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  1. #1
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    Default I survived the A/O's and 1st Yrs!

    This past weekend I competed in the 3'6" Divisions for my first time! Neither Preston nor I have done 3'6" at the shows, but we managed to work our way from 5th places on Thursday to 2nd places on Sunday. And ALL weekend we had fun! I decided this weekend, too, my tag line should be "Amateur Owner: I do [almost] all my own stunts!" after trailering, grooming, braiding and showing my own horse all weekend! The only thing I didn't do was braid his tail...haven't learned that yet.

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    First two are courtesy of Pics of You, third is by my dad =].
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    --> Just Press Start // '99 Oldenburg
    --> Always The Optimist (reg. Simply Stylin) // '02 Thoroughbred



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    Good job! He looks great!

    Isn't it fun to succeed and do it all yourself!

    He is way over those jumps too!



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    I love that first picture! You guys look great



  4. #4
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    Welcome to the AO ring--you look like an old timer--nice photos and what a scopey horse!



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    Love that first picture. He is a cutie!



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    He is LOVELY! Congrats!



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    Big Congrats! I remember my first time doing the A/O's, about 8 years ago....I was so nervous, but by the 3rd show, I felt very comfortable, and I had a total packer which really gave me a lot of confidence. Good Luck for the 2009 season.



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    Congrats-that is awesome. He looks incredibly happy to be jumping big and you look very relaxed. Way to go!!!

    I love the name Preston too-is he a character?



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    Good for you Morgan! I can say "I knew her back when."

    Preston looks loffly, nice turnout. I miss Wills, what a nice inviting ring of jumps for your first foray into 3'6.
    ~Veronica
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    very nice horse! and you look great too! congrats!



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    What a very attractive horse! Have fun with him!
    "Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?" Sun Tzu, The Art of War
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    Huge Congrats! I am so happy for you!
    "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher



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    That's awesome how you are doing everything yourself. Good to know it CAN still be done
    "Horses give us the wings we lack"



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    Very nice pix! I miss the 3'6 ring for sure! Great horse turnout and looks like a fun ride too!
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    Don't practice until you do it right, practice until you can't do it wrong!



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    Congrats! He looks great - I remember when you first got him. He was always cute, but he really looks nice over those 3'6" fences!



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    Great job and nice pictures!



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    Thats awesome! Congrats! I am waiting for warm weather to make my A/O Debut. Hope mine goes as good as yours!
    P=N
    If you run out of patience, you run out of nice.



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    Congrats! Great job, especially for your first time out.

    Your horse is SUCH a cutie, he looks like he has a lot of personality.



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    Thanks guys - he really gave me a great first weekend! He has had only a handful of rides since August due to extreme saddle fit issues. I got the new saddle December 18th, and then we worked our tails [well, his tail, my butt] off to be able to do this show.

    And if by personality, you mean a big grumpy guy who thinks he knows everything, but doesn't mind being sweet and showing his insecurities to mom -- as long as NO ONE is watching -- then, yes he has quite a personality!

    And as for the name...he came with Lenni... :X
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    --> Just Press Start // '99 Oldenburg
    --> Always The Optimist (reg. Simply Stylin) // '02 Thoroughbred



  20. #20
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    He certainly seems to be enjoying the new divisions. What a cutie.



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