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  • I entered Loudoun today, first event of the season! I can't wait, just a few prelims and I will finally be able to move up to intermediate!! I have been doing prelim for 6 years, so this season will be momentous!


    • Original Poster

      World Championships, here you come!!

      GWV/ all these riders are mine!


      • We survived putting on Red Hills in our almost worst weather nightmare, and we handled what needed to be handled in the best way we knew how.

        GWV -- how did your favorite rider do in the event?

        Libby (and no, we did not actually hold the mud wrestling that we threatened to schedule in the stabling area)

        *Proud member of the Hoof Fetish Clique*
        I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
        Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


        • Simon's response to the shockwave therapy on his hind suspensory has been so positive that the vet has improved his chances of a complete recovery to "excellent!" (We were struck down with the mysterious but oft seen "Cover Pony Curse.")

          I was the substitute or "guest" teacher at my children's barn and had a blast! It's been decades since I worked with little kids. I'm also happy to report that there are still in this day and age grubby little barns with grubby little ponies with crackerjack kids and a wonderful riding teacher who isn't afraid to allow the kids to make mistakes. I thought they were extinct.


          • My happy Tuesday news...

            Today was my first day back at class after spring break, and I was really dreading going to my afternoon seminar. There are only 10 of us, and the girl who usually sits next to me dies in a carwreck last week as she was leaving to go on break. Thank God I am a psych major and my professor was really great. We talked a lot about our memories of the girl who had died, and it ended up being a really positive experience, making me value how lucky I am to have so many great friends and family members.

            As it was a sunny 60 degrees here in Charlotte, I went out to the barn and no one was there! I got to spend a little QT with my pony, who seemed to really miss me when I went home for 10 days.

            Onward to the superficial part: The Kappa Alpha fraternity boys live right below me, and they are SO loud, all the time. As I was walking home from the library, a group of pledges swooped in and kidnapped all of them!!! I get a free night of restful sleep without drunken boys yelling outside my window! Hurrah!

            The air of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears.
            "[I don't like the word] try. To me, it means you plan to fail." --Robby Johnson

            "All you have to do to succeed is decide to succeed." Jimmy Wofford


            • Yeah! I jumped my horse now for the first time in about 3 months! It felt so good to be in the air again! It made my day seem almost perfect.

              Standardbred lover
              Standardbred Lover- owner of Studs Hooligan, aka Strider, ex- pacer, retrained for eventing and endurance
              Strider-OTSTB-, Gus-OTTB-, and Rio-rescued QH!
              Founder of the High Maintenance Horses Clique


              • I had an awesome, confidence-building jumping lesson today. For the first time ever, after owning Prozac Pony for 4 1/2 years, I finally feel like I'm learning how to jump correctly.

                The lightbulb came on today, and it was wonderful!

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


                • Original Poster


                  GWV/ cheering section


                  • BarbaraG -

                    Thanks for the cheers, and if you're available on April 13th, I could use some more. I've decided to do the final schooling HT of our season, after a long layoff from eventing competition following some nasty falls.

                    By the 13th, we'll be 3 hours behind you, so I'll probably be riding between around noon and 3-4 pm your time... I'll be listening for the cheers from Massachusetts!

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


                    • My happy news: Took my newest track baby to his first BN HT where he was fourth - decent dressage, clean XC, one rail in stadium and such a darn good boy the whole day.
                      Please don't try to be a voice of reason. It's way more fun to spin things out of control. #BecauseCOTH - showhorsegallery


                      • Original Poster

                        Don't worry, Risk!

                        I'm probably the Only GWV ever told by the Controler of an Event to "Hold it Down, a Little!"

                        You Will hear Me!!

                        GWV/Loud and Loves it!


                        • The horse I ride has grown up A LOT over the winter. She is really swinging through her hips and back and she is starting to move her shoulders up and out now! How cool! It feels so neat to see how much younger horses can mature and grow up almost over night sometime! Anyway! Our first schooling show is in 2 weeks...eek! And UNH is about 5 weeks away! Good luck everyone on getting fit for the season!


                          • My horse was turned out today for the first time since she injured her leg in December!!

                            You can hitch a hackney to the Budweiser cart, but it wont make him a clydesdale
                            No hugging dear. I'm British, we only show affection to dogs and horses.


                            • I jumped my first 3'6" fence . I know that's not that high but I'm a timid jumper. It was an accomplishment for me.


                              • Original Poster

                                Cheers! Well Done!!

                                You are on your way!!

                                Let's hear more about your progress!!

                                GWV/ unofficial cheer leader of the COTH BB


                                • <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> I'm probably the Only GWV ever told by the Controler of an Event to "Hold it Down, a Little!"

                                  You Will hear Me!!

                                  GWV/Loud and Loves it! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                  Hey Barb, will you come down for Stuart HT this year? I can always use some loudhelp in the warm-up ring!


                                  You know you're a horse person when...you can find your boots by smell.

                                  PWBTB@WC (People who browse the BB at Work Clique)


                                  I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.


                                  • My happy news - I'm almost finished rewiring my house (doing it by myself....pretty tough!)!

                                    And even though I've only ridden five times in three weeks, our first jumper show is this Sunday! WOOHOO! It's going to be fun...nice and casual....2'-6", 2'-9", and 3'-0"!

                                    Wish us luck! Clue is...er...um...very excited (read - nutso!) to be jumping again!

                                    "First, we're going to cut it off, then we're going to kill it."
                                    Colin Powell, when asked for his policy on eliminating the Iraqi Army, Jan 1991
                                    "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future!" - Niels Bohr


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Rewired your house??!!!

                                      Well, now, let's see; my Whole cellar needs to be cleared out....then there's painting the Entire downstairs.....the bathrooms....the light over the sink in the kitchen....the shelving for the upstairs closet.....

                                      See you soon,



                                      • well, i may as well join in! my riding is doing...okay...nothing spectacular, but me & my baby have been working our butts off! he's been chomping on the bit, literally, and when i tried a new bit on him last night- he stopped! i had a nice relaxing ride. Texas weather is really redeeming itself after a messy winter, and the past couple of weeks have been PERFECT. the sun is shining, and the temperature is perfect- perfect for riding in a t-shirt without getting hot at all! no more news besides that! i'm only doing 1 or 2 events this season, but this fall i'm going to get adventurous and try going to events i've never seen before. Hobo(my horse)'s neck is really starting to fill out, and i have so much confidence in him right now...



                                        • Beautiful weather, great jump school this morning with my fantastic instructor (what a motivator and a positive force...he ALWAYS gives my horse & me 150% during a lesson...I loff him!), one of my favorite events coming up next weekend with more good weather forecast, and my entry for my boy's first 3-day went off a couple weeks ago. Now - if Murphy will just keep his law to himself!!! Congrats to everyone else for all their good news and thanks to GWV who reminds me that there is so much in this life to be thankful for.