Good morning everyone! We made it home safe and sound...and still feeling the happy feelings of being in my element!!! I SO belonged there!
So we arrived late on Friday, so we ordered pizza in. Yummy!
We headed to the fairgrounds and came face to face with TONS of trailers!!!! We did a lot of investigating. Found one better made than all the rest. A Logan. I have a pic.
We shopped and shopped. Did a little show watching...but a longeing class isn't what I came for....so we shopped some more,
. I bought Rainn a pink zebra turnout blanket, black leather chaps (to break the cold fall wind), a few western tops for myself, braided leather reins for Rainn's bridle (although, I love them, so think I will put them on jays, since I ride him most). Bought a beautiful quilted Ariat jacket to wear during fall. It has an embroidered Congress emblem on the back! Yes, I spent the wad!
We took a break, had a beer, relieved our feet and did a bit more shopping. By then it was time for the reining competition....which we found out earlier you had to purchase tickets weeks before!
BUT, sometimes people scalp them......so I said, what the hey, we came all this way, and it's the reining competitions that chose this weekend to go...
So I scoped the situation. Saw some older gentleman who were the ticket takers talking...I mosied up, asked if they had tickets...no they didn't....oh that's too bad....but I still stood there. A guy gets up, comes back and says, I have two front row, boxed seats I'll sell ya for $100. A $100 BUCKS???? They were originally $120.....
Well, I don't know what possessed me... But I reached in my purse and grabbed a hundred dollar bill, shoved it at the guy, and grabbed the tickets!!
mom commented later that she doesn't know how I pulled that $$$ out so fast!! Hahahaha
So we found our seats...and for a few minutes, I thought....what the h*** did I just do????
But as the competition got under way.....I was SOOOO happy we were there. It was pro and non-pro freestyle reining. The costumes and patterns were truly amazing. We laughed, clapped, cried, and we gave a standing ovation. SO fun!! We didn't get back tot the hotel until after 11:00. Long day, but so worth the sore feet!
The next morning we went down to breakfast. There was a guy talking about a new halter he designed, based on a dream he had. He gave each of us one!! Then across the room I spied the woman who won 2nd in the non-pro the night before. I walked up to her to congratulate her. It was her first time to show congress! And did so well. She had caught my attention that night because you could tell that she was there to have fun, and her horse was having fun too, a nice connection.
. Anther good reason for going tot the competition....I knew the competitors.
We got home, and after a nap, I ran to the barn. I saddled up Rainn, as I now have a new respect for my old mare. ( she was a winning reining horse in her day.) pouring down rain, with new reins in my hand, Rainn and I (and Maggie, the dog) rode through my moms fields and trails.
. She seemed to know something was up...she was full of pep, and rode spectacularly. I literally had to hold her back..what fun!!
So, that was our weekend...actually I'm off today, so mom and I are taking a ride later this afternoon.
. I'm truly thankful! (Loved your photos Koolio)
Have a good day all!