I was driving along I-95 in CT and passed a caravan of three good sized rigs with MA plates heading south. The drivers all looked happy, despite the really nasty weather. I felt a pang of excitement for them... and then the sadness sunk in that I was not going along too. Sigh.
I always dreamed of going south, went a few times through highschool...eventuallyI just ended up moving here! Ultimate solution to always wanting to be south...now if funds would magically become available so I could SHOW that would be perfect!
I'm looking at a lease on my house till it sells and leaving early March. I love Maine for a lot of reasons- but the cold and mud season instead of spring has me worn down. I want to ride year round. Maine has started having those 90degree 90% percent humidity days, but not often enough to get used to it.
I'm sending out my resume, anyone know of groom openings give out a shout!
Me. I am. Going to Aiken on Saturday. Till Fair Hill in April. However, the weather map 10-day forecast shows Virginia getting a "major snow storm" on my travel day. Which doesn't bother ME, being from the great cold state o' Maine, but most folks in DC, Balto, VA don't know how to drive in the snow so chances are the roads will be full of skidders and sliders. So, do I rethink and go a different day? Can't, really, as I'm meeting and greeting the bus with the other ponies on it when they arrive.
SUCH a problem...which day should I go to Aiken. Gosh. Life is tough. Sorry you guys can't come down. It is a heavenly place.
Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.
We were supposed to go to Aiken. Unfortunately, I fractured a tooth, which will require a crown. We just paid off three huge Vet bills for two of our cats. My DH just retired. He could start getting his retirement check in March or it could be May. Finally, I was planning on keeping Tess with one of my dressage instructors' students. She has had a family emergency and may not get to go, either. I am praying that her relative will get through this emergency.
I'm still trying to figure out the whole "how do you afford to take time off work for part of the year" thing as well. However, I can't complain -- I LIVE in the South. My pony lives in Southern Pines. He has it better than me .
If anybody wants to come south, I'd love the company! You'd have to stay with moi on Fort Bragg, but your pony could come and live with mine...
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison
So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."
I just moved to a barn with an indoor, so I'm looking at that as my own personal Aiken. It's been great not having to ride in the wind/rain/ice, but I miss my trainer and I'm sure I'll be jealous when my friends go down next month!
eventer_mi, my friends who go are mostly self-employed or students. I do think I could swing the time off from my office job, but it's easier for them for sure.
"A canter is a cure for every evil." -Benjamin Disraeli
I went to Ocala in 2008 for 2 weeks and 2009 for 1 week, but I can't miss more than a week of school this year. I NEED to see my teachers every day for help. I'm not smart enough to learn new material on my own.
I'm a working adult ammy rider - and this will be my 2nd year going south. I can't go for as long as I like (and it does mean a lot of driving for not a whole lot of time down in aiken) - but it's definitely been worth it. I saved up my vacation time and was able to go for 8 days last year (sunday to sunday) - and this year will be going for 12 days (thursday through the following monday) - but it's amazing what you can accomplish in a short amount of time.
The mid-week HTs at places like Full Gallop make it easier to squeeze in a lot while you're down there. This year, taking 2 horses for 12 days, I'll be able to do 3 HTs and hopefully get in some xc schooling and several lessons I look at this as my big vacation for the year (I'm not much of a sit around on a beach type) - and as a working amateur, it was really nice to have a chance to really focus on my riding (even if only for a week), take lessons when I'm not sleep deprived, watch my trainer take lessons with other BNTs, etc.
Would I love to go south for 6-8 weeks - sure - but with my job, it's just not do-able. However, 1-1.5 weeks is a do-able amount of time to get off, and even with the long drive, it was definitely worth it last year! It was amazing how much I accomplished in just 8 days, and how far ahead that put us when the closer-to-home events started up in late march/early april.