Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Oops! I ironed a hole right through my dress pants for the second day of judging in Israel. And my pants from the previous day had a small rip beginning. No needle and thread…maybe duct tape? Prayed for the seam to hold as I crawled through fences…gingerly!
I had to take my own advice-when things go wrong in the show ring, never mind and carry on!
Anyone else with a horse show “Cowboy up” story?
Monday, 23 October 2017
I LOVED coaching this group of older teens, each hoping to earn a place on the Israeli AQHA youth world cup team. The following year each will head to compulsory military service, before pursuing any post-secondary education.
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Before my judging assignment in Israel begins, I’m standing in King Herods’s 1st century “Hippodrome”-the site of ancient horse shows and chariot races Herod built at the time of Jesus Christ-part of his summer palace in Caesarea.
It hit me – Tomorrow, I’ll be standing in a 21st century Hippodrome!
Thursday, 19 October 2017
My judging colleague is from Italy. My ring steward (and wonderful interpreter), Israeli.
Striking, as a “reserved” Canadian, Middle Eastern shows are more… dramatic! Enthusiastic applause for every class, down to the final one at 9:00 PM.
Passionate viewpoints are expressed at the show office, over the walkie talkie and from the sidelines are colorful –amped up with volume and hand gestures. No matter the geography – there’s possibly more competition that goes on outside the ring than inside- what do you think?