Saturday, July 31, 2010

More Showing Fun!

We are back from another fun horse show down at The Emerald Classic at Donida Farms in Auburn. We had a great time with the horses down there and had some highlights, including Wally's Reserve Champion in the Pre-Green Hunters and Laura's 1st place finish in the Long Stirrup Derby on Sunday! Chelsea and Finesse did well in the .90's & the 1.00 jumpers - even if they weren't crazy about the optimum time - and Marla and her adorable horse, Bud Light, did great as they moved up the jumper divisions to the .90's! Jasmine and Finesse enjoyed a fun relay and placed 3rd as they had the chance to run the course together - they made quite the pair!

Now we are getting ready to go to the Evergreen Classic. Most of the horses will be joining us at the show, so if you are planning on coming out to the barn expect to get the place all to yourself! Hopefully, while we are away showing Javier will have lots of extra time to get the place ready for Fall - yes, Fall is just around the corner - shudder! For now, the horses are enjoying getting to be without blankets and sheets and having the windows open day and night in the barn.

We've had some new students join us and are currently looking for a horse for a couple of students to lease in both the hunter and jumper divisions so hopefully we will have a new horse or pony soon!!

Titan continues to do well on the line. Danika has to get out to the tack stores to buy him a girth, but if you know of anyone who has a small girth they would like to donate, it would be much appreciated - he is definitely ready to do MORE! :)

We've had some interest in the Gold Creek show in August as well, so if this is a show you are thinking about, make sure to let us know now as things will get busy this next month and we want to make sure we have everything planned so nothing falls through the cracks - believe it or not, show season is winding down - but not before a great turn out at the Evergreen Classic - remember, if you aren't showing, we'd love to have you out to cheer everyone on while they show! Go Team Sundance!!

Our big summer barn party is Friday, August 6th at Wild Waves! Hopefully you are planning on coming out and joining us for a day of fun - and hopefully sun! This is our 3rd year at Wild Waves and we do tend to get cooler weather, but nothing deters Team Sundance from making everything we do FUN! Come on out and play!

We will see you at the barn - remember, it is nice and cool out there during the summer so enjoy it!!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summertime at the barn

Well, we are back from Thunderbird and getting ready to head off to The Emerald Classic! This is our first year showing at Emerald, so we are excited to see how the show goes!

Thunderbird was a ton of fun - not only in the show ring, but at the exhibitor's bar-b-que and bull riding and the horseless foot race as well! Our group won in both the bull riding and the foot race so we had some other fancy items to add to our Thunderbird weeks - as well as 3 Reserve Championships: Chelsea and Finesse in the .90's, Vera and Finesse in the Pony Jumpers and Aidan and Phalcon in the Short Stirrup Hunters - a great couple of weeks for all!

At home, Farley continues his struggle with his "lumps". He is quite bumpy for anyone who hasn't seen him, but is under the care of several different vets - hopefully they can all decide on what will return him to show form before the shows are over for the year! We are truly blessed to have Finesse to take over for him while he recovers.

Jasmine tried her hand out in the Grand Prix field at Thunderbird - although she was quite sure some of those jumps were out to get her, the experience, over-all, was a good one and hopefully we will get some fun pictures out of it as well!

Titan/Sinatra has progressed so much on the line! We are so exited about him! He is now able to canter calmly and quietly as well as trot like an old pro -we are all very proud of him and the work the Danika and Chelsea have put into him. With the addition of his new bridle, we were able to add the rig into his routine this week - readjusting him to work with bridle and tack in order to prepare for the day we can hop on for real! Danika is planning on trying to raise some more money in order to purchase a girth to fit her saddle - if anyone has a size 40 that they would like to donate or loan to a good cause, we'd love it!

Everyone else is getting ready for the Emerald Classic this coming week, followed by Wild Waves on August 6th and The Evergreen Classic in August - make sure you get signed up at the barn if you haven't already!!

We are breaking out the fly masks and fly spray so that means summer is officially here! Enjoy it while it lasts!!

See you all out at the barn!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Horse Showing Frenzy!

Well, it's been awhile! Things have been busy at the barn lately....

First off, a big "Welcome!" to Boo and her owner Michelle. We have enjoyed getting to know Boo and her family and helping Boo in her re-hab as she increases her trotting. We are all excited to get her to the point where we can try out her canter! She is super cute and seems to be a great neighbor to Wally.

We've also been showing a lot here - we went to another Gold Creek show as well as The Bainbridge Island Classic and are currently up in Canada attending the Thunderbird horse show. Hopefully, if you weren't showing, you had a chance to come out and cheer your fellow Sundancers on while they were showing! Everyone has been quite successful - with Championships for Nicholas and Finesse at Bainbridge, Maia and Danika at GCEC and some fancy ribbons for Phalcon up in Thunderbird this last week. We've also had quite the string of Reserve Championships at Bainbridge for Phalcon, and at GCEC in several different divisions for Grace on Cookie, Ariel on Finesse and Erica on Wally - what a great show month everyone has had! Great Job Team!

Danika was also, with the help of Vera and Aidan, able to raise some money from her Bake Sale for Sinatra/Titan and, with the donation of a bridle from Sue (and the bit from Vera's bridle) we finally have a bridle for Titan! He has started his work on the line with that and we are hoping that Danika raised enough money to purchase a girth soon - and some sun block! Poor Guy - his nose is sensitive to the small amount of sun we have seen! But we are excited to finally get him working under saddle so he can find a permanent home - remember, if you know of someone looking for a horse he is available for adoption!!

We are excited for the 2nd week of Thunderbird starting this week and for the sun to make an appearance - might even be time to get out the fly masks....?