Pep was lame after last month's reining clinic (abscesses in 2 feet from the gravel in the ring and no shoes) and E was gone for the week before the show to basketball camp at Myrtle Beach, so Pep had only been ridden by me twice and E once in the last month.
Monday, June 27, 2011
V was one of 100 Jr. and Sr. high school students from across the state accepted into the summer Agriculture Governor's School program at Virginia Tech. There are 5 other programs at different universities; Humanities, Performing Arts, Math/Science/Technology, Marine Science, and Life Science/Medicine. We moved her into the dorm yesterday. She will be there for 4 weeks.
The orientation took nearly 2 hours with 1 1/2 hours being parent questions. "Will they be able to get a shirt pressed?" Will you celebrate Independence Day?" Will they need poster board for their project?" Will cell phones be allowed?" Will they be able to see the Harry Potter movie?" J got so frustrated with the questions he finally had to leave. These poor kids seem to never have been let loose it the world. Apparently, they have no experience with agriculture either. This is part of an e-mail we got from V today. "I think I am one of the only people here who even has a clue about agriculture. Lots of people don't even know what a steer is or why you would castrate a bull. They had no idea why I would lead one around in a ring. I was telling one guy that I lived on a 300 acre farm and he asked who mowed it. I thought he meant the yard but he was thinking you would mow the whole thing with a lawn mower. He was fascinated at the idea of riding a tractor and making hay. I don't think he even knew what hay was." If this is the future of agriculture we're in trouble.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
We just got back from a long day at the District 4-H Horse Show. V finally had a better day than E.2010 District Show But after some more work in the warm up ring he settled down fine.
E's results to come.
Friday, June 24, 2011
The broccoli is ready. The problem is that it is all ready at the same time. I usually give a lot of it away, but this year I am trying to freeze it.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
We knew exactly what the get J for Father's Day this year. We have 2 maddocks but both have wooded handles. Chopping thistles in wet grass has caused the wood to swell. Then when it dries out the head is loose.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
We had a day with a lot of firsts. First bath with a hose, first time seeing the clippers, first time hauled in the slant load, first time tied to the trailer, first show, but no first place.
HORSE SHOW TODAY
Otoelene is going to her first show today. She'll be in a yearling hater class.
V will be showing Hank in 2 hunter classes and Lady will be along for the ride to keep Otoelene company. She will then be left at J's dads house since he's back from Florida.
Stay tuned for the results!
Friday, June 17, 2011
We are now on to trying to control thistles the old fashioned way.
Monday, June 13, 2011
The trusses for the barn arrived today. They are 60' long.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
J is halfway through making hay. He's finished the hay here and is getting ready to start at the other farm.