I realize I have not posted to this blog in a very long time. Some of that is because I didn't have much to talk about, didn't have any fun pictures and was just sort of busy. Another reason is yahoo locked me out for 3 months so I had to get a new email address, try to find customers and hobby contacts without any way of getting their information, etc. It was all very frustrating. The other issue I had was when I got my new gmail email address I was paranoid and didn't want to connect this account and that account (some of you probably remember my email hacker aka my trip to Spain). So then I had to log out of my email account to log into blogger to read or post and then back again. And because of my increased paranoia I have come up with redicoulously hard passwords that I have to write down to remember because they are just too long/strange to memorize. Or hack I hope. I also discovered that my virus software and Internet Explorer don't play well together. I know none of this matters to anyone and you all just want me to admit the reason I have not been posting is because I was too lazy. OK, I'll admit it, I was too lazy to log out, log in and then think of something to write about. Guilty as charged.
So have I all of a sudden become less lazy? Nope, I just have switched to Google Chrome for most everything I do on line (my virus software seems to like it as well...) and I can come on IE just to post to or read the blog. No one really cares, lol.
I do actually have something to talk about today and photos to share and I thought I would stop being lazy and post to the blog. Last Saturday was the Quabbin Valley Performance Open which was held in Spencer, MA. I was judging the entire CM division so originally I was not going to show at all to keep my sanity. BUT...my horse, Lady Intrigue, is so close to earning her NAMHSA superior event horse award in therapeutic riding that I figured I had to at least show her in that to try for another NAN card. And then since Joan (the hostess) had new rosettes I figured I needed to try for one of those so I had to show Lady Intrigue in the whole English division. OK, that's doable, she has done plenty of that in her show carear. Then I got to thinking about it and decided that didn't sound like a lot of fun. I have been sort of blah about showing recently and I needed a challenge. So I decided I would show Lady in all her classes as therapeutic riding classes! And that made everything much more fun. It could have back-fired because there was no telling if the judge would even count it as a regular entry or not. But the very first class (games) the team got a blue ribbon. That was a good start to the day.
Anyway, I found a real therapeutic riding center that has a cool sensory trail (most of them have sensory trails...) and they have different types of footing and a bridge so the riders can listen to the different sounds the horse's hooves make. I thought that was fun and didn't require that I bring or make extra props (I was going for super minimal) so that was the way to go. This entry also got second place.