The first thing I saw when I got out of my car on Thursday was this hanging off a truck:
The Ohio Expo Center was packed full with vendors and horses. Initially it took quite a while to find my way around and I'm pretty sure I missed about a quarter of what was there. I never did find the No Thrush booth but I did find Ansur and spoke to Carole about what my next saddle will be (an Elite with tooled leather panels... drool).
|Check out their fancy signage|
I saw oodles of friesians, quarter horses, hafflingers, and cobs- excuse me- gypsy vanners, everywhere. Every once in a while you'd see a rare breed like a nokota or a blinged out saddlebred. But most of what I saw were horses with lots and lots of hair.
The only thing that put a bit of a damper on the experience were the individual horse owners walking around without a clue. Helmets seemed to be NOT COOL as only about three people were wearing one. One out of every five horses I saw going around was LAME. And many riders, like the lady in the photo below, seemed to lack even a speck of common courtesy for those around them.
|Reading comprehension fail|
Overall, though, I had a really good time. I stocked up on supplies (hay bags, new leathers, fly masks, fly whisk, new reins, salt block for Gwen) and took a lot of clinic notes. I'll expand on those in my next post...