I am a videographer in Portland, Oregon with a love for all things horses. Originally from Minnesota, my childhood was spent on racetracks across the Midwest. I am currently training my dream horse with hopes of excelling at dressage and Parelli. I have a Cairn Terrier, Ellie, and an old cat named Winston. I am fortunate to have a pretty nice boyfriend who understands and supports my love of horses. My blog helps keep a record of my successes and failures and helps friends and family enjoy the journey with me.
On Wednesday, I flew to Minneapolis and then drove to Madison, WI for my four days of being a volunteer for the Parelli Celebration. On Thursday morning, I arrived at the Alliant Center to an arena filled with trucks and a lot of set up to do. We had 18 volunteers and we divided into groups and got to work. Lots of skirting of tables, setting up banners, hauling boxes, and setting up merchandise. We got things done fairly quick. We went back to our hotels a bit sore, but everyone was excited for the weekend to begin. (me...back row..second one in)Friday, we got there early and got ready for the doors to open. I was assigned to be on the retail floor, answering questions about Parelli equipment. I was outfitted in a Parelli Team vest and an "Ask Me" clipboard. I felt official:-). We had a big rush of people that morning and it was a good experience to meet like minds and talk horses and tack. Being a gear head...there is nothing more I like to do than talk equipment:-)Friday was a day for Parelli students to show their stuff in the four Savvys......On-line, Liberty, Finesse, and Freestyle. This is were the Celebration differs from a Tour stop. It was almost like a showcase. After the students were done with their first song, if they heard a "neigh" they could do another and another. When finished, Pat would offer tips and suggestions to further their training. I took a lot away from it, because I would see things Maddy and I struggle with. To be continued.......wait until you hear my story about Walter Zettl.