My Partner is Delight

My Partner is Delight
Heading into the great unknown

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Long Time No See/ A New Adventure

Bruneau Sand Dune State Park
Today I want on my first "official" training ride with Chardoney. I want to take her to this ride the first week in August in the Owyhee Mountains. It's called the City Of Rocks Pioneer Ride. We'll be doing a 25 mile LD or two.

My partners for this adventure will be Katrina and Tawshi; and Mo and Mo. Yes, Char on Char and Mo on Mo!

Chardoney has shown me that she loves to be out on the trail. She goes out forward on a loose rein. She's not spooky at all, just a little green and unsure which will resolve itself over time. She has already come so far!

Today we rode down the canal bank with Katy and Tawshi. Both horses are used to being followers rather than leaders. I have gotten so used to not having to use a crop out on the trail that I didn't even think to bring one. Big mistake! Without a confident leader, BOTH horses had sticky feet. I am sure this will be something we will overcome. When I first took Chardoney out on the trail even in a group of confident horses she did the same thing. She got over it in a few rides.

We had some nice trotting on the way home (key word home!). Then we decided to do some trot sets around the hay field where both horses felt confident. We rode a little over 3 miles all together.

I am looking forward to this new adventure!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Day One

It was a great day. We got Chardoney all settled in and helped Ellis Supreme Arabians set up their stalls.

The weather was beautiful.

Christy, who will be riding Char in the Amateur to Ride classes, took her out for a spin in the outdoor arena. Chardoney is moving out better than ever before. I love watching Christy and Nancy ride her.

Seeing her go today brought back so many memories of the years that I watched her grow and loved her from afar.

I am full of gratefulness and happiness to have this wonderful experience. 

And We Are Off!

On our way to Sport Horse Nationals!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Snoozing in the morning sun.
I think I need to take a lesson from Chardoney. Look at her. She is not nervous at all. She is such a relaxed horse. I don't think she gets excited about anything but food.

I have so many nerves about Sport Horse Nationals! Is she fat enough, is she skinny enough... am I working her too hard, am I not working her hard enough... Will she be ready? Will *I* be ready? Is she shiny enough? Am I feeding her enough, the right stuff? Is my list ready to go? Oh Lord. Four more weeks of this to go!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Countdown to Arabian Sporthorse Nationals

Only 30 more days until a lifetime dream comes true!

Growing up I never ever dreamed I would be able to own an Arabian - or Half Arabian, let alone take one to a show. I poured over Arabian Horse World magazines and even went to a couple of Class A shows. Back then Arabian horses were selling for tens of thousands of dollars. Now, in a month I will be taking My Very Own Half Arabian to Arabian Sporthorse Nationals!

This opportunity has been caused by a perfect storm of  happy opportunities. First (and foremost) was when Lynette chose me as Chardoney's new home. I can't thank her enough for the privilege of having her in my life every day. Next was all of the time and training Terie and her gang put into her breeding and training her. Then there are all of the shows she was taken to by Terie and Lynette which qualified her for this grand Show. There is no way I could have done any of this on my own.

On the home front, Tom has been paying the bills. What a wonderful husband to indulge me in this venture! Lyn has cared for Chardoney as if she were one of her own. She couldn't have a better person looking after her welfare. I am so Thankful for Lyn! Nancy has been training her. How could I do this with out Nancy? And then there are friends who will be showing her for me, friends and family who are supporting me. You get the picture. I am blessed.

This show is such a big deal to me that it had never even even made my bucket list - it is a far grander daydream than that.

I have started keeping Chardoney in the barn and with a light flysheet. She is shedding her summer coat. It is bleached and dry. Hopefully the blanket will cause the oils to come up and make her new winter coat shiny. I also hope her winter coat doesn't come in too quickly... Otherwise, she will need to be clipped - a chore I would rather skip! I have been grooming her, and currying her, trying to bring out that natural shine.

I decided to put shoes on her for this special occasion. My philosophy has been to keep my horses barefoot but, I think for this show I will make an exception. Chardoney will be competing with the best horses in the nation (gulp!). Shoes do make a difference in a horse's gait. And shod feet are what the judges want to see. I want to do everything I can to help her have the best chance against the best. Since my plans after the Nationals don't include showing on any grand scale I will pull them and let her go barefoot again.

Thanks to selling a saddle, saving and a loan from a special friend, all of Chardoney's premiums have been paid. She will be in 4 classes: Sporthorse In Hand both the Open class and Amateur to Handle class; and Sporthorse Under Saddle, both the Open class and Amateur to Ride class. Chardoney is also qualified for a Dressage class, but it was just too expensive to add another class.

I am so excited and nervous, and nervous and excited!


Silly Chardoney! Silly Cherish!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

More Pictures... Third, Star

Bath time.




In three.... two....


"No, Seriously."