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The World of Horse Showing


Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, November 5, 2001

When my horses coat begins to get thicker, I know the horse show season has come to an end. My horse, Magic, and I spent the majority of our summer getting up before the sun and traveling to horse shows. Therefore, I decided to write a little about Magic and I in the wonderful world of horse showing.

Hay, oats, and the distinct smell of horses are the first few things one will notice when attending a horse show. Horse shows are very fun, yet competitive. In order to win at any level of showing, a great amount of hard work and dedication must be given by both the horse and the rider. To have a winning team, a rider needs a very willing horse, a continuous training schedule, and the proper clothing. If all areas fit together like pieces of a puzzle, the result will be a team that will go to horse shows and win.

The most important element that I have when showing is my horse. Speaking of horses, mine is a beautiful, paint mare named Magic. I have had Magic for four years, since she was two years old. I have done nearly all of her training, and we share a great amount of trust in each other and are a great team. One of the key ideas when showing is having a good time and enjoying what you are doing. When Magic is willing to perform any move or gait for me, I enjoy showing her. As a result, we place high in our classes. When a rider knows her horse very well, it is easy to choose the type of training schedule they need.

In order to do our absolute best while showing, Magic and I need to have a good training schedule. At almost every training session we need to work together and give one hundred percent effort. (Although there are always those times to slack.) Because it would be illogical to expect Magic to do everything correctly all of the time, we must practice, practice, practice. If we put in much practice time between each show, Magic should not be surprised by anything new on show day. While training, we need to be confident about what we are doing. As long as we work hard and have good training, we will be ready to show.

The last element to consider is my clothing and Magics tack. Everything needs to be elegant yet practical and must show correspondence. For instance, if I were entering an English Equitation class, I would not enter the arena wearing Wrangler jeans and cowboy boots. My clothing and Magics tack need to be properly fitted so that our overall appearance will be enhanced .....
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Lost and Found

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I finally must admit that I am no longer approaching old age; I have crossed the threshold. I first became aware of this when I realized how many things that I have forgotten. Last Monday, I was about to explain the co ..... 
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Commute 006-Therapeutic Shopping

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, November 5, 2001

One of the interesting things about a consumer culture is how people use shopping as therapy. I have a friend who soothes herself by heading to a department store cosmetic counter when life gets bleak, to sample all t ..... 
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October the Sports Solstice

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

October is the month when the four major sports converge, meeting like some kind of Autumn solstice. Hockey players are on the ice, their sticks held high; basketball is just taking shape with the exhibition season und ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

We see the birds flying in V's overhead with their long white necks stretched to their full lengths. We are close to our destination--Rieck's Lake, three miles north of Alma, Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. We r ..... 
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On the Move

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodland ..... 
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How to Plant Bulbs

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, November 5, 2001

If you still have a few bulbs lingering around in bags it's now or never time. They're not that hard to plant and it doesn't take long at all. You'll be glad you did come spring.

Two good rules f ..... 
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Take Your Time

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

Im all goofed up again. Daylight savings time, or lack of it, is the culprit. Just when a guy is getting used to it then we spring ahead or fall back. It makes sense in my mind, but my body just doesnt buy the reali ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people ..... 
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