The last two weekends were horse show weekends for me, two days at Reins of Life in South Bend, IN and three days at the Fox River Valley Pony Club horse trials in Barrington Hills, IL. First off, the most important thing from the artistic point of view–I completed five new Aquabord™ paintings while I was at these events, so I’m here to show them off! All are available for purchase, $35 each plus shipping. Details on my website.
As anybody who has followed my blog for a few years knows, it wouldn’t be a benefit horse show at Reins of Life without some mud. Who would have thought, from this gorgeous vantage point?
Until you looked here–
But no matter, Reins of Life had what I love to see–very happy riders! A smile says it all.
And one talented little rider may be going horse shopping soon.
Fox River Valley Pony Club had been dodging rain successfully for the entire week, so setup in the field was a breeze. Nothing worse than trying to set up or tear down your booth in the rain. Here’s what it looked like in the dressage warmup area the first morning (all that green and one would think this was Ireland, not northern Illinois).
The next afternoon, near the end of the cross-country phase, this happened…
Riders who were out on the cross-country course had to hurry back to shelter as quickly as possible. A few of them ended up in the indoor arena, which had already been set up for a big dinner party that night. Normally horses in an arena are an expected sight, but the tables and chairs added an air of oddity to it.
Shades of red seemed to be popular eventer colors this year. A lot of hot pink among them.
The last day, I took some time to go over to the grass course where the upper level stadium jumping was held. I got some great photos, and also some quite unexpected ones. You never wish a bad round on anyone, but when it happens it can make for some pretty dramatic stuff. Here’s the sequence, starting with a successful effort–
Here’s what happened to another pair:
Both horse and rider walked off the field and didn’t look any worse for wear, just disappointed that they had been eliminated. As Chicago Cubs fans like to say, just wait till next year!