Me & My Big Girl's Blog (14)

The Sainted Mare Weighs In On The Hair Issue...

We had a teensy tiny winter weather event here in New Jersey yesterday, which meant that the roads were fouled up for my early morning riding lesson and cleared up by the time my daughter needed to leave for the afternoon soccer game. Sigh. So, the girls had the day off and plenty of time on their hands, as evidenced by this communication from Sugar, which I found in my tack…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on January 22, 2012 at 5:32pm — 1 Comment

In Which I Attempt to Impersonate a Lawn Dart...


If you, like me, subscribe to Practical Horseman magazine, odds are you might also be a devotee of George Morris' monthly column called Jumping Clinic. Each month, readers faithfully turn the pages to see which four riders he picks and what he has to say about their equitation, their horse's jumping ability, and their turnout.



Just about every month one finds George bemoaning the prevalent habit today's riders have of jumping ahead of their horses.…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on September 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — 4 Comments

Hurricane Irene and Free Jumping Cats...

As you may or may not be aware, the East Coast was just pummeled by Hurricane Irene. The big storm is estimated to be one of the most expensive in US history, and many towns on the Eastern Seaboard are still dealing with the aftermath of her wrath.

During the storm itself, my…

Added by Me & My Big Girl on August 31, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Wheeeeeeeee! and Other Bloopers


Okay, so I recently posted about how wonderfully well our last horse show went.  Well, just so you don't think I'm getting too big for my breeches, I'm going to share with you some pics from other shows, so you can see how things normally work in our world.

My mare, Sugar, is a master of the Rider Over-Ride.  Typically happens when we are approaching an oxer that she finds particularly impressive.  Or maybe it's an oxer that I find…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on August 18, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Best Show Day Ever!


As you can tell by the superlatives in the title, I'm about to go overboard.  Much gushing about the Sainted Bay Mare will follow, so here's your warning to either pull on your waders or abandon ship now!

Last Saturday we showed at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show in the Pre-Preliminary division.  Granted, 3' or thereabouts may be small…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on August 16, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Another Horse Hero...14 Year Old Girl Leads Horse From Burning Trailer

This past Sunday 14 year old Grace Pilkington walked through fire to rescue her best friend, a 13 year old Thoroughbred named Hershey.  She and her mom were driving through Nashua, New Hampshire, when they noticed smoke coming from the trailer window.  They pulled over, and rushed back to find steam from a ruptured water cooler that ad caught fire.

Despite the flames, Pilkington immediately ran into the trailer, and as her mom lowered the gate on the trailer,  led her…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on August 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

First Sleep Away Show Ever -- The Week in Pictures


We got to HITS after dinner on Tuesday.  Cookie was already doing sleepies...…

Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 27, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

First Sleep Away Show Ever: Final Day and Thanks, Peter Leone!


Wow, if you'd told me on Day One that I'd ever be ready to go home, I'd have laughed at you.  Be that as it may, Day Five of HITS-on-the-Hot-As-Hades-Hudson IV saw me ready to head south on I-87.  However, before I did there was that small matter of Short Stirrup Hunter classes we needed to attend to. 

Thankfully they Horse Show gods decided to move the classes up from early afternoon to just before 11.  In my …


Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 25, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

First Sleep Away Show Ever: Reflections on Day 4

It's actually Sunday morning, the last day of the show, and I'm writing this while the kiddo is happily singing in the shower. The joy in her voice as she belts out whatever lyrics come to mind is the reason we did this whole away show thing. Ridiculously expensive as it it is, it's a chance for Mom and kiddo to live our passion for a little while, have some lengthy quality time… Continue

Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 24, 2011 at 8:31am — No Comments

End of an Era...


On Sunday, July 17th, 2011 arguably one of the greatest eras in

international show jumping was brought to an end with the retirement of the incomparable Shutterfly. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum decided to retire her 18 year old super-gelding after he won the 1.55 meter Warsteiner Prize at the CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival while he was on top,…


Added by Me & My Big Girl on July 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Vermont's Kicking It Old School - Draft Horse Style


Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Let's Hear It for the OTTBs!!

Saw this video of Silva Martin (eventer Boyd Martin's wife) on Eventing Nation.  She's doing a dressage freestyle on Sea Lord, an OTTB that was campaigned by eventers Boyd Martin and Philip Dutton, but was later turned over to Silva as a dressage prospect.

Check out Silva and…

Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 28, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Horse Showing With the Kiddo....


Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 27, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Show Woes: Dealing With Fear


Added by Me & My Big Girl on June 21, 2011 at 9:37am — 3 Comments

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