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"Beau is now renting stalls at Harry Smith’s Homestead Farms in Harrisburg, due west of all the action out in Unionville but at a significantly lower price due to the more affordable cost of living in the southcentral part of the state. And with a big chunk of the state’s eventing professionals clustered in Unionville, he’s also one of the only actively competing pros in the Harrisburg area."
That's right, folks--1 hour and 42 minutes counts as some sort of bold career move to a remote and far off place.
Now, no disrespect intended to the pro in question--I'm sure he's a perfectly great guy who turns mules into unicorns, but c'mon west coasties. You have to admit you're laughing at least as hard as I am.
TWO HOURS? Since when did that count as "far away"? That's borderline "stay in my own house and skip the camping/hotel at a show" territory.
But I digress.
Instead, here are some fun facts about equine sports on the west coast that are completely lost on those of you from the other side of our wold.
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Distance is relative. I think of fellow blogger Pony Express as being relatively close and I suspect we'll meet up eventually.
OH YEAH SHE LIVES 9 HOURS AWAY.
AND THAT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY CLOSE.
Now can you do all that, drive through the night, and still make it to work on Monday? More than once a year?
|Rebecca Farm photo by Redheadlins|
Because deserts, yo. Expect lots of scrub brush, sandy soil, and OH YEAH NO SHADE EVER. Toss in desert-level temps (95-110 in the summer), plan on absolutely zero shade and then tell me you're camping.
I always see pictures of East Coast horses galloping through trees on slick looking grass and think "no wonder they use studs". I mean, we certainly do, but yeah, not as big a deal most places.
I have seen precisely one of those out here and it is used primarily as a "run around town" trailer by a local trainer.
OH YEAH THEY'RE FREAKING HUGE. Which like. If 2 hours is a "long" drive for you, who cares? But when you're going 17 hours one way TO CAMP AT A 100 DEGREE show, you need living quarters. You need the smallest rig you can manage so the fuel doesn't completely bankrupt you. You need to stuff your trailer to the gills with friends' horses (gas split!) and picnic lunches and really, the 4 horse h2h doesn't come out well in this battle.
|might be better off on horseback|
So yeah, don't trust that gps too much unless you want to die. Not even kidding. It's much more of a "survival of the fittest" out here.
|photo via Cottonwood Ranch|
Heartily. They don't even count. Plz don't call them mountains or we will laugh harder.
Ok west coasties. What did I miss?