Friday, August 17, 2012

Insanity in the middle?!

I beg to differ. I think it should be, "just plain ole' insane!"   At least that is the way if feel right now.  If you follow along with me on facebook you already know the opportunity that has arisen.  For those of you who don't I was offered to take a friends spot at Penny Oaks Horse Trial this weekend.  She was recently injured and could not get refunded her entry so she generously offered it to me so the money wouldn't just be wasted.  The catch is I found out on Wednesday afternoon!  Um, that is short notice for us.  I mean maybe if I was one of the super organized people who clean and prep all of their show items the moment they return from their previous show, then it would probably make this a bit easier.  But no, I rarely even get to clean my tack and there may even be items in my trailer from the last show.  Then if that was my only concern, to get my things packed and ready well it would be doable.

See I want to do this, I really want to.  I mean this kind of thing happens, like never!  So I could I possibly pass it up?  Well then there is the fact that my husband just happened to go out of town pretty last minute, so I have no one to care for the kiddos.  I am trying to imagine what a horse trial with a 5 year old, 7 year old and 9 year old would be like but the horror stops me from thinking about it any farther.  Then I won't even get into the "other part of my life" where I buy mass amount of produce and ridiculously low prices so that I can, can and freeze all of my families food needs for the winter.  Just another way this insane lady helps save a buck to pursue this passion.  So just a couple hours prior to finding out about this I did just that.  We are talking 3 bushels of peaches, 20 dozen ears of corn, a half bushel of green beans, 50lbs of onions and a half bushel of tomatoes!!!  Thankfully I was able to "rehome" most of it but I am still left spending today canning spaghetti sauce, freezing green beans, force feeding my children peaches (so I don't have to can them) and making cheese.  All the while I really could be preparing for the HT.

Then let's get into the fact that I have been so unmotivated to ride and have been riding maybe 2 days a week and not fitness/training rides either.  It has been all long and low relaxed work.  Oh yeah and Steady is dirty, needs clipped, his mane is atrocious and when the hell am I going to find time to braid??!  OYE!

So even with all of those things going against me, the simple fact that I am actually still considering making it happen are the reasons that I believe Eventer are just plain INSANE!!!

Anybody available for babysitting?? 


  1. WOW is all I can say! If you go for it - have a fantastic time, enjoy, go Team Steady! And the weather is going to be awesome this weekend...

  2. Is anyone else bringing their kiddos along? Just thinking you could trade turns watching the youngsters with someone else. Certainly there is another crazy mom besides you!

  3. Fingers crossed for you. I so hope you can do it.

  4. I wish you were closer! I'd babysit for you in a heartbeat!

    I hope you get to do it, but I know how hard it is to take these opportunities when you have a family and a budget. I've had to pass on a lot of things because of those constraints. But, it's not forever. Kids get older and more independent, and we get wiser and more patient through raising them. That wisdom and patience makes us better horsemen. There's a reason that the oldest Olympian was in the equestrian events, we get better as we age!

    As an aside, I raise chickens and ducks and then sell them to fund my lessons and show season. It's pretty low overhead, the birds breed like crazy, and people will pay good prices for farm raised, free range poultry. I don't even process them, I sell them live at auction and get great prices! Just a thought...

  5. fingers crossed for you hun! I hope you go for it :) because I think it is something that you would really enjoy even though it is scary, and it is something that you could get a lot out of.

    Good Luck. xx


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