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  • Spin Off: Working Ammys show your stuff!

    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/47a0...D550/ry%3D400/

    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0...D550/ry%3D400/

    http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0...D550/ry%3D400/

    He's not the fanciest in the world, but he's good to me and we have great fun together.
    Last edited by Nickelodian; Nov. 10, 2010, 11:04 AM.
    My adventures as a working rider

    theworkingrider.blogspot.com

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    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?fb...0677.699937452

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...0677.699937452

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...1308.699937452

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...1308.699937452
    The best is yet to come

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    • #3
      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.
      The armchair saddler
      Politically Pro-Cat

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      • #4
        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!

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        • #5
          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/10823283...88052417155346
          http://picasaweb.google.com/10823283...85040490828178
          http://picasaweb.google.com/10823283...70956140276962

          Hope the links work!
          Tucker the Wunderkind

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nickelodian View Post
            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/47a0...D550/ry%3D400/

            http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0...D550/ry%3D400/

            http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a0...D550/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/a...t=Hero_11a.jpg

            http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/a...3.jpg&newest=1

            http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/a...g%26newest%3D1

            http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/a...g%26newest%3D1

            http://s894.photobucket.com/albums/a...=NewImage2.jpg
            Dear life, please send grapes. Sincerely, I prefer wine over lemonade.

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            • #7
              MoonRiver, I just love your guy! He looks so cute and steady!

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              • #8
                Yay for Us!

                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!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jo View Post
                  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!
                  Tucker the Wunderkind

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                  • #10
                    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
                    May 2010
                    Snow! January 2010
                    November 2009
                    June 2009

                    I loffs my girl
                    "Beware the hobby that eats."
                    Benjamin Franklin

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Chef Jade View Post
                      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

                      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/27154...94686761oZOcNy
                      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/26039...94686761fgzbvK
                      And my baby who I bought as a yearling and just started over jumps:
                      http://pets.webshots.com/photo/21377...94686761JmDspi

                      Nice horses in the above pics and links!
                      __________________________________
                      Flying F Sport Horses
                      Horses in the NW

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                      • #12
                        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
                        Last edited by Treasmare2; Nov. 10, 2010, 09:27 PM.

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                        • #13
                          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?pi...a&id=545827564

                          http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...9&id=545827564

                          http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...0&id=545827564
                          www.quiethavenfarm.com

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                          • #14
                            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!!!
                            http://community.webshots.com/user/Diva1998

                            "Reality has a liberal bias" - Jon Stewart

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                            • #15
                              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:




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

                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BndVAezLLF4
                              Last edited by crugnug; Nov. 10, 2010, 02:44 PM. Reason: pics too small

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                                #16
                                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.
                                My adventures as a working rider

                                theworkingrider.blogspot.com

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                                • #17
                                  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

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                                  • #18
                                    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!
                                    Proud member of the "I'm In My 20's and Hope to Be a Good Rider Someday" clique

                                    PONY'TUDE

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                                    • #19
                                      Patricia + Max

                                      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!
                                      "Look, I'm trying not to test the durability of the arena with my face!" (Because only GM can do that.)

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                                      • #20
                                        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.

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