|Bromont CCI3*, 2010|
Eventing at the Advanced or 4* level. Nothing like it in the world, watching horses take those big XC jumps in that incredible leap of strength and grace.
Water, fruit (usually dried), yogurt, cheese, baked goods of some kind - usually banana bread, cookies, and muffins.
So there's absolutely zero way to change this, but - why does showing take so freaking long? Everything involved with a day of showing is intensely time consuming and exhausting and you're busy constantly. On the one hand, that's great! It makes the day fly by. On the other hand, it would be nice to go somewhere and do a dressage test or two without it being such a major undertaking.
Previously, my whole barn would go to events together, so we'd be crew for each other. Most often, Hannah would be my wingman. Now, just me, really. My boyfriend has exactly zero interest in coming to horse shows, and this barn doesn't event, so I'll be on my own.
The best prize I've ever gotten at a horse show was the mug on the right that I won at a barn show, made by Lindsey Epstein, who was barn manager at the time and is a brilliant artist and potter. I still use it all the time. In general, should I ever be lucky enough to place well, I think the halters, coolers, and saddle pads that are the usual are pretty nifty.