I split this past weekend between the Highland Park Artwalk, an annual event in Highland Park, Illinois, and the Fox Valley Saddle Association’s Mini-Event schooling show.
The Artwalk features paintings (including a landscape of mine) in store windows all around downtown Highland Park. On Saturday we artists were parked on the sidewalk in front of stores hosting our work to greet passers-by and customers entering the stores. I was tempted to make dorky comments such as “if you can see better when you leave the store, take a look at my art in the window” (my store was a high-end glasses place) but I kept myself in check. One lady entering the door was carrying a copy of Dressage Today and we ended up spending an inordinate amount of time discussing our horses…
Sunday was a bright, although a bit cool, refreshing day for the Fox Valley Mini-Event. The riders at this schooling show are all lower lever, but still fun to watch.
The dressage competition was first–and the first rider started at 7:30. They’re warming up here in more ways than one.
Cross country was next. Since all the riders were lower-level, this was the place for them to get horses and riders used to crowds, unfamiliar jump questions, and other unexpected phenomena. The horse in the next photo needs a big question mark over its head…
And then there was the cross-country horse which dumped its rider and ran for home (he apparently lived up the street) right through a neighboring corn field. Some farmer was bound to be upset at the state of his field the next morning.
Oh yeah, and I did have some interested future clients stop by my booth at Fox Valley. The crowd was much smaller than expected for this show, and I’ve heard that riders are picking their shows more carefully because of the economy, so we’ll see what happens as the summer show season progresses.