|The Road Apple|
|Page Last Modified: Oct 30, 2003
|2003 Archived News
10/30/03 - Hillbilly Farms Auction Item: For the LWSC Silent Auction Hillbillly Farms is offering a chance for people who attend the LWSC banquet to nominate their friends (or themselves) for the prestigious "Best Hillbilly Ride of 2003" award (which includes a celebratory basket).
10/29/03 - Hillbilly Farms has its first new member. She sent the following email and photos detailing her accomplishments:
10/21/03 - Hillbilly Farms has expanded and we are now an international operation. Due to exposure from this website we have received numerous emails from international horse traders (ranging from Argentina to the Netherlands) wanting to do business with us. Unfortunately we have yet to be contacted by the West African contingent who seem to be diddling quite a bit in the horse market lately.
Don't you think this hillbilly bit has done got out of hand?
Woodbrook Hunt Club Hunter Trials: The weekend started out well enough . . . In the first class, an under saddle class, one of our horses was a raving lunatic but didn't injure anyone and our other horse pinned 3rd against some very nice horses. Then next two classes saw Hillbilly Farms horses putting in mediocre performances and going off course. Hillbilly Farms also failed to ribbon in the Hunt Pairs class where we entered two completely mismatched horses who then demonstrated how to jump the same course at the same time without getting anywhere near each other. The final class of the day was the Mongolian Relay (a relay race where the first horse walks, the second horse trots, and the third horse gallops). Because of the simplistic nature of this class this was Hillbilly Farms best chance of winning a blue ribbon. Our "walking" horse was in his first outing with Hillbilly Farms and apparently he really wanted to fit in with our group. When the race started he refused to cross the start line and backed up instead. When the first team crossed the finish line he had still not crossed the start line and Hillbilly Farms was eliminated from the race without ever starting.
9/28/03 - Lake Oswego Hunt Horse Trials Results: Another successful weekend where Hillbilly Farms brought home one participation ribbon. In dressage one of our horses improved upon past performances, having the second most points after dressage, instead of the most, and scoring a personal high. All of that hard work is paying off! Our other horse (who earlier in the trip had been called Pigpen by a bar patron) headed into the dressage ring filthy, despite a 4 a.m. bath. In stadium and cross-country Hillbilly Farms horses were almost all clear except for one of the horses was a big sissy and stopped at the first fence on cross-country (a tiny log). This show marks the end of our show season, except for the occasional winter schooling show. Fortunately next weekend is the start of hunting season...
9/15/03 - This weekend, two of our intrepid glory hounds were at it again. One horse was exorcising his dressage demons at the Lake Washington Saddle Club dressage show. At the completion of his positively quotidian test a loud roar of silence could be heard for miles around. Then a spectator was heard saying "What color is that horse?" Meanwhile, across town our other horse was performing in the jumper ring at Octoberfest. Her performance had the crowd gasping in awe. When she spontaneously completed her round, spectators could be heard commenting "That was spectacular", "I've never seen anything like it." The rider, dizzy with excitement, was still conscious enough to flirt with the EMT.
9/1/03 - Some of us here at Hillbilly Farms are studying for the GRE so forgive us if we seem slightly pedantic at times.
8/25/03 - Narrows Pony Club Lazy Days of Summer One-day Event Results: Despite arriving 18 hours early, one Hillbilly Farms horse was still late for his dressage ride. The other Hillbilly Farms horse added another 'E' to his win column, rounding out his impressive string of accomplishments. And Hillbilly Farms saved that day when the scheduled EMT was late by supplying two EMTs for the show (when you ride like we do...). There was a harrowing moment when one of the EMTs, who was warming up for cross-country, almost ran the other EMT over.
8/10/03 - Evergreen Classic Results: On Saturday Hillbilly Farms took home a 5th place ribbon and a FREE copy of Awake Magazine. On Sunday, in muddy conditions, a remarkably calm That Saucy Minx had a heartbreaking rail at the final fence to finish second in the Pre-Adult Jumper Classic. Afterwards, the grooms were treated to lunch at the Country Buffet. Was this to say thank you for grooming, or was it a prepayment for an impending fall at Camas Meadows? Check out the photos.
8/2/03 - LWSC Hunter Fun Show Results: Hillbilly Farms horses made a clean sweep of the 3' Senior division, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in all 3 classes and walking away with champion and reserve champion. Great Job! Unfortunately our horse in the 2' Senior division did not fare as well. If it had been a horse race instead of a hunter round he would have been champion, but alas he had to settle for last place (and reserve champion).
8/1/03 - Evergreen Classic Hillbilly Farms will be taking a trip to the Evergreen Classic to watch That Saucy Minx compete in the prestigious Pre-Adult Jumper Classic. GOOD LUCK!
7/28/03 - CVPC Horse Trials Results: Hillbilly Farms riders really lived up to our stellar reputation.
7/21/03 - New Indoor Arena! Hillbilly Farms is building an indoor arena. The arena is going to be an Olympic-sized dressage arena with full length mirrors on the ceiling and state of the art footing. We will be scheduling a work party to gather up the old tires from around the property to shred for the footing.
7/5/03 - CVPC Horse Trials Look for Hillbilly Farms on July 26th at the Chehalis Valley Pony Club Horse Trials at Caber Farms in Onalaska, WA. This is the coming out party for Hillbilly Farms and the rider who fell off at the Area VII Adult Riders Camp will be buying everyone dinner at Spiffy's. And riders, don't forget to memorize your dressage tests BEFORE the competition.