My Partner is Delight

My Partner is Delight
Heading into the great unknown

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nerves

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!

Raspberries.

Silly Chardoney! Silly Cherish!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

More Pictures... Third, Star

Bath time.


Boots.


Art.





Beauty.





In three.... two....






One!


"No, Seriously."








More Pictures... Second, Delight


Beauty treatment by Beth

Fashion design by Katrina


Delight, meet your jockey for this evening....




"Ready??"

"Here.... Weeeee...."

 "GOOOOOO!"

Sugar: " NOOOOOO!"

 Sugar: "I didn't think that was funny at at all."













More Pictures... First, Chardoney


"I am over here.... over HERE! ME. Pay Attention to ME. LOOK! I am doing something naughty to get your attention. Will you come and give me my bubble bath already?"

" Ohhh... Why yes, I am beautiful.  See me strike this gorgeous pose?"





 "Ahhhh Thanks Beth! That feels sooo good!"




"UGHTH! Thereth thumbthing not right Katrina!"





"Aaaahhgh.... I think those are my tonsils!"




"My new friend Mylinda. I hug her 'cause she took a lot of pictures of me. At least SHE appreciates my flawless beauty."







" I am a long tall Cow Pony!"






 ONE

TWO

THREE!








Pictures




I have been neglecting my blog. I post to Facebook, where everything goes down the page into Here everything is saved and accessible. I am hoping to at least begin sharing pictures again.

Here are a few that were taken a week or so ago By Mylinda Miller. She spent most of an afternoon photographing Katrina with Delight, Star and Chardoney. We had a great time playing in the Payette River. Delight and Chardoney really seemed to enjoy it. By the time we were finished they had gorged themselves on the lush grass by the side of the river and were nearly falling asleep.
 

Mylinda and Beth are both friends of Katrina. They were here for a long weekend. They had a lot of fun with the horses, and there are more pictures to come!

Monday, August 6, 2012

My Two Best Girls

Delight and Chardoney. Oh how I love these two!