Monday, February 25, 2013

Blogger friend needs help!

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Washington State Horse Expo, post 3

After the Mounted Shooting we watched a Steve Rother seminar on over coming trail obstacles. Didnt really learn anything, he is entertaining, but very repetative. Not one of my favorites, he is a local trainer here.
 They had some neat obstacles, I want to make a few for me to practice with. The tarp is easy, he added rocks and pool noodles. The car wash would be a fun one to do.
 Then we watched most of a Julie Goodnight seminar about horses with bad manners on the ground. The baby she is holding here, was actually pretty good.
 That Grulla paint mare int he background, she was a total witch!!! She sure had her owners number, and the lady was getting really mad at her waiting for Julie to get to her. Julie, of course, got her behaving ok right away, but the mare still was a witch. Julie explained that the mare had her owners number and the mare didnt know what to expect from her, so she was able to correct her more easily.

By now it is around 6:15pm, we decided we had better go to the outside arena if we wanted a spot to watch the Extreme Cowboy Race. The first go was this big pretty bay, who went through the noodles really well. Saturday was the night the men ran. The women ran on Friday, finals were on Sunday.
 There were two mules in the competition, this big red mule ridden by a 73 year old guy. There were a lot of older men in this class, pretty cool!!!
 You had to pick up this water bucket and take it to the other barrel. Easy huh, well it was filled, to the brim, with water!!!! heavy heavy! They said it weighed 40 lbs! LOL A lot of the contestants got wet!!
 That good ol' mule went right over the bridge and through the curtains, which also had a teeter totter in the middle of it!!
 The gate.
 One of the quite a few that tried to jump the pool noodles!!!! And knock the whole thing down!! All but I think two horses knocked them over.
 A tarp, but, it had one of the car wash curtains wadded up in the middle!

There is that curtain obstacle! Didnt know until the first horse went through that it was a teeter totter!

 This was another older guy, 69 I think, he rode in Cavalry uniform! He didnt have his saddle tight enough, so when his horse balked at the first jump it nearly went over its head! He rode the whole course with the saddle over the horses withers! Good horse, it didnt even act up about it!!
 Another flying leap over the noodles!!!
 The only Appaloosa in the group.

 They did pretty well.
 And the only Stallion in the group. Beautiful horse.
I think the fastest time was 3:43 min/sec. It was fun to watch! I would describe the course, but it was crazy!! beginning and ending with a full arena run around the outside!!! I dont know if I could ride like that anymore!! LOL 
And that was the 2013 Hose Expo. Waiting for mid March, there is another one we go to about an hour and a half South of here!! Our favorite one! Have been going to The NW Horse Fair and Expo for about 15 years, or so, now!! It is in Albany, Oregon. Lots of great shopping and my favorite clinician, at the moment, will be there this year, Mark Bolender!!! I so want to go to his farm and attend one of his clinics!!! He has a ladies night where you arrive around 3 in the afternoon and ride that night, it includes camping and a stall, or they have a clubhouse that sleeps 8, then lessons the next morning and you leave around noon. For $175.00. He has an extreme trail course, permanent at his place. Google him if you are interested, they have a good website. Extreme trail is something that Emma and I can do!  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Washington State Horse Expo, post 2

After the Freisians, Craig Cameron had a seminar he did, I remember it was about a lot of circling exercises! All those orange uprights are set in pairs and gates, you keep circling in and out of a gate. 
 He is really good at engaging the crowd, and very funny.

Next, is Cowboy Mounted Shooting!! They use 45 caliber revolvers, loaded with blanks, which are powder only in the shell. They are very loud! You can see the clouds of gun smoke! They shoot at a full run!! and use two revolvers.



 Setting up baloons.
 There were yellow and purple balloons, the announcer explained that a contestant has to shoot the light colored balloons first, then the dark ones.

I did manage to take short enough videos that will upload!!!

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It was a lot of fun to watch. They do put ear plugs in the horses ears. It looks like a lot of fun, I dont think my mare would do it though! It takes a lot of training, and they have to like to run! LOL the course is timed for speed, and each missed balloon is a 10 sec penalty.

I must have posted to much, cant put up any more pics on this post, but a good spot to end this post!
More to come!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Washington State Horse Expo

I went to the Washington State Horse Expo here in Clark County, Washington. Went with my friend Carol. We arrived at around 10-10:30am. We didnt leave until almost 8pm! So I have enough pics for several days of posts !!!
Craig Cameron was the first clinicion we watched. He is always entertaining.

 We looked at new horse trailers and dreamed....
 There were more vendors, thus more shopping this year!! This is a new product, called Hydration hay from Purina. One of those little blocks is 2 lbs, and just about fills up 1/2 of that bucket after water is added. Supposed to be a way to get finicky drinkers to get more water. You can google it to find out more! It is basically chopped compressed grass hay, that you soak in water. Rep said MSRP is @24.99. Seems expensive.

Julie Goodnight was one of the clinicions.
There were a lot of Mustang goings on, people from Adopt a burro or Mustang, and Kids and Mustangs.
NW Parelli group.
Shopping, shopping. Although I didnt find anything to buy, except a good pulled pork sandwich and potato salad for lunch.
Then we watched the Black Pearl Friesian group!! They are so elegant and beautiful to watch.



Each one of them walked out and did a trick, Spanish walk, rear, bow.
This guy was my favorite!!


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Then they changed into red coats.


I have another video, but blogger wont upload it, maybe its to big.

More to come!!! More vids if they will upload!



Friday, February 15, 2013

The Columbia river....

....Was like glass today!!
 Pictures taken with my IPhone, out of a speeding vehicle!  Looks like a canal!! LOL but, that is an island you are looking at here, looking north from East Portland, Oregon, right by Portland airport. This road runs right along the river, you can see the hiking trail, bottom right. Bike trails everywhere in Portland too!
This one is looking West, down river. We were in Oregon, the land to the right of the first pole is Washington. Doing a little shopping, Costco and the Gun Show, then up North back to Washington and Wilco.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

New stuff I have been working on!

This first one is a small box, finished inside and outside.
The front



The inside, sparkly fabric.


The back.  These boxes are about 4 inches or so in diameter, if you are interested let me know and I will measure. These items are not on the Etsy site! Dont know if I will put them on there yet. If you can see the box has four little legs ont he bottom, brass tone handle with a magnetic closer.



This next box is an Autumn theme. Raggedy doll with sheep, ginger bread and apple.
Cloth inside.


And the back. The boxes are going to be $12. each.

This is a small box, bear on the top, a heart on each side.
The top. This little box will be $9. Box is approx 1 7/8 x 2 1/4 inches.

The front

The left side. It has two brass hinges on the back.


The inside.

This is one of my favorite sleighs. Antiqued, and a worn look to it, the photo doesnt do it justice! Rustic looking. Very cute. The sleigh is about 11 inches long. These sleighs are $12.
The back.
This is one of my large sleds! The only one I have painted so far. Knitting snowman/woman the yarn is coming right off of the sheep! LOL I got this design from Rene Mullins. This sleigh is about 23 inches long! So it is good sized. About 11 inches wide if I remember right. It will be listed at $24.
This is a peek and another box, about 10x10. Brass hinges and closure. Will post again when the inside is finished. Has mittens all around the sides.
Everything is finished in a clear polyurethane.

I hope you like some of these new designs I have been working on!!