I’ve talked about my social media darling of the moment Instagram already, so I thought I’d give my all-time favorite channel some love too. Even though Facebook has been there, done that and tried again, I still love it. It’s great for keeping in touch with family and friends, following your favorite stores and brands and even getting a quick laugh from one of those satirical ecards. And of course, most of my Facebook feed is filled with updates from my favorite equestrians, tack stores and national brands. It’s hard to narrow down my list, but here’s are my Favorite Equestrian Facebook pages:
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When I purchased Miles on Sept. 12, 2013 there was some mystery surrounding his past. I knew his immediate history, as in the previous 12 months or so, but beyond that it was all hypothetical and speculation. How old was he? Was he a Thoroughbred or an Appendix? No one really knew the answers. At first, I wanted to know all about Miles and where he had come from. But then, I got nervous. What if I dug something up that I didn’t want to know? So I dropped it. We showed successfully all summer and I fell head over heels in love with this horse. So this fall, I decided to do some digging. I talked to his previous owner and barn manager and worked backwards. And today, while there are still a few gaps in his history, I’m happy to say that I know where Miles came from.
One of the things that makes hunter/jumper shows so complicated are unrated divisions. Many shows choose to add divisions that aren’t technically recognized by the United States Hunter Jumper Association or the United State Equestrian Federation to increase entries and provide more opportunities for weeny adult amateurs like myself to actually get in the show ring. Usually these unrated hunter jumper divisions are lower in height and have various experience qualifications for horse and rider. Sometimes the names of these divisions vary by region, or the name may be the same across the nation, but the rules for eligibility differ. In a nutshell, unrated hunter jumper divisions are super confusing and there’s really no rhyme or reason to them. In all honesty, your best bet to enter correctly is to read the prize list, the rule book and/or contact the show organizer. But in case your running short on time, here are a few popular unrated hunter jumper divisions, what they are and who is typically eligible to compete in them:
I love to show and I love winning ribbons. Satin isn’t what it’s all about for me, but it is a really fun perk to the entire horse showing experience. That said, I haven’t campaigned for a year-end award in a really, really long time… as in since I graduated from high school. I haven’t joined any organizations beyond what’s required at the national level and haven’t thought much about year-end awards at all. Even though this year I had Miles who has the potential to be very competitive when his rider doesn’t get in the way, my plan in 2014 was to change divisions mid-year. I figured only showing half the year in each division wouldn’t make me competitive [and let’s face it, I had zero illusions of placing much at all once I did move up] so I kicked the can down the road, so to speak.