Three hours of George Morris a day decimated my brain cells. When I wasn’t furiously scribbling down notes, I was wandering around the expo hall, admiring all of the booths and occasionally watching snippets of other presentations. I saw a little bit of Doug Mills’s work with problem horses, Shannon Dueck’s dressage exercises, Jill Barron’s intro to working equitation, and Juliette Cimetiere’s liberty work. I also loved watching Severin Pederson, Jason Irwin, and Evan Bonner break colts for the Trainer’s Challenge.
Of course, I also did a lot of shopping. Or, more specifically, a lot of daydreaming. There were a lot of things I wanted, like Ogilvy half pads, fancy custom boots, super squishy ANKY saddle pads, C4 belts, halters with pink padding, floral breeches, patterned sunshirts…
But I came to Canada with a very specific list of things that I could buy, and while there were a lot of things I was interested in, not many booths were offering discounts. Even with the exchange rate in my favor, almost everything was still full price. WHAT’S THE POINT IF I’M NOT GETTING A DISCOUNT?
Luckily, I did track down a shop that had a lot of discounted merchandise on offer. They even had a few XC vests on sale for 25% off, including the Airowear Outlyne that I’ve been eying.
They also had a tub filled with clothing for $10 CAD a piece (which comes out to ~$7.50 in USD). I picked up a comfy grey long sleeve shirt, two fancy collared shirts, and a warm zip up sweater.
And of course I also purchased Raglan a new pink rope halter (~$15), plus I shelled out the cash for one of Steve Rother’s heavy thirteen foot lead ropes ($30). It wasn’t really a necessary expense, but I like to think of it as a way to commit myself to doing more groundwork with Raglan from here on out.
My shopping splurge didn’t end when I made it back to America, though. Since Canada didn’t cross off all of the items on my “STUFF TO BUY” list, I did the dangerous thing and took to the Internet. I ordered a new bridle (a Micklem, which looks very handsome on Raglan and also comes with reins that I like), a black HDR breastplate to replace our brown one, and a pair of Andis body clippers.
I think it’s safe to say that I’ve spent all of that Prestige refund money. 😅