Last weekend, I spent a day volunteering at the lower dressage rings for the Fair Hill unrecognized event. This is much easier than at the recognized because I don't have to check bits. On the other hand, I did have to remind one rider that draw reins aren't allowed at events (not even in the warm-up ring at unrecognized events) and had to do more wrangling of inexperienced riders (some of them with inexperienced or just somehow less organized trainers) than at the upper levels where 2/3 or more of the classes are professionals. I also had a co-steward, Lea Purcell who both rides and works at Christiana Care (although our work lives haven't intersected thus far). So mostly, I got to hang out, pet cute dogs and chat with friends and acquaintances (or random TB owners). Molly Kinnamon is riding a new project that Denis Glacum owns. I looked at him, really liked him and when I checked the pedigree, found that he is a Danzig grandson - no surprise there! We did run on time all day and only had about 4 minutes of rain, so it was great. We even finished early enough for me to have a lesson afterwards.
This weekend, I spent volunteering as cross-country control at Plantation Fields, the Best.Event.Ever. I really like the control job, as I get to hear exactly how horses are doing at each fence. Of course, at Plantation, everyone gets to see how horses are doing around the course as all but 2-3 fences are visible from the top of the hill. There were also great food booths, rockclimbing, a bounce thing, alpacas, excellent shopping and face painting, so even if you didn't just want to watch horses, it was a worthwhile weekend.
I did have to miss the big dancing with the stars party which was ok, as I got to spend Saturday evening celebrating the wedding of our good friends Jason and John. There must be something about the 3 weekend of September. Last year, I attended Kaiti and Rob's wedding (which I apparently didn't manage to blog about) and missed Steph and Keith's. This year, in addition to Jason and John, Jen and Andrew got married down in Florida. So I'm expecting to hear about September weddings for 2015!
Back on the Plantation front, Sally and Wes were third in the Advanced and Gus and Brevan both had great outings. Brevan is going to be super cool. Apparently he and TigerLion (one of Buck's many rides) are full brothers. It was most excellent that Jennie and Cambalda won the advanced in excellent fashion and that three of my favorites Caitlin, Sharon and Erin were 5th, 6th and 7th in the CIC***. Some Blue Hill Riders and alum were also competing. It was great seeing Stephanie Cauffman, Maggie Deatrick and Megan Lynn out on course (and at various points through the weekend). I missed visiting with Snuffle (it was her birthday weekend), but got to spend some time with my buddy Brody and with Snoopy. I met Ryan Wood's mum and watched Justine Dutton win the bareback puissance (at 5'11") as well as having a great weekend on Jollybo (who also is Danzig on her dam's side). There were many more things that made it both a wonderful weekend and the Best.Event.Ever. Special thanks to Katie and Cuyler Walker and to Mary Coldren keeping it all together and to Melissa Wright for giving me the Best.Volunteer Job.Ever.
And while I was doing that, the Eagles managed to win to start the season at 3-0.
Weekends are good.