Friday, 31 August 2012

Richland Horse Show


We've been away in Michigan the last few days, primarily to see my sister ride in a Three-Day Event. It included Dressage (we didn't see her do that - we were still driving), Stadium Jumping (above) and Cross Country (below)




From the time my sister was old enough to know what a horse was, she knew that her life would include them. She is now an equine surgeon at the Wisconsin Equine Clinic in Oconomowoc, WI.  She has not ridden in a show in many years, but this was her second one this year. After the three days, she finished 4th in her class - we're so proud of her!

This photo is my sister with her husband and my two children (and the ribbon, of course!).


Most of our family was able to come to the show, including my parents, one of my other sisters (I have 3 sisters in total, one couldn't make it) and her family. Plus it was a treat to see my great-aunt and uncle, who live in Grand Rapids and drove down to Kalamazoo to have dinner with us one evening.

We also had an opportunity to see some CIC 3-star riders (Olympic level) - their jumps were bigger and their cross-country course was longer. It was really exciting to see how such a big show (about 500 horses!!) was run and put together. The whole thing was really impressive and fun!

So no card today, but on our way home, I found a number of new horse stamps to make some cards for her (she likes to send them to her friends and clients), so keep watching.....

8 comments:

Gabby said...

WONDERFUL card! You did a fab job scoring/embossing. I personally adore all the sparkly stickles. Congrats to your sister. Nice family photo. :)

Jean said...
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Jean said...

Congratulations to your sister! I am practically neighbors with her. I live in Sussex, which is in Waukesha county WI, which is the same same county that Oconomowoc is in!

Carol L said...

Great photos of your sister & family, and of course the beautiful horse! We never showed horses, but we used to own two, and I've loved them since I was a child too! Congrats to your sis on 4th place, and TFS!

Tracey McNeely said...

Congrats to your sister Ardyth!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Thanks for sharing, Ardyth. Everyone looks like they had a great time and congrats to your sister! (I love your impish daughter!!)

Benzi said...

How wonderful your sister is getting to follow her childhood dream. Being an equine surgeon is quite an accomplishment and getting to be in these events is icing on the cake. Congrats to her for getting that ribbon.
Your children are darlings.

Geri said...

Love the pics! Your sister must have been thrilled that you came to watch! Great way to spend a weekend!