Wednesday, September 29, 2010
The world on a string
It's day five of WEG, and I'm in the thick of it. I'm sitting in the hacienda-styled IALHA booth. I've made a few friends, and caught up with people that I haven't seen in awhile.
The booth sits across and adjacent to the Parelli and Lyons booths has actually been interesting. Both are very nice individuals, and offer fellow vendors coffee almost every morning. No Kool-Aide yet.
The horse community is my extended family of sorts, while we may not share the same DNA, we occasionally share the same dysfunctional and addictions.
Life isn't too bad here.
The bus (amazingly) runs on time and is a great drop off location. There is a huge variety of people and things do to, daily. And, yes, while prices are very high (minus the Bit of Britain people who are amazingly cheap), I think the general feeling is a happy one among the visitors.
The equine village is huge, and the Alltech experience is by far amazing. The only thing I have to really fault is that they need to develop more variety of their already outstanding line of beer.
The place is literally a candy land for horse people and I'm sorry for those who are missing it, I'm also sorry my time here is short.
Although short, it's busy.
I also got to chat to the heads of the GOV, to catch up with breeding news and to ask them their opinions about the ponies in question. We'll be attending inspection next year barring a few items on the agenda. I've talked to potential sponsors, talked to potential clinicians and venue sites. I've also caught up with the current ones to say thanks and to keep them in the loop of things.
I literally have walked about 15 to 20 miles.
It also means I haven't seen too much of the ponies lately. I know Sincere is alive and well, Sinari is being ridden infrequently at best. Which, doesn't surprise me (considering schedule) and also disappoints. I was hoping to use the week off from work to bring her back more consistently. We are cleared to canter, we are cleared to go back to quasi-normal work, it's just been a pill as far as scheduling a ride.
Otherwise, it's been a great adventure so far and I can't wait to continue it.