To ride dressage is to dance with your horse, equal partners in the delicate and sometimes difficult work of creating harmony and beauty.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A couple of photos from the show

Rick, Brian and several friends came to watch Larry and I show last Sunday, including Wanda. Wanda and I met through fiber (her husband makes the most wonderful Turkish spindles), and then we learned we also have many other things in common, including a love of horses. (She and I shared a special beach ride together last September.) I was tickled that she was able (and desired) to come; it was great to have her support and be able to catch up a bit between my two classes.

Wanda took some photos during our warm-up (thank-you, Wanda!). The designated warm-up arena was in another building cheek-to-jowl with the Oregon Ag Fest, a beehive of activity and noise from various farm animals, a crackling loudspeaker and lots of families with kids and strollers. Because of that, most competitors chose to warm up in an open area outside the two competition arenas, even though the footing wasn't ideal.

This photo shows the end result of my braiding job.
As requested, I will do a photo tutorial on how I braid sometime this month.

Several of my friends commented on how much they loved Larry's ears during our warm-up. They were telegraphing how relaxed and attentive he was. (Later, in the tests, they telegraphed how terrified he was of the end of the arena where the judge's stand was; ha!)

There may be more photos yet to come. Rick shot some during our tests, but we haven't been able to download them to my computer yet.


Shula said...

Awesome looking braid job, and a sparkly white sock. I love Larry's ears too and he looks wonderfully relaxed in the warm up. The two of you make a very nice picture together.

Michelle said...

Thanks, Shula. :-)

Nancy K. said...

Wow! He sure cleans up nice!
I love the braiding!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Yep, that was pretty much what I thought your braids would look like ;-).