Sunday, March 23, 2008

Clinton Anderson

Clinton Anderson is holding a clinic in Prineville this coming weekend. Pretty excited to go watch. My friend that was planning on going, made me buy the tickets and reserve the two rooms and now she is bailing on me. I can't tell you how many times I have been burned on buying tickets for events and then have people back out. I knew better than to buy the tickets because I had I feeling that she wouldn't go, but I did it anyway. She is the owner of Queenie, the draft cross I was riding and she is leaving the barn after some "barn drama." I will miss her and Queenie and her other horse, Buddy. Horses are kind of like kids in divorce and custody disputes, they don't do anything wrong and they pay the price for the behavior of owners and barn managers. I hope they are leaving for greener pastures, but I am really going to miss my tri-colored girl that was helping me to be a better dressage rider. This is a really old photo of Maddy, Classy, and Queenie shortly after I moved into Templeton.

*****Ammended Post....My friend did bail, but she did pay for her tickets. That was very cool. I did manage to sell one for $25 at the event, so now I owe her. I posted my post after working really hard at saving some money for a new saddle and then feeling like I was out $70, so I was frustrated. The post is no reflection about my friends character, she just had things come up and couldn't go. For the record...I will never buy tickets for anyone because this kind of stuff happens. I still had to worry about it and work on trying to sell them when I wanted to kick back and just enjoy the clinic.


Rising Rainbow said...

Are you going to be able to get someone else to go with you? I sure hope so. Clinton Anderson is a hoot to watch. If I didn't already promise to help on a work party, I'd go. He'd be worth the trip.

You are so right about the horses being the one's to pay for barn drama. That's what I like the least about being in a public barn.

Tracey said...

Such a bummer!

Hmmm...maybe my friend in Portland would like to go with you? Do you want me to find out for you?

Anonymous said...

Heavens to Betsy, somebody go with this woman.

Have a nice week.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio

EquineSpirit said...

DANG! I'd go with ya if I could!! And it's too bad she's moving...although that's what was cause for our moving...barn drama. Why can't people just behave? Sheesh!! It's why so many of us seem "stuck up" at this new barn...because we're all too afraid to talk to anyone. I, personally, don't want to be put in the middle of anymore barn drama. I really don't need that...and some people seem to thrive on it and LOVE stirring up trouble. *rolls eyes*

Molly said...

Oh gosh! I'm anxious to hear how it went.
Being burned a few times myself I finally found a voice to request money upfront.
Losing horses because owners leave is exactly how you described it. Horses don't know who owns them, but they certainly know who loves them.

Janine said...

You are so lucky to be going to see Clinton Anderson! I would die to see one of his clinics. I really like his methods.

20 meter circle of life said...

You will have a great time!!! I am sure you can find someone to go with.
If you are around on the 9th of April email me ( and I will send you the info on the HOW (horse owners workshop) workshop in Canby.
Sorry about the barn drama, unfortunately no matter where she goes there will be drama. There always is. I hope she found someplace wonderful for the "kids"

Callie said...

Crud! I hate when people back out. You're still going aren't you?

Foster Communications said...

Dang! That's messed up!

I don't think that saying is ever going to get old is it?

I hope you find someone fun to go with so you're not totally out of the cash. Too late to cancel the second room?

Jessica Burkhart said...

Great photo! :)

Kathy C said...

I'm affectionately (or so I hope) known as Kathy Anderson at our friends barn. I've got a few of his cd's and used them actively on Gunner and now with Dixie.

WISH I could go! (crossing fingers, closing eyes...)

Sorry to hear Queenie is leaving the barn. Plus you are losing a friend too!