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KY Vacation Days 5, 6, & 7

Tuesday morning we started the day with a trip to Keeneland, a large racetrack in Lexington.  We chose to do the self guided tour because Vicki was “tired of listening to guides talk so much” after the Mammoth Cave tour.  The girls in particular were very happy to watch some horses being exercised while we sat in the grandstand.  The kids also enjoyed walking around the barns.  Vicki declared her intent to move to Lexington so she could exercise race horse, even if she doesn’t get paid.

Anna then dropped off Vicki and I at the KY Horse Park to check in for Pony Club Championships where we met up with the rest of her Quiz team.  Anna then took Alex and Amanda to the KY Railroad Museum where they met up with my parents, who drove up from Alabama.  The group spent some time touring the museum and went for a ride on the steam train.

They all then returned to the Horse Park to watch the opening ceremonies.  Vicki joined the rest of the delegation from our Region (New York Upper Connecticut) as they walked into the Rolex Arena.  The teams all lined up to spell “USPC” in the arena.  41 of 42 Regions are participating in the event from across the whole country, including Alaska.

When the ceremony was done, we headed to Cracker Barrel for dinner.  We enjoyed our food and took some time to play a few games of checkers before heading back to the hotel.

On Wednesday morning, we headed in to the park to get an early start.  Vicki had her written exam at 8 and Megaroom from 3-5.  In between, she spent time hanging out with her team and studying for the next phase of Quiz.  I enjoyed watching some Eventing Dressage while the team took written exams.  While they studied in the middle of the day, the rest of the family watched the Flintstones (NYUC Senior Games team) play mounted games, toured the Horse Park Museum, and watched a few other things.

After things wrapped up, the kids went swimming and I got a good run in.  While it was around 90, I needed the break for 7 miles of personal time.

On Thursday, we were back at the Horse Park by 7:00 to check scores.  The Quiz team had Stations at 10 and Classroom phase at 3. Again, Vicki wanted to study some more, so Anna, Alex, and I watched some cross-country jumping in the morning.  Amanda slept in at the hotel with Grandma and Grandpa.  Vicki did take a break over lunch to watch some more Games competition.  The picture-taking slowed down a little as we just enjoyed watching the activities.  Alex and Amanda did go with Grandma and Grandpa to check out the Aviation Museum while Vicki did Classroom phase.

Stay tuned for the end of competition tomorrow and awards ceremonies…

 

KY Vacation Days 1&2

We are officially on vacation!  Back in the winter, we told Vicki that if she qualified for Pony Club Championships in Quiz, she could attend Champs and 1 day of Breyerfest.  Well, she did and we are now on our vacation in Lexington, KY to hold up our end of the deal.  We found a gas station with a porta-potti and managed to avoid a crisis, however, traffic was normal (read crappy) and it took a while to get through NY.  In fact, we traveled about 400 miles for the first day on the road and only averaged 41 mph on the roads  – that’s actual cranked car time, not including stops.  Obviously, we encountered a lot accidents, traffic jams, heavy rain, and in general other bad driving conditions.

Since we were not in a rush for our trip, we decided to do something fun each day to break up the driving.  The activity for Day 1 was Hershey PA.  We stopped off and did the “Factory Tour” and “Chocolate Tasting Experience”.  The kids enjoyed it and it wasn’t too bad, although we didn’t buy anything from the exorbitantly priced store.

When we made it to Maryland, we stopped at the rest area and Fireflies were out.  The kids enjoyed a few minutes of chasing them around the grass before climbing back in the car.  Here’s a video Anna took of the kids running around after the Fireflies.

We stopped for the night at almost 10pm at Holiday Inn in Hagerstown, MD. The kids were happy to hit up the pancake machine this morning before we continued on the journey.

West Virginia!

Today’s stop was at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV.  The Clay Center is part of the Blue Star Museum program which gives free entry to military and it has a science center and art museum.  The kids enjoyed exploring the science exhibits and climbing on the 3 story climbing sculpture.  The exhibits were well designed to target kids, interactive, and engaged across the age spectrum.

Vicki was looking forward to the art exhibits, which was only a small area, but satisfied her desire.  Everyone had to choose their favorite piece of art and explain to the family why they chose that one.

After our break, we continued the drive to KY!

 

A horse named NOT-Waylon

Of course we are crazy.  Anna saw a listing on a pony club related email about a free horse.  Of course she replied, we had a conversation with the owner, and 2 days later, we drove about 150 miles (each way) to check him out.

Here is what we knew from the owner:

9yo, 16.1hh, bay, gelding, barefoot, OTTB.  Off the track 3-4 years ago and obtained for the daughter.  Did some jumping, cross country, hunter riding, but was too high-strung for the daughter.  Put out to pasture about 1.5 years ago with a herd of 3 geriatric horses over 30.  The other horses have all since passed away and it was time for the horse to go.  His name is NOT-Waylon.  Supposed to be completely sound, with no track injuries.

The description seemed pretty accurate when we arrived, except he was closer to 15.3hh.  Also his hooves hadn’t been trimmed in at least a year, but probably the entire time he was in pasture (1.5 years).  Since he also hadn’t been saddled in 1.5 years, we decided to roll the dice and bring him home (since he was free, it’s not a terribly expensive gamble).

He is definitely high-strung, however, he seems to calm considerably when he is with other horses (or can at least see them).  I trimmed his hooves, and saddled him up, only to discover bilateral lameness.

Lameness in a horse can have many causes, so I started with some of the most obvious to see how bad it was.  In this case, NOT-Waylon had severe thrush infection in his hooves. So, I gave him a nice, new set of Easy Care Gloves on all 4 hooves, and bada-bing, bada-boom- a sound horse!  On Friday, we went for an hour and a half trail ride.  He did great (other than being a little out of shape).

Why did we get another TB?  Why not?  Actually, since King is almost 19, we don’t really want to over do it with him and jumping.  Anna and I would like to do more hunter paces in the future, so a younger, fast paced TB, would be good.  Besides, this actually gives us 2 bay TBs, 15.3-16hh, both with a white stripe down the face, and a single white sock on the back left leg.  Now, we just need one of our TBs to be brave enough to lead the way.

So, what’s his name?  Well, we have determined it is NOT-Waylon (which is what he was previously known by).  We all thought Thunder was a good name, but since even Devil picks on him, he isn’t really Thunder material.  So right now, Milo is what we think.

Do you have a name idea?  Leave a comment.

Just another ride

This weekend was supposed to be filled with trail riding and overnight camping with the horses. However, the threat of severe weather yesterday caused us to cancel some plans.
The clouds were still looming, but we went out this morning anyway. We met a group from Mystic Pony Club at Stepping Stones Ranch next to Arcadia in RI. We had an extended warm up period as everyone tacked up, and then headed out for the ride.

We had 15 riders total in the group. It was the first time we had taken Calli out for a ride somewhere else. While she was a little nervous at first, I moved her to the back of the group and she calmed nicely. Amanda rode in the Buddy Saddle behind Anna on King. Alex got to try out a new pommel pack as an incentive to do more long distance riding.
We were in the saddle for 2 hrs- by far Amanda’s longest ride yet (she’s not quite 27 months old).
After we got back, we ate our picnic lunch and headed home. Now we are watching some Pentathlon and then it is back outside. We still have to get everything ready to go again because the kids have pony club riding camp all week! Maybe the weather wi cooperate with horse camping next weekend.