Tuesday, September 22, 2015

A Wedding & A Win


One of my really good friends that I've held on to since middle school got married this weekend. It was an incredible wedding. Probably one of the best ceremony's I've been too. One of my mother's piano students actually played for it and knowing K & A, there were some classical Blink 182 covers that were thrown in there. Of course I wore a dress and some killer heels but no... There is no proof. K looked absolutely beautiful and I'm am so proud of her. She's grown up into an incredible woman and it was an honor to spend that moment with her and the rest of our childhood friends.

Of course we partied... Till late. I brought my (hopefully) soon-to-be step brother... It's not weird. It was awesome ahaha. We ended the night at my favorite karaoke bar, all dressed up. The regulars had to take a second look when I walked in. Let's just say it was really late night... When I had a really early morning the next day.


Why you may ask?

Checking out the competition.
HUNTER PACE DAY WITH WENDY!


New group of trail riders and a new set of trails to run through. Douglas State Park, if you ever have a chance to go, take it! Absolutely beautiful. I had to down a ROCKSTAR (Earth's sweet artificial nectar) to get me through it but it was worth it. At least if I was hung over I would've had some fake energy instead of just running on an hour of sleep. Ugh. Anyway! I did take a quick pony nap when we got done.

Better than a lawn chair.
Brantley was a star but I don't think either him or Elijah got the memo that we were in the Hilltopper Division. He wanted to run every other pony on the trail down. I did get a little strong and kicked his butt at one point and I think he got the hint. One thing I hate doing is having a consistent pull on his mouth. Not even contact, just pull. I've created a Hunter Pace monster! Luckily most of the ride was on a nice loose rein like I was hoping for.


I had the helmet cam (trying out the Contour Roam 2 - still not sold because I keep having issues but the GoPro is just soooo heavy) but didn't put the big memory card in it. Dumbass. So I missed the stream we had to go through and the jump I took time to bring Brantley over. It was amazing anyway. Plus...


Thank god I took the time to do that. We came within seconds of not placing because once again, almost too fast! In all though, I am so happy with the boys. Plus! IT WAS WENDY'S BIRTHDAY! So it was even more awesome. Perfect birthday for the most perfect adventure friend!


So Monday I went to the barn to have a follow-up ride and a quick little jump session. I'm talking little. Not even a 2' vertical and a 2' cross-rail. Brantley hopped bigger things on the hunter pace. Here's the catch, I decided that I wanted to be all cool like and bring my stirrups up a hole... Like you incredible jumpers out there... Mistake. I thought we were all warmed up. Walk, trot, canter, some simple changes, ground poles. This little thing we could trot right over... Next thing you know I have nothing to balance with and I'm in the dirt, staring up at my horse. 

He had the face, "I wasn't ready. Try again."

I got up, scratched his face, cinched up my girth, and lengthened my stirrups back down.

Never change a good thing right?

He gave me no problem squaring up to the mounting block and letting me hop back on.
(Remember me a year ago? Crying... Wanting to vomit before getting back on, if I got on? Ha)

We hopped over the vertical, then over the cross-rail a few times. Got off, cooled out bareback.

#winning      #sayiwont        #andiwill

My mom is dumb sometimes but I love her.
Today we had a really nice bareback session after I took the pups out for an adventure in a new territory! Everyone was great and I got to spend time with a good friend too! Pretty happy with how things are going. Wish I had a little more work to do though (never thought I'd say that...)





Anyone have votes? GoPro? Contour Roam 2?

There are so many Pros and Cons about both. 

GoPro has a wicked battery life but is bulky...
and I'm afraid of losing it on a tree or having it pop off my head.

Contour is sleek and sits on the side of my helmet...
But last 2.5 maybe 3 hours.

9 Comments:

At September 23, 2015 at 9:04 AM , Blogger emma said...

yay congrats on the blue ribbon!! re: cameras, i haven't tried the go pro so no insights there, but i do have a contour roam (i don't think it's the 2 tho) and i love it. haven't tried to record anything past ~2 hrs tho so haven't struggled with battery life. but if you like the camera for everything else, maybe try to just turn it on and off for moments you really want captured? it's easier to edit that way anyway

 
At September 23, 2015 at 10:21 AM , Anonymous Lauren @ She Moved to Texas said...

Getting back on right after a fall is huge. Love how confident you are these days!

 
At September 23, 2015 at 1:34 PM , Blogger L.Williams said...

Congrats on the ribbon! And that's a lot of dogs, and and and tis the season for weddings (and falling :/ ).

 
At September 23, 2015 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Carly said...

Hmm, same as Emma. I've never run my Contour continuously for that long. I usually just switch on and off for short spurts. Still love it for how much smaller it is though!

 
At September 23, 2015 at 10:05 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

I agree on the editing. I don't really want to go through 4 hours of video. Plus I think the Contour is more secure on my head than the GoPro... Thanks for the advice.

 
At September 23, 2015 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Thanks love. <3 Your support means a lot to me! Everyone's does.

 
At September 23, 2015 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

Haha thanks. And not too many as long as they get along! And about the falling, I've finally gotten to the point where I say, "This too shall pass."

 
At September 23, 2015 at 10:09 PM , Blogger Madeline C. said...

The more I play with them the more I'm loving the Contour. It's so much more secure on my helmet too. Plus, Wendy is always on my right sooooo I don't have to worry about those other things on my left... Those other... Scary things.

 
At September 24, 2015 at 12:39 PM , Blogger Tracy - Fly On Over said...

Yay hunter pace! So much fun

 

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A Wedding & A Win


One of my really good friends that I've held on to since middle school got married this weekend. It was an incredible wedding. Probably one of the best ceremony's I've been too. One of my mother's piano students actually played for it and knowing K & A, there were some classical Blink 182 covers that were thrown in there. Of course I wore a dress and some killer heels but no... There is no proof. K looked absolutely beautiful and I'm am so proud of her. She's grown up into an incredible woman and it was an honor to spend that moment with her and the rest of our childhood friends.

Of course we partied... Till late. I brought my (hopefully) soon-to-be step brother... It's not weird. It was awesome ahaha. We ended the night at my favorite karaoke bar, all dressed up. The regulars had to take a second look when I walked in. Let's just say it was really late night... When I had a really early morning the next day.


Why you may ask?

Checking out the competition.
HUNTER PACE DAY WITH WENDY!


New group of trail riders and a new set of trails to run through. Douglas State Park, if you ever have a chance to go, take it! Absolutely beautiful. I had to down a ROCKSTAR (Earth's sweet artificial nectar) to get me through it but it was worth it. At least if I was hung over I would've had some fake energy instead of just running on an hour of sleep. Ugh. Anyway! I did take a quick pony nap when we got done.

Better than a lawn chair.
Brantley was a star but I don't think either him or Elijah got the memo that we were in the Hilltopper Division. He wanted to run every other pony on the trail down. I did get a little strong and kicked his butt at one point and I think he got the hint. One thing I hate doing is having a consistent pull on his mouth. Not even contact, just pull. I've created a Hunter Pace monster! Luckily most of the ride was on a nice loose rein like I was hoping for.


I had the helmet cam (trying out the Contour Roam 2 - still not sold because I keep having issues but the GoPro is just soooo heavy) but didn't put the big memory card in it. Dumbass. So I missed the stream we had to go through and the jump I took time to bring Brantley over. It was amazing anyway. Plus...


Thank god I took the time to do that. We came within seconds of not placing because once again, almost too fast! In all though, I am so happy with the boys. Plus! IT WAS WENDY'S BIRTHDAY! So it was even more awesome. Perfect birthday for the most perfect adventure friend!


So Monday I went to the barn to have a follow-up ride and a quick little jump session. I'm talking little. Not even a 2' vertical and a 2' cross-rail. Brantley hopped bigger things on the hunter pace. Here's the catch, I decided that I wanted to be all cool like and bring my stirrups up a hole... Like you incredible jumpers out there... Mistake. I thought we were all warmed up. Walk, trot, canter, some simple changes, ground poles. This little thing we could trot right over... Next thing you know I have nothing to balance with and I'm in the dirt, staring up at my horse. 

He had the face, "I wasn't ready. Try again."

I got up, scratched his face, cinched up my girth, and lengthened my stirrups back down.

Never change a good thing right?

He gave me no problem squaring up to the mounting block and letting me hop back on.
(Remember me a year ago? Crying... Wanting to vomit before getting back on, if I got on? Ha)

We hopped over the vertical, then over the cross-rail a few times. Got off, cooled out bareback.

#winning      #sayiwont        #andiwill

My mom is dumb sometimes but I love her.
Today we had a really nice bareback session after I took the pups out for an adventure in a new territory! Everyone was great and I got to spend time with a good friend too! Pretty happy with how things are going. Wish I had a little more work to do though (never thought I'd say that...)





Anyone have votes? GoPro? Contour Roam 2?

There are so many Pros and Cons about both. 

GoPro has a wicked battery life but is bulky...
and I'm afraid of losing it on a tree or having it pop off my head.

Contour is sleek and sits on the side of my helmet...
But last 2.5 maybe 3 hours.