Sunday, August 17, 2008

Dressage...Oregon Style!

Today, Amber and I drove down to Oregon, and had the pleasure of meeting Jewel, hubby Steve, and Abu aka "Booster," from 20 Meter Circle of Life, and Beth from the Dog and Pony Show. Beth beat us on mileage though; she flew out from the other "W" state...Wisconsin! Yesterday, poor Jewel and Booster rode in 105 degree weather, but thankfully today was much cooler for the competitors. I won't tell you how Jewel and Booster did, but I thought that they did wonderful on the test that I watched!

Here they are right smack in the middle of the test. My camera actually halfway cooperated with me today...only some of my pics were only blurry...not all of them!!Jewel and Booster make a great pair don't they? Collected canter....
All done!!!
I have always thought that Dressage horses look so happy and relaxed when they are done with their performance. They stretch out their necks and point their noses....too cute!
Jewel was quite the professional showman-I mean show woman!-and I would love to be able to come down and show with her someday. And her husband???? He tacked her horse up for her!!!! Yes ladies, it is possible!!! My hubby will drive me to a show, but that is about the extent of his help. Not that I am complaining...I need him to drive least for now!
Beth was a sweetie too! I won't say what she was doing either, because I will let her blog about that :)
Oh, and did I mention that the show grounds were pretty amazing? Jewel and her husband told me that DevonWood charges $1500/month for board-that is how much my mortgage payment is!!!-but it is probably soooo worth it!
Anyway...thanks to Jewel for inviting all bloggers to come watch! It was fun to drive down there and watch horses without my kidlets!


Grey Horse Matters said...

It sounds like a nice day and horse and rider look very nice together. Hope they did well.
That is some big price for board, hope it looks like the Hilton with services to match!

Beth said...

Thank you for coming to meet me!!! It was a pleasure to met both of you as well.

Grey horse - it me, it is. Watch my blog for some pics.

Andrea said...

How much fun! I love to go and watch horse shows. I could do it all day long everyday.

The Knutson's said...

Grey Horse Matters-I felt that they did a great job! DevonWood does look rather a horsey kind of way :)

Beth- Oooooh...can't wait for the pics!

Andrea- I agree! You really have never ridden in a creek?? Well we need to cahnge!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

That is awesome that you got to go. 20M sounded pretty disappointed in her ride. I don't know the intricacies of dressage, so I would have just been in awe no matter how "off" the ride was-LOL.

jesterjigger said...

Great pictures, they looked terrific! And I am simply amazed by the fact her husband tacked up her horse for her. Wowzer!!! My husband is great at holding my horse and fetching stuff, but would most likely be clueless if I asked him to tack her up.

Stephanie said...

Hey you guys looked nice!

Dressage is still a bit of a mystery to me but I thought you looked pretty good - you do that over on the coast huh?

Is there many competitions over there?

There ain't squat over here in eastern wa....if there are - they must be trying very very hard to keep them a secret

The Knutson's said...

BECG- Jewel did great...I think that there was a lot of breed politics goping on there.

Jesterjigger- Iknow...her husband was/is amazing!!!

Stephanie- I WISH that it was me in the!!! It was Jewel and her her horse ;)

Twinville said...

Oooh! How fun! You took some awesome photos, too!

Pony Girl said...

Sounds like such fun! Wish I could have met you guys there! ;)
Wow, that board is insane! I agree with Grey Horse, the service and facilites must be impeccable!