Sunday, August 16, 2009

National Show

Its Sunday 8/16/2009 mean it is 14 days to the 2009 National Standardbred Horse Show at the Horse Park of NJ. I am getting very excited yet nervous! On Saturday Night it is the 1st Annual Battle of the Breeds. Open to any registered Standardbred or Thouroughbred. This should be a fun and enjoyable event. Following the BATTLE will be a BBQ Buffet to benefit ReRun Inc and the SPHO-NJ.

Hope to see you all there.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter

Just would like to tkae this time to wish all my readers a Happy Easter. In this time of year I like to think about all the good people, animals and things I have in my life. The list is too long mention, but you know who you are. My horse is the greatest thing in my life. He keeps me going forward. Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

First two shows of the year!

Well, we are off to are great start for 2009. Our first two shows went well and Larry has been greatly rewarded.

March 29th we attended the first show of the series at Handi Acres. Our Pleasure Model Classes went well. Model Geldings, FIRST out of three. Open Model FIRST out of six. What a way to start the year. Champion in a Model Division!!! Go Lar!! Next it was the Showmanship Division. Not many entries, so we decided to do one pattern and have it count for both classes. (Adult Showmanship & Open Showmanship) What a mistake. Larry being a professional I said I would go first. This being the second mistake! All was well, doing our pattern when a few kids thought it was a GREAT idea to pound on the outside of the indoor wall. Well, Lar, no longer a professional at this point thought it would be cute to rear up go in a circle and not trot at all. LOL so now we end up SECOND out of three. Thus making us Reserve Champion in Showmanship Division. We took two other horses from our barn.(mind you we race STBS) The first was a STB at his first show, showing for my boss' girlfriend Tina. He was wonderful, green but great. The other a grey app pony named April and she won the Showmanship Division. Yes, this mean I got beat by the pony from our barn that I wanted to bring! Go Figure!

Today, April 5th we(Larry & I, Tina & Simple Majority, and Helene and JB) went to the Meadow. As we pull in I see all these horses for the Model Class. Paints, TB, Ponies, and QH. DAMN!! I am done I told Helene. She says are you crazy you are heads above these ugly things. Not believing her I told her to be quiet before someone hears her. Running late, I hurry up to enter and get myself and Larry ready. Had time to do two torts down and back for warm up and then right into the ring. He stacks perfect, looks amazing, but when it comes time to trot, no lets look like a STB and carry my head high. SHIT!!! Blew it I thought! The second half of the trot was okay however. Back to the line up we went to get our punishment. When the judge called 339 to line up in a new line. HMMM I thought, now if I can keep him from acting a fool for five more minutes I might be ok. All, went as normally planned and he WON out of six. So many people came up to me a 28 year old crying so called GROWN man and and congratulated me and told me how beautiful he is. After the class I went to the judge and ask if there was anything I could improve on. She replied. " He looks great, nice top line, perfect weight and muscle, but he could have more manners at the trot." I told her. "Yeah, not sure where that came from, he is normally better". As I was getting ready to walk away she added. "The grooming on that horse is amazing, keep up the good work." Man did that make me proud!

Now it was time for Helene and Tina to show off their STBs. Helene went in seven classes with 1 win, four seconds, one third and one fourth. Man was she happy last week she was trying to give him away. Now, Tina, showing in America for only her and her horses second time went in four classes and ended up with one third, one fourth and a six all of these classes for her and Helene had six or more horses. GREAT JOB!!

Our next show is on April 19th at CJHA and April 26th back at the Meadow.

Thanks for reading and Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Its been a while!

Hi, Its been a while and this is going to be short. I am on my way out the door, but just wanted to catch everyone up. Last week my horse got kicked in the face and for a while it looked like he was going to miss the beginning of the show year. Although, he is missing some riding he will not miss any halter shows due to this injury. All is well and we are back on the track to getting in the ring in just over a week. Today, I worked him kind of hard. I put him on the equi-sizer and lounged him for a half hour. He wasn't very impressed, I don't think. But, with last week being the week I was going to start him back and couldn't I have to make up time. He is all shed out and looks wonderful. I am hoping for a great year. Well I got to go to the auction and see if I can buy him some more show things.

Take care & thanks for reading!

BTW the weather here is wonderful!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Banquet of all Banquets

I would like to thank everyone that showed up last night to show their support for our organization and these wonderful horses. It was a great night and really showcased these awesome animals. I had a blast. I would like to thank everyone who sent in for the Ambassador Award essays and encourage you to do it again. I would also like to thank, the 2008 and 2009 officers, the banquet committee, Elizabeth, Lella, and everyone who helped set up yesterday. A very special thanks to all the SPHO-NJ sponsors as well as, Dr Patty Hogan, Bill Weaver & The Fagliarone family for your very generous gifts to our club. I truly had a great time and it makes me proud to be a part of a wonderful organization.

The 2008 Ambassador Standardbred Award winner was Taurmade and Helene Gregory. Helene being a very close friend of mine made the inaugural award a pleasure for me. Taurmade was a true ambassador for this breed. He has done so much that the normal person would not see. It was an honor to be able to present this award to a horse who gave so much, it is just sad that he is not with us to enjoy what he has done!

Congratulations to all winners and a big congratulations to Laura Harbour for her hard work and taking home the National High Point Award.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Good News!!!

Betsy and I went to pick up all the awards today. They are beautiful!!!!! I went over them all and double checked them to make sure they are all there and hopefully spelled all the names correct. I am really getting excited now! I am hoping for good weather which it is supposed to be. It is going to be a great time and I hope all are happy with the awards. Talk to you soon.

Thanks for reading!

Now it is really cold!

Hi it Thursday morning, it is really cold, like 8 degrees without the windchill! Like holy cow, three days ago it was 56 degrees and on Sunday it will be that again. Can someone please explain that to me? It is really making it hard for all of us who work outside, we can't get our bodies acclimated to anything. Well, I am hoping our two year olds don't have to go out today, it is gonna be a long and busy day for me. I am going to go pick all the trophies for the banquet. Then I have to go over each one individually to check for spelling errors and things like that. I am excited trust me but I get very nervous since last year when I misspelled one members name on all her trophies. That is not funny!!! I am so sorry if you are reading my blog! Now, this year I have already misspelled another ladies name in the banquet book. I guess as much as I hate to admit it, I am not perfect after all! Well, lets hope we don't have any mistakes!?! Will chat at you again tonight if I have time. Lets Hope it is good news!?!

Have a nice day!
Thanks for reading!!!!!