How cute are Max and I? First place in Adult Showmanship – We also took first in obstacles, but we were all competing against each other, so I beat children in that one. 😉 Not really brag worthy!
What have we been up to – quite a bit, apparently it has been 3 days since I signed into Candy Crush, in Patti world, that is a lot! 🙂 Sensory Saturday was great, we showed in Minden in September, I sent out 45 prospecting letters for when we go full-time in January and got a great response! I am going to take PJ on the road with me in January, that way we can bring 2 horses. (PJ’s parents own Casey’s Garage in Little Britain, go use them! Tell them I sent you! They also board at Valentia)
We attended a Fall Fest at Fairview Lodge in Whitby, we had a blast, hopefully we were useful in their fundraising efforts.
This past weekend was Farm Fest/Horse Fest at the farm. I put on the Marshall costume and I think I found my calling! I am a Paw Patrol character at heart! It was fun, plus walking circles at the pony ride was fun, for the first 3 hours, Marshall was a good change, once I got used to the feet. We did a mini horse obstacle demo and the competitive riders put on their own show, (ours was better).
Then we were off to Minden, on Sunday to show. Kiefer hurt his leg on Saturday, so it was Mya, Rachel, Jessica and myself. we took home 4 first place rosettes, 2 second place rosettes and 2 third place. What a great showing. This was an exploratory project. We wanted to see if we could put together a team, if there would be interest, in showing minis. Most importantly, could we see a positive effect on kids with exceptionalities, anxiety, behavioural issues or on the spectrum. Yes we did. So next year, we will have 4 age classes, 6 horses will be involved and we will attend 4-5 competitions with the kids as well as learning clinics and lots of practice and cool vests to wear. I wear a vest and black pants working, so I can get a discount for next year’s vests, (shameless planning). Also, I learned my trash talking can go too far when I teased the kids anyone who didn’t win had to walk home, guess who didn’t place in halter…
What is coming up? A ton of Christmas parties, we are doing a trick or treat visit on the 31st – it’s location is a surprise. The week of the 16th to 20th of December will basically just be parties, pay your regular visit fee and we’ll hang out all day – buy us lunch though. We are also doing special visits Christmas Eve – the evening is booked, but if anyone wants the afternoon…
Christmas on the Farm – my brain child, please do not fail. This was a rough year for hay yield, we are not alone in feeding our winter hay, now. Valentia doesn’t have the deep pockets to compete for quality hay and we will have to buy this year. So we need to raise money. So we will have a fun, rustic Christmas party on the farm. Professional photos, marketplace in the barn – no more rustic than that! Guided trail walks, visit the animals, decorations, maybe sleigh rides, the sleigh is antique,so it has to hold up and nobody wants to wreck it, ’cause it is worth a fortune. Free hot chocolate and cider. Michelle is doing Christmas arrangements – fresh and I will have led pictures for sale in the “birthday” room. We have a chocolatier, she is consigning with us, as she is at another show and I am hoping to talk another vendor into consigning to us, she is at the One of a Kind show that weekend. We are only having 10 vendors plus ourselves, top quality, handmade, artisan type stuff. I also, may have carolers coming. I am negotiating with a 9 year old to get her friends from choir to come. She wants $15 a kid for the day, I lied and said I found a group on kijiji for $7 each 🙂 We’re now at $10 each and a coffee can for donations they can split. I am making them buy their own caroler costumes 😉 and lunch and their hot chocolate – $0.50 a cup. Negotiations are tough and continuing! I will keep you up to date.
Whew, I think we are caught up! I got 75 photos loading too, to the photo page.
Thanks everyone who follows along! Come to Christmas on the farm, I’ll buy you a hot chocolate,with money from the carolers can.