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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

George Morris Clinic


Jonah had an amazing opportunity this past weekend.  He was on a waiting list for the George Morris clinic in Dallas and at the last minute someone cancelled.  Quickly packing up the trailer, we headed to Texas for four days.
If you have had anything to do with English equestrian sports for the last four or five decades, you know who George Morris is.  For those of you who don't know, he is the man, I mean THE MAN.  No one would argue that.



He has the reputation of being tough maybe even mean.
I found him honest, straight forward, impatient with lack of effort, and absolutely right on every single time.  I also found him to be a gentleman, a sweet old man, and a trainer that could bring out the very best in every horse and rider in the ring.  His clinics are not for the weak at heart!


The riders rode (and I do mean rode) for two hours straight each day.  It was physically, mentally, and emotionally challenging.  And worth every bit of effort.



And boy, could George Morris ride.  He rode without irons and jumped fences.  He even rode our horse, Riviera and said she was a "nice horse".  What a thrill that was to see.



He taught Jonah so many things, too many to count. 
I think he really liked our boy; picked on him a little.  J came home with a spiral full of notes and a pocketful of memories and future dreams. A few funny stories too!


 Hopefully, we will see him again next year when he comes to Oklahoma.


My favorite George Morris quotes from this weekend:
"wishy-washy woman"
"don't waste my time"
"stride like an elephant"
"the lights are blazing but nobody's home"
"stupid, stupid boy"
and he also said:
"Perfect"
"very good"
"Look at those hands"
"Ride, RIDE that horse!"

To the man who pleases Him,
God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness.
Ecclesiastes 2:26







Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Punk & the Pompadour

It was "Dress the Decades Day"
 at our homeschool co-op.
What fun!  My guys went all out.


In true radical style, Jared ditched his preppy clothes and embraced the 80s to the max.


Tubular, dude!
Several of the moms said he looked like he stepped right out of the Breakfast Club.  He was stoked.


Jonah rolled up the cuffs and flashed farther back to the 50s.


Digging it, Daddy-o!


This Cat was definitely not square.

And me? Well after doing those two "dos"
I was lucky to get there on time.
It was a CRAY day. 
 (that's crazy, in case you didn't know)

I can't think of a Bible verse that goes with these two rebels.  Come to think of it, it may be against the rules to put scripture in the same post as stoked. ;) 



Friday, October 10, 2014

Crocheted Saddle Oxfords


Preppy is back
and these Little Sport Saddle Oxfords
are just too cute. I just had to make them
for a niece about to have a sweet baby boy. 


Of course, 
I had to make the matching hat.


I just love the patterns from Lovely Crow on Etsy.
These can be special ordered too.
  More info in the sidebar.  
Same price as the cowboy boots.

Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights,
who does not change like the shifting shadows.
James 1:17


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Weekends Full of Running and Riding


The last month has been super busy
with lots of cross country meets 
and horse shows for our boys.
We have literally gotten up before 6 am
every Saturday for 8 weeks.
It's been so fun to watch them run and ride.
Completely worth it!
We are ready for some restful weekends on the farm though. 


Jared is an awesome runner and enjoying every minute of it.


He's covering miles of road and turf every week
and his times have gotten better through the season.


I love how he always finishes with flair.
So dramatic.  So Jared.




Jonah and Riviera are riding great together.


They have the flying lead change down
and are tackling tighter turns over the jumps.


Their partnership is always exciting & fun to watch.





Jake has switched colleges so that means he switched equestrian teams too.
This show was hosted by his old team which he now competes against.


In collegiate equestrian competitions like this, the rider's horse is picked by random draw.  They are not allowed to put their leg on or guide the horse with the reins until they enter the ring and are being judged.   It's very challenging.


He happened to draw a horse that he had ridden before. 
 The horse's name was Jake too and he is fun to ride so our Jake was excited.




Each of the boys have earned lots of ribbons
running and riding this month.
We're proud of them.

2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight,
I have run the race,
I have kept the faith.

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