Monthly Archives: March 2010

Horse Heaven in Napa

Last weekend I took a mini-field trip to visit my friend at Toyon Farm in Napa. It is literally horse heaven! I can’t decide if my favorite part about this place is the gym inside a nicely redone stall or the the fancy pond out front that serves as water trough (not pictured)!

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Dogs in the Snow

Huckleberry Finn, the Chocolate Lab Mix is my dog. Dakota, my sister’s dog is a Norwegian Elk Hound. Dakota is a very devious dog and I think this expression in the last picture really captures his personality!

Horse Show Update

The February show was fabulous. It started out with some big doubts though. As I drove up to the stable in the pouring rain at night, I thought to myself, “am I this crazy? Why on earth am I at a horse show in Feb. in Nor. CA?”. My expectations for the show changed as soon as I drove past the big and scary tented arenas. If I just get through a single test ALIVE, I would be happy!

The next morning it was still raining. We woke up at 4:30 to get ready for our ride. Yes, this is my vacation time folks! Willoughby handled the tents like a pro. He really blew me away. I had no excuses, I actually had to ride my tests!

Not all 5 tests I rode were perfect but each one got a little better and we both started feeling more confident as we went. I was really proud that we were able to get 10 meter canter circles without breaking or looking like we were going to tip over! That was a major accomplishment. We got some qualifying scores at the show but most importantly we had fun and we learned a lot! Everyone else in our barn did really well too and I enjoyed spending time with all my horse friends!