I don't mind driving three hours to a show if we'll be there for the weekend, but some of the dates don't work out because of my work schedule, and some of them are too early in the year. I want to go to a number of local shows first and get Lilly back in shape before we spend $400 for a Paint show.
After looking through all the dates, it just so happens that CPHC is having a show at the Ag Center in July! It's a joint show with the VPHC and for some reason, it's four days long. They only have the dates posted, and not much actual information, so I'll have to get more details as they're posted. Right now, it's listed as two separate shows, both being two days with four judges. In a perfect world, Lilly and I show both shows. That'll depend on getting time off work, though.
I have two friends I show with who also ride Paints. M, who has been mentioned here before, and my other friend, L, who I met last year. M owns a mare named Baby, who is Lilly's true love. Just thinking of their time together makes me twitch a little bit... Anyway, I've spoken to both M and L and they're totally interested in going to the show in Williamston as well. So it's looking like a girl's weekend with our girls! (We all have mares!)
I know it's only January and July is quite a few months away, but I figure if I start making plans now and keep it in the forefront, it'll be more likely to come to fruition. I'm really excited!
Showing at a Paint show also means I need a new saddle. I can't show up for western pleasure in my $200 fixer-upper, so I'm in the market for something new. I dread the idea of shopping because I know how picky Lilly is, and there aren't a lot of western shops around where we can go to go try saddles.
I'm thinking perhaps I should stick with Dakota brand saddles since that's what my current saddle is, and I'll have a better idea as to how they're going to fit. I don't want anything super expensive or fancy, just a nice, lightweight, comfortable saddle with a little bit of silver. Something like this:
Keep your fingers crossed!