Monday, June 4, 2012

Saturday at the Horse Park

It took two and a half days, one lost credit card, three telephone consults with two professional mechanics, one loaner car, a new battery, a new alternator, a new motor mount kit, a tap socket set, a bolt extractor, one psychotic former co-worker and, most of all,  one very capable husband to bring the recent run of Buxton car drama to a satisfactory conclusion.  The bank account is depleted but the cars are fully operational.  Hurray!

That wasn't the case on Saturday, however.  Both cars were out of commission so I had to rely on Teresa and her old but running car, George, to transport me to the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, Colorado where Trillium's owner, Aline, was making her dressage ring debut with her good horse, Sara.
Aline's original ride times were 3:45 and 4:45 so we timed our arrival accordingly.  Unfortunately, the weather didn't cooperate.  A severe thunder storm had rolled through the Horse Park causing the competition to come to a halt.  
No matter!  I found Aline and Sara down in the lunging ring and visited with her...
while Teresa checked in with her friend, Anne-Marie, and her horse, Carthage. 
Although Aline's first ride was now a couple hours away, we had no trouble filling the time.  In addition to the dressage show... 
the Colorado Horse Park was also hosting an inhand Sport Horse competition... 
and a Hunter/Jumper show. 
I especially enjoyed watching the very young, very enthusiastic jump crew in action.
This was me thirty years ago!
Finally, 5:07 rolled around and it was Aline's turn to trot down the center line. 
Sara is almost as particular about her footing as Trillium, and the first half of the test was rather tentative.  Fortunately, she became more and more confident with each footstep.
The second half of the test was lovely.
I was so pleased that despite the obstacles, I'd found a way to be there for it. 
Aline was all smiles as she exited the arena. 
Thanks again for the ride, Teresa.  I don't know what I'd do without you!


  1. Hey, that's a very flattering photo of George! You can't see the hood issues, the lack of paint on said hood, etc etc :D

    (And I will remember that I like bright ass orange but bright ass orange does NOT like me.)

    You are completely welcome too :) It was fun!

    Btw, the cross country action we saw on the hill? A two star horse trial!

  2. Really?

    Darn, I guess we should have ventured in that direction. Not that it really matters. There was plenty going on in the main part of the Horse Park.

  3. What a lovely post! I hope to make it to some events at the Lamplight Equestrian Center in Wayne, IL (about five minutes from here!) this summer. Until then I'll just enjoy your wonderful blog posts, Jennifer! Sorry to hear about your cars, btw! Those unexpected expenses are so painful.

  4. First, congrats to Aline and her very pretty mare!

    Second, you have got to be kidding. You mention a "psychotic former coworker" and then tell us nothing else?? C'mon, this has to be a GREAT story! Inquiring minds want to know! :-)

  5. Wow! Beautiful combination of horse and rider!
    Looks like, despite the weather, it was a great afternoon!


  6. The psychotic former co-worker story goes like this. Seth started a new job on Tuesday and his new cubicle was next to a guy named Lee's. On Friday, Lee was fired (no idea why) and he threatened to come back with a gun and take out the entire office. The powers that be did not take that lightly. The police were called and everyone was sent home.

    This was really good for us because, at that point, we had no working cars. I managed to round up a loaner (thanks, Carol and Cara!) and he used it to buy parts and tools and was able to get one of the cars running that night. If he had actually had to put in a full day's work, he'd have had a lot less time for car repairs!


  7. OMG, that is TOO much... yes, it certainly was good timing for the dude to go postal when you needed your husband, and I'm sure Seth is more than happy that he's now out of the workplace!

    I am a receptionist for a 350+-person office, and in the past five years I've had a number of photos here at the Front Desk of "people to watch out for." Usually disgruntled former employees (don't think any have actually mentioned weaponry, thank God), or soon-to-be-ex-husbands, but I also had a lovely mug shot of some guy who had threatened to take out the family of the judge who'd sentenced him to jail time, when he was sprung. He was released and I got his photo since the judge's wife works here. :-/ FORTUNATELY, none of these folks (all men, hmmm) have ever showed up! Still, I'm glad our office is virtually across the street from the police station.