Monday, March 29, 2010

On The Road Again

I hope everyone is heading south (a little further south) to the horse show in Fletcher, North Carolina. At the end of show season, I am so looking forward to some time at home and just chillen, (not literally) but come spring I start getting that feeling of wanting to hit the road again. I look forward to seeing everyone, friends that we haven't seen for a few months, seeing all the new faces and horses. We have always followed a show circuit around since I was a small child. Our old family doctor always joked with my mom that we were just a bunch of gypsie, but I love the drives and seeing different places and people. Of course my husband says I miss so much scenery because I read the whole way. He is right on that point, but I love to read and because I stay so busy I do not have time unless I am confined to the point that I can't do anything else. :o)

Anyway, the Al Prewitt Memorial Horse show kicks off the season and this year the dates for the show are April 2nd and 3rd. This is a two day show, at the same place, but it will be treated as two triple A shows for the points. So, if you are interested in accumulating a title for your horse these shows are very important to attend. Make plans to attend, and I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Are You Ready To Hit The Trails

Have you got Spring Fever yet? Just a couple of warm days will usually start me thinking that I need to get my horse up from the field, so that she looks like something besides a muddy, woolly mammoth, (well a very small, woolly mammoth:o). Once the trees start to bud, I know the flowers and grass will be here soon. The trails are so nice during that time, because they have not had the chance to get overgrown with brush yet.

Due to the bad winter and not being able to get everything together as far as the trails, our ACTHA ride will be postponed until a later date, (which I will announce well in advance). However, there will be one held on April 17th at the Kentucky Equestrian Center, Winchester, KY. There will also be a big event at FairWinds Farm in Lexington, KY on the same date of April 17th, that is referred to as The Annual Spring Fling. This is a kick off to the show season, and will be lots of fun. There will be a big Corn Hole Tournament, a preview of stallions and 2-3 year old debut. They will host a small trail ride, and a children craft and game time, a big auction of horse related items and many other things, with concessions throughout the day. You can make it to both events, so if you want to spend a fun filled day with lots of horse enthusiast come on out. Check out our new calendar of events on the front page of our website. I hope everyone will be able to keep up with us and all the things we are doing at Van Bert Farms.

Keep your chin up, I am sure we have not seen the last of the bad weather, but it is looking brighter!

Friday, March 5, 2010

God Loves Stupid People Too

I have a friend who has a coozy for her cans of diet coke that says, "God must love stupid people because he sure made a bunch of them". She lives in Cincinnati and is constantly encountering what she refers to as "stupid people" on her commute to and from work. Knowing what little I do about the traffic and drivers in that area, I used to sympathize with her until my recent trip to Mexico.

In my last post you heard me complaining about the cold weather and how I hated enduring the long days of winter. Well, my sweet husband got tired of hearing about it and took me to our little place on the Baja. Ahhh, sunshine and warm weather. No one to pull me this way and that. I don't care if it is a small trailer, with no electric, I love it! But getting back into the country is another story. By the time I got home, I felt so stupid. Morris, who works in my office, hates for me to use the word stupid, but insist I am ignorant. Well, I suppose I am...ignorant to being able to keep up with all the changing security measures of getting back into the USA after going out of it.

Back to my stupid people story. Going through customs has to be one of the less dignified things I have had to endure, next to the gynecologist.. and he rates second because he is nicer. I know that customs has to deal with a lot of "stupid people" asking 100's of stupid questions all day long, but I hate feeling like I fall into that category. Endless mazes that are suppose to be lines, taking your shoes off, your jacket or sweater, your belt, change, hat, phone, any meds you have in carry-on, your computer out of the bag, walking through the metal detector and hoping it doesn't ring for fear of a pat-down. Then you pick your dignity and your belongings up, put everything back on, all the while someone is saying..."people if you do not push your belongings into the machine, I will not do it for you and you will just miss your flight" or the lady that is standing in the corner of the line saying" I am not standing here to see that you make it to your connecting flight...I can not answer your questions...I am only standing her to keep you in line, so don't ask me anything". Humm, how much does that job pay? Then you are told to hurry to a different point, pick up your checked bags, and recheck them, then hurry to your next connecting flight on the other side of the airport via bus. It gave me a whole new perspective on herding our horses up. I totally felt like I had been on a merry-go-round by the time, I sank into the little seat on the little plane headed for Kentucky. Whew! we made it, but our luggage did not! Does anyone care that my whole daily routine is in those bags?? No! Remember .."I am not here to answer your questions". Do they have to be so rude to get this job done?... Well, there was the guy that checked my pass port that mumbled "welcome back"...yeah right!
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