Monday, November 30, 2009
Everyone is safe and sound, 25 hour drive on the way home was long but uneventful.
Yesterday we showed 48th out of 65 competitors in the Adequan Championship Arena and scored a 203.5 to take home 10th place! Peanut tried her very best and it was the best run we have ever had, what a blast.
I'm told show pictures will take about 2 weeks to be posted online, so hopefully we can get those up A.S.A.P.
Looking forward to seeing everyone this week for lessons, I've brought back all kinds of publications and bits and pieces to show you. Thanks again for all your support!
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The warm, sunny weather continued today as Peanut settled into her stall in Barn 8.
We even had the opportunity to ride outside....in t-shirts! Notice the red dirt?
SUPERSTAR SIGHTING! There's Peanut in her sexy leopard print slinky checking out her new surroundings.
Here we are riding in the Adequan arena where we will show *gulp tomorrow!
Here is one of the warm up rings.
And this is the Coliseum arena where the Futurity go rounds are being held until the finals next weekend.
Almost looks like a hockey arena doesn't it?
This is a pretty neat trailer. It hosts some of the prominant equine health care specialists and equipment. Almost anything that can be done in a vets office can be done in this trailer.
Here's the warm up ring outide of the championship arena. The major sponsors and leaders of the reining horse industry are stalled around the warm up ring.
And you thought they went crazy with stall decorations at Congress? Check some of these out...
Hey girls who attended the tack makeover: remember the dvd we watched advertising the ranch? This was their stall set up.
A considerable part of the farm, stallion and trainers promotion is the freebies they offer to passersby. Coffee and bottled water with the farm name or stallions name we quite popular. Candy, keychains, twine cutters, tire pressure guages... all personalized and set out to encourage people to come over and have a look.
Here is the huge wall of results (printed in size 10 font...seriously?).
Here's Peanut wondering what the heck she's doing at a gas station... "Are we there yet?!"
I'm not sure why Indiana is called the "Crossroads of America" and Oklahoma is called "America's Corner"......???
This is about all I saw of Chicago...
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Special thanks to the Ferguson family for use of their trailer, a monetary sponsorship AND purchase of t-shirts. Thanks to the Levin family, Teresa Corrigan and family, Bob Hannaford and the Bridgecreek Stables crew for their additional sponsorship. These sponsorships will go a long way in covering the enormous expense of this trip.
I promise to post pictures and information as soon as I am able.
For now you can visit www.nrhafuturity.com
It looks like the live feed is set up and at no charge! I will be showing in the Adequan Arena on Sunday Nov. 29th in the Rookie Professional class.
Check out "2009 North American Affiliate Championship Qualifiers" for a list of people who qualified for this show and their designated affiliate. Or check out "Futurity Draws and Go-round Schedules" to see who will be competing. My class is listed under "Limited Open". I am draw number 48, and my class starts at 8am (Oklahoma time). So I should compete around noon (Oklahoma time).
The plan is to leave today at 3:30pm after my afternoon lesson, pick up one horse in Sarnia and drive 24 hours straight through to the show grounds to drop off Peanut and get her settled in her new stall before heading to the hotel to crash. Peanut will need lots of walking over the next couple days to stretch out sore tired muscles from the long haul. I will ride her in the arena that I will be showing in as much as possible before showing her on Sunday. We plan to let Peanut have a short rest after we show and then loading up and heading back home. A bit of a whirlwind trip, I know!
Thanks again to everyone,
See you next week!
Thanks and have a great week!
Holiday rides will take place during the normal lesson time the week before Christmas holidays unless otherwise requested.
Any further questions please be sure to ask. There is no additional fee to the regular lesson fee for this ride.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
T-shirts are being sold for $20 and any proceeds go to the expenses of the trip to Oklahoma (stall fees, registration, trailering etc.)
******special rate for Lindsay Hayes Equestrian Students of $16******
Sizes range from youth small to adult xxl, please send us your order so that we can ensure you get the correct sizes and before we run out!! 85% of t-shirts are sold already!
Thanks to our VERY generous sponsors, please stay updated for more information on the show and results.