Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thermal Semi-Pro Pics

I was lucky enough to have a friend from another barn take some great shots of Prair and I over our super-tiny, baby jumps during our last week.

Truth be told, I think some of them are better than the pro shots I ordered, but if I hadn't ordered them, karma would dictate that these would not have turned out.

We hardly look glamorous over 2' and 2'3" (no 2'6" in the batch), but I'm learning to own our baby-ness and frankly I can't believe she got as many decent "jumping" shots as she did.  Whenever I try to photograph such small fences it looks like awkward cantering.

Mare needs to learn how to put her ears forward!
Sometimes we even found the Hunter Gap!

More square and straight than normal
One of our Juniors on Prair in an Under Saddle
My face is wincing because we barely fit the last stride in.. lol

How cute would this be with forward ears?

Not quite as square... but pretty straight!
 Also, not to sound like a total points whore, (ribbon whore, yes.  points... less exciting to me) but I think that it's possible Prair and I might end up Second Half Circuit champs in a division, and it's maybe even possible we could get a tri-color for overall circuit championships.  I can't totally tell because the circuit standings don't seem to get updated very often, but if the points are normal ribbon points (10 for 1st, 6 for 2nd, etc...) we should be sitting pretty in a couple of our divisions.  If they are something different and actually are up to date.. well then, we probably won't.

I will say that aside from the super small unimpressive jumps in the photos - overall I'm really glad we stepped down a (couple) division(s).  I think it was exactly what we needed to get Prairie relaxed and happy and also for me to be totally comfortable in the ring.  If I was planning on a "normal" season (assuming last year was normal), I'd be feeling dialed in, and primed to step back up to 2'9" no problem at home.  I know it seems odd to spend so much time and money "warming up" for show season, but I really think that's what the winter circuits do.  They knock off the rust, let you get round, after round, after round done and send you home ready to get to business.  As it stands, especially at 20-22 weeks pregnant, I think the small divisions were the right choice for us.


  1. Man I love that first picture! Hope you get a circuit championship :)

  2. You definitely got a lot to remember your trip to the desert with!

  3. I love the backdrop in the last picture!

  4. :) So happy for you. I'm holding out for one more tricolor from the sunshine!!

  5. Great pics. I wish I looked that good jumping, let alone pregnant!

  6. Woohoo, well done and great way of looking at it all!

  7. You both look super awesome! Fingers crossed that your math is right and there are some additional tricolors in your future!

  8. A memorable successful trip is much better than "pushing it" and ending up unhappy and unsuccessful!

  9. Those are some great pictures. Can't wait to see how the professional ones turn out!

  10. Fab photos, the three of you are amazing!
    Hopefully scores are to be added and there's more satin with your name on it! :-D

  11. You both look awesome!! And half way done with your pregnancy- yep rock stars!

  12. You two look awesome! Those pictures are great!! I'm so happy the show went so well for you both. :D

    Also I think it's funny that you're riding in a CWD saddle and their logo is in the background of that first picture. They should use it for advertising and make you two famous LOL!


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