TOABH: Wish We Could

It’s been a while since I’ve done a blog hop, and I still haven’t ridden my horse since last week, so why the heck not?

Beka (my blog wife) over at The Owls Approve asked:

Let’s pretend that financial restrictions don’t exist and logistics isn’t a nightmare.  If you could do anything with your Ponykins, what would you do?

Four things immediately come to mind:

1) AEC’s. I know, I know, I talk about it a lot, but it’s my main goal of 2015. Not gonna lie – if we don’t make it I’ll be really disappointed.

2) a Novice 3-day event. Because jog-ups, and roads and tracks, and steeplechase! I’m still a die-hard fan of the long format of eventing so this would be cool in so many ways. Plus I will probably never ever have the cojones to want to jump around any actual FEI level event, so this is a good way to play dress up and do the fun stuff without actually trying to kill myself on a giant solid XC jump. In my dreams I would love to do a N3DE next year, but a) I just dunno about that b) it would depend on if the one that used to happen in Texas ever actually happens again. Fun as it would absolutely for sure definitely be, I can’t see me hauling several states away for something like that.

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What do you mean I’m way overdressed for Novice? This is mini-Rolex!

 

roads and tracks!

 

Henry would be like: WEEEE STEEPLECHAAAASE!

3) Foxhunting. And while I totally would settle for Texas foxhunting (should have put that on my 2015 goals…) in my fantasyland I mean Virginia foxhunting. Not Ireland, because those people are a hair too drunk/crazy, but I’m game for VA style. That seems like a happy medium.

Like this:

We can jump this

 

and this

 

Hey girl, cute hedge

But not:

WHAT IN THE HOLY HELL?? NOOO!!! I don’t even bend that way!

 

4) Ride on the beach. I’ve done this a couple times before in my life but not on my own terms, so it’d be fun to tak Hens for a little gallop by the water.

In my mind it looks exactly like this

 

14 thoughts on “TOABH: Wish We Could

  1. I didn’t know that USEA did long format Novice events! That would be very cool. I want to get to the 1/2* (Training) long format at Rebecca Farms one day, that would be pretty badass. And only like 2 days of hauling…. no big.

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  2. Not all hunting in Ireland be crazy or drunk, but it is deff considerably less polished than the US. Although that can be said about the country as a whole – renowned for being rugged and whatnot. *shrug*
    Research can be done to discover the less daredevil hunts if ever you do get a taste for it & visit the Emerald Isle 😉

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  3. I found hunting totally overrated. I went a few times and it just never tickled my fancy. BUT you should try it if you want to – a lot of hunts will let you pay a day fee.

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  4. plz do all of these things!!!! or come up to maryland (hey, it’s close to virginia) and we can try to hunt with the only-moderately-drunk crazies up here. lol

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  5. Hunting in VA is a little bit magical. I went from hunter and equitation princess to die hard VA hunter pretty quickly. Great people, great territory, great hunts, and some of the best atmosphere in the country. Definitely the most fun I’ve ever had on horseback, so of course I highly recommend it.

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  6. Oh my god. I just want to think about how fucking classy you would be for your novice jog. I expect you to throw that blonde chick to the wayside.

    Also, I just want to point out that Aiken has killer fox hunts that are less deadly than Ireland. And Georgia has ride-able beaches (I’ve been told.. haven’t yet found). And wild ponies!

    ❤ – blog wife.

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