Archive for September, 2012

Best Day

amywink September 26th, 2012

Here are a few photos of our September show taken by my brother, Marc, and his professional camera equipment (here’s his Wink Action Photo website). I’m certainly lucky to have had such a great personal photographer for Blessing’s first outing.

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Blessing’s Big Weekend

amywink September 16th, 2012

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So what I was trying to write about last week when Lily so rudely interrupted was our preparations for Blessing’s first show. That entry remains in the draft folder because this weekend was the show! We had a lucky break with the weather and Saturday was very pleasant. Blessing did very well for her first show. She didn’t really care for the in hand classes but came away with the Grand Champion Morgan Mare award anyway! She did not place in the Sport Horse Suitability class because she just Was Not Going to Play. Oh well, it was just for fun.

Once we got her in harness, however, she knew what she was about and started to work well. We had some anxiety as soon as she saw the audience in the stands, but Francine took over and got her straightened out from her pretzel position. Once we went by the stands about 3 times, she was fine. We had a practice class in the Give Cancer the Boot Driving Class and she did fine even after I took over the reins. :)

We did very well in the Working Carriage class and came away with a second place but we got 3rd in Reinsmanship. I’m trying not to be irked that I didn’t do better than last year’s show with Will but I didn’t get to do more than go around the arena while I was waiting for some serious circles!! We tried Cones for the first time and I think Blessing really liked going fast. We came away with another 2nd in Timed Cones and 3rd in Pick Your Own Route because I killed a cone at gate 5.

Of course, it was all fun and exciting and Blessing had a good time, I think, as did I. I’m still not quite as confident with her as I am with Will but we are getting there together.

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Lily’s Morning

amywink September 9th, 2012

As I was trying to write a blog post this morning, I was interrupted by a certain young Welsh Springer who really really needed to expend some morning energy. I still haven’t gotten back to my post but I have new videos.




Carriage Dog Lessons

amywink September 2nd, 2012

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After some weeks of Puppy Kindergarten, and lots of work on certain commands–up, down, sit, wait, off–we headed down to try out some new applications of these commands: the carriage!!

While she has been on carriages before–and had no issues with them–I wanted to start teaching her how to get on the carriage we regularly drive and also figure out how best to think about driving with her–as in where can this carriage dog sit??

We first worked on getting on and off the back seats. It took a wee bit of effort to get her from the platform to the seat but then it was no trouble at all.

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This will be a good location for waiting but she really has to learn to get up front with me and that took a little more work, since it means hopping over the seatback into a smallish spot near the driver’s wedge…but we did get there!

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Of course, she can also ride near my feet if I make the bottom of the carriage a little more comfy with a rug or doormat. She certainly would be able to lie down there comfortably.

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But if I move the driver’s wedge over to the right–instead of in the middle–she can comfortably lie down in the seat, at least until she gets too big for that.
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She did a really terrific job of getting on, moving around, and then, when I said “off”, that’s exactly what she did!

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Good dog, Lily!!