A couple of weeks ago while I was at the Fox Valley Saddle Association’s mini event (a schooling show for eventing hopefuls) I got an offer from a very nice lady to set up my booth at the upcoming Fox River Valley Pony Club’s annual CCI* (Rolex is a CCI****, just for comparison purposes). The CCI* is celebrating its 40th year, and they held the event this weekend at a beautiful facility in Barrington Hills, IL. (Note: Barrington Hills has to be one of the “horsiest” places in Illinois) The Barrington Hills Riding Center is a public facility, owned and managed by the park district, and partially located in a forest preserve. The cross country phase of the 3-day event takes place in the preserve.
I heard there were something like 250 entries, but everything ran so smoothly that the competitors had no difficulty using the warm-up rings or showing up on time for their competitions.
This show was truly a pleasure to be a vendor at, except for one thing…
As you can see from the photo caption, we had a little “accident”. I suspect that the frame got bent a little from the strong winds back at the Harvard Milk Days show, and when I went to raise the top, two of the trusses did not want to cooperate. In fact, they rebelled to such a point that the metal actually cracked and folded a bit. I managed to get the whole thing up after a lot of fiddling with it, but it wasn’t right and it probably won’t go up again. To make matters worse, no replacement parts are available. I can probably find someone to “remanufacture” the pieces, as they are fairly simple in design and construction, but it annoys me no end that the original manufacturer does not support their product only four years after I bought it! Whatever I do, it will have to be accomplished by July 7, which is my next outdoor show. Wish me luck!