainy, icey..sleet.. today....Blah....the Great Warrior Volunteer is home!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

Any Happy News out there! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ trying to generate some Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 15, 2003, 06:01 AM
A great weekend of sunny riding out here - jumping lesson and trail ride on Saturday, another trail ride on Sunday.

C'mon down, GWV - we've got a spare bedroom for you that overlooks the pool, and I'll scare up a horse for you. Or, if you don't want to ride, we've got a schooling HT on January 4 that could use some kicka$$ volunteers!

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Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

Pol
Dec. 15, 2003, 07:40 AM
It is SNOWING now, on top of our fresh foot of slush. RAR, how's that guest room looking? Barbara and I can share as long as she leaves Warren at home, but do you have a couple of stalls too?

Janet
Dec. 15, 2003, 08:07 AM
GWV, were you in the "care and feeding of volunteers" session?

I was the one who said I do it all by email, and tell people my voice mail is not reliable (the opposite of the person presenting).

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 15, 2003, 08:23 AM
In addition to the guest room with the real bed, there's a queen-sized sleeper-sofa in the library, so Warren can come, too!

And I'm pretty sure there are some empty stalls in the main barn. It's only about 15-20 minutes away, unless you get stuck in traffic.

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Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Dec. 16, 2003, 01:18 PM
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You mean it??? Really???

It would be great!!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Needs some sun!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Pol
Dec. 16, 2003, 01:41 PM
I just came in from hacking 2 in the woods, 40 minutes each. The frozen woods. It is warm today tho, 35, and sunny....Your place is sounding PRETTY tempting! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 17, 2003, 03:43 AM
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Any Mid-week words?? It's raining here.

But my cellar hasn't flooded....yet! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ one day till payday! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 17, 2003, 05:02 AM
Only four days until our hunting debut!

I can't tell because it's still pitch black out, and too cold to open the door, but I suspect it is NOT raining here ;-)

Pol and GWV - c'mon down!
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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Dec. 19, 2003, 03:47 AM
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Any Friday fun out there?? One day closer to Christmas!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

What does Your horse want?? ;winkgrin:

Happy Friday, Everyone!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ thinking of Sugar Plums http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 19, 2003, 05:13 AM
Had an absolutely fantastic cross country lesson yesterday. We added a couple new fences to our repertoire, plus a couple new questions (over a coop, 2-3 strides to the water; through the water, back out over that same coop). It was an absolute blast. Lovely, sunny day - perfect temperature - a great lesson partner - a wonderful trainer. Doesn't get much better than that without chocolate ;-)

Now down to two days and counting 'til our first hunting outing...

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Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

Tux61096
Dec. 19, 2003, 06:01 AM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Risk-Averse Rider:
. . .Doesn't get much better than that without chocolate ;-)"

Dear R-A-R,
Sounds like a great day, but please you're scaring me!! You must have some chocolate everyday, especially at this time of the year when we all get a free pass on candy consumption. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

"Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff." George Carlin

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 19, 2003, 06:26 AM
I assure you, my dear Tux61096, that Risk-Averse Rider does not let a day go by without chocolate. After all, "It isn't just for breakfast anymore."

I just meant that I was not consuming chocolate DURING my x-c lesson, and that the only thing that could possibly have made the lesson better (although possibly a little messy) would have been the addition of chocolate.

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Approved helmet: Every time; every ride.
"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

bip
Dec. 19, 2003, 05:03 PM
I lost 40 lbs this year, so that's something good (I've never gained or lost weight before, so I'm naive enough to think it will stay off now that I have learned proper nutrition). It was like 70 degrees today, which is also good, but I didn't go outside once to enjoy it so what's the difference if it had been snowing? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

However, since it has NOT been snowing, I will be riding my young horse tomorrow for the first time in almost a year. I am very excited that I have finally gotten my priorities in the right order--horse on top--so that's a good thing. (of course, they say there will be rain tomrrow, so who knows, but I know I will ride him soon even if not exactly tomorrow).

Where is the Southland? I am in LA, does that count? Is the Southland something in Mass? I need to know these things because I'm moving there in March (yes, I'm the one who keeps moaning about moving to Boston). Does it just mean Fla and the other warm places back east?

Killian
Dec. 20, 2003, 06:41 AM
Yay! Good vibes are flowing! Every forum needs one of these threads, some more desperately than others! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 20, 2003, 07:22 AM
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Happy News from Anywhere is Great!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

I tend to think of "the Southland" as Anywhere that has weather better than mine at the moment. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Or Anywhere an Eventing Competition is being held, after Area I closes down!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I am so grateful and Happy when new people join this thread!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Sunny and cold today in the Land of the Great Warrior Volunteer.

Time to do last minute shopping!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Keep those Happy Thoughts Coming!!

Cheers,
BarbaraG
GWV http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

VetRep
Dec. 20, 2003, 10:13 AM
Well, my scar is healing nicely and I feel about 90% of normal after my appendicitis surgery (thanks so much for all of your well-wishes) http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I'm not supposed to ride for another 11 days, but I was feeling well enough to visit my retired guy yesterday. It felt great to spend some quality time grooming and fussing around the barn. Don't tell my doc, but I just had to get on him for a minute. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif We just walked, don't worry...it was SO worth it!

glfprncs
Dec. 20, 2003, 11:07 AM
My good news doesn't even have anything to do with horses, but it still makes me warm and fuzzy! As of 12:31 yesterday (12/19), I'm on VACATION until January 6! Now THAT is something to celebrate!

barbaraG
Dec. 20, 2003, 02:01 PM
http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif Welcome, Welcome, glfprncs!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Another New Person on this Thread!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

How Great is That!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ More and Merrier Happy News! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 21, 2003, 06:48 AM
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In the New Car, over the meadows, through the hills, and past the Malls...to sister-in-laws house we go!

Well, I'm playing Santa a bit early, never said I was a poet! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif Happy Sunday Everyone!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Sometimes Santa! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Jaguar
Dec. 21, 2003, 10:42 AM
I got into a good law school in Australia and am moving there around the first week of February. I just found out last week and im SOOO excited.

I'll be going to university in Clayton Victoria, about 10ish mins from Melbourne. And I'll be at Monash University.

My horse was leased out again http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif But to a wonderful family http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gifhttp://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

"I hope you will grow up to be gentle and good, and never learn bad ways, do your work with good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."
-Duchess, Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

barbaraG
Dec. 21, 2003, 12:45 PM
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That's Great News!!


And when you graduate, with a Law Degree, you can represent riders!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 22, 2003, 03:19 AM
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Hello, out there in Eventing Land!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Three days to go until Christmas!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Last minute plans?? Present thoughts!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

The GWV still is checking on you!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Naughty, or Nice!!?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 22, 2003, 05:29 PM
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Is Everyone out Shopping?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

I want a pony, http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

a kitty, a dog, a pick up truck, a farm with lots of land, for Events http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

and a Great Big House so y'all can come and visit and sleep over and stay up all night in our jammies! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

That's my list!

BarbaraG
GWV/ thinking Happy thoughts! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Jaguar
Dec. 22, 2003, 06:05 PM
Thank you barbara....Im very excited about leaving ....well not leaving, but going...http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

I finished my christmas shopping today. Casual observation I made, --- alot of older grinchy people are out doing christmas shopping. Either that or the grinch society meeting had a field day to the mall today.......oh well,

Hope everyone is about ready for the big day, and everyone who isn't celebrating christmas is enjoying the holidays.

"I hope you will grow up to be gentle and good, and never learn bad ways, do your work with good will, lift your feet up well when you trot, and never bite or kick even in play."
-Duchess, Black Beauty, Anna Sewell

barbaraG
Dec. 23, 2003, 04:41 PM
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Whhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaatttt?!! Nobody has Any Happy News Today??? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

Whatta y'all waiting for, Christmas?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif waiting for Christmas

CarolinaGirl
Dec. 23, 2003, 04:52 PM
I have happy news today! I finally got back from my horse selling trip today (we were cutting it kinda close to x-mas huh?) and I even brought a new horse home too! (I've posted a thread about it).

Carolina Girls- Best in the World.

Pol
Dec. 25, 2003, 04:37 AM
Merry Christmas.

barbaraG
Dec. 25, 2003, 10:38 AM
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You too, Pol!

And take care!! Get Better!!

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 26, 2003, 07:23 AM
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Any Happy News today?? http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

Santa didn't bring a pony, a kitty, a dog, or a pick-up truck, I haven't hit the Lotto yet. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif And I'm not sure what this black thing in my sock is. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

I was good!??

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

Risk-Averse Rider
Dec. 26, 2003, 10:10 AM
Santa brought me a future daughter-in-law! My son, who has been dating this lovely girl for almost 6 years, finally popped the question as they were driving down here from Denver.

That's probably better than a puppy, because she's already housebroken!

________________
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"When a sport gets to be predictable it ceases to be fun." - R-A-R's wise brother

barbaraG
Dec. 26, 2003, 01:58 PM
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Yes, Risk, That is Happy News, Congrats!! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


But I don't have a son and could really use a pick-up! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

frugalannie
Dec. 27, 2003, 10:09 AM
Belated holiday greetings to all. The good news? We had a lovely family Christmas. The better news? THE LAST OF THEM LEFT YESTERDAY! It may take me a week to get through all of the laundry and cleanup, but Mr. Frugal and I spent an evening alone together last night for the first time in 3 weeks. (And yes, it was romantic - candles on the table, soft jazz, a nice bottle of wine, for those of you with enquiring minds!)

I hope you all are getting ready for a happy New Year with NO ONE falling off their ponies.

barbaraG
Dec. 28, 2003, 07:51 AM
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I'm already thinking of the New Year and the New Season, full of Happy News!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

Unh, King Oak, Groton House, maybe Millbrook, Snowfields....http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif Another beautiful sunny day, here in Area I!!

Let's have some Happy New Year thoughts! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/yes.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ thinking Happy Thoughts! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Tux61096
Dec. 28, 2003, 07:57 AM
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The happy news is I have a week of vacation!!!
This is the first vacation I've had in 3 years, just comes with the territory if you choose to work with horses. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

"Don't sweat the petty stuff and don't pet the sweaty stuff." George Carlin

Grasshopper
Dec. 28, 2003, 02:16 PM
Well, most of my and my husband's family managed to come visit us in CA for our first Christmas here, and I'm getting my horse back from her lease on Friday!

At least soaking beet pulp will be a bit easier than cooking for 10 people a day! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

barbaraG
Dec. 28, 2003, 02:38 PM
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Never thought of that!! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ Happy News comes in all sizes! http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/lol.gif

frugalannie
Dec. 29, 2003, 09:26 AM
More happy news! We just returned from the First Annual Christmas Beach Ride in Memory of Willem. Fabulous day on the beach: sunny, no wind, nice low tide, warm (50's!), and the horses behaved well. Willem would approve, especially since carroten were freely dispensed at the end.

Pol
Dec. 30, 2003, 06:48 AM
FA, we want more details. SOME of us might be feeling LEFT OUT.

frugalannie
Dec. 30, 2003, 09:03 AM
Not to worry, Pol, we saved a big hunk of beach for your triumphant ride.

Hmmm, details... I don't know how good I am at describing it. Lovely clear warm day, as I said, and we got there just before dead low tide: the perfect time. The beach is about two miles long, with protected dunes on the inland side, and a nice gradual sandy slope to the waves. Just before low tide, there is a great deal of flat, damp sand exposed, which makes for perfect footing. A great place to practice your figures and lateral work, because you can see where you made a mistake. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

But for the Memorial Ride, no figures, just fun. My mare heads STRAIGHT for the water when we get to the beach, and I have to turn her away. I think she'd swim off to Europe if I gave her a chance. But she and another mare from our barn were happy and relaxed, on loose reins when we walked, getting a bit excited when we trotted: I really wish I could get that lenghtening in the dressage ring! And then quite polite cantering down the beach. Only one buck when I asked for a lead change, and it was a little one.

There were lots of other groups out riding, but our favorite pair of the day were two young girls (I'd guess 10-12 range) riding their ponies, pigtails flying. It looked like the perfect thing for kids to be doing, on lovely, safe ponies.

On the way back, I decided to canter through a couple of tide pools. The third one was a little deeper than expected, and we got soaked! Water splashing everywhere, and I'm pretty sure it was up to my mare's belly, at least, but she didn't seem to mind and headed for the next one with enthusiasm.

I wish I could figure out how to ride and take pictures, but I can't. There were lots of folks out there with fancy cameras and long lenses. If I see a photo, I'll try to post it for you. Otherwise, you'll just have to use the video in your imagination!

Happy New Year to you all!

Emstah
Dec. 30, 2003, 01:50 PM
GREAT report, FA. I can feel it. Thanks.
The news from here, probably not great news, but timing is everything, Mike's Lyme titre is 40,000. No WONDER he lost his mind last week. Doxy starts with supper in an hour.

"One needs an end to journey toward, but it's the journey that matters in the end."

OH BOTHER......not emstah. Pol.

Janet
Dec. 30, 2003, 02:12 PM
Ouch.

I have a feeling Music's titer may be up again too. Just has that NQR look.

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

barbaraG
Dec. 30, 2003, 02:25 PM
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Are we talking about Lyme disease in December?? http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ don't know nothing http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

Janet
Dec. 30, 2003, 02:36 PM
Yep. Lyme in December. Not new infections, but chronic, low level cases that get worse when the immune system is suppressed by shorter days. Though the lights are supposed to take care of it for Music. But she is losing weight even though I have upped her food, and that is usually an indication that the Lyme has reappeared.

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

frugalannie
Dec. 30, 2003, 02:37 PM
Oh no, Emstah and Pol!!! Well, if he had to do it, this isn't the worst time.

Ya, Barbara, we had an awful outbreak of late season ticks well into November. I got so frustrated in about October that I put the doggy one spot stuff on my horses, just to try to keep ahead of them. One of the good things about condo/ apartment living is you don;t have to deal with those creepy crawlies on a daily basis. Even so my Cairn terrier puppy had it diagnosed the first week of December and only just finished his Doxycycline. Thank goodness for antibiotics!

So Janet, they can get Lyme again? I thought that the antibody was protective after the first bout. Shoot! http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

frugalannie
Dec. 30, 2003, 02:38 PM
Whoops, Janet. Simultaneous posts. Thanks for the info.

Janet
Dec. 30, 2003, 03:10 PM
Music first had in in 1996. The first year she had 3 recurrances. Since then the frequencdy has decreased, and this recurrance (if it is one) will be the first in 3 years.

Several vets believe that once they have it. they never completely get rid of it. The organism "hides" somewhere the immune system can't get to it.

Janet
chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle, and Brain

barbaraG
Dec. 30, 2003, 04:44 PM
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oh, Gosh. As if Riders didn't have enough to worry about with their horses and other animals. Duuuuuuuhhhhhhh. http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/sigh.gif Lyme Disease in December. Heck of a Holiday Present. http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Speaking of other animals.....http://chronicleforums.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I Might have another cat....soon...fingers crossed, please http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif

BarbaraG
GWV/ http://chronicleforums.com/images/custom_smilies/winkgrin.gif Thinking Happy Thoughts!