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You Brought Us Luck!

>> Monday, October 12, 2009

First of all, thank you for all your good wishes. You brought us luck! On Saturday we took two seconds and a FIRST. On Sunday we took a third and two FIRSTS!!!! Good old Tango pony!

Well, almost good old Tango pony. We arrived at the fairgrounds on Friday evening during the pouring rain. The trip over had been start and stop and Tango is not a patient boy. He was ancy in the trailer and ready to roll before I got him off.

Once I got him off the trailer, he didn't roll he RAN! Somehow or other he yanked the lead rope out of my hand and went galloping across the fairgrounds. I was screaming to my friend Nancy to come and help me but knew if I ran after Tango he was going to run faster. Frankly, there's no way I can outrun a horse...duh!

I can, however, outsmart the boy. I know Tango. Tango loves to eat. I knew as soon as Tango came to a lush patch of grass he was going to stop and that's exactly what he did. Nancy walked slowly up on one side of him crackling a peppermint wrapper while I tiptoed up on the other side. AH HA! We got him.

That was as bad as it got. Except for the MUD!

My philosophy is that if you love something enough, a little mud won't kill you. As long as it's not dangerous to Tango, I go for it and I'm glad I did. I truly appreciate all the people who came to support Tango and me considering the conditions.

There are some really beautiful photos of Tango that were taken by the husband of a friend of mine that I don't have yet. Tango is standing under a beautiful fall tree with Saturday's ribbons attached to his halter. As soon as I receive the photos, I'll show you.

The show wasn't all mud. It was colorful fun. I had a terrific time complaining to Terri (my friend who was there giving me advice and support) that an awesome trainer shouldn't be riding in the same classes as me. I obsessed about it all weekend until Terri suggested she might have to beat me if I didn't shut up. Emily and Nancy offered to help her!

I'm not I'm not!
In the end, we had fun and that's what it's all about. When we got back to the barn, I hung Tango's ribbons on his stall door. I decided to go back today to take out his braids because I was exhausted when we got home.

When I got to our barn today, all the ribbons were on the ground. Tango took each and every one of them off his stall before he went outside. He showed me! I may have caught him at the fairgrounds, but Tango had the last word.


Two French Bulldogs October 12, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

Congratulations! Thank goodness, we can uncross our paws
Benny & Lily

Unknown October 12, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

That is SO WONDERFUL! Good thing Tango didn't eat the ribbons. lol

SquirrelQueen October 12, 2009 at 5:33 PM  

That sounds like quite the adventure. Congrats to you and Tango on the wins.

TC October 12, 2009 at 6:03 PM  

Great story, glad you got him when he ran. Him tearing the ribbons down did seem to be a bit of a defiant act didn't it.

TC October 12, 2009 at 6:05 PM  

OOOOOHhh and congratulations!!! Sounds like you made quite the haul of ribbons!

BRUTUS October 12, 2009 at 7:49 PM  

Congrats!! Sounds like a very successful weekend indeed!

For as muddy as it was, it's ironic that you were so worried about the paint Tango had gotten into recently - don't think anyone would have noticed!!

Can't tell you how many hard-earned ribbons of mine were lost in a horses' mouth!! Just be glad he didn't rub his braids out leaving you with a mane-less paint!!

Congrats again!!


Sandy October 12, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

Just back in town, tired...lonmg wkend. Glad your's was so successful.

That Tango, he just doesn't like things neat and tidy, his ribbons, or himself. lol


Tweedles -- that's me October 12, 2009 at 9:50 PM  

Superness! That's what it's all about- having a swell time. We're so happpy for you and Tango!
He tired his little tricks didn't he, but thank goodness there was a pepermint candy in a convenient coat pocket!
What a wonderful story. We had not doubts at all. What wonderful friends to keep steering you into the mud and fun!

Anonymous October 13, 2009 at 12:38 AM  

Oh, Jan, how FABULOUS!!!!! I am so proud of you two; I know what it takes to put on a qualifying performance, let alone to be in the ribbons. Even if Tango didn't appreciate them.

Susan B October 13, 2009 at 1:42 AM  

Congratulations on winning all the ribbons! Well done!

Cocorue October 13, 2009 at 2:23 AM  

Congrats congrats deserve your rest this week

That Tango did listen to your pep talk even though he pretended not to.....


Maxmom October 13, 2009 at 7:18 AM  

Hey there Jan
What a lovely story and we are so glad that you guys did so well. He sounds like such a happy, confident horse (not to mention the 'luck' of having a carer like you!)
We are so glad you enjoyed your weekend. Thanks for sharing it all.
Lots of licks

Anonymous October 13, 2009 at 9:57 AM  


Honeygo Beasley October 13, 2009 at 1:44 PM  

Wow, glad to hear you did so well AND had fun!


Lillian Robinson October 13, 2009 at 8:07 PM  

Seems to be a wave of loose horses lately... Someone opened our gate last week. The girls were out front eating clover. Thank God they didn't go in the road!

I can't wait to see the picture with the ribbons on him. Hope he didn't destroy them. They can be such stinkers!

i October 13, 2009 at 11:43 PM  

Congrats! Oh're one funny and smart horse hehehe...

Bumpkin Hill October 14, 2009 at 7:00 AM  

OH Tango you clever cheeky boy! I was so glad to read you got that black paint off him! Seeing you all smart makes me miss my show days with my horse, we did lots of dressage and eventing, oh such fun, even with the stressful moments :) I love visiting your blog. Hugs and a mint to Tango, Catherine x

Sandy October 14, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

I think it's okay to say you are infact very very competitive. Competition drives many of us and it's not a bad is infact a very good thing thing.

ocmist November 8, 2009 at 4:37 AM  

WOW!!! Those are wonderful wins! Dressage is very difficult for both horse and rider, and that says a lot about your work together!

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