Saturday, February 26, 2011

Finally! The Latigo and Lace drill team and the Lighted Fresians!!!!

Latigo and Lace Drill team has won a lot of awards. They are spectacular to watch.
Latigo and Lace Here is a link to their website.

Drum role........They turn off the lights......

And enter the horses.....

I was just glad my camera was picking them up in the dark! The video didnt though.

I like this one.... to bad the cable was in the way.

They rode to music and did a whole routine. Then the lights came back on.
Pretty ingenious to figure out how to attach the glow sticks to the horses! It was a lot of fun and something new! The place was packed with standing room only!!!!
I sure hope this company comes back again next year. I enjoyed having a day with my friend Carol and being totally immersed in horses all day!!!! Found a new clinician that I like, in Mark Bolender, and just had a lot of fun. I got inspired to ride again and talked to a lot of people, I really want to ride in the Trail Trial in July, so that is my goal for now!! That and wanting Spring!!!  

My MRI went well, will have the results on Monday.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Snow snow snow....

It is very pretty, crunchy when I walked in it out to feed the horses. We have ended up with almost 3 inches.

This was last night around 9pm.

And this morning when I took the dogs outside.

Dublin thinks snow is great fun!

Where did Dublin go?

There are Labrador tracks!

There he goes!!! Dublin runs and runs in the snow LOL.

The trees in the front yard.

Emma waiting for me to come out and feed them their breakfast. Dirty muddy horses!

Mickey and Easy were out playing too!

A view towards the South, from the barn.

View towards the East from the house, the Sunrise, well a wee bit later than sunrise, but....LOL

The house and trees in the snow. The sky is quite spectacular this morning!
Thats all for today!!! The snow is now melting and falling off of the trees, temp is up to 37F. It is suposed to refreeze tonight! and be around 19F!!!!! I have an MRI in the morning, at 7am, and I hope we can get there!
Yes I still am going to post about the lighted Frisians and the Horse Expo!!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The snow is here!

I am so ready for Spring!! Brought the horses in around 5pm, it was pouring corn snow, and hailing and raining, they wanted in early! They are tucked in thier stalls with eats!!!
Spring Spring Spring, think Spring! LOLLOL

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Washington State Horse Expo....Post #2

After watching Mark Bolender we wandered out to the barns to look at the horses. I found another Creamelo, those blue eyes are hard to miss.

These are Black Forest Horses from Germany. Talk about having a lot of mane and forelock!!!

I love the chocolate and white. They are pretty big draft horses, not like a Belgian or a Clydesdale, not as tall but still pretty hefty.

Carol was saying, "how do they see?" LOL

And the Fresians. They are very tall and elegant. Our sister in law has a 2 1/2 year old colt that she is training.

They have the softest eyes too.

This is a very pretty tri color Paint, I couldnt get a pic .of his left side, he has a cool colored eye on that side

This was the line for the concession stand when we decided to have some lunch!! sheesh, they only had two windows out of four open and were really slow, but we waited in line anyway. That is Carol on the left!

After watching some more parts of seminars we finally went out to the outdoor arena for the nights entertainment "Lords of the Ring" and the Fresians with lights!! I ran into my sister in law when we got into the barn. This was the only picture I got of her taking pictures of the Fresians. Her Vet is riding a Fresian in the show.

The Fresians in the warmup area.

The show starts, they had a whole Grand Entry show.

This family on the left would have been just fine if they had stood like this during the show, but no, they had two little kids and put them up on their shoulders, so everyone in the bleachers couldnt see. A woman finally went and got security before they would move. I kinda felt sorry for them, but not, everyone paid the $8 to see the show and it wasnt fair that they were blocking 20 peoples view. They left before security got there. We asked them several times, several different people in the stands to move.

I love this coat, looks cool!

The Black Forest Horses came out too.

The Vancouver Rodeo Queen, carried Old Glory!!

Steve Rother, dancing with his horse and a pole.

Steve Rother again, he did this when the last company put on a show, the Mane Event, which they still have up in Alberta.

A Fresian duo, doing a pairs program. They called it something like " Aue de duo" 

He reminded me of Zoro! he he he he

Mark Bolender came out with an Dressage rider and they did Western Dressage/English Dressage, mirroring each other. I really like to see this, and the different moves that each discipline does.

And the next post will have the Drill team and the lighted Fresians!!!! More next post!!!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Washington State Horse Expo....

We arrived at the Horse Expo at @ 9am, to watch the extreme Cowboy race. There were only six riders in Sat. mornings go, and we only got to watch 3 of them, after we waiting in the long long line for our tickets and walked out to the arena. This arena has never been the best to watch stuff from, the large beams are always in the way.

This cute little pinto mustang did pretty darn good.

This gal had a little more problems with her grey, but they did fairly well too, she was just a little squirrely.

After that we watched the youth and mustangs. A yearling is given to a High School kid for 3 months to gentle and do ground work with, then I believe the horses are sold at auction. The kids get awards for how good they have done with their horse. It sounds like a wonderful program if you have the facilities for it. Needed it a 6' fence and the same requirements for adopting a Mustang.

Here are the five youth that were there, they had some really nice looking horses too!!

Here are a couple of untrained yearlings up for adoption.

They had four yearlings there. The little Cremelo/Perlino caught my eye.

He/she was defiantly no a palomino like the one in the neighboring pen. I thought it was interesting that you can see his blaze, usually the white blends into the cream and you cant tell, I am guessing that this one is Perlino, being darker cream. My Mom has a Creamelo, when he was born we had to do some research to figure out what color he was. She got him by breeding her buttermilk buckskin mare to a palomino stud. I have learned a lot about equine color genetics from researching this color, its pretty cool!

There was shopping too! I didnt find anything to buy though. Now that the girls are gone, I have found myself with just about three of everything! LOL

I want a pair of chinks for my trail riding!! LOL Along with new boots, a cinch and probably a new saddle pad LOL LOL

Found a couple of ugly used saddles! This one looked worse in person, I am not to sure of the two tone, I dont like the black pommel!
OK I have never seen an all pink saddle! Very well made, but pink. I am not a pink person at all. There were bridles and breast collars to match too!!!

There were these natural graze feeders too, very interesting. It would be nice to have some, but they are very expensive. You can see the lids there on the left, the barrel and....

This inside them. If you had a horse that was stalled all of the time, they would be great! They had a nice video showing horses knocking them over and standing them back up to eat out of them. You fill them with your hay and they simulate the pulling and eating of grass, by pulling the hay through the holes.
Interesting, total with the lid and the barrel and center piece they were $249. each!!! Way out of my league. We seen people walking out with them two a a time though!!!!

We listened to a clinician, by the name of Mark Bolender, I really liked him. He was sensible, easy to listen to, without being boring at all. He does extreme trail challenges and trains colts. I am going to research him a little bit and see if he is doing a clinic in this area. I liked him that much. Here is a link to his website Mark Bolender

Marks gelding is named Checkers, LOL he is a big horse, 16+ hands. I really liked Marks philosophy, attitude and way of relating to people. He has had some horrendous wrecks on horses in his learning journey! He was open enough to tell everyone about them and answer questions.

We watched another of Marks seminars later. Here he was "Cutting" his assistant. Checkers doesnt like Cutting and Reining very well Mark says, but he is one hell of an Extreme trail horse! He rides him bridleless most of the time, with just a latigo around his neck, even out on the trails. They have won Extreme Trail challenges, bridleless, three times.

We watched Craig Cammeron too. I wansnt real impressed with him, he was loud, made a lot of jokes about women and just wasnt too pleasant to listen to. He did seem to handle his horses well. I dont know if it was just because of the Expo or if he always is like that, but he seemed to rush a bit.

Well thats all for today! We were there for 14 hours! LOL I love my friend Carol, just as much of a diehard as I am!! LOL We both missed our friend Judy! She went up to Yakima for some Cowboy Poetry!! More tomorrow!!