Sunday, July 22, 2018

2018 $100,000 Adequan Grand Prix

So like I was saying, Fabian and I had a great time at the Grand Prix last night.
Having learned from my mistake last year, we arrived just a few minutes before five and rode the golf cart shuttle to the Grand Prix ring.
We found a seat as the first horse and rider combination, NKH Carrido and Christian Heineking, cantered on to the course.
Clear round! 
Twenty eight horses followed.
A few jumped around cleanly. 
Most did not.
Predictably, Fabian rooted for all the greys.
I was on Team Chestnut.
We both liked this chestnut Irish Sport Horse.
Alas, he jumped well, but did not advance to the jump-off.
That was the story for most of the entrants.
The horses jumped well, but not well enough. 
In the end, only five horses came back for a second round. NKH Carrido and Christian Heineking went first and turned in a solid four fault effort that ended up placing third.
Charlie Jayne and Amice Z were next. They laid down the first double clear.
After that, it was local rider, Susan Griffis and Indoktro K Van'T Kattenheye. They had a few problems that dropped them into fifth place.
The fourth pair was the second double clear, but Natasha Traurig and Collonella Z's time was only good enough for second.
It all came down to Annabella Sanchez and Incitatus. A four fault effort landed them in fourth place.
Congratulations to Charlie Jayne and Amice Z on their well deserved win!
This was such a fun day. The weather was perfect, the course was challenging but fair and the vast majority of the horses - even those packing big bits - went around nicely. Thanks again for going with me Fabian. I hope we can do it again next year!

Jumper bridles

Fabian and I had a great time at the Grand Prix last night. As usual, I took a lot of pictures, only one of which was posted on Facebook before I turned in for the night. I deliberately tried to make that a noncontroversial picture in regards to the tack, but even so, all the comments were about the bit. That always happens, so I'm bowing to the inevitable. This year's Grand Prix coverage starts with a whole bunch of bridle photos. Enjoy!

Saturday, July 21, 2018

The 1994 Grand Prix of Nashville

Tonight Fabian and I are going to the Colorado Horse Park to watch the $100,000 Adequan Grand Prix.
Karen Cudmore and Ceonto competing in the 2017 $50,000 FarmVet Grand Prix at the Colorado Horse Park
For five years in the early to mid 1990's, I lived and worked on the Hunter/Jumper show circuit, selling tack at all the biggest shows in the southeastern United States. Back then, I went to a Grand Prix nearly every weekend. I enjoyed them all, but my favorite, hands down, was the Grand Prix of Nashville.
This Grand Prix was held in conjunction with the Nashville summer show series. However, unlike the rest of the show, the Grand Prix was held not at Brownland Farm but on the big grass field at the Currey's farm. 
My bosses always bought a sponsor table, but never attended the event themselves. Instead, the table (and access to the free bar) would go to me, my co-workers and a few assorted friends. It was awesome.
souvenirs cups from the free bar in use in my studio
The competition was awesome, too. The Curreys are a big deal in the sport of showjumping, and a lot of big name riders who didn't attend the Brownland shows came to the Grand Prix. In 1994, some of the headliners included Todd Minikus on Thrilling (I loved this horse),
Margie Goldstein-Engle...
and Joe Fargis.
Joe won the class with his 1988 Olympic mount, Mill Pearl. This picture was taken during the victory gallop.
I'm really looking forward to tonight's Grand Prix. Bring on the Lynchburg Lemonade!

Friday, July 20, 2018


I promise I'll get to the story eventually, but I'm still too tired to do it justice.
Suffice it to say, the costume is finally done.
Or perhaps I should say, it's mostly done. As always, photos have revealed a few small things in need of tweaking.
That's fine. After seventeen years, what's another day?

Thursday, July 19, 2018

The feels when... realize the costume you started when James was a newborn is going to be finished the week he gets his driver's license.
I can't decided if that's awesome or horrifying, but either way, I can not wait to push this one across the finish line!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Almost wordless Wednesday, part two

Summer is horse show season, and the Estes Park Horse Show isn't the only show I've spectated this year. I've also attended several sessions of the big Summer in the Rockies Hunter/Jumper series at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado. This group of photos was taken last Friday at the $5,000 USHJA Hunter Derby. Enjoy!