Horses, Life, A Touch of Geek

Last month’s Instagram from @rodneyssaga. Previous month [January 2018]

Shedding season hath begun.

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Scrape over eye. Picture of innocence in background.

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Katherine Walcott

Driving Thursday

(Continued from yesterday) … as it turned out, I won!


Alabama Winter Tournament Association, Facebook Group
End of Series Award
Academy Driving – 1st of 2
Thank you to the Wamble family for Alvin and to Courtney Huguley for Whiskey.

In the case of fewer blue ribbons versus a greater number of reds, it depends on the points assigned to each. Sometimes the math goes your way, sometimes it doesn’t.

Obligatory Grip & Grin
Photo by Courtney Huguley

I was out of proportion pleased to find out I won the division. As I made my way sedately and maturely back to my seat, I wanted to hug the award blanket to my chest and never let go. Admitting to an inner age of 12 may be an overestimation. 8? 6? 4?

[Show Reports: NACHS 2017 & Winter Tournament 2017-18 #1, Driving]
[Show Report: Winter Tournament 2017-18 #2, Driving]
[Winter Tournament posts]

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Katherine Walcott

Saddle Seat Wednesday


Alabama Winter Tournament Association, Facebook Group
End of Series Awards
Advance Horsemanship WTC Adult, 6th of 6
Advanced Equitation WTC Adult (Pattern), 5th of 5
Pleasure Horse or Pony WTC Adult, 4th of 4
Thank you to Courtney Huguley for Whiskey.

Eyeing the loot and questioning my decision to sit out two of the shows.

I had missed shows. I had not done brilliantly when I did show. I expected to be last. I went anyway.

a) I am a firm believe in attending awards ceremonies. If someone is nice enough to hold an competition for me to show in/spectate at, it is simple courtesy to stay for the final bow.

b) I didn’t want to be accused of showing up only when I won.

As it turned out … (more tomorrow).

The show names on the ribbons were used to call tables to the buffet line.

[Show Report: Winter Tournament 2017-18 #1, Riding]
[Show Report: Winter Tournament 2017-18 #2, Riding]
[Winter Tournament posts]

Treats for the sturdy steeds without whom this would not be possible, complete with bags and pens to note the name of a favorite horse.

These are Saddlebred treats. If any Thoroughbreds in the area would like to earn treats, then can qualify for their own banquet, thank you very much.

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Katherine Walcott

What’s Up With Milton

Getting back to SSF trips for Milton. In the small ring, he’s awesome: relaxed, rideable, unflappable. In other places, he is still awesome, but more dubious.

He prefers the semi-enclosed, covered ring to the fenced-in, coverless big ring.

He prefers both to being outside of a ring.

This is problematic creates a learning opportunity for a horse whose dancecard includes marathon and cross-country.

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Katherine Walcott

Sat on a few times. Tense. Back on a short course of stomach meds [All Better. For Now.]. Milton’s surgery stressed the entire household – well, perhaps not cats & dogs; definitely the horses & the people.

Found a possible instructor for Rodney. Need to pull socks up to the point that I am ready for a lesson.

Expect short posts for a while. Still not much to say. Progress occureth, but of the slow, methodical kind, i.e. exciting for participants; snoozefest for onlookers. Again, I thought about a break [Horses of NYC 2017]. But no. Despite the continuing low narrative content, I don’t want to quit:

1) The blog has reached a certain level of habit and momentum. Don’t want to interrupt that.

b) The batshit-crazy angle is still valid [I’m Baaaaaack … With Camera].

3 or c) The side projects have intriguing potential:
Stamps – recently joined a bunch of new associations [Year of the Stamp,
My First Stamp Show].
Photo – the next photo class has actual photo assignments [Foto Friday: Photo Class Without The Photos].
Lettering – have stockpiled at least half an alphabet’s worth of books for lettering [Y is for Yoors].
Road to World Cup – want to read the next installment [Road to the World Cup: Three-Gaited & Five-Gaited. Guest Post].

Bottom line – blog is going well; now I have to do some riding worth writing about.

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

“Champion City”
St. Matthew’s
Louisville KY Metro area
Photo by Courtney Huguley

Champion City
Gallopalooza 2009
SPONSOR: City of St. Matthews
ARTIST: Cean Martine
4600 Bowling Blvd, 40207 (Arthur K. Draut Park)
Google Maps

The City of St. Matthews Gallopalooza horse, dubbed “Champion”, a high stepping standardbred (Saddlebred RS) … blanketed with a map of St. Matthews that drapes the horse, this artistic piece details prominent street names and local markers, along with a random collection of vintage photos placed near appropriate locations on the map … local artist Cean Martine … is a printmaker and a believer in community and public art … is quoted as stating that she wanted the horse to be “bright, cheerful and festive”.

City of St. Matthews > Gallopalooza in St. Matthews

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Katherine Walcott


As soon as you enter the hotel, you will see the famed horse, Sunshine. This paper-mache horse stood in front of the old Kahle Saddlery Shop for over 79 years, a store that Wyatt Earp himself frequented. When it was eventually demolished, the horse was stored till it found a new home in the lobby of the Horton Grand Hotel.
California Through My Lens – Horton Grand Hotel: A Haunted, Historic San Diego Hotel

Horton Grand Hotel: Our History
Downtown San Diego News – Horton Grand Hotel: Then and now
[Enlarged photo with more readable text of H.O.R.S.E. sign]

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Katherine Walcott