Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years Day at the barn

Today the North Valley Chapter of the Oregon Dressage Society and the Canby Equestrian Center hosted a playday at CEC. I couldn't think of a better way to start out 2010 than with our horses and horse people. In spite of the rainy and windy weather, people trailored in and brought food for a potluck. The day started with a Ride-A-Test. Riders chose which dressage test they wanted to ride, and our judge made helpful comments for future use. There was also a walk/trot ring class which was a hoot being it was filled with both western and english-type riders. After the walk/trot class we went into our nice warm rider's lounge and shared a meal.

After lunch it was all about the games! There was a ride-a-buck, musical stalls (a variation on musical chairs), a potato race relay, a water relay, a game called clotheshorse where teams of three competed against one another by racing from one end of the arena to the other and putting on articles of clothing. A great time was had by all!

Even my DH got into the act. He rode the walk/trot class in western gear and he played a few of the games. Between classes he went outside and showed up Boo and I (see my previous post) by riding Bay through the water over and over again.

You may have noticed I said nothing about riding myself. That would be because I didn't ride. I am only just now getting over the stiffness caused by Boo's and my run-in over the water. I thought it the better part of valor to not push things today. I will go out tomorrow and get on for some walk/trot just to see how I do. It's the pits getting older. Pulling muscles is PAINFUL!


  1. Great pics! Love the conchos on Bay's gear! Nothing like a flooded arena to get a little practice with water! Hopefully you will get another chance w/Boo soon. Happy new year!

  2. Lots of big mud puddles all around the outdoor arena. The arena itself hasn't flooded though! I think I'll get Mick to take Bay through and ride Boo right behind him.

    The bridle and breast collar were made by a gentleman named Bob Doolittle. He's a saddlemaker over in Madras (Central Oregon)

  3. Wasn't Play Day a blast? When did Mick find a break in the clouds to ride through the "lake?" What a show off! :-)

  4. Sounds like a great day! Sorry to hear about your pulled muscles - yes, getting older is the pits! :-)

  5. A great day...even with the PNW rain!!!

  6. Yea, lots and lots of WATER all around!
    Thanks for the sweet comment today!
    I am excited to get my sissy back!