Monday, August 2, 2010

A Little on Weather, Horse Shows and What's Next

I can't believe it is August already but it is. It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that the summer weather arrived. Even at that it has been touch and go with the temperatures. While we haven't seen rain in a while, the cool marine air brings fog overnight. The sun seems to take most of the day to burn it off. The end result is temperatures closer to those we'd expect in May instead of early August.

I'm not going to complain about this weather. It actually makes the temperatures more tolerable for me. I do not do heat well so temps in the high 60s to low 70s are perfect for me and working horses. Too bad I'm not working horses except for Legs. This kind of summer I should be getting lots of riding time in. Instead I have been stuck at the computer working on lawsuit junk.

I am going to get a break from that this week, however. That break includes more appreciation for the current weather. I leave tomorrow for the C-Fair Charity Horse Show at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe.

I can't see if I actually posted about last year's show, we had record breaking temperatures most of that week and it was a show manager's nightmare. I played with the schedule moving the first two sessions to earlier and made the night session later so that we didn't have horses showing in the hottest part of the day.

Everything worked out ok and we didn't have anyone collapse in the heat and no horses coliced. I'm glad of that but just thinking about this year's show makes me tense. It was a lot to worry about.

I've learned as a horse show manager that ever show has its issue. That's just the way it is. You never know ahead of time what it might be but there will most certainly be one.

This year stabling has been a nightmare. I've made more changes in the last two days to my stall assignments than I made for all three other shows I've managed for this Morgan club combined. I'm hoping that stabling is my issue for this show and that it'll be over with by the time the actual show begins.

I'll be leaving here at 8 in the morning tomorrow. I've scheduled a series of blog posts for while I'm gone that will reflect some other characters I've met while schooling at the park so my readers shouldn't miss out while I'm gone. It'll be interesting to see what you all think about the mule skinner.

Wish me luck....................and I'll see you sometime next weekend with a new story to tell. Hopefully there will be no kids climbing on manure piles hunting for lost thongs..........or weird boyfriends of vendors stalking horses................

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  1. Good luck at the show ! I am sure you will "knock 'em dead"

  2. Good luck at the horse show! My sister (Pony Girl) said she was going to go and watch one day. Maybe you will see her? She is a shorter version of me, with really blonde, straight hair! I'll let her know you will be there!

  3. LOL, the mule skinner? I can't wait to hear about that one! I hope the show goes smoothly!!

  4. Good luck and have fun! I can't wait to read about the mule skinner.