It seems wind is the common thread across the country!

Just finished 2 shows....the first at beautiful Halton Horse Place which is located about an hour and half west of Toronto. Just as Chris battled with wind and rain in Calgary we fought with the same conditions.... high winds, jumps blowing over etc etc. Although jumps blew over 3 times on Saturday the worst of the storms that hit the Toronto area somehow missed the show site. Just down the road heavy rains, hail, thunder and lightning were causing havoc with traffic. Exhibitors kept calling asking if the show was still on and we honestly barely had any rain at all. If not for the strong winds we would have missed the poor weather almost entirely. Show management found steel rebar posts that they bent into a u shape with the front end loader of the tractor and we held down the jumps to finish our day and continue on until Sunday. The exhibitors were most cooperative and most of them stayed to show until almost 8 pm. Chris and I exchanged stories during evening phone calls. This past weekend took me to Manitoba where it had rained 3 inches on the Tuesday before the show. The rings were quite muddy and unusable the first day of the show so all classes were postponed by a day. I took the opportunity of a rare day off to go to, believe it or not...a Bingo game with the judge.... lo and behold she won $500 and I won $300. It became quite an enjoyable story around the show. Once the show started all was smooth sailing until the end of day 2 when again the wind blew up and the jumps began blowing over once again. Winnipeg had had flood conditions earlier in the Spring so there was an abundance of sand bags that came in quite handy. My flight out was originally on Sunday evening and although management tried to change my it to Monday evening (it was a long weekend in Canada) only very expensive seats were available. It was decided by all that I should prepare all the paperwork for the courses Sunday, build the course and then make a mad dash to the airport. Luckily the course builder had a course design card so he was able to perform all the changes between classes. Apparently all went very well and the new jumper sponsor was very happy with their Jumper Classic.... 4 went clean and on into the jump off. This week Chris is course designing hunters and I am judging hunters at the Caledon National Horse Show in Palgrave Ontario. This show park is one of the best run in Canada and the host of about 8 National shows a year. Over 1,000 horses entered this week and it should turn out to be quite a fun. Weather forecast is warm and sunny all week and the show park is only about a 30 minute drive from home. Hope you are all enjoying your horsey activities. Evie

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