This past trip was a lengthy one but I had the opportunity to attend some shows for the very first time. Grant has made this haul several times before, but I was excited to experience a show in a new place with some new faces. As we set out on this journey, our first stop was Crested Butte, CO. Okay, there wasn’t a show here, but we decided to go back and take a break from the scorching Texas heat and enjoy a little mountain air all while getting the horses ready for our first show in Idaho.
Our first show was the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Aged Event in Nampa, Idaho which is right outside of Boise. Getting there is quite the haul but well worth it! The Idaho Horse Park is such a well put together facility and the staff from day one were so accommodating to the sometimes difficult task of keeping us crazy horse people happy. They even drive around the stall areas delivering complementary ice in the afternoons!!! Another great feature at the show was the charge card! Once you checked into the show, you were handed a card that you could put expenses on such as the concession stand, dry cleaning, really anything that was offered on the grounds. Now at the end of the show, we may have suffered a bit of sticker shock, but it did make things easier. Maybe a little too easy.
We had a busy show but tried to have a little fun too. We celebrated Grant’s birthday in Boise at Chandlers Steakhouse. If you ever make it to Boise, I highly suggest making this one of your dining spots. Another evening, a big group from the show went to a mini country music festival and we didn’t even have to go too far….more like walk right over from the show grounds. Big and Rich headlined and Old Dominion (which is one of my new favs) as well as a few other pretty good bands opened. All in all, we had a great show both inside and outside of the show pen. You can find full results of the show HERE
Next stop on this whirlwind tour- Rancho Murieta, CA for the El Rancho Futurity and Foothill Fiesta. This show is unique in the fact that everything is outside. It’s the only major show that we compete outside. So California was and still is going through a major heat wave which made some of the our days pretty damn toasty but even with that being a factor, Carol Ward puts on a hell of a show!
Almost every night there was some type of fun event planned by Carol and held at the “Party Pad” (yeah, that’s right. What other shows have a party pad???) My personal favorite was the wine and painting night. I’ve always wanted to take a painting class, so this was my chance and let’s face it, the artist in me apparently shows up with a little help from the vino. The Murieta Equestrian Center is also the home to one of the most fabulous boutiques- Cares and Whoas (gotta love that name) I was like a kid in a candy store when I first walked in! Thank God I didn’t have one of those charge cards from the show like we did in Idaho!! That would have been dangerous! El Rancho is one show that anyone who rides a cutting horse needs to experience. You can find the full results from the show HERE.
Well it’s sure nice to be home, but what a memorable trip. Like I’ve said before, we are truly blessed to live this amazing life along side of the horse which makes all of this possible.
McKenzie M. “Bird”