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Foto Friday: Red Queen

Nationals Retrospective
Sandra Hall Photography


2013
Trump
Academy Adult Walk Trot
3rd in Pleasure
2nd in Equitation
[Show Report (start), list of 2013 links]


2014
Sam
Academy Adult Walk Trot Canter
3rd in Pleasure
2nd in Equitation
[Show Report, list of 2014 links]


2015
Eddie
Academy Adult Walk Trot Canter
2nd in Pleasure
2nd in Equitation
[Show Report, list of 2015 links]


2016
Iggy
Academy Adult Walk Trot Canter
3rd in Pleasure
Top Ten (4th) in Equitation
The picture is from 2nd in a preliminary round. Photo by Courtney Huguley.
[Show Report, list of 2016 links]

2017

Dottie
Academy Adult Walk Trot Canter
2nd in Pleasure
2nd in Equitation
[Show Report, list of 2017 links (pending)]

Update: When I see it laid out like this, it looks impressive. It didn’t feel impressive at the time. Can you have the Facebook effect with your own life?

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

#bloglikecrazy

Show Report: Winter Tournament 2017-18 #1, Riding

Saddle Seat Wednesday

tldr: Survived the first. Rode the second. Rocked the third. Almost.

We interrupt this show report [Riding] to bring you a show report. Yes, It’s been horse show central around here.

Alabama Winter Tournament 2017-2018
ERA Stables/Elite Riding Academy
Arab, AL USA
Saturday, Nov 11, 2017

1. Advance Horsemanship WTC Adult ā€“ 3th of 4
2. Advanced Equitation WTC Adult (Pattern) ā€“ 2nd of 4
7. Pleasure Horse or Pony WTC Adult ā€“ 4th of 4
Thank you to Courtney Huguley for the willowy Whiskey. (W is big for an ASB. Shorter than Rodney, but legs everywhere.)

After the intensity of dancing on the big stage, I didn’t fancy taking Dottie for a shuffle around the barn floor at a hoe-down. Instead I rode Whiskey, a five-gaited horse who is rearranging his world view to include being a three-gaited Academy horse.

Apparently, the rack is similar enough to the canter that a) the rider must be very clear about which gait is intended, and b) five-speed horses are allowed to canter faster to prevent confusion. This is a learning curve for me. I do such a good saddle seat canter (Really, it’s stellar. Alas, no one cares. Saddle seat is all about the trot. But I digress.) that I have a habit of asking for too much (too slow) from horses who aren’t up to it.

In warm-up, I was all, ‘Eek, a new horse’, and Whiskey was all, ‘Eek, a new place’. So, the first class was decent, but conservative. Second class, similar. I managed to get my hands up and heels out for equitating.

Whiskey went in the ring with his second rider.

By the time I got back on, the multiple classes had taken some starch out of his bloomers. I felt comfortable pushing him for more flash. The winner of my first two classes was another woman from my barn on Snippy. She was going down. We dazzled the trot. I got the canter lead. I sat his canter. First place was ours! Until he lost count of his legs and fell out of the canter. Right. In front. Of the judge. Quickly repaired, but damage done. Bzzzzzt. Last. Oh well, if one has to have bad horse show karma, Winter Tournament is the place to have it.
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Photo by Olivia Grace Wood. Dramatic back-lit filtering by me.

Policy question. So, how do I label an image after fiddling with it? I want to credit the photographer. OTOH, what if they are appalled at what I hath wrought? Any copyright experts care to weigh in?

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

#bloglikecrazy

Show Photos: NACHS17

National Academy Championship Horse Show 2017
Tennessee Miller Coliseum
Murfreesboro, TN USA
November 2-4, 2017
Show Report pending
Sandra Hall Photography


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If you are wondering what actually happened this year, fear not. My thoughts – at great length – start Monday.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

#bloglikecrazy

Foto Friday: Instagram October 2017

October Instagram from @rodneyssaga.

Milton learning about terrain.

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Dottie

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Also Dottie.

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Milton copes with working in a new place.

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When you're not the lead dog …

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Coach Courtney goes CDE.

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Halloween is coming.

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SSF barn dog

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Creative show numbering

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Previous September 2017

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

#bloglikecrazy

State of the Blog: Pondering Twitter

TLDR
Q: Is Twitter a distraction?
A: Yes, but that’s ok.

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Tweet post from most recent horse show.

A while back, a friend promised to take pictures from an event. On the way down, she (safely) texted a few ideas. We went back and forth about what would be suitable. Once she arrived, she sent a few test shots. I said great, but stop thinking about the project. Be in the moment. We’ll talk after.

Should I take my own advice?

When I Tweet from a horse show, part of me is not fully present. Instead of absorbing the sights and sounds and smells, I am analyzing my environment to through the lens of what would make a good Tweet.

It’s mild enough. My Tweet stream idles in the background. When I have a strong thought, or see a cute image, I think, ‘Hey, I’ll Tweet that.’ Unlike photography, I can Tweet and go about my day. I find when I am taking pictures, I am not looking at what is happening in front of me [Lesson Success, Photo Fail 2017].

Plus, I’m Tweeting for my own entertainment. If I miss an opportunity, oh well. If I stop Tweeting for half a day, mox nix. If I were Tweeting for a client (I assume people do this?), I would be more focused on Tweetability at the expense of the experience.

So far, I have tweeted from saddle seat shows and from Greg’s shows with Coach Kate’s horse. In both cases, there is a lot of down time when I am not riding nor in charge of horses. I’m probably missing out on some of the moment, but not enough to make a huge difference. I suspect this will change dramatically when (if) I am showing with my own horse.

Which brings on the bigger question, is blogging itself a distraction? Same answer.

I tried doing without [Iā€™m Baaaaaack 2013]. Didn’t go so well. My situation is similar enough today that if I were to stop blogging I would expect the same result, i.e. “wallow in dark rooms, binge-eating cookie dough.” [Energy Usage 2014].

OTOH, there have been one or two moments lately, as we have been running from pillar to post, that I could see being too busy to blog. Yes, there is sad busy. I don’t know if I would post or not. I might not be able to talk about it. I might find talking a release. I hope I never find out. But I digress.

There is also happy busy. If I had a full, satisfying life in the real world, would I live in the digital world quite so much? Possibly not. This one would be nice to find out.

For now, I blog.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

[List of previous SotB posts]

Show Photos: Alabama Charity 2017

Alabama Charity Championship Horse Show
[Show Report, Riding]
Terry Young Photography

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

Foto Theory

At the first Oak Mountain State Park photo class [Spotted], one of the other attendees asked me about my photo experience. I managed to garble a few words and blink. Really, I’m getting terrible at any interaction not mediated by a keyboard. So, I came home and thought about why I photograph.

Self-Improvement
It’s good to learn new things, right?

Self-Expression
Making the blog more visual.

Self-Employment
I used to be paid to take photos. Someday someone might do so again. Would be good if I remembered how.

All of these are worthy goals. What they are not is immediate goals. Any of them would be just as valid if I put them off for a day. So I do. Plus, as far as the blog is concerned, I often default to the phone as my best camera, i.e. the one I have with me.

I want to. I intend to. Suddenly it’s Friday and I got nothing.

How do you motivate for valued but nebulous goals?

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott