It was a relatively quiet week over here. My stepmom was around, so I only rode Wednesday and Friday last week (but I got him back full time after that). It was nice to have a little break and spend some extra time with the boys at home. We've been spending a lot of quality time with the shedding blade.
Eros seems to be doing well. He's still not 100% but I think we're making progress. I really miss jumping, but I'm so grateful to at least be able to do some cantering now. He's happy too, much less sassy since that apparently seems more like real work to him.
Saturday evening I got to do something out of the norm, and went to watch our semi local minor league hockey team play. Many moons ago, CT actually had one professional sports team. It was a hockey team named the Hartford Whalers. They were bought and moved to one of the Carolinas decades ago, and all we're left with are minor league teams. But we are very nostalgic for those days. Our minor league team is called the Wolfpack but there was a brief time they changed their name to The Whale to try and drum up old interest I guess? I dunno. Anyway, my point is, I got to see the old Whale mascot because it was alumni night. Nice they dug him out from the depths of the storage closet.
|The Whale Mascot! |
|The regular Wolfpack mascot|
Hockey is really fun to watch live because it's super fast paced. And also the fighting:
There was only one real brawl at the game, and it was pretty early on. But it was a good one, and right in front of us! Very exciting. Also, it was funny, my very best friend since childhood happened to be at the game too! It was surprising because neither of us regularly attends these games, and we both happened to be there. I saw her post a photo on Facebook and was like, hey! I'm here too!
Other than the norm (grooming, riding) the rest of the weekend was spent trying to make a dent in Mt Laundry and of course snuggling the animals.
I did finally ride in the DeNiro's though, and you guys, I'm in love. They were as comfy out of the box as the Regals are, but like a thousand times more stylish and better quality (hopefully). I was happy to find that I already had Mane Jane spur straps that match pretty closely too.
I've only ridden in them once so far, but I think I'll probably be wearing these pretty often (when it's not precipitating anyway). So I should be able to let you all know about durability in a few months. I won't say they're my favorites because nothing can top these:
But maybe they'll be second favorites. If and when my Parlanti's die, I'll probably get a plain black pair of these for show boots. Depending on how they look broken in. They're very soft, so I'm not sure they'll look crisp enough for the show ring. Time will tell on that.
In other news, I think I may actually end up going to Europe to find a new mount. I need to renew the old passport, but hopefully that won't take too long to arrive. There is a jumper I'm VERY interested in over there. The agent that found Rio for me is representing him, but I kind of doubt he will still be available by the time I can leave the country. If it's meant to be it will though.
Did you have a good weekend? Get lots of horsey time in? Do some showing or lessons?
The boots are GORG. I had some horsey time on Sunday. We had a brief viewing of the sun.ReplyDelete
The what now? Sun? I'm not sure I remember what that is!
I like how you just slip that last horse shopping part in there like it's no bigs. OMG YAY HORSE SHOPPING LEADS!!!ReplyDelete
What she said! How exciting going to Europe horse shopping!!Delete
Haha! Well, it's not set in stone yet. I really shouldn't have let the passport lapse, that's for sure, because then I could chisel that plan in for certain.Delete
oooh those DeNiros!!! and OOOOH EUROPE THO!!! that is seriously exciting :DReplyDelete
The DeNiro's are so amazing!Delete
We'll have to see if Europe pans out!
My exes Stepdad was from Connecticut and he was super proud of it - he'd always announce "I'm one of the Cronins from New Haven thank you very much" or something like that.. pretty funny guy. Anyways one of the first things he taught me about when I started dating my ex was about the Hartford Whalers. I'm not a sports person I know almost nothing about them other than some names and mascots but whenever someone asks me if I have a favorite hockey team I always say Hartford Whalers lolReplyDelete
Haha! I'm not sure I know of anyone who's proud of CT. My parents (originally from Brooklyn, NY) have lived here since they were in their twenties, and still tell people they're from NY if we are traveling. But I'm glad he did pass on the most important piece of CT history to you!Delete
Hockey really is the only non horsey sport I like watching. It's fast and fun. I hope you go to Europe to go horse shopping because I want to hear all about it and live vicariously through you.ReplyDelete
I will definitely share my adventure if I get to go!Delete
Yay! So glad Eros is filling better. Also glad you are loving your Deniros- they are so pretty! My black ones (which are the older of my 2 pairs) are still in perfect condition but I usually only use them to show. My everyday ones (brown) the zippers finally gave up after about years of use. I contacted Deniro directly and they mailed me 2 pairs (brown AND black) for free! My local cobbler replaced them for $80 and you legit cannot tell they were replaced. I highly recommend this plan of action if you ever need to replace the zippers on yours. If you don't have a good boot repair shop mine takes mail-in repairs and I can vouch for their work! :)ReplyDelete
That is GREAT customer service! Good to know!Delete