A Girl and her Horse

High school and college football near completion, and the last of the garden harvest at Cairn Hill Farms continues (We ended up with more butternut squash than expected. Despite giving away much of it, we still have enough to dominate dinners for the next six months!!).

In addition, harvesting brussel sprouts over the past few days reminds me of my experience making pies from scratch, not worth the time! Since the garden is Chad’s “baby,” I hope he rethinks next year’s planting line-up.

MK also continues work with her Haflinger, Larken. This stout and sassy 13 year old mare was not ridden for the previous 18 months before joining our farm, so MK and her trainer, Jenn, developed a training regimen.

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While horses were an important part of my life, watching MKs journey into training, observing, and interacting with equine behavior has been a learning experience. The past year provided many positive adventures. Witnessing her passionate pursuit even inspired a bit of micro poetry:

Four legs,
Long face,
Beginning smile,
Saving grace.

As fall enters its final act, take the time to enjoy the vibrant colors, crisp days, and tastes of the harvest. Thanks for reading!

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(My elderly pony, Goldy)

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Photo of the Month: Richland Park Horse Trials

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This past weekend, a local gem was discovered! Every third weekend in August, a local field lined with corn becomes a horse lover’s paradise. Richland Park, located in southwest Michigan, hosts a yearly three day event. Competitors from novice to the Olympic level make their way here from all over the world.

A three day event consists of dressage, cross country jumping, and show jumping. The Richland Horse Trials are quite affordable for spectators, a day pass only costing $10 for a car load. Visitors can wander the grounds, view the barns, and even walk much of the cross country course.

One funny, put foot in mouth, moment was when we wandered to the classifieds wall, filled with postings for high end equestrian equipment and beautiful eventing horses. I saw a gorgeous sorrel thoroughbred and asked how much they were asking for her.

A lady standing nearby said 25,000. I couldn’t help myself and replied: “25,000…dollars?! I’ve never even paid that much for a car!” My daughter just rolled her eyes and shook her head.

These horses are obviously much more valuable than the $300 pony from my youth (seen below).

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If you are looking for a unique sporting event that’s affordable for the whole family, check out the Richland Park Horse Trials!