Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cowboy Up!

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

Three days teaching riding clinics and workshops after the horse show in Israel.

  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.  

This must be what contributes to their strong work ethic and resilience...

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Horse shows then and now-amazing!

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

A return trip to judge a show in Israel!

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?

It’s a judging survival skill to tune out distractions, drama at any show.  Not speaking Hebrew can have it’s advantages