Tag Archives: horse show adventures

Another horsey weekend in East Lansing

I skipped the annual Michigan Horse Council’s Stallion Expo last year when I decided to go to the Kentucky Reining Finals instead. Kentucky was a bit much of a journey so I returned to Michigan State University’s ag pavilion this … Continue reading

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Chardon Valley results, and then some

  I can thank Charm for all of the above. We won in the musical freestyle quadrille class and Training Level test 3, then flamed out fifth out of five in the First Level test 2. Interesting side note–our losing … Continue reading

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Beautiful Chardon Valley

Two weeks ago it was a USEF-sanctioned 3-day event at Richland Park, and this past weekend a USEF-sanctioned 2-day horse trials at Chardon Valley. I love Chardon Valley, not only because it is a lovely place but also because it’s … Continue reading

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Richland Park Horse Trials & CCI*** !!

This was, as Ed Sullivan would have said back in the ’50’s, a  r-e-a-l-l-y- BIG-SHOW! Fortunately for me, Richland Park, which is just north of Kalamazoo, MI, is not that far from me. And in spite of its size, the … Continue reading

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Slowly but surely

Charm and I are the tortoise, not the hare–but we are getting there all the same. Here we are at this past weekend’s annual 2-day dressage show at Willow Tree. And here’s our collection of weekend swag. We did quadrille … Continue reading

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Reins of Life rolls around again, and so does rain

It dawned gray and wet on a Midwest Saturday. I think this was my fourth? appearance at Reins of Life in South Bend, Indiana. I’ve lost track. But they all have one thing in common: it would not be a … Continue reading

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A Kentucky Horse Park Adventure

I had not, until this past Thursday, set foot in Kentucky other than a brief stint awaiting a flight change at the Cincinnati airport–which ought to be in Ohio but is really in Kentucky. Go figure. Given how unadventurous I … Continue reading

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A whole bunch of photos of Charm

Last Saturday I once again traded my vendor’s hat for a rider’s helmet. This time at the fall Reins of Life benefit dressage show in Michigan City, Indiana. Charm and I did just fine, even though I had a little … Continue reading

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A special thank-you portrait

Yesterday was the third and final performance of the Rockin’ Riders dressage quadrille (see previous post for info on the quadrille) and the other three of us had decided that our quadrille leader, Kim, deserved some really cool recognition for … Continue reading

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  Back in early spring four of us formed a dressage quadrille team. We had never done this before, and it was “fraught”! I had just acquired my new mare, Charm, and she was not fond of drill team-style riding. … Continue reading

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