‘Tis the most wonderful time of the year. No, not Christmas. In fact another season entirely, autumn! What can be better than horses and fall? A horsey Halloween! For this month’s blog hop I am writing about my favorite Halloween tradition.
Is there anything better than fall colors? The crunch of leaves underneath hooves, meandering through the wooded trails. In the distance, I spot a doe lazing in a grove. No more flies, no profuse heat. Just a beautiful day in nature.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. This October has been better than most. I turned the big 4-0. My book, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses (<- affiliate link), has been nominated as a literary selection for the 2017 Equus Film Festival. And my company, Bridle & Bone Wellness is busier than ever.
The weather has been warm and perfect for spending time at the barn. Preparations are in motion for Halloween here in New Jersey.
But the most exciting thing? Preparing for our annual Halloween Horse Show at Lancaster Equestrian Stables. Now those who know me will be unsurprised, but if you are just joining- I do not love competing in horse shows. I love photographing horse shows. I love leading my daughters in horse shows. But that’s it. In my four decades I’ve been in exactly four horse shows. But what I will do, is join the horse/ rider costume contest.
Ironically, the only blue ribbon I’ve earned was in last year’s costume contest with Delight. I was the Billy Madison of competitors, with tweens and teenagers alike in the ring. My husband laughs, but truly equestrians have an agelessness about them.
The most surprising part- I won the blue ribbon! My first ever. I could not have been more excited than if I actually had to ride against all these other competitors. I spent a lot of time on our costume idea. We were sugar skulls from Dia de los Muertos. He was so skinny- and I’m not- that I joked and called us Ms. Curvy and Mr. Bones.
This year presented an amazing opportunity. My two youngest daughters wanted to join the costume contest this year with the ponies they ride. It’s easy enough to put together (ahem BUY) for the kids. But ponies are a whole other ball game. These ponies are utter saints for sure, but I do not have a crafty bone in my body. Creative yes. Crafty, not so much. So we’ve been planning for a month.
We had our costumes all ready for this year, but sadly a nor’easter blew through the Halloween Horse Show was rescheduled. Still, we went to the therapeutic riding center’s Halloween party and got to see some amazing costumes.
Which costume is your favorite?