DSCN2332-smOctober 8, 2011 – Wow… I can’t believe how long it has been since I have done an update on what has been happening around here. Things have been so busy it is hard to find the time to jot down what has been going on. I’ve been trying to think of some way that I can do regular updates that don’t take up too much time but alas, I can’t think of how to do it so if you have any suggestions, I am open to your thoughts.

In my last post (http://shadyridgefarm.ca/blog/?p=1082), I filled you in on the challenges we faced this summer with Buddy. They included having to change saddles as his body changes made the old one uncomfortable for him; working through head-shaking syndrome which, in the end, was fixed by a pair of pantie hose; and unevenness in Buddy’s feet causing him to compensate using muscles that he shouldn’t have which eventually took its toll on him. A new saddle; pantie hose; a new farrier; and a couple of acupuncture treatments and Buddy is a happy horse again.

And with a happy horse, Megan was able to take Buddy to some great shows to end out the horse show season. In fact, it felt like we did a horse show almost every weekend over the last few months (in truth, it wasn’t every weekend but it felt like it as they trained almost every day and then showed several times which meant we didn’t do much else).

DSCN0227-smFirst she and Buddy competed in the final Trillium show (before the championships) of the season at the Caledon Equestrian Park in Palgrave, the Zone Classic. They did 3 classes at .75 meter in one day and it may have been a little too much for Buddy’s first show back but they did great and it was so wonderful see a smile on Megan’s face each time she came out of the ring.

DSCN1706-smNext she did her very first “A” Circuit show, again in Palgrave. It was the Autumn Classic and this time she moved up and did the 1 meter classes. Unfortunately, they don’t run the classes all of the same day for this show so she showed three days in a row. This can be a bit of a pain when you have to trailer in for one class each day so we decided to stable him at the horse park. This was his first time staying overnight at a horse show and, to be honest, I was a bit worried about how he would react but he handled it like he had been doing it for years. We stabled with another family so we shared the duties of mucking and feeding and it all worked out great (didn’t want to pay to have a groom do this for us). Oh… and Megan had a great weekend including a 5th in her first “A” show class (in a field of close to 30).

DSCN1897-smThen she did her second “A” show the following weekend which was the Canadian Show Jumping Championships. Again we stabled Buddy as her classes were one a day. They did great in her first class getting 9th in a field of over 30. The second class didn’t go as well but they did get through the whole course. Unfortunately, the last class didn’t go well at all but they learned from it and that’s a good thing. We ended off the day with everyone from Sher-Al watching the Grand Prix with all the big names in horse show jumping. It was a great weekend and we had a great time.

Last weekend she was supposed to show again in an Equine Canada sanctioned show but unfortunately that didn’t happen. On Saturday, while jumping 3’9″ in her lesson, Buddy came down over a jump a little crooked which put Megan off balance and she fell off him landing on her knee. We still went to the show and supported her friend Taylor (who was doing her first 1.20m classes) and her coach Greg and, although it was rainy and cold, we had a great time and they did awesome with Greg winning the 1.20m class and Taylor getting 4th. Videos of both can be found on my YouTube channel.

DSCN1639-smSo, although the summer show season started off great, then turned a bit sour, it ended off great and now we are concentrating on getting ready for next year’s show season which will come sooner than we know it ๐Ÿ™‚ The trainers at Sher-Al are excited for Megan and Buddy and want them to board at their farm for the winter so they can train on a regular basis and be ready to kick butt next year. We are still discussing this as it is not exactly in the budget but it would be great for Megan to have access to an indoor arena during the cold months and not have to worry about Randy whining when Buddy needs to be trailered there.

Other new things… we have a fence around the sand ring. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yay! Now Megan feels more comfortable riding there without having someone with her.

We said good-bye to Carole, our coach for the last several years. She has had a tough year and had to make some decisions in the best interest of her and her children and thus moved to Niagara Falls. It was sad to see her go but it is the best thing for all of them. I hope she stays in touch! ๐Ÿ™‚

And, our first veggie garden was a huge success this year. We had radishes, cucumbers, peppers, green peppers, lettuce, and tons of tomatoes. We shared a lot with friends because it was just too much for us. I attempted several things with all the tomatoes we had and ‘most’ turned out great.

Business is great with a whole bunch of new website designs during the summer. Be sure to check them out in our Portfolio at http://www.equinewebdesign.ca. I love designing websites and it’s even better when the subject has to do with horses ๐Ÿ™‚

That’s about it for this update. I am not making any promises as to when I will get a chance to update again but hopefully I won’t be as tardy as I have been lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

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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