You’d best do all you can to figure out how to answer the door.
Anyone who’s read this blog consistently probably knows that I’m really into sporthorse breeding and stallions.
Like here: Let’s Make a Baby!
And here: My Love Affair with Stallions
And here: Valentino Z photo extravaganza
I worked at a breeding farm for a while, my mare Sadie is a homebred, and hopefully I’ll have a new youngster coming in 2016. So… breeding nut status is well established.
Last week I got a call from a breeder friend, asking if I had any interest in going to Belgium in March to visit lots of big time breeding farms, see some world famous stallions, and attend the annual Belgian Warmblood stallion selection show.
The answer: DUH! Of course I want to go! That’s like asking a 5yo kid if they wanna go to Disneyland. Or a 20yo girl if she wants to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (side note: I want to go there too). Sadly, money is tight these days since all of my extra is being filtered into the “Get Henry to AEC’s” fund. Then she said that all I’d really have to pay is airfare because of the perks of the group of VIHP’s (very important horse people) that I’d be traveling with. Well that gets more interesting, and more doable.
Alas, airfare is still over 1k plus I’d have to get a passport plus a little spending money for food and whatever else – about $1500. I’ve already tapped out a lot of my “I need extra money” gigs in my attempt to rake in more horse show money, booking some barn-sitting and a little mobile tack shop work when I can. Now I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to come up with extra-extra money for Belgium. I have no idea if I’ll actually be able to pull this off, but I’m gonna give it the good ol’ college try. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity of pretty epic proportions.
So on that note – looks like it’s time for all of my hunter stuff to go. Yes that means the beloved shadbelly with custom points, my Ovation hunter bridle from back when the Ovations still looked identical to Edgewood, the used-once hunter show pad, the blue Horseware coat, etc. I’ll come up with an official list later this week. In the mean time if you’re looking for something specific, please ask. Now is the time while I’m weak and vulnerable. 😉
Cross all your crossables… maybe I’ll be able to pull this off!