Five days ago my long planned trip to the Region 4 Regionals live show in South Dakota was abruptly cancelled. This was a huge disappointment as I had really been looking forward to the trip. The last four weeks have been pretty rough, and the idea of a weekend getaway filled with friends and models was incredibly appealing. I have to admit--I did not take the cancellation very well.
And then... A couple things happened. I realised that not going to South Dakota meant that I could go to the High Country Live show in Calhan, Colorado. This is an all division show--a rarity here--and it includes performance. I emailed the show holder and she still had room for me. Excellent.
But then I started in on the second thoughts. Could I afford the entry fee? If I could, would it be worth it? I don't have any new horses. My performance stuff is completely disorganized. Oh, it all seemed like a lot of work for very little payoff. I was ready to throw in the towel and be depressed all over again.
Enter Teresa, aka "Flicksmom". She came over to drop off some tack Saturday, and we ended up having the nicest visit. I pawed through her tack box. She pawed through mine. We talked about horses and people and tack and it was just wonderful. I'm afraid I probably talked her ear off, but ever since then I have been bubbling over with enthusiasm about both the show on Saturday and the hobby in general. I started working on my Victrix again, and today I spent the entire day working on tack. This is all I have to show for it now...
but that's only because I mailed Sherry's tack before I took pictures. Oh, it feels so good to be working again! It's funny how these things go. I haven't wanted to work on tack for ages, and suddenly that's all I want to do. Do you think my family would mind if I made a breastplate instead of dinner?
(Just kidding. Sort of.)