Friday, July 19, 2019

Hosting guests and a jumper show

Oops - I've sorta let the blog go the past couple of weeks! I got some hay and have started tackling my big electrical project, but more on that later.  I've had my guests from Sweden here this week, so the blog has been quiet...  We had a good week catching up and doing some touristy stuff.

It is so cool to have someone that you just remain good friends with, even with distance and time.  My friend is originally from Holland and lived in Canada during my last year of high school.   She has two teenage kids and they were laughing at our high school memories.  They were also shocked at how long ago that was - 27 years!  *gulp*  My friend came to my wedding 20 years ago and has been back to visit a few times in between.  I have been very negligent in visiting her, but I think our next trip will be to Sweden - 2021 maybe?

Her daughter rides and is a jumper, so we of course hit up a local horse show! Our biggest local equestrian park just happened to be starting day 1 of a two week CSI 3* international show, so we went over and toured around for a couple of hours. It was kinda hot and gross, so we didn't make it too long.  It is even cooler in Sweden than here, so they aren't used to the heat.
This was only 1.10m as one of the earlier classes
We sat and watched a few jumper rounds - man that looks fun - I can totally see why you jumper people do that!  :-)  We sat next to a line that looked easy at first, but as we watched rider after rider botch the vertical that was after the oxer shown above, my young friend explained the striding and tactics that should be used for that line!
Cute Canadian double. A double double?  haha.  Sorry - Tim Horton's joke.
 This facility is quite nice and they did a pretty good job to my untrained eyes with nice course design and cool looking jumps.  We wandered around and found the grass main ring where the big money classes would be held. It is too bad the temps are going to get even warmer this weekend as I was toying with going back after my guests leave.
Jompies?
 The only thing a bit disappointing were the vendors.  There were maybe 3-4 small trailers that had standard show stuff - shirts, jackets and strap goods. Makes sense for them though as that is likely what riders would need in a pinch.  Maybe more vendors show up for the weekends when the bigger crowds roll through?

We then watched a few hunter rounds and called it a day.  The pool and some adult beverages (for the adults, of course!) were calling.

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great visit with friends! And awesome that the show was happening to go check out, even if it ended up being a bit too nasty to stay long. Looks like a gorgeous venue !

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    1. It was a good visit - just what I needed!

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  2. So fun to have a big show so close by! And yay for visitors! My new horse Pammon is from Sweden too!

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  3. It's good to have lifelong friends like that :)

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