Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Week's Pick: The Fair! July 30 - August 3, 2014

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I am still a sucker for county fairs, and that's why this week's pick is the Chemung County Fair horse show.

There's just something about little girls in braids on their ponies, with a Ferris wheel in the background, and sleek jumpers casually taking colorful jumps with the clang of the midway as background music.

Sigh.  I haven't worn braids for decades. 

Anyway, go to the fair, and have a great time with your pony! 

Chemung County Fair Horse Shows
Hudson (thinner) and I (fatter) at the Fair, circa 2008

Horseheads, NY
July 31 - August 3, 2014

Horse Show Schedule
Office Hours: 6:30 am - End of Show Day

Thursday, July 31st
9:00am - Hunter Show

6:00pm - Speed Horse Show

Friday, August 1st
9:00am - Hunter Show

Saturday, August 2nd
8:00am - Open English Show

Sunday, August 3rd
8:00am - Open Western Horse Show
8:00am - Dressage Horse Show

Here's a link to the fair show schedule:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

This weekend's Pick, July 5-6, 2014

This weekend's pick is the 2nd Annual Thoroughbred Jubilee Benefits Horse Show.

This show is open to all horses on Saturday and to thoroughbreds only on Sunday. 
Here's a chestnut TB mare who needs a home! 
Proceeds will go to Second Chance Thoroughbreds, an organization that retrains and re-homes off-the-track thoroughbreds, giving them a second career and a new chance at a good life.

The Sunday show includes two special classes.  One is for "warhorses," which I believe means older thoroughbreds who raced longer than most.  My favorite special class is the one that will contain only chestnut thoroughbred mares, a group of redheaded equines with a big reputation!

By the way, the thoroughbred mare pictured at right is available from Fingerlakes Finest.  Here's a link:

I hope you can participate, either by competing or by going to watch.  Whatever you do, have a great time with your horse this weekend!  

Happy Independence Day!

Here is the information from the show's Facebook page:

2nd Annual Thoroughbred Jubilee Benefit Horse Show 
All proceeds benefiting Second Chance Thoroughbreds Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

When: July 5-6, 2014

Where: at Chemung County Fairgrounds in Horseheads, NY

New this year - Saturday, July 5th will be an open horse show for all breeds!

Sunday, July 6th will be the all-thoroughbred horse show including The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program sponsored classes!

T.I.P. Divisions to include:
+Thoroughbred English Pleasure W/T/C Division
+Thoroughbred Western Pleasure W/J/L Division
+Thoroughbred Cross Rails Division
+Low Thoroughbred Hunter Division

T.I.P. Classes to include:
+Thoroughbred English Pleasure W/T/C Class
+Thoroughbred English Pleasure W/T Class
+Thoroughbred Western Pleasure W/J/L Class
+Thoroughbred Western Pleasure W/J Class
+Thoroughbred Hunter Classic
+Thoroughbred Jumper Classic

T.I.P. High Point Awards:
+High Point English Pleasure Thoroughbred Award
+Hunter High Point Thoroughbred Award
+Jumper High Point Thoroughbred Award

Various non-T.I.P. divisions/classes to be offered as well.

All thoroughbreds welcome, including those not raced. T.I.P. numbers are only required for T.I.P. sponsored divisions/classes. Get yours online ->

A full show program with entries will be available soon!

If you are interested in being a volunteer or sponsor for our show, please email with your interest

For more information: