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Nickelodian
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:18 AM
From the "why so angry dear" thread it looks like we have a lot of working ammys that frequent this board. You know us, the people participating in conference calls from the show grounds, and working our butts off to make showing happen.

I might not be as competitive as my fellow rider who has a nicer horse, or more time to prep..but I still love to ride and love to show.

So 2'6 or 4'6.....working ammys unite!!!

Here's my A/O horse doing the 3'3 A/Os at zone finals this year....we're looking to move up to the 3'6 next year...which is gulp less one month away! It's amazing how big 3" can look from the top of a horse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRF1OMXEehw

And Pictures!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0ce04b3127ccefb27237ff02b00000030O08QcNmzJsxaA9 vPhQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0d922b3127ccefad3081f036400000050O08QcNmzJsxaA9 vPhQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0ce04b3127ccefb26b6f7903d00000030O08QcNmzJsxaA9 vPhQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

He's not the fanciest in the world, but he's good to me and we have great fun together.

simc24
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:46 AM
I don't have any videos up anywhere, but I've got pictures!!

I'm so proud of this guy. He's a 7 y/o OTTB, and it's been a long road paved with injuries, lessons learned and budget-juggling. Found him at an auction 2 years ago, and he got 3rd and 4th at his first horse show last month (2'6" hopeful jumpers, lol). He gets 5 rides/week (usually in the dark, after battling rush hour traffic, when most people are sitting down at the dinner table) we lesson 2-3/month, budget allowing, and he's only been ridden by a pro 2 or 3 times (and a dressage pro at that!)

Like you said, Nickelodian- he's not the fanciest thing in the world, but he's mine, and we have fun together!!

(By the way- Nickelodian- I think your pony is very handsome and fancy:)

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=426187647452&set=a.426184167452.200677.699937452

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=426187642452&set=a.426184167452.200677.699937452

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=440910337452&set=a.440910097452.231308.699937452

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=440910317452&set=a.440910097452.231308.699937452

mvp
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:58 AM
Good for both of you guys!


Nickelodeon-- I just love your horse's cute wide darkness. He looks like a good guy. I'm glad you have a partnership with him.

Katie81
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:04 AM
Agreed, Nickelodian your horse is lovely. Nice and solid, just how I like them. He looks like he enjoys his job and you two make a great team!

MoonRiver5
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:44 AM
Your horses are all so lovely!

This is a great thread... nice to know I'm not the only person who is riding my horse at night after work, alone in a freezing indoor all winter long! My horse and I do the AA hunters, not quite ready for the A/O's yet, but someday.

Here's a video of my guy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqPVILJ5Sbc

And some pics:
http://picasaweb.google.com/108232834474191841092/TuckerTheWunderkind?authkey=Gv1sRgCM7aitvpjtHOxgE# 5498288052417155346
http://picasaweb.google.com/108232834474191841092/TuckerTheWunderkind?authkey=Gv1sRgCM7aitvpjtHOxgE# 5475185040490828178
http://picasaweb.google.com/108232834474191841092/TuckerTheWunderkind?authkey=Gv1sRgCM7aitvpjtHOxgE# 5415970956140276962

Hope the links work!

Oldenburg99
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:46 AM
From the "why so angry dear" thread it looks like we have a lot of working ammys that frequent this board. You know us, the people participating in conference calls from the show grounds, and working our butts off to make showing happen.

I might not be as competitive as my fellow rider who has a nicer horse, or more time to prep..but I still love to ride and love to show.

So 2'6 or 4'6.....working ammys unite!!!

Here's my A/O horse doing the 3'3 A/Os at zone finals this year....we're looking to move up to the 3'6 next year...which is gulp less one month away! It's amazing how big 3" can look from the top of a horse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRF1OMXEehw

And Pictures!

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0ce04b3127ccefb27237ff02b00000030O08QcNmzJsxaA9 vPhQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0d922b3127ccefad3081f036400000050O08QcNmzJsxaA9 vPhQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0ce04b3127ccefb26b6f7903d00000030O08QcNmzJsxaA9 vPhQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

He's not the fanciest in the world, but he's good to me and we have great fun together.


This is my guy.....we just worked our way up to the 2'9" this year. I know its not much but I never thought I would be on the road to doing the 3' without Depends. He's not super fancy but he's forgiving and kind, and that's why I bought him. And he would probably sell you his soul for a peppermint. :)

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac142/Oldenburg99/?action=view&current=Hero_11a.jpg

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac142/Oldenburg99/?action=view&current=BqKD7dCGkKGrHqQH-EIEuYOjyfBLuisKthoQ_3.jpg&newest=1

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac142/Oldenburg99/?action=view&current=BqKD7dCGkKGrHqQH-EIEuYOjyfBLuisKthoQ_3.jpg&newest=1#!oZZ2QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs894.photobu cket.com%2Falbums%2Fac142%2FOldenburg99%2F%3Factio n%3Dview%26current%3Duntitled.jpg%26newest%3D1

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac142/Oldenburg99/?action=view&current=BqKD7dCGkKGrHqQH-EIEuYOjyfBLuisKthoQ_3.jpg&newest=1#!oZZ3QQcurrentZZhttp%3A%2F%2Fs894.photobu cket.com%2Falbums%2Fac142%2FOldenburg99%2F%3Factio n%3Dview%26current%3DDSC_0110.jpg%26newest%3D1

http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/ac142/Oldenburg99/?action=view&current=NewImage2.jpg

Jo
Nov. 10, 2010, 11:48 AM
MoonRiver, I just love your guy! He looks so cute and steady!

Chef Jade
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:21 PM
I'm at work now, so can't browse the FB and youtube links.

This year I moved up to the 1.30 (Low A/O) jumpers. The make-up of my competition has now really shifted. There are very few ammy's that aren't independantly wealthy, have multiple horses, and spend all their time on the circuit.

About once a month, I show up with my 1 horse (that I made up from a barely broke 5 year old) and try to do my thing against many former GP horses, some still with the scope to do the GP's.

I'm usually quite happy with a clean round and a mid-level ribbon. I will brag about my last show where I was 6th in the Open 1.30 Jumper Classic against mostly pros. I got to victory gallop right behind Hap. That has to be a career highlight for me! :yes:

MoonRiver5
Nov. 10, 2010, 12:54 PM
MoonRiver, I just love your guy! He looks so cute and steady!

Oh, thank you so much! You just made my day. :)

I don't think he'll ever set the world on fire, but he's the best thing that's ever happened to me. He's totally worth it!

And Chef Jade... that is a pretty awesome story! Brag away!

JumpWithPanache
Nov. 10, 2010, 01:02 PM
My girl and I are TwoSixers! We've been wanting to move up to 3' but she's had a few injuries that prevented us so far. Hopefully part of the return to work from her suspensory strain will include making the move! Anyway, here's my little plain bay Selle Francais mare:

Trotting, June 2010 (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/A-gNdGSnclv7So5fnzcuIA?feat=directlink)
May 2010 (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/pRw7DuDTrbNfMV1qfvEgxg?feat=directlink)
Snow! January 2010 (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/MUmQ3jqfqeUvhzsFYPnhkA?feat=directlink)
November 2009 (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/WAJgzFcPz_qOv_t_rpgllg?feat=directlink)
June 2009 (http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/DGXbQYHwmMgnx-MWxrymnw?feat=directlink)

I loffs my girl :)

PNWjumper
Nov. 10, 2010, 01:16 PM
This year I moved up to the 1.30 (Low A/O) jumpers. The make-up of my competition has now really shifted. There are very few ammy's that aren't independantly wealthy, have multiple horses, and spend all their time on the circuit.

About once a month, I show up with my 1 horse (that I made up from a barely broke 5 year old) and try to do my thing against many former GP horses, some still with the scope to do the GP's.

I'm completely with you Chef Jade! I also spent the year hauling my one horse in to horseshows once a month (thank you, budget restrictions!). It was frustrating to watch the progress of horses that my green OTTB boy (who I picked up off the track several years ago) started out the season in the same place as (still a little wiggly, having a "green" rail here or there) who are suddenly top contenders in the GPs because of the every-single-week show schedule. I certainly have no ill will towards any of them and absolutely would have done the same if money (and work schedule) were no object. I look at how incredibly far my boy came moving up and getting comfortable at the 1.40m this year on that sparse schedule and wish that I could have made his "transition" happen faster by doing more than 1 show a month. In my next life I'd like to be independently wealthy :lol:

I am one of those that does have multiple horses, but they're all "self made," kept at home, and my two AO Jumpers cost under $4K together, so I can say with certainty that I have gotten very very lucky with mine :)

Here's my TB at 1.40m this year:
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2715446780094686761oZOcNy
And one of my favorite pictures of my mare (there are jumping ones of her earlier in the album, but I like this more...the big smile is because she saved my ammy butt over the last fence!):
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2603924140094686761fgzbvK
And my baby who I bought as a yearling and just started over jumps:
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2137742300094686761JmDspi

Nice horses in the above pics and links!

Treasmare2
Nov. 10, 2010, 01:32 PM
I work full time as a mental health therapist so work is long and hard. Health care resources are less and less so we need to be inventive about how we provide service. I also have five horses, all at home and it is only my husband and me to care for them. I have been trying to show and trying to get the young horses going too so life is a time juggle. Itt does not help that I am aging...only a couple of years away from 60 so my body does not always do as it is told these days. I no longer want to jump so big so I settle for lower fences and try to be satisfied with that choice. I am happy to say that I have bred all the horses I have right now so each one is very special to me. They are warmbloods and several of them have turned out to be pretty big horses which makes people wonder why I would buy myself such tall horses. The answer is I didn't and I ride what the sweet mares gave me. I have no plans to stop jumping just yet. The following videos are of two of them.

My hunter:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxYsb5eeiJs

My Jumper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt-sHteJ8Cc

REH
Nov. 10, 2010, 02:00 PM
I normally avoid posting pics of my animals on COTH as I like to be publicly ridiculed like I like to be punched in the face, but as I'm posting on the ammie thread, I thought it only fair to share--these are all from this current year, while working full time/getting married/having a non-horsey life as well:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4693915&l=4dae57bf7a&id=545827564

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=5850681&l=dcbc8bce59&id=545827564

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=6563218&l=d0fce48590&id=545827564

Diva98
Nov. 10, 2010, 02:00 PM
I just wanted to chime in and say that this thread rocks! I was a working amateur once upon a time and appreciate just how hard those late night rides are after work in the lonely, cold indoor. I remember many nights getting home close to ten. I also remember conference calls at horse shows, changing into riding clothes in my car after work, scrimping and saving vacation days to go to horse shows and all the other stuff that goes along with being a working amateur.

Now I am a stay at home mom without the funds to support the horse habit. But I hope someday to make it back in the saddle. I will probably never have the funds or the time again to do the A/Os (I took my green mare from 2'6" to 3'6" before selling her) but I really hope I can do the 3' again someday.

You guys all rock and your horses are so cute. There are some pics of my old ammy horse in my webshots if anyone is interested. Go working ammys!!!

crugnug
Nov. 10, 2010, 02:02 PM
Wow, there are a lot of nice horses on here! Nickelodian - I love your horse and I think he is pretty fancy! PNW - I love your TB (and how he's clearing 1.40 by more than a foot!).

Here's my guy. We've done everything from Low Adults (due to coming back from injury), to A/A to A/0's along with some equitation/medals and an occasional jumper trip for fun. He is my once in a lifetime horse and I'm so lucky to have him! There's nothing better than getting on him after a long day at work!
Pics:
http://inlinethumb56.webshots.com/47287/2353546980063607295S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2353546980063607295rSiGSK)

http://inlinethumb09.webshots.com/4680/2820286620063607295S500x500Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2820286620063607295RLsEEs)

Video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWkOpIPBP4c (sorry for the poor quality)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BndVAezLLF4

Nickelodian
Nov. 10, 2010, 03:07 PM
I can't look at FB links while at work either, but I will tonight!

Crugnug - I think you like my horse for the same reason that I like yours...they are bay and black versions of each other!


I'm completely with you Chef Jade! I also spent the year hauling my one horse in to horseshows once a month

I too do my own hauling, and have been known to haul in the day that I'm actually showing, praying that I get there early enough for the braider and knowing that I have a saint of an animal to march into the ring and clock around.

TJ is also "self made." I bought him as a 7yo dressage flunkie and have done 99.9% of the work myself. I can count on one hand the number of pro rides he's gotten.

He really is such a joy, and I too am so lucky to have him.

crugnug
Nov. 10, 2010, 03:25 PM
Nickel - I bought mine as a 7 yo Dressage flunkie also! He's actually trained up to 4th level, but really prefers to go a little less collected than that requires :)

caradino
Nov. 10, 2010, 03:47 PM
yay for working ammies!! LOVE this thread!

I am wayyy too familiar with dark, lonely, post-office rides! The past 2 years or so i've been catch riding and taking lessons on some awesome schoolies. I ventured into the jumper ring for the first time and got some miles in the Level 0's, and had a total blast! As of yesterday I am getting my OWN pony (ah! still pinching myself!) and I'll probably aim him at the jumper ring as he gets fitter. Riding, working full-time, and having relationships and a life outside of those two things is a difficult balance.. kudos to everyone who can make it happen! :)

Fun Size
Nov. 10, 2010, 03:47 PM
Patricia + Max (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=248807&id=832613420&l=1997bcc479)

These are the pics from the Camelot Classic. I'm definitely a working ammy but I do what I can!

We were 3rd in both the Futures Medal final (2'3") and the 13+ medal final (2'6") so I was super happy with our progress this year!

eleanor rigby
Nov. 10, 2010, 03:47 PM
Love this positive thread! I'm at work now so I don't have photos to share, but I'm enjoying yours! Great inspiration for the regular, busy ammy trying to juggle riding, career, family and home.

REH: Your horse is gorgeous! Wow!

JumpingWithPanache: I love that photo of you and your horse in the field of yellow flowers. What an amazing shot! I hope you have it framed somewhere.

naters
Nov. 10, 2010, 04:06 PM
I can't tell if I am thrilled and supported by this thread, or if it depresses me because I am not nearly as far along as you guys (all of your horses are gorgeous, and you are so brave! I have a fear of jumping in the last few years...)

But here is a pic of my boy....but without me because I'm not riding much these days...
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p193/ncsuacd/new%20pics/7344.jpg

CoolMeadows
Nov. 10, 2010, 04:07 PM
So many nice horses here. Nickelodian, I remember from TOB when you first got the Big Black Horse. Awesome job! You guys both look fabulous.

Nikki^
Nov. 10, 2010, 04:25 PM
Here's me and Ki my Hann/TB mare that I've had since she was 9 months old. She's 7 now and I've done all the training on her. I now am working with a great trainer who is teaching us to jump open water and all sorts of jumper jumps.

We've jumped 3'6 last week but we are focused on 3 foot. Cannot wait to show in the jumper classes!:D

Jumping small but good form (http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs041.snc4/34408_159066324122665_100000578966551_403591_80193 71_n.jpg)

Small wall (http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs192.snc4/37952_159066054122692_100000578966551_403583_72560 45_n.jpg)

Local Baby Greens a few years back (http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/hs259.snc1/10626_1215318779847_1135158665_30671518_7224687_n. jpg)

accidental cowgirl
Nov. 10, 2010, 04:53 PM
I guess I'm lucky in that there are two other full-time working amateurs in our barn that I ride with every evening and on the weekends. Two of us show 3' AA hunters (but are hoping to move up to 3'3 AO, and the other girl (who I met through work!) does the 3' jumpers. We're the ones that just get to the shows an hour or two before our classes, ride, then go back to work. and in the evening after work we often go back out to groom, graze our horses, etc. All of us are over 35 and have good careers, and spouses too. Sure is a busy life but riding is worth it.

Roo
Nov. 10, 2010, 07:15 PM
I love this thread. I work long hours in advertising and only ride on weekends. The horse I lease is truly a saint because he packs me around 3'3" - 3'6" courses when I'm work weary. No matter how tired I might feel when my 8:30 am lesson starts on Saturday morning, I always feel reenergized after riding.

I ride in the adult Eq. Here's a video from a show this past September:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t_ou0wHdRI

Last year, Molly Sorge interviewed me for a Chronicle article on this very topic - the challenges of time management for amateur riders:

http://chronofhorse.epubxpress.com/wps/portal/coh/c1/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3iLkCAPEzcPIwMLLwtnA0 8TU-9QExdLQ_9gA_2CbEdFAEzXE2U!/

or try this link:

http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/prioritizing-and-flexibility-are-keys-amateur’s-day

Go amateurs!

DMK
Nov. 10, 2010, 07:25 PM
I am on a hiatus - I last showed my older horse in the A/A's in 2008 (actually I think my profile pic was from our last show) and decided to retire him when I bought the young horse. I spent 2009 showing the youngster on the line so he could get used to that horse show thang and otherwise impress judges with his ability to fall asleep on the line (presence? what's presence?). This year has been the Year of Riding the Three Year Old, having fun trail riding the retiree and now the 3 year old and oh yes, being totally swamped at work (health care reform: not as fun as you would think). But next year I plan to do some local shows to get some miles and low baby fences and then start the serious rated stuff (assuming there is talent) later in the year to bounce into 2012 show season. But I have to admit, I've been enjoying not budgeting for horse shows and trail riding more than I would have imagined oh yes, and almost totally throwing out the rules on my retiree (bulging shoulder? who cares? hasn't seen a jump except on the trails or in the fields in 6 months? those are more fun anyway!)

pony4me
Nov. 10, 2010, 08:35 PM
Here's a photo of me and my 12 year old TB at a recent show. I purchsed the photo, but if including the link here is not allowed, please let me know. We had a great show year in the Adults, even though my 40 hour/week day job got in the way. The plan is to stay at 3' next year.

http://penningtongalleries.zenfolio.com/p234396430/h2870234c#h2870234c

Blinky
Nov. 10, 2010, 08:38 PM
How many people have taken conference calls at the show? Had their BB handy? as I raise hand! I bet many of you ammies have too. :)

Me-currently horseless but shopping.

Nick-I've seen your big guy and he is nice. Congrats for the continual moving up.

spacytracy
Nov. 10, 2010, 08:48 PM
naters - don't be depressed. Im farrrr behind the people on this thread, I'm nervous about a 2'3" jumper class at a schooling show! But hey, I'm out there doing it and that's all that matters!

pony4me
Nov. 10, 2010, 09:00 PM
Nice horses here, folks, and good riders! The only good thing about not be able to ride and show as much as I'd like is that I don't have to compete against you.

Roo
Nov. 10, 2010, 09:07 PM
Spacytracy, you're right - getting out there is what counts. Ultimately, we're all sharing the same experience even though the height of the jumps might vary. As amateurs, we can all relate to time and financial pressures, show ring nerves and the quest for the perfect ride no matter which division.

dogbluehorse
Nov. 10, 2010, 09:39 PM
It's so nice to connect with other "genuine" amateurs out there, great pictures of all your beateous horses! Here are some photos of my incredibly wonderful OTTB, Louie (aka Red Amber, bought for $6K when he was 4 and I was doing 2'6" hunters, having ridden for 3yrs total at the time). Haven't tried sharing Shutterfly photos before so hope this works.
http://trishhorsephotos.shutterfly.com/

Also video on Youtube (I have a more recent one but haven't got around to uploading it, you know, that whole working person doesn't get around to doing things phenomenon!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7goKAavYp30

I bought him because he was nice and shiny, I was totally clueless, and just extraordinarily lucky. We started off doing hunters, then low level jumpers, and worked up to A/O jumpers when he was about 13. I competed him in low A/O jumpers (4'3"/1.3m) up to the age of 19 in 2009, now he is retired. I have another OTTB mare, 8 yrs old (got her when she was 4), still working on her but methinks she wants to be an eventer not a show-jumping horse. So more recently I bought my first non-TB, a Dutch WB gelding (he is now 6, very cute). My usual riding time is 5am, under floodlights, before commuting to work (45-90 min each way depending on traffic). Have a demanding job but it pays for the horses, so no complaints! Except I hate winter because my ring freezes (outdoor only, live in MA), and I can't ride during daylight (leave in dark, home in dark), so I get totally stymied, can only ride on weekends (either on the road, or walk up to an indoor about a mile away) once that happens, and the occasional day when I can leave late or work from home or something. I fantasize about buying one of my neighbor's properties and building an indoor on it (in my dreams). Or just moving somewhere warmer, retiring, and riding over gorgeous green rolling hills (e.g. VA? Close to Joe Fargis?). No harm in dreaming....

lesyl
Nov. 10, 2010, 09:45 PM
How many people have taken conference calls at the show? Had their BB handy? as I raise hand! I bet many of you ammies have too. :)

snip.
Um yes - and worse! edited documents during breaks between classes, held conference calls while washing horse, hand walking horse, cleaning stalls...

Thanks to the OP for starting the thread.

SquishTheBunny
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:01 PM
Can I join in too? Work every weekend in the winter, to afford to show in the summer.

I "budget" at the horse shows. My horse (who was also a budget horse) stands in his house on wheels, and we ship back and forth instead of staying overnight.

This is one of my babies, he is certainly not fancy, but he is one of the nicest horses I have ever had the priviledge to ride. Within ONE show season, he brought me up from 2'6 to the 3'6 hunters. And we had a very successful 3' season with him this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JRhXmdLi1U


ps dogbluehorse - STUNNING .....

Nickelodian
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:07 PM
Wow everyone has such nice creatures!!!

Reh- ridiculed pssshhhhhaaaaaaawwwwww your horse has the jump I literally dream about.

It is so nice to know I'm not the only one busting my butt 60+ hours at work, go out and ride until 10 pm, get home work some more and then do it all over again the next day.

The only way I can show is to haul my own, do my own work, and really do everything as inexpensively as I can. My coworkers think i'm crazy...and maybe i am but you only live once!!!

My new favorite thing in the world is my iPad. 3G wherever I am at any show. I can work on deliverables, VPN to my desktop and attend goto meetings with no issue. It's really made showing multiple weeks much more feasible.

Blinky- have we met? If not, please come introduce yourself next time you see us! Thanks for the complements on my guy. We're far from polished perfect. Especially when i watch The other horses get a whole extra division on him. He's still a pregreen horse after all. I hope this year to hit some 1st years to go with my a/o division. But of course I'll be doing the riding....sigh

Roxy SM
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:08 PM
I'm completely with you Chef Jade! I also spent the year hauling my one horse in to horseshows once a month (thank you, budget restrictions!). It was frustrating to watch the progress of horses that my green OTTB boy (who I picked up off the track several years ago) started out the season in the same place as (still a little wiggly, having a "green" rail here or there) who are suddenly top contenders in the GPs because of the every-single-week show schedule. I certainly have no ill will towards any of them and absolutely would have done the same if money (and work schedule) were no object. I look at how incredibly far my boy came moving up and getting comfortable at the 1.40m this year on that sparse schedule and wish that I could have made his "transition" happen faster by doing more than 1 show a month. In my next life I'd like to be independently wealthy :lol:

I am one of those that does have multiple horses, but they're all "self made," kept at home, and my two AO Jumpers cost under $4K together, so I can say with certainty that I have gotten very very lucky with mine :)

Here's my TB at 1.40m this year:
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2715446780094686761oZOcNy
And one of my favorite pictures of my mare (there are jumping ones of her earlier in the album, but I like this more...the big smile is because she saved my ammy butt over the last fence!):
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2603924140094686761fgzbvK
And my baby who I bought as a yearling and just started over jumps:
http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2137742300094686761JmDspi

Nice horses in the above pics and links!

Your TB looks like a blast and your baby is adorable! How old is the baby?

Roxy SM
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:29 PM
Can I join in too? Work every weekend in the winter, to afford to show in the summer.

I "budget" at the horse shows. My horse (who was also a budget horse) stands in his house on wheels, and we ship back and forth instead of staying overnight.

This is one of my babies, he is certainly not fancy, but he is one of the nicest horses I have ever had the priviledge to ride. Within ONE show season, he brought me up from 2'6 to the 3'6 hunters. And we had a very successful 3' season with him this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JRhXmdLi1U


ps dogbluehorse - STUNNING .....

He looks like the kind of horse you could take hunting one week and showing the next, fun!

Roxy SM
Nov. 10, 2010, 10:32 PM
It's so nice to connect with other "genuine" amateurs out there, great pictures of all your beateous horses! Here are some photos of my incredibly wonderful OTTB, Louie (aka Red Amber, bought for $6K when he was 4 and I was doing 2'6" hunters, having ridden for 3yrs total at the time). Haven't tried sharing Shutterfly photos before so hope this works.
http://trishhorsephotos.shutterfly.com/

Also video on Youtube (I have a more recent one but haven't got around to uploading it, you know, that whole working person doesn't get around to doing things phenomenon!).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7goKAavYp30

I bought him because he was nice and shiny, I was totally clueless, and just extraordinarily lucky. We started off doing hunters, then low level jumpers, and worked up to A/O jumpers when he was about 13. I competed him in low A/O jumpers (4'3"/1.3m) up to the age of 19 in 2009, now he is retired. I have another OTTB mare, 8 yrs old (got her when she was 4), still working on her but methinks she wants to be an eventer not a show-jumping horse. So more recently I bought my first non-TB, a Dutch WB gelding (he is now 6, very cute). My usual riding time is 5am, under floodlights, before commuting to work (45-90 min each way depending on traffic). Have a demanding job but it pays for the horses, so no complaints! Except I hate winter because my ring freezes (outdoor only, live in MA), and I can't ride during daylight (leave in dark, home in dark), so I get totally stymied, can only ride on weekends (either on the road, or walk up to an indoor about a mile away) once that happens, and the occasional day when I can leave late or work from home or something. I fantasize about buying one of my neighbor's properties and building an indoor on it (in my dreams). Or just moving somewhere warmer, retiring, and riding over gorgeous green rolling hills (e.g. VA? Close to Joe Fargis?). No harm in dreaming....

He sure looks like a special horse, seemed to really love his job in the video!

PNWjumper
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:27 AM
In regards to the conference call thing.....yes, yes, and yes, and I on occasion I do conference calls from horseback :lol: I can't count the number of times I've searched (in vain) for a quiet spot away from horse sounds and PA systems at horseshows to try to hold a work call! But as a result of the horses (and kids and dogs) I am the master of the mute button :D

And my "favorite"....this summer was full of Sunday/Mondays where I would pull the rig back into the farm at 10 or 11pm on a Sunday night just to turn around to head out the door 6 hours later (that's 4am if you're counting!) on Monday morning to fly out of town for the week. One thing I can say for sure is that I cannot wait until my daughter (no interest from my son) is old enough to go to shows with me so that I can at least take the parent-guilt down a notch!


Your TB looks like a blast and your baby is adorable! How old is the baby?

Thank you Roxy SM! He's a July 2007 model Holsteiner boy. Got him jumping at a Greg Best clinic a couple of weeks ago and now he's back out to pasture to grow up. It was the hardest time I've ever head chucking a youngster back out to pasture for the winter because he's so much fun to ride!

Lizrd
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:14 AM
I'll play! I work two jobs and get to the barn four days a week. Like everyone has mentioned sometimes I feel tethered to my laptop but - hey! It pays the showing expenses! I would love to get out to the barn more frequently but my work commute here in Chicago is 1.5 hours one way so that puts a damper on things at times. My guy and I just do a low key local circuit showing once a month during the summer and we have been having so much fun! I got Atlas from a horse trader who found him in a kill pen in Oklahoma. He turned out pretty nice! I bought him in August '09 and took him to his first show in October '09. This summer, 2010, was our first real show season so we stayed in the 2' and 2'3" divisions which was comfortable for BOTH of us! We ended the season Pre-Green Hunter Champ, Novice Hunter Champ & Low Eq Champ. He is a typical 7 year old green OTTB - full of energy- and is SO much fun to ride! This is the first show horse I have owned even though I have had horses in my life for 20 years. It's not the height of the jump its how hard you work and how much fun you have!

A nice pic of him - I just wish I didn't look so dang serious! Other horses were acting up in the flat class and I was strategizing on how to keep my greenie out of the mix.

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Lizard144/IMG_2753copy.jpg

I have been working on my leg and while it isn't perfect it has come a loooong way...he clearly has the athleticism to go higher than 2'. The question is, do I?! :)

http://i571.photobucket.com/albums/ss153/Lizard144/IMG_3995.jpg

Green Acres
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:03 AM
I can't tell if I am thrilled and supported by this thread, or if it depresses me because I am not nearly as far along as you guys (all of your horses are gorgeous, and you are so brave! I have a fear of jumping in the last few years...)

But here is a pic of my boy....but without me because I'm not riding much these days...
http://i128.photobucket.com/albums/p193/ncsuacd/new%20pics/7344.jpg

Naters, I am right there with you!!! What a beautiful picture of your boy.

I need to join this club too. I work to support my horses :lol: and keep my horses at home. I haul to my trainer for lessons 3-4 times a month and do local shows at this point. I just bought a new mare in September and only have shown 2'3" so far. Hopefully we will move up to 2'6" next year. My confidence level is really bad but I know my new mare can jump out of a bad distance and takes care of me!!!

Yep I always have my phone with me and emails coming in while riding or at shows. No conference calls yet at shows ;) but several fires put out from shows.

Here is a link to our last show doing 2'3" - not a great picture but here we are. I have purchased the picture but haven't received the CD yet.

http://www.photoreflect.com/store/Orderpage.aspx?pi=04SQ012J010010&po=10&pc=14

I have a video of us but too embarrased to post it.:lol:

Lexus
Nov. 11, 2010, 10:44 AM
Dogbluehorse -

I love your horse!!!

scotchie
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:11 PM
I'm in the club! Work a regular job that allows me to do a lot of computer work on weekends I am not showing to make up stuff or I am running back to my hotel room at shows to work! Plus, I sew my ribbon quilts to help fund my guy. We bumped up to the 3'3" A/O's this year- here we are at our first outing- hope the link works!
http://www.photostockplus.com/home.php?user_id=34487&tmpl=28&event=713913&action=viewphoto&photo_id=37705202&album_id=716374&pcount=45

naters
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:20 PM
naters - don't be depressed. Im farrrr behind the people on this thread, I'm nervous about a 2'3" jumper class at a schooling show! But hey, I'm out there doing it and that's all that matters!


Thanks :yes:

naters
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:22 PM
Naters, I am right there with you!!! What a beautiful picture of your boy.


Aww, thanks, my friend in Aiken is an AMAZING photographer, I am lucky to know her! My hand was actually on the reins somewhere in the original picture - she does a lot of graphic design work also!

I love your pic as well!!! Very cool!:yes:

shmon
Nov. 11, 2010, 12:30 PM
I am an adult with a full time job who is lucky enough to get to ride her friend's amazing horse twice a week! We had our first real, full 3' show season in the adult eq this year. Did one show a month (4 shows with 3 champions and 1 reserve), ended up 2nd in our division for the year, and qualified for our local year end medal finals where we won our medal. I adore this horse and can't thank his owner enough for letting me ride him :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv96qI8GTSo

MoonRiver5
Nov. 11, 2010, 01:10 PM
Can I just say... that this thread makes me so happy! It is so nice to read everyone's stories and see pictures of all these beautiful horses. I was thinking of you all last night when I got to the farm at 8:00 to ride, and was pulling out of the drive at 10 pm... exhausted, freezing, and hungry, but happy.

As to conference calls at horse shows, editing documents between rounds, keeping the crackberry in my ring bucket... oh yes, that's all part of the deal. Doesn't it make you wonder: What do people without horses do with all their free time?

Hunter Mom
Nov. 11, 2010, 04:25 PM
My boy was doing the 1.0-1.3m jumpers last year. I'm sure that he thinks he's died & gone to heaven with me not asking that much of him. :) That said, I only started this h/j thing a few years ago, and so think I'm doing ok for being someone who has to ride after work and between all the family stuff. Wish I had the $$ to show more, but not gonna happen in the foreseable future. My boy is a jumper - not a hunter at all - so that's been a huge learning curve for me.

Here's a link to my favorite photo from our last show - yes, it's at 2'6". It was the local circuit eq medal finals, which I got 2nd in!

http://merrickstudios.morephotos.com/mp_client/pictures.asp?action=viewphotos&size=fullsize&pagenum=3&id=7185038&eventid=49968&imagename=_3KH2360t.jpg

I wish I had video.

Roxy SM
Nov. 11, 2010, 07:25 PM
Thank you Roxy SM! He's a July 2007 model Holsteiner boy. Got him jumping at a Greg Best clinic a couple of weeks ago and now he's back out to pasture to grow up. It was the hardest time I've ever head chucking a youngster back out to pasture for the winter because he's so much fun to ride!

I bet it was hard to put him back out he looks lovely. My older filly is 2.5 and I sat on her a few times this year and she couldn't have been better. Her canter was more balanced and rythmic than a lot of older horses I've ridden and I just wanted to go around and around and around but of course that would not have been fair to her so I made myself stop after a couple laps and she is now out being a baby for at least 6 months. In the photos yours looks like he's been jumping for years instead of like he just started!

busylady
Nov. 11, 2010, 07:59 PM
I am a working ammy and I am also pregnant. I hung up my stirrups last month (5.5 months into the pregnancy) so my two hunters are now pasture ornaments. Thankfully my husband helps muck stalls and fill water buckets. I struggled to balance my career as an attorney, my marriage and my horse addiction before so I'm not sure how it is going to work when I throw a baby in the mix. Any suggestions?

I love seeing pictures of other 2'6" riders. I think there is a misconception that exhibitors in the lower divisions are less experienced or less talented and although that may be true for the most part, I think many of us 2'6" riders are victims of circumstance. My circumstance is $$$. My 2'6" horse has a great gallop, correct and tidy jump and an old stifle injury that prevents her from moving up a division. My checking account prevents me from replacing her. I would certainly rather compete at 2'6" than not compete at all :)

Happy Holidays from Uni (Dutch Warmblood) and Uma (Holsteiner):
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=32404042#!/photo.php?fbid=573728606435&set=a.569879539995.2100632.32404042

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=537472553855&set=a.537094546385.2062671.32404042

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=32404042&v=app_2392950137#!/video/video.php?v=537143064155

dogbluehorse
Nov. 11, 2010, 08:59 PM
Squish the bunny, what a lovely relaxed-looking horse! Very cute. Roxy SM, Louie loved jumping, he loved it so much he jumped out over his Dutch door (4ft) when he was supposed to be on stall rest for an incomplete fracture...
Not to worry, he survived anyway! He is what I call an "ATV", did pony rides for the kids, galloped on the beach, did hunter paces, tried fox hunting once (a bit too hectic), went trail riding often, rolled in the mud, then cleaned up really nicely and competed at Lake Placid. Now he is hanging at home having a hopefully happy retirement. Still want to move somewhere with rolling green hills though....

snaffle635
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:25 PM
Patricia + Max (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=248807&id=832613420&l=1997bcc479)

These are the pics from the Camelot Classic. I'm definitely a working ammy but I do what I can!

We were 3rd in both the Futures Medal final (2'3") and the 13+ medal final (2'6") so I was super happy with our progress this year!

piftisha, your horse is very cute! congrats! any chance the paint poiny in your album is Lucky Charm?

pattnic
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:26 PM
What a great thread! I'm single and have no other pets (and therefore, no one else to whom I must answer), but my barn is 60 miles from work, and with traffic, it generally takes about 2 hours to get there, so it's usually 7 or 7:30 (and now dark) when I get there. I have two of my own horses, and I also ride a friend's horse for her. I don't have a trainer; I pretty much do it all on my own. Showing is pretty limited... the budget just doesn't allow for it, and I have to rely on someone else to get there, because I don't have a truck or trailer. When I do show, again, it's pretty much on my own.

I've had my gelding since he was about 8 months old; he's now 6 and jumping small courses (had a couple-years worth of set-backs due to injury, etc). He just started jumping in March. He has decided that he wants to be an event pony.

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/kzUOdhxItOkT0eISLlUyyg?feat=directlink

http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/RMo6Mxa1bPtE6R4EnXAXBA?feat=directlink

My mare is 14; we really haven't competed (except at some small schooling/local shows) seriously in about 6 years... which was actually before I owned her. The stars aligned this year, and I was able to take her (for the first time in seven years) to the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show this year and compete in the working hunters and jumpers. We've been jumping around 3'3"-3'6" this year; Nationals ran at about 3'0"-3'3" (except for a couple of our warm-up jumps set at 3'9"! lol). She finished 5th overall in the working hunters and is the 2010 Reserve World Champion jumper! :D If I had ridden this much --> <-- better, she could have been Champion. Guess we just have to go back next year!

(Sorry, I have to share the whole album! :lol:)
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2029412&id=138800916&l=adee1a9a67

I've decided that our future goal is to jump around a 4' (1.25m) course... eventually with the idea of being competitive in the jumpers at that height, but the main idea right now is the ability to do it. (We've done single jumps set at 4'3", but never a full course).

snaffle635
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:41 PM
What an awesome thread! So nice to see all those other working ammies out there.

I'm a bit weirded out by posting pics via facebook, so I just changed my profile pic. It's me and Sam at Gulfport last spring. I haven't been doing the Adults all that long and I thought that fence was HUGE!

Here's a vid of me riding a leased horse at Kentucky. Sam was off at the time and I really wanted to go to Kentucky, so my trainer found this big ol' guy. I rode him twice and we packed him up and brought him to Kentucky. He turned out to be the best horse an ammy could ask for. I swear I heard him say 'hold on little lady, we're not gonna make it out of this two stride'. Plus we have matching cellulite...you can't ask for more than that.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Westlite711#p/a/u/0/XiPiXO-w3_w

PNWjumper
Nov. 11, 2010, 09:45 PM
I struggled to balance my career as an attorney, my marriage and my horse addiction before so I'm not sure how it is going to work when I throw a baby in the mix. Any suggestions?

From another person with a very busy full time job (one that now has me flying from Seattle to the southeast several days a week 3 weeks a month in addition to a full workload day in and day out regardless of where I am), 2 small children (ages 2 and 6) and 5 horses at home, I can say with confidence that the answer is pretty simple....

You just fit it in.

I don't know how and I can't explain anything specific, but I remember thinking that I was SO BUSY when I just had the job and the horses. Now I can't remember what I did with all of that "extra" time! :lol:

Peggy
Nov. 12, 2010, 12:50 AM
Teach at a community college. Have been known to drag a stack of grading to a show or to the barn and check email and answer student questions online from the barn. I am luckier than most because I can arrange a schedule with mornings off. And then there are summers.

Do mostly 3' stuff at county-level shows b/c that's what I can afford. Have been in a show ring exactly nine times in the last two seasons. Thats nine classes, not nine shows. Horse got injured in spring 2008. Showed him at two shows in 2009 and then once this year. Would have shown more except that too many tack strips got thrown up in the road to my show season. Might make it to one more before the end of the year. And then there's next year. Figure I'm lucky to be able to do it at all. Fortunately I enjoy the journey as much as the competition.

And I just realized that I have no photos except from >2 years ago when he got hurt. I do have a somewhat funny video from > a year ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QqsTr9dTkr8

SnicklefritzG
Nov. 12, 2010, 12:55 AM
From the "why so angry dear" thread it looks like we have a lot of working ammys that frequent this board. You know us, the people participating in conference calls from the show grounds, and working our butts off to make showing happen.

I might not be as competitive as my fellow rider who has a nicer horse, or more time to prep..but I still love to ride and love to show.

So 2'6 or 4'6.....working ammys unite!!!

Here's my A/O horse doing the 3'3 A/Os at zone finals this year....we're looking to move up to the 3'6 next year...which is gulp less one month away! It's amazing how big 3" can look from the top of a horse.


Whoa! Where is this 3" division??? I'm so there.


(sorry, I couldn't help myself)

Duckz
Nov. 12, 2010, 01:39 AM
Working ammy here, and my decidedly un-fancy (yet adorable) horse:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31758579&l=6c12ad16e9&id=115201317
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31757807&l=649a959b0c&id=115201317

My secret to showing at the 3' level? Riding an enormous horse that makes the jumps look 2'6 :winkgrin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_ekg3NURl8

LOVE the gorgeous horses in this thread! Nickelodeon, I think yours is fabulous and definitely fancy :)

Depechemode
Nov. 12, 2010, 05:04 AM
I'll play! I'm a pharmacist and often left the house at 4AM to get to the venue 2 1/2 hrs away to either show, excercise or prepare my horse to be shown, then turn around & drive back home to work an 8hr shift.
Let's just say on some of those days my work 'turnout' wasn't especially pretty;)
Nevertheless, it was a first for both of us in the 3' ring and we both learned alot.. he is such a brave, well behaved baby. Here we are this week at the show that made all of those early mornings worth it:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNVz9jP7J64h

woops
Nov. 12, 2010, 07:22 AM
If my picture comes it will prove the life of an Amatuer!!


http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1497400487867&set=a.1481273844711.67323.1619779795


I even have to Show at night Time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is my girl, I have as project and I am dreading parting with.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-VU3VaNnmc

htthttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt4vgYTMc4op://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbF6On820cM

Lexus
Nov. 12, 2010, 08:31 AM
Depechmode - I love your horse, I've seen video's of him before. I have a Popeye K 6 year old but he's a big spook. Hopefully he's getting over it as he grows up.

Treasmare2
Nov. 12, 2010, 08:52 AM
Depechmode I watched your horse at the Royal with great interest because I have two Popeye's and spotted your horse as one right off the bat. He is so very similiar to one of mine. Congrats on your nice rounds and yes it does make all the hard work, early and late hours worth it.:yes:

RAyers
Nov. 12, 2010, 09:02 AM
Since I chimed in on the other thread about being an amateur (I quit the h/j a long time ago and started eventing):

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=898395&l=553d6c5a55&id=624807621

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=898397&l=92f553ddb4&id=624807621

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3300446&l=1eecf516bd&id=624807621

You may not believe it but the brush in last picture is actually 5'.

And yes, I have a job:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=4959478&l=0708ef3a76&id=624807621

I am a professor at 2 universities (Colorado School of Mines and University of Colorado Medical School). No, this is never easy. WE (and I mean the GENERAL INCLUSIVE WE) get used to working at midnight, taking care of the little things on the way to and from the barn, carrying our computers/cell phones and any other piece of equipment around with us at horse shows. There is a picture of the new "Tiki Lounge" at Lamplight where you can see me at the bar at the end of the day with my computer and a beer answering emails. Even your time off is still working or doing things in your life to make it work.

Reed

Nickelodian
Nov. 12, 2010, 09:24 AM
Whoa! Where is this 3" division??? I'm so there.


(sorry, I couldn't help myself)

You may want to read it again....it was referring to the difference b/w 3'3 and 3'6....and thus the reason 3" (INCHES) looks so big from atop a horse. ;)

Nickelodian
Nov. 12, 2010, 09:29 AM
My secret to showing at the 3' level? Riding an enormous horse that makes the jumps look 2'6 :winkgrin:

LOVE the gorgeous horses in this thread! Nickelodeon, I think yours is fabulous and definitely fancy :)


SHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH that's my secret..don't let it get out! Thanks, he's a good boy, I'm a proud mom.

colbeyjack
Nov. 12, 2010, 09:46 AM
Naters, I am right there with you!!! What a beautiful picture of your boy.

I need to join this club too. I work to support my horses :lol: and keep my horses at home. I haul to my trainer for lessons 3-4 times a month and do local shows at this point. I just bought a new mare in September and only have shown 2'3" so far. Hopefully we will move up to 2'6" next year. My confidence level is really bad but I know my new mare can jump out of a bad distance and takes care of me!!!

Yep I always have my phone with me and emails coming in while riding or at shows. No conference calls yet at shows ;) but several fires put out from shows.

Here is a link to our last show doing 2'3" - not a great picture but here we are. I have purchased the picture but haven't received the CD yet.

http://www.photoreflect.com/store/Orderpage.aspx?pi=04SQ012J010010&po=10&pc=14

I have a video of us but too embarrased to post it.:lol:

You are the one that bought wonderful Josie!! I'm so glad to see her picture here! I rode her a good bit at the barn she was for sale at, and I believe I met you when you came to try her. You guys look wonderful and I hope you are having so, so much fun with her :) She is definitely able to jump out a bad distance and take care of you, and I'm sure you will be stars in the 2'6"!

Depechemode
Nov. 12, 2010, 10:57 AM
Depechmode I watched your horse at the Royal with great interest because I have two Popeye's and spotted your horse as one right off the bat. He is so very similiar to one of mine. Congrats on your nice rounds and yes it does make all the hard work, early and late hours worth it.:yes:

Thank you so much! I'm still kicking myself for my booboo in our last round but he was perfect. I couldn't ask for a horse with more heart:)
What do you do with your Popeyes?

Depechemode
Nov. 12, 2010, 11:00 AM
Depechmode - I love your horse, I've seen video's of him before. I have a Popeye K 6 year old but he's a big spook. Hopefully he's getting over it as he grows up.

Oh I bet he'll grow out of it! Orion is spooky at home but never at shows, has yours been out and about yet?

Tha Ridge
Nov. 12, 2010, 11:13 AM
Whoa! Where is this 3" division??? I'm so there.


(sorry, I couldn't help myself)

She meant the 3" difference between the 3'3" and the 3'6"...

Green Acres
Nov. 12, 2010, 01:22 PM
You are the one that bought wonderful Josie!! I'm so glad to see her picture here! I rode her a good bit at the barn she was for sale at, and I believe I met you when you came to try her. You guys look wonderful and I hope you are having so, so much fun with her :) She is definitely able to jump out a bad distance and take care of you, and I'm sure you will be stars in the 2'6"!

Yep, it's me!!!:D I'm going to send you a PM. I feel like with each lesson and course, we get better and better. I know she can easily do 2'6" but I'm a wimp for some reason. Who knows maybe one day we will do 3'. :lol:

You know it's funny I look out in the pasture and see Josie grazing and I think wow - she's so pretty and I can't believe she's mine.:cool:

GreyHunterHorse
Nov. 12, 2010, 01:30 PM
I'll share too :D

An old one from when mine was very young, green, and naughty http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=34053110&l=65e8c606c2&id=15606694

A recent flat class after just getting back to work after having a summer off due to injuries http://phasephotography.printroom.com/ViewgalleryPhoto.asp?userid=kathleendavis&gallery_id=2309668&image_id=36

And where we were with showing before we got hurt, and where I'm hoping to get back to for 2011 in the 3' A/A http://phasephotography.printroom.com/ViewgalleryPhoto.asp?userid=kathleendavis&gallery_id=2051498&image_id=59

I've put my heart and soul into this horse, and brought him along (with trainer assistance) since he was 3, so I'm super proud of him, and us :yes::winkgrin:

Jo
Nov. 12, 2010, 02:30 PM
I am an adult with a full time job who is lucky enough to get to ride her friend's amazing horse twice a week! We had our first real, full 3' show season in the adult eq this year. Did one show a month (4 shows with 3 champions and 1 reserve), ended up 2nd in our division for the year, and qualified for our local year end medal finals where we won our medal. I adore this horse and can't thank his owner enough for letting me ride him :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv96qI8GTSo

Shmon, your rounds were beautiful and you look to be quite the pair with your friend's horse! Congratulations on your wonderful season!

Treasmare2
Nov. 12, 2010, 04:37 PM
Lexus mine has an occassional spook at home too(hardly ever now) but on the attached video you will see a hard spook after the six line. A car had turned quickly into the driveway and he spied it through the trees and the car followed along beside him down the next line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYkVfCbgWQY

Depechmode your boo boo was just bad luck. Too bad the bad luck had to find you at the Royal but seems it never waits for a better time:lol:. I think you both had a very strong showing. Mine are hunters and the one on the video did some meter jumpers this year for fun. The other one is a greener and I will try to find a video of him too.....he has less of a Popeye look.

Here is the younger one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30YodDmROK4&feature=related

Depechemode
Nov. 12, 2010, 05:36 PM
Lexus mine has an occassional spook at home too(hardly ever now) but on the attached video you will see a hard spook after the six line. A car had turned quickly into the driveway and he spied it through the trees and the car followed along beside him down the next line. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYkVfCbgWQY

Depechmode your boo boo was just bad luck. Too bad the bad luck had to find you at the Royal but seems it never waits for a better time:lol:. I think you both had a very strong showing. Mine are hunters and the one on the video did some meter jumpers this year for fun. The other one is a greener and I will try to find a video of him too.....he has less of a Popeye look.

Here is the younger one.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30YodDmROK4&feature=related

Oh they do look alike! They're both gorgeous..you're so fortunate to have TWO:winkgrin:
Great job riding..I hope to take a clinic with Hyde sometime as well!

Lexus
Nov. 12, 2010, 08:24 PM
Oh I bet he'll grow out of it! Orion is spooky at home but never at shows, has yours been out and about yet?

I'm happy to report I took him to a local A show today and he walked into the ring like a pro, he was actually too quiet. Here he is at his first show ever last summer...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iycpR1qjEdg

Depechemode
Nov. 12, 2010, 11:01 PM
Lexus he is lovely! What a well behaved boy, you must be very proud:)

doublesstable
Nov. 13, 2010, 12:10 AM
I'll play! I'm a pharmacist and often left the house at 4AM to get to the venue 2 1/2 hrs away to either show, excercise or prepare my horse to be shown, then turn around & drive back home to work an 8hr shift.
Let's just say on some of those days my work 'turnout' wasn't especially pretty;)
Nevertheless, it was a first for both of us in the 3' ring and we both learned alot.. he is such a brave, well behaved baby. Here we are this week at the show that made all of those early mornings worth it:)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNVz9jP7J64h


OH MY! WOW.... Beautiful ride and horse!! Just had to say! Look at that tail......

So many nice horses and riders on this thread... really fun to read!

doublesstable
Nov. 13, 2010, 12:35 AM
A working Ammy - I do take business phone calls via horseback... so much that when my phone rings, my horses stop! Once I had my ring tone set as a horse whinny and one of my horses whinnied back when it rang... it was funny. I have been leaving the phone in the barn lately; I heard it could be unsafe.... and unproductive riding..

I have two partners -

One of them we will be making our debute in Jumpers in a few weeks if all goes well. Here he is schooling:

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/buddycloudy/Horsepictures2010704.jpg

And my other guy is an 18 hand retired Dressage horse now showing me how to jump. Cantering around:

http://s146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/buddycloudy/?action=view&current=MVI_6817.flv

And here he is free jumping 3'6":

http://s146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/buddycloudy/?action=view&current=Video06112010191115.mp4

I have videos of us jumping and shows but other people videoed it and I cannot get copies... SOOO SAD!

Jersey Fresh
Nov. 13, 2010, 04:28 PM
What an awesome thread! So nice to see all those other working ammies out there.

I'm a bit weirded out by posting pics via facebook, so I just changed my profile pic. It's me and Sam at Gulfport last spring. I haven't been doing the Adults all that long and I thought that fence was HUGE!

Here's a vid of me riding a leased horse at Kentucky. Sam was off at the time and I really wanted to go to Kentucky, so my trainer found this big ol' guy. I rode him twice and we packed him up and brought him to Kentucky. He turned out to be the best horse an ammy could ask for. I swear I heard him say 'hold on little lady, we're not gonna make it out of this two stride'. Plus we have matching cellulite...you can't ask for more than that.

http://www.youtube.com/user/Westlite711#p/a/u/0/XiPiXO-w3_w

I think I took that video =)

carasmom
Nov. 13, 2010, 04:48 PM
I'm a proud working ammy. I regularly work 60 hours per week but find the time to ride my two 5-6 times per week. My kids are grown and out of the house so that's a big help and my husband is a soccer coach and gone most evenings. Here's a picture of my 5yo appendix mare (Bett Ohio baby) in our first OF class in public in June:

http://pets.webshots.com/photo/2760289830102033487qftCgr?vhost=pets

and my new boy George,

\http://community.webshots.com/photo/2371498660102033487ddvgAg?vhost=community

I'm having my first lesson with my trainer on him tomorrow.

SnicklefritzG
Nov. 13, 2010, 05:59 PM
She meant the 3" difference between the 3'3" and the 3'6"...

:-P :lol:

Depechemode
Nov. 14, 2010, 03:47 AM
I love this thread, great idea:). It's so nice to hear a bit of everyones story...there are so many nice horse/rider combinations I could be posting compliments all night:)

Jersey Fresh
Nov. 14, 2010, 06:59 PM
I love seeing everyone's wonderful horses and now I am super jealous!

I work full time as a Senior Scientist at an animal health company which means I get to spend some of my days working with horses in our research program (mostly livestock though). Only downside is that our schedules are not super flexible but it could be worse. I travel a bit for work but so far its been ok to balance and I really love my job.

I took a lot of time off from riding/showing to go to grad school, so this season is my first one back. I am so incredibly lucky- I show in the pre-adults (or as I can them the "mortified adults") with a jumper that my friend generous lets me show while my baby is coming along. He isn't fancy but is so good for my confidence and so kind to me (yet has no problem telling me that I've made a stupid decision and he won't oblige). We've done well considering my ammie mistakes and that fact that he isnt really a hunter but plays one on tv =)

http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n603/KMBrennan03/SS852213.jpg

http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n603/KMBrennan03/SS852220.jpg

I also have a greenie that I got shortly after I got my "real job". He's super talented and most of the time ammie friendly but can be a bit of a cow, so he's in a pro-ride only program right now. He's doing great and has been champion at his last two horse shows in the little 2' hunters. He'll move up to the BGs for 2011 and hopefully I'll be able to show him this season. I dont have any good jumping shots of him, but here he is last year at his first horse show:

http://i1142.photobucket.com/albums/n603/KMBrennan03/Ty-1.jpg

snaffle635
Nov. 14, 2010, 07:55 PM
I think I took that video =)

You sure did! Thanks, Dr. Jersey Fresh!!!!!

Jersey Fresh
Nov. 14, 2010, 08:01 PM
You sure did! Thanks, Dr. Jersey Fresh!!!!!

My pleasure you guys were awesome! Hopefully I'll get to meet you (and Sam!) next summer! =)

shmon
Nov. 15, 2010, 11:31 AM
Jo, thank you!! He is just a doll and I love riding him. His owner has done an amazing job with his training and I'm super lucky she is nice enough to share him with me :)