DSCN4068-smJune 16, 2011 – It’s been another busy couple of weeks around here. The weather has been “mostly” pretty darn nice (aside from a little rain and one rather intimidating storm) so a lot of time outside doing this, that and the other thing. I hope wherever you are, you are having nice weather too. Now I am just hoping that the summer doesn’t end up being too hot and we get lots of time outdoors without out frying. And don’t get me started on the bugs. They are terrible this year. Even the “not normally bothered by bugs” horses are not happy. Might have to get fly sheets for all of them. 🙂

DSCN4026-smSo… Randy has been working on the bridge he broke 🙂.  He picked up two huge steel beams… the kind they use in roofs of commercial buildings. He then had a buddy who is a welder, Dave, come by and weld cross beams on to the beams and with that, the frame of the new bridge is ready to go. They picked it up with the boom on Randy’s tow truck and it is now down over the river. He is now working on getting a good deal on wood to finish it up. Will keep you posted.

Megan did her second Trillium horse show last weekend. This time she did the .90 meter (which is about 3 ft) classes. When we got there, Buddy was a really good boy. He was so chill when he got off the trailer and was such a good boy for the almost 3 hours we had to wait for Megan’s classes (yes… we will know next time that we don’t need to be there that early…LOL).

DSCN4315-smThe first couple of classes he had some pent up energy and was distracted by the pony rides that were happening outside the end of the show ring so he wasn’t himself. But, by  the third class, he was more focused and they had a nice round placing 7th in a field of about 20. By the fourth class, he was on the ball and they placed third and won a Bronze medal.

We learned a few things that day … don’t get there too early; don’t make Buddy stand around and wait for 3 hours without any food; don’t forget the various aids to help him stay focused; and don’t give up on him… he will do just fine in the end. Oh the joys of being a horse show family :-).

DSCN4263-smIn other news… LOL   I have added a whole bunch of wonderful new pictures to Shady Ridge Photography. I love spring and all the new flowers and wildlife we have around our property. Pictures include a great number of spring flowers as well as a cute pair of young deer who were practically posing for the camera 🙂

Also, I am super excited about the latest designs I have been doing for clients… both logos and websites. I love to design websites for small businesses and especially for those in the equine industry. Our latest design that is now live belongs to Terri, a very happy owner of a riding facility in Caledonia, Ontario. She is still working on taking pictures around her farm and we will then put up an awesome photo gallery. However, you can see the rest of it now at http://www.westwindstables.net.

DSCN2882-smAnd finally… Ellie will be going to a new home 🙁. It is best for her as she isn’t getting any work here (I have an injury in my neck so am not allowed to ride). Her new owner is a 9-year-old near Uxbridge who has mastered walk & trot and is working on her canter and little jumps… perfect for Ellie. She will be boarded at the barn that the young lady rides at so will have lots of friends. I will miss her terribly but this is best for her. The family promises to keep me updated on her progress, including pictures.

And that’s it for this week.  See you next time.


About the Author
Janice Byer is the mom of a teenage equestrian jumper, a horse lover and rider, and a successful entrepreneur. She and her family own a small hobby farm, Shady Ridge Farm (http://www.shadyridgefarm.ca) in Orangeville, Ontario where their two horses enjoy a lovely new barn and all the hay they can eat. As mentioned, she is also a successful web designer and specializes in helping other horse oriented businesses to get an eye-catching, customer-grabbing website or blog. Visit Equine Web Design at http://www.equinewebdesign.ca for more information.

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