Dream Rides, Shows
Adventures in Saddle Seat
Not my own saddle seat adventures. I’m at Stepping Stone Farm often these days, but with Milton or Rodney. I haven’t saddle seated since … one lesson in May? This is living vicariously through other people’s saddle seat adventures.
When I heard that Dottie was going, my first thought was ‘Oooooooo, I wish I could ride her there.’ La Prima [Rules] is such a dedicated performer that she would totally recognize a big show and rise to the occasion. Could I ride the resulting dynamo? Dunno. Be fun to try. I’ve never had that strong a reaction to taking a specific horse to specific show. She really is a special horse.
That led me to wonder about other dream show destinations.
Kentucky Horse Park. Everyone has competed there before me. Even my husband!!!! Clearly, I am not as over this as I claim [7 Ways To Dodge Nostalgia].
World’s Championship Horse Show in Louisville. Do I want to put the work in to get there in IRL? No. This is fantasyland.
All American Quarter Horse Congress. Never seen. Heard great things about.
Any big destination breed show. Arabs. Morgans. Paints. It’s fun to be part of the pageantry, even a small part.
Any size show in another country [Bucket List].
Madison Square Garden. As was. Have I mentioned that I rode in the National Horse Show the year it moved out of New York. Oh, I have brought it up before [Spotted in NYC 2017 at a Special Place]? Moving on.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the big, cool shows I’ve had the opportunity to attended. I’ve mentioned the old side-saddle shows before, but I wouldn’t do me harm to be publicly grateful once every seven years [Bucket List – Accomplished].
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Done. Back in the 80s. Side-saddle.
Pennsylvania National Horse Show. Ditto.
Which puts another on the to do list.
Back in the present, Coach Courtney is talking about going to the St. Louis National Charity Horse Show this year. I’ve always wanted to go to that show …
How about, what are your dream shows? Or dream rides if you don’t show? Or dream events if you don’t ride?
Thank you for reading,