Kinda expected to be told to please stop stalking her, but instead she said "absolutely!!!" I assumed we'd meet up for coffee or something, but after I lost Junior I needed to focus on something in the future so Laura of The Roany Pony fame, invited me to stay with her for a few days. She even offered to let me ride Spencer Spectacular. (Insert squealing fangirl moment!)
So as soon as the conference was over, (and I took a power nap in the hotel lobby) I was picked up on a street corner by a stranger and driven away to an unknown fate...
And it. Was. Awesome!
Even more awesome than I could have imagined. I'm incredibly sad we don't live closer to one another because we would HAVE to be best horse show friends.
Laura really did let me ride Spenny and I gotta tell ya, that boy floats. FLOATS. I admit terror at his gi-friggin-normous 17hh size, especially after only riding a 13.2 pony for the past few months. Spenny, however gave me no reason to worry. He did everything I asked and moved off the slightest pressure. We didn't try anything hard, just trotted around and even did a few laps at the canter. FLOATS.
I also got to spin him around at Showmanship which was super fun.
And he's also seriously adorable. He seems to love to have his photo taken.
|Taking a photo of Laura while she gets ready to take a photo of me on Spenny.|
I even made a new kitty-friend.
On Saturday we drove up to Pilot Point and took a driving tour of all the fancy-schmancy ranches and training barns. It was fun to see the signs of so many of the trainers who advertise in the magazines. We also made a trip to the Smith Brother's store.
The last day before Laura drove me to the airport, I selfishly introduced her to the sport of Geocaching. I'm not an avid cacher, but I thought I'd check and see if there were any nearby and there happened to be one in the park right by her house! So we took her adorable 5 month old basset hound and went hunting. Thankfully we found the cache (eventually) and I was able to get my Texas badge.... I think Laura might have caught the 'Caching bug, too!
Laura even gave me some homework, so I'm busy working on that post-worthy little item. One word: SPARKLY.
A huge THANK YOU to Laura and Spenny for a really wonderful (and much needed) Texas Horsey Adventure!!!!!
And for the record, she promised to come up for Congress in the very near future, so we'll have an Ohio Horsey Adventure to post about some day.