Saturday, August 23, 2008

Godspeed Coltsfoot Pippi Longstocking

Godspeed Coltsfoot Pippi Longstocking July 2, 1993 - August 23,2008

The sweetest Corgi on the planet, the garbage hound, my horse show dog, Mommy, food guarder extraordinaire, old lady. Even though I didn't have you from puppyhood - you came to me from your breeder as an 8 year old ex show dog, I think I loved you best. I still have your daughter Arrow - Coltsfoot Titania - who sat by your body this morning, and watched over you while I got myself organized to take you to the vet one last time. My heart is broken.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Day two for Pip

Well he jumped beautifully, so I was texted by Miss Molly, just had a couple of squirrely moments in the puddles. Puddles.... his downfall. He was not happy that Morgan didn't let him stop and play.

So he leaves this show with a 2nd (which is BLUE! in Canada) in the Baby Green hack. This is his last outing for the year. Next year he moves up to the Pre-Greens. He will go home and just do his normal thing. The aluminum shoes come off on the next shoeing and he is back to steel. Learning to jump courses a little more consistently and having some down time.

I drive up on Sunday to help pack and come home.

He starts his allergy shots in a week to 10 days. He is allergic to everything. Nearly.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

First Day of Thunderbird

He was 2nd in the Baby Green under saddle - there were 23 entered. He was called back to hack some more, sounds as though they split the class, or held some. I will find out later.

I'm getting my news via text. Morgan's phone doesn't work at the show (his phone doesn't work at a lot of the shows!) so Becca is texting me what is going on. Doncha' love technology? I would go insane if I had to wait until all was done and Morgan was in the one spot in the parking lot at the hotel that seems to have reception for his carrier. Today it was at 7am when he called. I was already awake and up, because my fire/smoke alarm went off, I turned it off, Brink's called and they were going to try and stop the fire department from showing up. They didn't manage to do that, there was a knock at the door and there was the Kent Fire department. Boy did I feel stupid. I'm probably going to get charged for a false alarm. I have to get the thing fixed now.

Apparently the rain was distracting for Pip. He has never even worked outside in the rain. I'm sure he will be sending letters to the ASPCA and PETA telling them that he was abused having to jump at a show in the, *gasp*, rain. Oy. I'm guessing from the text that he was not stellar over the jumps. Oh well, it is tough being 4.

Tomorrow he has three over fences classes, the low for his height and two Baby Greens. It is supposed to rain tomorrow too. Guess he will have to learn to deal with it. Poor Punkin'.

More stuff - they had to evacuate the stabling yesterday because someone on a Bobcat hit a gas line and broke it! So all of our horses were removed from the stabling and were hanging out on the other side of the show grounds attached to people. Pip was with our groom and his friends. Bob had his stallion, Tilly was with Molly, Bug was with Becca and Oliver was with Morgan. Holy Cow! Line was fixed and horses went back to their stalls.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

At Thunderbird!

For Summer Festival! I have no pictures yet. I'm sure Becca will send me some. I'm staying home for the duration. I did drive up and take the golf cart for the EVFians to use. Good thing too, the place is large, we are stabled in the back, in the corner, in the dark with no way to get the rig in to unload so Evie came in handy yesterday, saved every one's back and arms!

The flotilla left late - for the Great White North - actually the Great Wet North. Langley has the same sort of weather we do. Yay for rain sheets, and actually buying one since I'm programmed that way from my former life in the Midwest. I never thought the thing was going to get used in the summer here but it looks as though it will.

Speaking of my former life in the Midwest - Chris Starr from Michigan, now California is here. All grown up! I think the last time I saw him he was 16. I hope he has a fabulous show.

Molly, catch rider extraordinaire, has a new ride for this show, the wonderful jumper Wavelength. I so hope that she has a great time. Tilly knows everything and will give Molly some great experience and FUN!

Pip has never shown in the rain, there might be puddles in the ring, I hope he doesn't stop to play in them while he is supposed to be going to the jump. Or in the undersaddle!! That would be really bad, funny, but really bad. He LOVES playing in puddles. This is at home.

We had three trailers going up. The stallion rode in his owner's lovely three horse with living quarters, by himself. Pip came out and saw the ramp down and made a hard left to get on as Morgan was leading him past it. Oy. Morgan had an interesting time convincing him that was not his ride, then Pip saw Morgan's six horse and RAN up the ramp. The horse is a nut.

Show starts tomorrow. Results will be here - however they managed to spell my last name wrong. Interesting. They fixed it!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Evergreen Marathon

Oy. The world's longest horse show is done. The place is lovely - although it will take a few more years before the footing is stable. The grass didn't have deep enough roots to hold up to the pounding.

Pip was a good boy - ran on to the trailer as per usual. He likes to go for rides. Morgan has learned just to get out of his way. He did the same thing on Sunday when we went to load to come home. Trotted down the aisle of the portables and jumped on.

He was a very good boy. It was really hot the two days he showed. It takes him until the third trip to get organized, he jumps the snot out of the jumps and then needs to get organized in the lines. He is getting there. He pinned in one over fences class, was 8th and won the hack. There were 18 in the Baby Greens. Most of them also showed in the 4&5 Year old hunters as well, Pip just did the low class and his division.

We decorated for the tack room contest although I don't think we got judged. Here is our set up.

I took these pictures with my Blackberry so they aren't great.

It looked very nice, Paul and Lori provided the urns, pots and plants, I did the Waterford crystal vase and had an Hermes scarf picked out to get framed and hang in the back of the "casita" but couldn't get it done, because the show was so slow and unpredictable I was still waiting for Pip to go when I was going to run out and get the stuff to frame it.

Pip got to go for ice cream with Lucas. Usually he goes with him to the Taqueria. I don't know if he got to go stand in line with him at this show.

I got to see Mark Tompkins as he was judging. Chatted with him a few times as I was wandering around and visiting with people I hadn't seen in a long time. I saw Mark last year when he was judging at a show in Monroe. Sounds as though he is doing well.

Pip's next outing is Summer Festival in Langley BC at Thunderbird Showpark. I'm going to go up on Monday to take the golf cart and then go back up on Sunday to bring it home. I can't stay because I won't be able to take the old lady dog with me. It's just as well, hotel rooms are expensive.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Evergreen Classic

On the road again. At least this time it is close to home. Ready to go after work - Evie - golf cart is on her trailer and in my driveway ready to make the trek up to Carnation.

The horses will go in two shifts. The first load with everyone but the stallion, he gets to ride up on his own.

I'm looking forward to this horse show, didn't get to go last year but heard it was very nice.