Monday, July 18, 2011

jr. league horse show

How was your weekend?

Ours was busy, but great.
A few weeks ago, one of Daddy Bird's vet school classmates called and asked us to join he and his wife for an evening at the Junior League Horse Show.  Of course, we were thrilled to join them!  Brad is a veterinarian at Rood and Riddle, an amazing equine veterinary practice in Lexington, and they were sponsoring a class at the show.
We had great seats.

Hello there.
Can you tell how great our seats were?

The evening was great.  No kids.  Adult conversation.  Catching up with friends.  Not too hot, and just a little sprinkle of rain.  Just enough rain to make my hair frizz.

That's ok.  My life is just one big bad hair day.

Brad and his wife Susie are some of our dearest friends.  Like, the kind of friends you don't see every day, but when you get together it's like no time has passed.

As I mentioned before, Brad and Daddy Bird were friends at Auburn.  We have lots of crazy fun memories with Brad, one in particular involving catfish, and illegal fishing at night.  Another involving a hurricane.

The best word to describe Susie is delightful.  She is honestly one of the nicest people I know, and always fun to be around.  I remember when Brad and Susie started dating, and I think I told him something like "you'd better not mess this up, Brad."
He didn't, thankfully.

Why yes, I am currently nursing.  Why do you ask?

Anyway, back to the horse show.

I know nothing about Saddlebreds.  Daddy Bird knows more than I do, since he was an equine vet in the Saddlebred capitol of the world, but when it comes right down to it, we are quarter horse people.  Cow horse people.
We try to make our horses calmer, and quieter.  We use our horses for work.
We do not shake plastic bags at our horses.  We do not shoot off fireworks at our horses.  I find this absolutely fascinating and hillarious.

Like I said, I know nothing about Saddlebreds, but I do have an appreciation for them.  I think they are very beautiful, and incredible athletes.  I appreciate the amount of time and training that is involved to allow these horses to compete at this level.

And there's just something really fun about Saddlebred shows.  They are truly spectator sports.  I love the people watching, and all the yelling and hooting, and I love to hear trainers yelling instructions to their riders.

We were in a box right next to a trainer and it always cracks me up to hear things like, "more leg!  more leg!  too much leg!!!!!"  and "sit baaaaack!!  sit back farther than you've ever sat in your life!!!!"

We were all obsessed with this grey horse.

He may have been a total plug, I have no idea, but he was so pretty!

Thanks Brad and Susie for treating us to such a fun night out!


Katie said...

Jr. League (or, just 'Lexington') is one of my all-time favorite horse shows. Check out this amazing shot from Howie (the horse show photog) - . Those Saddlebred people really love to show their horses! ;)

So glad that you had a chance to get away! And if you ever have the urge to hop on a Saddlebred, just let me know. I can make that happen!

Mommy Webb said...

Looks like a blast. And you look so cute.

Stover's site said...

Sounds fun -what a great time for you guys. I know nothing about horses except that I love them. Don't know the different types, but I have always loved them. And, just so you know, no one was looking at your boobs until they read your comment below the pic. Ha!!! I really laughed out loud. Love you girl!