Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
Soo I will be traveling to WEF this year!! I am trilled and so excited. The story behind it is that I had some bad news recently, my barn is closing down, lost an amazing job within 2 days of each other so it seemed like life was pointing to 1- Sulk that things suck. Orrrr 2- “ Make a Big Move”… I chose make a big move. This means nothing is tying me down to the city I live in, no coach tying me down so now I can travel without worrying about making her mad because I have to use another coach at the far away A shows or in FL. And I still may end up packing myself and horse up to move to a larger city in Ontario where the population of quality horses, coaches and shows is the highest. Theres only a handfull of quality A circuit coaches where I live and they are hard to come by!
But for now back to the FL topic…. I will only go for 3 weeks but financially I can’t do much more than that even with cutting a lot of costs. My friend is going to Ocala for 5 weeks but I’ve gone before, and Wellington is where I want to be! And lucky for me I start a new job today!!
I don’t have an illusion that I will win – I may not even place but I want to use it as a feel for the grounds so when I go back I know what to expect, where everything is, how classes are run, peoples turn out and I want to go look at some 6-7 figure hunters (window shopping to the extreme? Lol) I need to brush up on the American terms for classes, I believe you have the jr/am ( or jr/aa or jr/ao) low-med-high which is 1.20/1.35/1.40 ? Please correct me if I’m wrong here!
If anyone has any advice or tips about wellington or anything you would find helpful to me I would really appreciate it and what to expect that would differ from Ocala. Like peoples attitudes and things like that, temperature, classes and what to expect there, if there is any different rules about showing.. I don’t know how you would know they are different than Canada. I know WEF is big money so I am doing it on a budget but if having the best of the best clothes necessary? I like to have my riding speak for itself but would it be better to have a really good set of things for big classes? Like better helmet, breeches, jacket, horse boots exc? I am going in March so I have time to save for myself to buy some new things I’m just curious if it actually matters or not or it that’s all just for show.
Or if anyone lives around there and knows of any fun things to do on the off time or sight seeing ( no clubs or anything like that ). My parents will come down for a week and I don’t want to keep them at the show the whole time.