Tuesday, April 16, 2013

equine affaire 2013

I actually bought Shyloh some stuff at Equine Affaire! Not a lot, but a few things we needed.  She got a new halter, a new driving whip, and some treats. I almost bought a new helmet. It was marked on the box as $5.99, but the place wouldn't give it to me for that price. Hey, I had to try. At least I know what size I need in that brand now because I really liked that helmet. The dogs got some treats, too, from a dog booth. 

We saw a ton of cool stuff there. Jaime, Kyle, Haley, and I had a great time. Lots of laughs, using my new driving whip as a jousting stick and the truck as my steed, getting stuck in a tree, watching a few clinics, shopping, and seeing some horses. I am still tired from the weekend! And although I didn't get to see everything I wanted (there was so much, it is near impossible), I did get to see a ton of cool things.

This is our trip summed up in some photos:

Chainsaw wood carving
Mini and baby! 
Haflinger. . .look at that lip!
Icelandic
Arab breed demo
Pretty Appy
Gypsy!
Shire
Shires and foals!
Haflinger entrance! Tandem
Haflinger foal!!
Haflinger breed demo
These horses went from driving to riding, they switched tack in the middle of the arena!
Drifting!
So fast!
Clipping clinic! A duck scene on the side of this horse.
Hackney driving
This is Silver, the horse in the new Johnny Depp movie The Lone Ranger
Knight in shining armor
Jousting, the girl on the Clyde was riding side saddle!
After the whole day of horses, we settled in for a night of Fantasia. Fantasia is awesome! But I am sad to say that I was disappointed in the Double Dan part. They usually put on an excellent performance, but Dan James just did a bit of riding (it was great riding). There was no performance or accents or silliness that I have come to expect from them. And the Haflinger Driving Drill Team was replaced by the Riding Drill Team. Still cool, but not as cool as the driving team. Of course, I got some photos!
At liberty Fresian Act
Haflinger Riding Drill Team
They really were cool!
Haflinger Opening Act
Jousting! This Percheron is related to Jaime's Percheron, Notch!
World Champion of Jousting
It was pretty cool!
Spanish walk
Some fancy high schooled dressage move that starts with an L and I can't remember what it's called.
Cossack trick riding team, with a Haflinger! These guys were awesome!

Speedy Icelandics!
I do have more photos on Shyloh's Facebook page. It's too bad that Equine Affaire didn't have more draft or driving stuff, but I loved browsing the booths and stores, getting free samples, and just being around all things horsey. One year, I will get there all four days and get to watch the Versatility Competition! Who else went to EA and how did you enjoy it?

24 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a blast at the Equine Affair. That carving was pretty spectacular and of course I enjoyed all the horse photos. Thanks for sharing.
    Our mare Tiinkerbella is a modern Shetland (meaning she has some hackney blood) she loves to drive and lifts that trot high naturally a bit like the hackney :)

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    1. Those hackneys were cute, but the turnout is way to fancy for me! If you ever get a chance to go, I highly recommend going!

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  2. I have never been, but your pictures make me REALLY want to go!

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    1. You should go! Pictures can't even begin to capture how awesome it is :)

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  3. Wow, how many good looking haflingers?! Not as pretty as Shy though ;-)

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    1. Many many good looking Haflingers! Had me drooling and itching to take some home with me!

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  4. That's the mini I posted about on my blog!!! And Mom wanted that Haflinger the cossack was riding big time. You'd have loved Mom's first ever EA, lots of drafts pulling at Fantasia that year.

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    1. Wasn't that Cossack riding spectacular?

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    2. Yes, I think the Cossacks were perhaps my fav. One of the older ladies with us wanted to invite them to her room!!! LOL

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    3. Haha! I couldn't believe when we went under the Haflinger! So awesome!

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  5. Too bad you couldn't get that helmet for 5.99 :) Great photos, and looks like you had a fabulous time!

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    1. Thank you! I wish I had a fancy camera to really capture them and make them clearer, but I wouldn't even know how to use it.

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  7. Looks like so much fun!
    Oh.. And the 'L' word is Levade:)

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  8. Loved those Shires! It looked really brilliant.

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  9. Lots of interesting activities. Silver looks unimpressed by Johnny Depp. Perhaps Johnny told him one of his long, shaggy dog stories. Ha ha!

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    1. Haha! He Silver did seem pretty mellow or bored.

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  10. Looks like fun.. I love love love that sculpture.

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    1. The sculptures were so cool! How they get that much detail from a chainsaw, I'll never know!

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  11. LOVED YOUR PHOTOS AND UPDATES!! I AM GLAD YOU HAD A SUPER TIME. I LOVED ALL YOUR HAFFIE PICTURES OF COURSE.

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