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In Loving Memory...
~ Gogo Fatale ~

6/2/01 - 10/11/11
~ Forever the Marest of Them All ~

Saturday, November 29, 2008

We've arrived!

Well here we are, safe and sound (and tired) in good ol' Connecticut. It was a loooooooooooooooooong haul, but it was nice to pull in and unload everything and kick back for a little rest and relaxation on the couch. Everyone here is SO NICE!! Two of the boarders were chatting when I walked in the barn aisle and called hello, and they came running over going "Welcome!!! Here let me go make you a cup of tea, what kind would you like, sugar or milk, okay I'll be right back!" and in general bustling around and making me feel warm and welcome. I think this is going to be a really good experience. It's obviously not a forever job but I think there's a lot to learn here, and everyone needs to start somewhere.

But what DO I want to do for a living? I love the breeding business, and I love eventing, and I love nutrition, and I love horsey feet. I don't really like riding other peoples' horses and I really don't like training people either, so I know that much. So... who knows, in other words. What on earth can I do that makes MONEY that involves those horsey things I love most? If anybody knows the miracle answer, let me know.

Also... I'm already really really really excited about SHOW SEASON! And damnit, it's November, which means that because I am poor I will probably NOT be doing any dressage shows this coming winter and spring, or any jumper shows either. I will probably just be pooling my money for events and gearing her again for the AECs, probably at Novice (though the plan is to take her out Training a few times before the year is up). I imagine I'll show her Novice just enough to get our qualifying scores, then bump her up to Training so she's not sleeping around x-country (and stadium, and dressage!) anymore, but still take her Novice at the Areas and the AECs. Having just driven the loooooooooooooooooooooong haul from MI to CT, I'm not sure how the hell we're going to get from here to Chicago, but we'll figure that out when the time comes.

So far the show season is looking something like this:

May 9-10 King Oak Farm H.T. (MA) (Novice)
May 30 Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (CT) (Novice)

Nothing??? Like I'll be able to afford something like Groton House!

July 3-5 Stoneleigh-Burnham School H.T. (MA) (MAYBE... or maybe not)
July 11-12 ENYDCTA/Old Chatham H.T. (NY) (MAYBE... or maybe not)

July 19 Riga Meadow H.T. (CT) (Novice)

August 1-2 Apple Knoll Farm H.T. (MA)(MAYBE... or maybe not)
August 16 Kent School H.T. (CT) (Training)

Sept 9-13 American Eventing Championships! (IL) (Novice)
Sept 26-27 Stoneleigh-Burnham School H.T. (MA) (MAYBE... or maybe not)

October 4 Kent School H.T. (CT) (Training)
October 10-11 Ethel Walker School H.T. (CT) (Novice Championship?? This is where it was held last year)

Ummmmmm I obviously haven't thought this out in great detail already, no....

And now, to bed. Seriously, having Gogo be literally a 16 second stroll away from my cozy bed is a seriously wonderful, comforting thought. I keep getting up and going down there just to say hi to her, just because I can.


Daun said...

Yay, Area 1. I am in NH, so not sure how many I am going to make in MA, but we will likely bump into each other sometime in 2009. I need one more score to hit the AECs in BN.
Just need to check the monies and find a way to get conditioned now that we're on our own without an arena.

Good luck!

Andrea said...

yay Area 1! I doubt I'll have to funds to travel outside of a two-hour range - if I stay under that, I can just trailer in all smooth-like :D

We can go to the AECs next year and have a just-moved-to-Area-1 party!

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