Friday, February 3, 2012
As I said earlier, the setting was absolutely beautiful! Bronze statues in the VIP only area.
We thought we were VIPs.
We next went to watch the Hunter competition. More jumping but the ring was larger with more and higher jumps. In addition to these modifications, we noticed that the riders would complete the course, pause and then ride a slightly different course at a much faster speed than before. We did figure out that apparently the first part of the course was judged for skill and the second part of the course was judged for speed.
When the Hunter class competition was over, we wandered around the Horse Park a bit and ended up at a ring on the other side of the Park. Here the Amateur and Junior Classes were in competition.
What the heck was the difference in all these classes?? To us they all looked the same!! After we returned I went on line and discovered -
Hunters are judged subjectively on degree to which they meet an ideal standard of manners, style, and way of going. Hunters have meticulous turnout and are tightly regulated. See the HOT Hunter below!
Jumpers are scored objectively, based entirely on a numerical score determined only by whether the horse attempts the obstacle, clears it, and finishes the course in the allotted time. Jumpers are not scored on turnout and are allowed a wider range of attire and equipment. Courses are colorful, creatively designed and more complex and technical than the Hunter class.
Juniors are riders under 18 years of age.
Amateur Owner. Divisions restricted to non-professional adult riders who ride horses owned by themselves or members of their immediate family.
And, The Grand Prix Circuit is a higher level of competition. It presents more technical and complex courses with a greater degree difficulty. Unfortunately, the Grand Prix competition did not start until 3 PM. Our day ended at about 1:30.
Thank you so much Gail, for a wonderful day at the Horse Show!! You know, we are really fortunate to have such an event as this to come to our area!!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Then, some fill-dirt was shoveled in.
For weeks there has been this pile of stuff covered with a tarp right next to the Pickleball courts. Now, it is being hauled over to the Pickleball courts.
Next, it is spread around the outer edge of the Pickleball courts. I discovered the "stuff" is actually "DG" Decompressed Granite or "Desert Gold"!! It is used in eco-friendly landscapes as ground cover. Chicken wire was laid on the ground before spreading the DG to keep the gophers out.
Hurray!! One court is now open. First match on the "new" court with Larry and Paul!! Notice the neat trim!
Cindy and Phil help to open the new court!
The court looks great!! And the DG did not track on the court! Thanks to all who helped!!
Monday, January 30, 2012
We finally made it to the Oasis -
My brother, Nelson at McCallem's Pond. It was beautiful!! But then we had to hike back!!
After the hike, we took him for a drive through Indio. Showed him Wal-Mart, Costco, Home Depot! We stopped at Shields Date Farm and sampled all of their date varities!! He passed on the Date Shake, even though I warned him that Everyone would ask him, "Did you have a Date Shake?"!!! Then we had to take him to WinCo!! He won't see that chain of stores back home!!
Nelson choose the Bar-B-Q Salmon with Corn and Black Bean Salad!
Ken had a Shrimp Platter -- Fifteen Shrimp prepared in three different ways!! He had already dug into the Terrieki Shrimp before the picture!
Since it was a birthday celebration, The Elephant Bar treated Nelson to an Ice Cream Pastery! And we gave him a Ninty-Nine Bottles of Beer birthday card! What a fun and delicious evening!!
Cindy and Ken are worthy opponents!
Nelson is ready to return the ball.
Oops! Oh well, you can't get them all!!
Nice game!! Thank you so much Phil and Cindy! See you on the courts!
After that we drove East on Hwy 111 to downtown Palm Springs. Don't know why we didn't get pictures of that neat town!! Next was Cathedral City and the Cinemark theatre where we go to the $1 movie!!
We hated to see Nelson leave that evening! Looking forward to seeing you again real soon, Nelson!! Thanks for coming!!
Sunday, January 29, 2012
And the traditional eating of the cake! HA HA